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

Michael Sragow's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 March of the Penguins
Lowest review score: 0 Punisher: War Zone
Score distribution:
1039 movie reviews
    • 50 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Sragow
    Avary has taken a pig's ear of a book and turned it into a pig's ear of a movie.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 50 Metascore
    • 33 Michael Sragow
    A movie made at wits' end. There are four or five authentic laughs in the whole 170-minute extravaganza.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Sragow
    Solondz is still stuck in an adenoidal whine.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Sragow
    If this version had been called The Poseidon Adventure, audiences could have sued for truth in packaging.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    Because this Four Feathers is an utter botch, it might make savvy viewers feel that the subject matter is hopeless.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Sragow
    The Emperor's Club is a beautiful fraud -- as gracefully proportioned as a Christopher Wren academy, yet as devoid of content as a prep-school promo film.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Sragow
    Isn't a full-bodied comedy, and it isn't a bona fide action movie, either. It just makes a facetious spectacle of itself.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    As a romance, Spanglish is like a wholesome flirt who drags things out and becomes a tiresome tease. As a satire of upper-middle-class Los Angeles, it's a disaster.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    A one-joke movie. What makes it misfire is that its one joke clashes with its one idea.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
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    The movie's own style is strictly an anti-style, all pre-packaged post-punk.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    Gibson mounts a convincing crucifixion, but his victim is the audience. The Passion of the Christ aims its metallic cat-o'-nine-tails at the viewers' nerves.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Sragow
    Not since Rocky II has there been a more blatant attempt to recapitulate a box-office hit without adding any new attraction or appeal.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 33 Michael Sragow
    Forget any hope of raffish adventure if you think of seeing Flyboys.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 0 Michael Sragow
    All it offers is sadism, impure and simple.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    Starts out mixing social burlesques and melodrama and ends up one more failed thriller about men behaving badly - and stupidly.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 12 Michael Sragow
    Brand's script is a puzzle without a satisfying solution. Even at its supposedly heartfelt conclusion, it's more ironic than emotional, more of an art thing than a suspense movie.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Sragow
    In the Cut is a disaster. Familiar to the bone, arty on the surface, it could serve as the doomed pilot for a nightmare TV spinoff: Law & Order: Literary Victims Unit.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Sragow
    Pleasantly meanders around a group of people who pitch projects and pitch woo on the Riviera.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Sragow
    The best reason to see it is Kate Bosworth as Sandra Dee.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Sragow
    Too bad you can see this sort of thing done more amusingly every week on ABC-TV and Comedy Central.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 0 Michael Sragow
    CJ7
    You leave this movie feeling mugged.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    Unfortunately, nothing in it rings with the faintest tinkle of truth.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 33 Michael Sragow
    The surefire laugh-getter centers on using a tampon to stop a nosebleed. Watching this movie, I had to hope it could stop brain-drain.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    As a spy film, The Sum of All Fears is flaccid, and as an expose of nuclear threats, there's not enough information.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Sragow
    "Hello, I Must Be Going," sings Groucho Marx in a clip from "Animal Crackers" at the start of the film. If I'd known what followed, I would have followed his advice.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Sragow
    Life as a House mounts a brutally insensitive attack on its audience's sensitivities.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    What's wrong with Latter Days is that its banter is pedestrian and its lessons forced.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    And Witherspoon? She does the American equivalent of a mechanical British performance: She hits every note too perfectly. There's no shadow to her smile.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Sragow
    In this film, Soderbergh appears to judge the actors by how well they spew or swallow bile.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Sragow
    Too bad the director ties everyone's laces together and they all go down in a jumble.

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