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

Michael Sragow's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Lantana
Lowest review score: 0 The Last House on the Left
Score distribution:
1,035 movie reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Michael Sragow
    The movie has been compared, with some reason, to the French New Wave. But it's like "Jules and Jim" or "Band of Outsiders" blended with "A Hard Day's Night."
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Michael Sragow
    Standard Operating Procedure says that human nature abhors moral vacuums - but sometimes humans get sucked into them.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Michael Sragow
    It's a summery idyll: his most entertaining picture since "Bullets Over Broadway" (1994) or maybe "Sweet and Lowdown" (1999).
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Michael Sragow
    The movie is an inspired comedy-drama about artistic temperament.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    The union of thought and feeling becomes flesh and blood thanks to four brilliant performers in Iris.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    The combination of 3-D photography and puppet-animation - centered on actual figures designed by hand and manipulated frame by frame - creates a world that's dense, active and fluid: a sensory Jacuzzi.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    The movie's sweetness, wit and charm go beyond its can't-we-all-just-get-along premise.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Until the final shot, the movie keeps you wondering how it will turn out.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    The love that heals and the love that kills are one and the same in the exhilarating Head-On, Fatih Akin's overgrown dead-end-kid romance for live-wire adults.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Humpday mixes hilarity with upset as the irresistible force of male pride meets the immovable object of sexual identity.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    To discover why movie fans are screaming for more Will Ferrell, and to savor the work of improv wizards like Carell, go see Anchorman.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Greengrass and his tremendously smart and emotionally agile lead actor, James Nesbitt, paint their portrait of a good politician without illusion or sentimentality.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    A sophisticated thrill. And incandescent Thandie Newton is a worthy successor to Audrey Hepburn in 'Charade.'
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    It's intelligent and emotional, not studied or sappy.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Paul Giamatti - that huddle of broiling instincts, out-of-control impulses and aggravated ardor epitomized in "Sideways" - you feel his soul's absence as dearly as its presence.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Will be hailed for its macabre imagination and inventive farce. But it also elegantly renders an archetypal teenage tale.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Promises may want to unite the audience in humanitarian emotions, but it's more useful as a prod to examine what these children are learning from their schools, their leaders, and their media.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Goes down like a single-malt aged for 25 years.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Levinson's quirky caper is rich with laughs.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Turns the kleig lights around to produce a wry and dead-on commentary on the film industry and the journalists who cover it.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    The glory of the movie is Depp, who achieves his own immortality.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    A computer-animated burlesque fairy tale that generates more belly laughs than any live-action comedy since "Best in Show."
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Original, unfailingly entertaining marital-breakup movie.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Takes 20 minutes to burst into fierce, inspired filmmaking.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    What a relief to see a movie in which an audience responds with peals of laughter to subtle facial shifts as well as punch lines.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    It overflows with a combustible blend of street sensitivity and testosterone.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    This movie is about the survival of the open-minded. As far as current American independents go, it's the fastest and the funniest.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 59 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    A stinging elegy for lost American dreams.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    This documentary could have been a simple downer. Instead, it's a giddy, manic-depressive roller coaster - because it brings us eye to eye with Gilliam.

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