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

Michael Sragow's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Capote
Lowest review score: 0 Be Cool
Score distribution:
1,035 movie reviews
    • 58 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Few directors are able to showcase actors with fast-cutting techniques. Hill is an ace at it because everything about his action is organic.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Brosnan turns his typical talent on its head. So does director Boorman, who forsakes his usual tingling virtuosity.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    A delirious surprise .
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    The picture has immediacy, force and humanity. It's a muckraking work of art.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Although it's in the same genre as "The English Patient," it's a vastly better movie --more surprising and original, more rigorous and sympathetic. This film is oddly shaped. It is also heartbreaking and exhilarating.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    An unconventional and engrossing French thriller.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    It flows like fast-moving lava to a climax filled with pyrotechnics. And for once in a summer blockbuster, the fireworks are both emotional and physical. The movie leaves you sated, yet wanting more -- just what you want from a series with two entries left to go.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    The result is an exciting, infuriating, combative experience.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    If the movie has a flaw, it's that the working out of Vincent's psychology is too perfect.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    In its peak moments, the movie delivers, all at once, genuine street wisdom and psychology and wrenching expressions of family and friendship.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Himalaya does for yak caravans what "Red River" did for cattle drives: it sees them as the stuff of epic conquest.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Ali
    It's one of the most ambitious biographical films ever made in this country, and one of the most unusual, moving and exciting.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    This picture boasts a story about a yarn-spinning Southern father (Albert Finney) and a sober-sided son (Billy Crudup) that gives it ballast and staying power beyond anything in previous, precious Burton fables like "Edward Scissorhands" or "Ed Wood."
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Experiencing this film is like hurtling down a verbal slalom.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Lightning in a Bottle has breadth, both in its multitude of perspectives and its spectrum of performances.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Gloriously funky in the good old meaning of the term. Its vulgarity may be offensive, but it's also pungent and real, and it fuels some ferocious humor.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    In the full-house ensemble of Henry Bromell's Panic, Neve Campbell is the wild card.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Ron Howard has made his best movie with Frost/Nixon, an electric political drama with a skin-prickling immediacy.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    A bittersweet joy. Its humor and romance are refreshing because the writer-director, Greg Mottola, realizes that maturity is a two-steps-forward, one-step-backward process.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Bright Star delivers a prismatic depiction - tart, funny and piercing - of the romance between poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne in the three years before he died, in 1821, at age 25.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    What makes this movie an up is that even when its characters are crying for help, they're also crying for Help!
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Screwball farce, romance, domestic tragicomedy and literary frolic rolled into one.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Italian for Beginners, on its own small scale, is a one-of-a-kind movie: a baggy-pants spiritual comedy.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 60 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    It's a nightmare that starts like a normal daytime drive and ends in a vortex-like sinkhole.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Without ever telling viewers what to think or how to feel, it raises more questions about the corruption of crime and crime fighting than any expose or thesis.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    As the sequence builds, it accretes so many heroic and nightmarish associations it plays like a prelude to apocalypse, which of course will come in Episode III. Attack of the Clones is part soda pop, part witches' brew - and all visual ambrosia.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Captures the feel of a first-rate comic book. It puts the pop back into Pop Art: It blows viewers away with a blast of kinetic energy.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Kore-eda expresses the terror of the kids' predicament with a touch that's equally tender and dispassionate.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    A dizzying - sometimes frustrating - marvel of moviemaking instinct and ingenuity.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Except for the Mozart music and Tharp movements around the edges, Amadeus plays like a monument to mediocrity. The movie belongs to Salieri.

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