Michael Sragow

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For 1,039 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 2.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Sragow's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 The Pursuit of Happyness
Lowest review score: 0 Fame
Score distribution:
1039 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    A headlong pastiche of lower-depth melodrama and absurd black comedy.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    The movie may not be perfect, but it's jam-packed with goodies -- like a breakfast cereal fun-pack with a prize on every box-top.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    The movie's jabbing originality is what sticks in your memory.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Has nearly perfect pitch.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Remarkable documentary.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Guerrilla provides one huge compensation: the getting of historical wisdom.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    A Slipping-Down Life may be low-key, but if you enter its unique atmosphere, you will leave exhilarated.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    This film teaches the rewards of patience for directors, for actors and for audiences, too. The compelling reality of Juliette's plight comes from how subtly and gradually she emerges from her carapace.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    The outcomes of all the mini-dramedies are too messy and equivocal to produce morals; that's just as it should be in a farce about confusion. Co-directors Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath are most intent on completing the circle of comedy.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    One genuine small triumph of American Splendor is that the title isn't ironic. The movie is a splendid, inventive piece of urban Americana about that hardboiled original, Harvey Pekar.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    It's sometimes said that the greatest test of a chef is cooking something cheap and simple, like a piece of chicken or a hamburger. In a movie that testifies to simple pleasures, Taylor and company pass that test again and again.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    The results are often as surprising as they are funny.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    There's great action moviemaking here: You learn what it means to "carve" a pool, as you learn what it means to "close off" the boxing ring in Ali.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    It's not a great movie, but it is an enlivening and unusual one: an effervescent political film that also packs a knockout punch.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Most contemporary horror films derive shocks from mere torture. Let the Right One In locates most of its fright-power in the needs and confusions of people who are usually overlooked.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    The astonishingly versatile Kinnear proves note-perfect as a huckster who slowly rids himself of slime.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Without proclaiming itself a wake-up call for the West, In This World cries out for some new method of achieving international trust.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    This picture is jagged and exciting; it tells several plots imperfectly, yet makes them add up to a great American story about integrity challenged and triumphant.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    The Station Agent has craft and pace and that far rarer quality, fellow-feeling.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Isn't an act of expiation but a gift of understanding.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    The movie never undercuts his brilliance and his unexpected charisma. No matter how high his degree of malevolence, he cuts a bigger figure after you see the movie than he did before.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    The movie is supremely nonjudgmental and balanced.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    L’Auberge Espagnole (The Spanish Hotel) is unexpectedly entertaining because it captures the point in young adulthood when life is unseriously serious, or maybe seriously unserious.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Sugar is a near-great movie with qualities more unusual than some all-time classics. It resists cliche at every turn and puts something solid in its place: raw yet controlled observation that gives the film the form of a flexing muscle.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    The movie has dual strengths that silence most objections. Even more than "X-2" or "American Splendor," it is, in a good way, the most comic-booky movie of the year. It's also the human Winged Migration.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Director and dancers catch the audience up in a web of imagination.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    A near-great British neo-noir, harsh yet hypnotic. Its psychological vortex can suck you in and leave you reeling.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    The movie's steady good humor and respect for character is pleasing - even energizing.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Michael Sragow
    If you have an ounce of romance in you, you'll sense your own inner Captain Blood emerge when Captain Shakespeare turns him into a dashing figure with a dangerous sword.

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