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

Michael Sragow's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 The Endurance
Lowest review score: 0 Margot at the Wedding
Score distribution:
1,035 movie reviews
    • 57 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Dark Blue is one of those totally happy surprises that moves so quickly and curves so sharply that it leaves this era's hyped critical hits looking like beached whales.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    It moves so confidently and brightly that it's ticklish as well as chilling - and, in its own dark way, enthralling.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    A first-person documentary with the subterranean pull of a superb confessional novel.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    The least fussy great movie ever made.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    This thoroughly modern movie pulls off a classical feat. It elicits the searing combination of pity and terror that leaves a viewer feeling purged.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Watching this movie, you can dream with open eyes.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Man on the Train may be a modest film, but it offers privileged glimpses of transcendence.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Funny Girl is old-fashioned; it is also exhilarating.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Voluptuous dance about love, pain and the whole damn thing.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Russell's conviction is so total that it tingles the spines of the audience.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Seabiscuit revives the sweeping pleasures of movies that address and respect the mass audience, raising the common denominator instead of pandering to it. This crowd-pleaser rouses honest and engulfing cheers.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    A great, lusty movie in the tradition of Bertrand Blier's "Going Places."
    • 65 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Stops your heart and keeps your belly jiggling with laughter. It's an improbably sunny tragicomedy.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Nolte's gambler-bandit Bob Montagnet is a triumph of imagination, touched with electric existential poetry.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    No Man's Land is a 98-minute wonder: this story of three men in a trench renews the meaning of the word "trenchant."
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    An exhilarating movie about sadness and renewal.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Little miracles spring up throughout this picture.
    • 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.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Twisted is an unusual forensic crime film because it's witty and sophisticated as well as taut and creepy.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Saved! is the audacious feel-good satire of 2004.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    It's still the Holy Grail of crazy comedy.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    In America is the most unexpected and personal triumph yet from Jim Sheridan.
    • 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.