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 5.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Sragow's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Shattered Glass
Lowest review score: 0 Good Luck Chuck
Score distribution:
1,035 movie reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Watching this movie, you can dream with open eyes.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    The triumph of A Mighty Wind is that it makes an audience love the sing-along catchiness of folk and still break up at its banalities. This tiny titan of a movie is a perfect melding of form and content.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Little miracles spring up throughout this picture.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    A moral, not a moralistic, movie. It's also a bracing aesthetic achievement, creating a fictional version of a factual case that illuminates as it entertains.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    When it comes to the oft-doomed genre of seafaring adventure, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World is a spectacular throwback and a great leap forward.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    A first-person documentary with the subterranean pull of a superb confessional novel.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    In America is the most unexpected and personal triumph yet from Jim Sheridan.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    A madcap milestone. Not since Disney's 75-minute Alice In Wonderland (1951) has an animator filled the screen with dazzling flights of random invention that manage to hook up into a swift, brief narrative.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    It rises, all on its own, to the realm of masterwork.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    The glory of Japanese Story is that even after a daringly abrupt plot turn, the cast maintains its empathy and lucidity without interruption.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    The movie is a marvel - bold, lucid and succinct (even at 123 minutes). It's also harrowing and moving in its depiction of noncombatant men, women and children caught between terrorism and counter-terrorism.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    For audiences, two things keep the tension from becoming too excruciating: the presence of the survivors in front of us and the knowledge that in the grip of Macdonald's humane, lucid filmmaking, we're in the best of hands.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Barbershop 2 makes you want to know what happens next. In its own way, it's the Ivory Soap of sequels: 99 and 44/100% pure.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Russell's conviction is so total that it tingles the spines of the audience.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Twisted is an unusual forensic crime film because it's witty and sophisticated as well as taut and creepy.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    As a documentary, The Agronomist, in its excitingly fractured, modern manner, does what Lawrence of Arabia and The Leopard do: It traces the upheaval of a civilization in the profile of a magnificent individual. It's a 90-minute nonfiction film with the impact and the greatness of an epic.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    The Prisoner of Azkaban is to Harry Potter what that other No. 3, "Goldfinger," was to James Bond: the movie that takes the invention and gamesmanship of the series to a whole new giddy peak.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Saved! is the audacious feel-good satire of 2004.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Spider-Man 2 offers one emotional or action-packed aria after another; at the end you feel like giving it a standing O.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    A vibrant emotional epic.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Unfolds amid the mechanized carnage of World War I. Yet everything in it is personal. That's why it's a masterpiece.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    By turns breathtaking and heartbreaking.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    If you didn't know that Martin Scorsese made The Aviator, the enthralling new adventure-biography of Howard Hughes, you might think it was the calling card of a neophyte visual genius.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    The title captures this film's harrowing qualities, but not its energy, its limpid beauty or its spiritual grace.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    The Sea Inside brings us outside and inside ourselves, and takes us to brave new aesthetic depths.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Enraging and enthralling.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Darger made art as if the lives of his subjects depended on it. That's how Yu has made her movie.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    An exhilarating movie about sadness and renewal.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Funny Girl is old-fashioned; it is also exhilarating.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Beguiling, moving and just plain fun documentary.