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
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Michael Sragow
    A Big Sleep with underage bozos, a Maltese Falcon where the stuff that dreams are made of rests in the lockers of a well-worn high school, Brick is a remarkable oddity, audacious and engaging.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Michael Sragow
    Near letter-perfect.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Michael Sragow
    The only thing that tops Cave here is Cohen himself at the end, singing "Tower of Song" with U2.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 91 Michael Sragow
    Strangers With Candy -- a perfect title -- is filled with straight-faced loonies. It's a nutcake you actually want to eat.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 91 Michael Sragow
    It sheds the series' famous and influential pastel look and plunges its cast of villains and warriors into the 21st century.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Michael Sragow
    The movie lives in its small details.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Michael Sragow
    A spare, trembling lyric poem of a movie that uses stillness and facial blips the way melodramas use showdowns and action films big bangs.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Michael Sragow
    Jumping off from the brilliant novel by Giles Foden and changing a key character entirely, it dramatizes and wrings humor from the way a white Western renegade can view a self-made Third World despot like Amin as a superman blowing fresh air into a fetid atmosphere.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 Michael Sragow
    In a feat of performing imagination, Ferrell turns his usual extroversion inside out and his usual zaniness into precision, and makes it all work for him.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Michael Sragow
    Emily Dickinson wrote, "Hope is the thing with feathers." When Woody Allen published his second collection, he called it Without Feathers. Guest is as sharp and original as Allen, but he hasn't lost hope. For Your Consideration -- disillusioned but also fresh and ticklish -- is a thing with feathers, too.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Michael Sragow
    It's the whole constellation of relationships that Winick and company create in and around the barn that brings the movie its kaleidoscopic charm.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 91 Michael Sragow
    It's first-class entertainment for bookish lads and lasses of all ages - and for those who never have or never will crack a paperback's spine. And it might inspire today's nascent artists to open up their sketch-pads as well as their hearts and minds.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 91 Michael Sragow
    As a filmmaker, Brewer doesn't just yank your chain: He forges a bond with his characters and his audience that produces ecstasy and healing.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 91 Michael Sragow
    It's a courageous, moving, organically funny picture.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Michael Sragow
    Thanks to Hallstrom's slaphappy artistry and a sparkling ensemble, Hoax is a hoot.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Michael Sragow
    The movie is an inspired comedy-drama about artistic temperament.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 91 Michael Sragow
    So far in this year's cartoon feature sweepstakes, Shrek the Third rules.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Michael Sragow
    Infuriating and funny, the film forges a disturbing diagram from the avarice and chaos of a slapdash, heartless system.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Michael Sragow
    Few films combine a dense and tingling atmosphere with the headlong pacing and adventure of The Bourne Ultimatum.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Michael Sragow
    Fresh, funny and unfailingly observant, Rocket Science is a mood-swinging movie about adolescence that lifts audiences' spirits even when its hero is down in the dumps.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Michael Sragow
    This film about fierce competition among classic video-game players is a comic action epic in documentary form. It captures fear -- and heroism -- in a handful of dusty video games.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Michael Sragow
    The rousing new Western 3:10 to Yuma has the sweep of an epic and the economy of a stopwatch.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Michael Sragow
    Even if you have no interest in Joy Division, this picture is worth seeing for the unsentimental empathy and passion of the moviemaking.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 91 Michael Sragow
    Wristcutters: A Love Story is a lousy title for a lovely-loony picture about an afterlife for suicides. It's an off-road "road movie" about people who off themselves.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Michael Sragow
    This movie provides no phony catharsis or closure; it develops a vision of people growing in spurts from their most terrible mistakes.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Michael Sragow
    The impact is hypnotic.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 91 Michael Sragow
    For 45 minutes, it zings along on perfectly pitched overstatement.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 Michael Sragow
    The gritty heist picture The Bank Job has everything adult action fans could want, starting with a grand, fact-inspired gimmick.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Michael Sragow
    Stays true to the spirit and characters of the book while embellishing it to overflowing.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Michael Sragow
    Shine a Light has two maestros, Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger, and once they begin to mesh, around the third or fourth song, they put on a display of showmanship that erases the line between art and entertainment.