Michael Sragow
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For 1,035 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 51% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 47% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Sragow's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Atonement
Lowest review score: 0 Margot at the Wedding
Score distribution:
1,035 movie reviews
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    The Hurt Locker redefines war-film electricity.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    It's cathartic and exhilarating.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Without a single gunshot (and just one flick of a switchblade), it turns into an existential suspense film with the highest stakes imaginable: the survival of the human spirit.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Killer of Sheep is a miracle movie because it's receiving its first theatrical release 30 years after it was made and because, as a movie, it's miraculous.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    With a surgical saw instead of a hatchet, del Toro takes apart patriarchy and opportunistic religion as well as fascism.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Up
    Everything about Up is an up, in the most visceral and poetic ways.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Best of all, Ponyo never ceases to be a genuine odyssey in short pants.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    The Class ranks with the very best films ever made about teaching, and it's unlike any English or American film about teaching ever made.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    No Country for Old Men is about the kind of amoral madness that can sweep across a country and redefine a landscape. It's so admirably lean and sinewy that it deserves not merely a rave review but a Johnny Cash song about matter-of-fact killings in shady hotels and sun-scoured landscapes.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    For Americans, Gomorrah will play like every other Mafia epic - and no other Mafia epic.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    If any movie can rid Americans of "Iraq war fatigue," it's Charles Ferguson's muscular documentary No End in Sight.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Slumdog Millionaire dives headfirst into something greater than a subculture - the enormous unchronicled culture of India's mega-slums - and achieves even more sweeping impact.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Thelma Schoonmaker, a Scorsese collaborator for over a quarter-century, did the bull's-eye editing. The moviemaking throughout is swift, unaffected, masterly.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    The Diving Bell and the Butterfly provides an ecstatic lift for movielovers, despite the tragic subject.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    The movie does work, spectacularly.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    A scary movie that's also funny, touching and good for you.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    The unique, serious fun of this movie - and forbidding reputation aside, it is exhilarating - lies in the way that Wiesler, Dreyman and Sieland end up collaborating unknowingly on their own Design for Living (for a while, it's like Noel Coward for moral cowards).
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Views war from the inside out and the outside in. It carries the shock of full disclosure.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Ratatouille is a sublime dish of a movie, and the company's piece de resistance.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    One of the favorite sayings of journalists and politicians is "You don't want to see how the sausage is made." Marsh's movie says you do want to see how a miracle is made, even if the details can be just as unsavory.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Hathaway carries you on an emotional whirligig that can be horrifying and funny, hopeful and devastating.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Brad Pitt's sensitive performance helps make 'Benjamin Button' a timeless masterpiece.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Mirren brings intellect, humor and romance to the role of Elizabeth II.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    It rises, all on its own, to the realm of masterwork.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    You won't see a brighter, truer affirmation of the All-American messed-up improvisational family than Little Miss Sunshine.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Though I love McCarthy's movie, The Edge of Heaven - with its virtuoso narrative and frames packed to bursting with unruly life - has the potency of "The Visitor" squared.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    By turns breathtaking and heartbreaking.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    A genuine odyssey: a journey to self-knowledge.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    There's no cheap uplift to their victory, no pop catharsis. What's great about United 93 is that you never feel it's just a movie - even though, as a movie, it's terrific.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Through unexpected and cathartic twists, this movie leaves you with atonement and redemption.

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