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

Michael Sragow's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Everlasting Moments
Lowest review score: 0 CJ7
Score distribution:
1039 movie reviews
    • 56 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Sragow
    Perfume offers eau de crud.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    The result is as flat as a year-old beer commercial.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    The film's storytelling and image-making lack originality and vitality. Nothing sticks to your memory unless you come in with recollections of the book.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    Needs a story.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    Never persuasively dramatize the agony, ecstasy and intricacy of composing poetry. Without that aesthetic component, all you see is that Plath's hunger for life couldn't compete with her death wish.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    Hanks tries his hand at a king-size heartless comic role, and flubs it terribly. He looks slack and pasty and, what's worse, sounds slack and pasty.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    Will pop your eyes without tickling your funny bone.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    W.
    The movie plays like a dunk-the-clown game at a carnival. Through intent or ineptitude, he sets up the Bush family and administrations as caricatures.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Sragow
    Smith appears to have poured his creative energy into the cheerful come-on of the title and left nothing in reserve for the movie. He fails to wring any memorable comedy from shoestring porno filmmakers because his own filmmaking is just as amateurish and slovenly.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    It's hard to know what these stars are ready for after this fiasco. Maybe a fitness video.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Sragow
    The comedy of manners becomes strictly a comedy of bad manners.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    It's not hell, but limbo, junior high-school style.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    A mistaken message is a price a filmmaker pays when he tries to load weighty themes like the cycle of violence on an overgrown boy who scoots around on a bicycle.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    It's disconcerting to see Ferrell, a master of macho psychosis, adopt the stop-and-go dithering of Woody Allen-style neurosis.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    The low points in this movie aren't just catastrophic: they're bewildering.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    A visionary sort of horror movie should ponder three words: "Bram Stoker's Dracula."
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Sragow
    The desert is clean in Gerry, but it's also empty.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Sragow
    This film isn't the most awful comedy of the year (that would be Bride Wars or New in Town), but it may have the grossest antihero.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    Rock Star neither touches a raw nerve nor garners any resonance as a period piece. You'd be better off renting "This is Spinal Tap."
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Sragow
    The movie is a premise in search of a comedy. Rather than flesh it out, the filmmakers put familiar glad rags on the skull and bones.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    This new version may be closer to the Cole Porter biography, but it's hardly any more true to life. There is no life in this movie. It's a brittle contraption of a biopic.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    Luhrmann steals good ideas, fair ideas and terrible ideas - anything that once moved him when he was a little boy. He's turned Australia into a more-than-you-can-eat buffet of colorful kitsch.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 33 Michael Sragow
    The second movie, Dead Man's Chest, is everything you feared the first would be: a theme-park spectacle lasting 2 1/2 hours.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Sragow
    The problem with Allen's latest, The Curse of the Jade Scorpion, is "Not enough Double Indemnity."
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    The film is hapless. The gap between the moviemakers' ambition and their wit is dizzying. It's as if they thought they were filming The Importance of Being Unimportant.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Sragow
    So witless it wins most of its laughs when Czech-speaking characters spout obscenities that get translated into English subtitles.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    Despite these flaws, people sick of gross-out films and teen-sex comedy may be so hungry for farce that they laugh.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Sragow
    The movie bobbles along on a weird, soft-edged sarcasm.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Sragow
    Irreversible, though, is not a Kubrickian head trip. All Noe has come up with is a turn-on for sadists.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    This film isn't an enjoyable martial-arts extravaganza like "District B-13" or the "Transporter" films.

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