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

Michael Sragow's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Harvard Beats Yale 29-29
Lowest review score: 0 CJ7
Score distribution:
1,035 movie reviews
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Sragow
    It's a gimcrack assemblage of gags, action scenes, favorite moments from the first hit and diorama-like views of high and low Victorian culture.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Sragow
    Kevin Spacey delivers his least-mannered, most effective big-screen performance in years as the voice of the nearly omniscient computer-robot, GERTY, whose silky ambiguity resembles HAL's in Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey."
    • 86 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Sragow
    Sokurov, for all his accomplishment, is less a bold innovator than a raider of lost art.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Sragow
    Has been designed to make gentle hearts soar beneath neo-grunge exteriors. It's a mixture of high-SAT humor and high-jinks so crude they're really low-jinks.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Sragow
    Sadly, most of the fun and all the magic derive from the location. The most enthralling fantasy of Just Like Heaven is that an unemployed landscape architect and a fledgling doctor can afford a sprawling apartment with a rooftop view in San Francisco.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Sragow
    In Head of State, Rock may be verging on becoming a heart-warmer.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Sragow
    Secret Window leaves you unsatisfied and frustrated. Depp's performance both makes the film and undercuts it. He's a poet caught in a machine.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Sragow
    Ice Age snaps with visual wit whenever director Wedge breaks the stale story to pieces and pumps in some bracing fresh air. So it's fitting to find, when the final credits roll, that he played Scrat.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Sragow
    Critically lacks Highsmith's sixth sense for drawing you into the heart and soul of sociopaths, then jolting you with the realization that things are much worse even than they seem.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Sragow
    Pawlikowski's heart may be with Mona, but his art is closer to Tamsin. He luxuriates in his sensibility without delivering a movie that pays off in originality or insight.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Sragow
    A friendly movie, as scruffy and cozy as a woolen watch cap.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Sragow
    Overall, though, the movie lacks the dash, wit, authority and character to become a first-class thinking-man's thriller.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Sragow
    The movie ended just in time. Any more of it, and I'd have been crying uncle. Or maybe, given the grrrl-power of it all, crying aunt. This is one supposedly contrarian film that rouses the counter-contrarian in you.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Sragow
    Despite all its talk of genetic engineering and its deliberately stupid characters, the unintended message of Jurassic Park III is that when it comes to art and entertainment, you can't beat human DNA.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Sragow
    A flimsy, genial romp peopled with early-twentysomethings and targeted at teens and young adults.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Sragow
    Thanks to Daniel Craig, the most Byronic of 007s, who, with scarcely any help from the filmmakers, manages the astonishing task of rooting an outlandish yet sober-sided movie in reality and bringing it an air of wicked amusement, too.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Sragow
    Burton's movie is more like Chris Columbus' first Harry Potter movie. Nearly everything that's supposed to be magical falls flat; nearly everything that's supposed to be mundane is magical.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Sragow
    Woo's antiwar intentions and his talent are at odds. In Windtalkers, war is a beautiful hell.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Sragow
    Norton is brilliant in Lee's so-so 'Hour.'
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Sragow
    By the end, Hamer's crisp, prickly compositions go soft.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Sragow
    All it lacks are the crucial things an inspired director could have provided: spark, soul and magic.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 35 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Sragow
    If you like hard bodies and hot engines, if you want to feel like you're inside a cockpit or a video game with someone else working the joystick, you'll find decent escape from the summer doldrums in Stealth.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Sragow
    Soul Men isn't much of a movie, but it bubbles along and reaches its percolating high point at the very end.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Sragow
    It's got a smattering of hearty laughs and a career-high performance from Sandler.

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