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

Michael Sragow's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Hotel Rwanda
Lowest review score: 0 CJ7
Score distribution:
1039 movie reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    And the movie, likable for short stretches, ends up seeming worn and frayed, like Christmas decorations left hanging until spring.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    Despite its director's skill at staging trash with dash, Oldboy is too long and portentous to be an enjoyable B movie. The movie's self-seriousness short-circuits its sensationalism.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 58 Michael Sragow
    A Mighty Heart has the surface tension of a first-rate docudrama but neither the passion nor the vision to encompass its powerhouse subject.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    Sin City is a seedy tribute to rugged masculinity disguised as a rogue's gallery, all the better to please college boys who like their sentimentality slicked with grunge.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    If any man should be more than the sum of his parts, it's an artist. But Todd Haynes' I'm Not There makes Bob Dylan less than the sum of his parts. It's like a tony art-school parlor game.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    The blend of chic histrionics and ultra-bright daylight imagery make much of the movie resemble a network soap opera with an on-location interlude. It looks as cheap as life is held in Medellin.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 58 Michael Sragow
    Notes on a Scandal isn't humorous or witty enough to sustain black comedy, and it isn't insightful or deep enough to suggest a contemporary tragedy. All it does is put an eloquent veneer on petty meanness.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    On screen, Road to Perdition becomes a lace-curtain shoot-'em-up about fathers and sons. The graphic novel is more kinetic and more powerful than the motion picture.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    Shallow and one-sided.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    Webber's film offers painstaking reproductions of the town of Delft circa 1665 in all four seasons. That's just the problem: you feel every pain he took. Girl With a Pearl Earring is an art movie in the worst way.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 58 Michael Sragow
    Contains a dozen winning moments of humor, uplift or exhilaration. But are they enough to justify a 154-minute running time?
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    Johansson bequeaths the welcome sight of a talent in full bloom to this wilted, dark whimsy of a movie.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    What's fatal to the film is that De Niro's character, though compelling, is so temperate and wise he gives no indication of why he was drawn to a life of crime.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    Despite its adrenalized actors, Tape is a tired return to the roots of the American indie movement's popular surge a dozen years ago. It could have been called "sex, lies and audiotape."
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    Those who come to the movie cold will find it an exasperating assembly of brutal pedantry and whimsies, boasting far less charm or grace than even the first Harry Potter picture.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    Batman Begins is obvious from the get-go - and almost no fun.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    The movie doesn't complete itself, in the sense of filling in our knowledge of its people (who are more like passengers). It simply comes to a stop.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    Although the acclaimed documentary Gunner Palace contains some electrifying vignettes of the Iraq war, its jaggedly elliptical and hopped-up style lands it in a limbo between ragged and slick.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    In Curse of the Golden Flower, Zhang Yimou tries to top the breathtaking poetic spectacle of his masterpiece, "House of Flying Daggers," and instead plummets into self-parody.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    Luckily, Penn, Watts and Leo carry more weight than that; they keep this movie's two hours and five minutes from seeming like lost time.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    New York critics have anointed Crash in advance as the Second Coming, but it's just another over-ambitious first movie.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    Denzel Washington does a cocksure turn in Training Day -- That may be enough to transform a shallow picture with delusions of grandeur into a crowd-pleasing hit.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    What's frustrating is that the movie should be so much better, or at least more entertaining. With Baldwin, Macy and Bello, director Kramer is holding three of a kind.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    The only gold in Sunshine State comes from its three female stars.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    Divided We Fall has a lot going for it, but its Places in the Heart ending, sentimental and incongruous, helps ensure that it will not find a place in a demanding audience's heart or mind.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    It bears roughly the same resemblance to the Bennett Miller-Dan Futterman-Philip Seymour Hoffman masterpiece as the now-forgotten "Valmont" did to "Dangerous Liaisons."
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    The problem with Doubt is its dramatic certainty.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 42 Michael Sragow
    But even those who succumb to his primitive, survivalist vision may resent the way he presents every kind of atrocity at least twice without illuminating any of the exotic details once.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 58 Michael Sragow
    Kate Beckinsale is too good for any of the guys in Snow Angels and too good for this movie. Her inventiveness exposes just how puny this movie is.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    As the movie rambles along with its own brand of quasi-magical surrealism, the links to real experience grow scarcer and more frayed.

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