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 Harvard Beats Yale 29-29
Lowest review score: 0 Be Cool
Score distribution:
1039 movie reviews
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    The problem is not merely that Moore preaches to the choir. It's that, at his worst, he's so bumptious and bullheaded that he helps keep that choir small and strident. In Fahrenheit 9/11, Moore is so anti-Bush that he becomes a Bizarro-world version of Bush himself: tone-deaf, spluttering, incapable of framing an intelligent debate.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 58 Michael Sragow
    Anderson creates a deluxe train set, for sure. All he neglects is building up an electric current or a head of steam.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    So minimalist that you wouldn't miss much if you watched semi-awake and listened to a friend's running commentary.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    Auto Focus is a gutless wonder.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 58 Michael Sragow
    As a documentary, the film is woefully underdeveloped.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    Dubowski's movie is an act of hope that the basic human needs of the gay Orthodox will someday be reconciled with their faith.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    It wants to be like no other movie you've ever seen. It's more like every movie you've ever seen.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    In Spy Kids 2, Rodriguez tries to hold his family-spy saga together with the digital equal of rubber bands and chewing gum.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    All Fey does is apply a smattering of wit to the story.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    The credits list a couple of dozen medical and scientific consultants. What this film really needed was a script doctor.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    The word "yuppie" has fallen out of favor from overuse, but Closer's young urban professionals are so vain and superficial they may bring it back as the ultimate putdown. This movie is a yuppie nightmare.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 58 Michael Sragow
    In the Valley of Elah is too inept and diffuse to be a howl against the war in Iraq. At best, it is a manly whimper.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 58 Michael Sragow
    Despite the dominant air of foolishness, the filmmaking is lush, lively and intelligent, but the gap between the direction and the script is appalling.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 58 Michael Sragow
    In the end, the movie proves to be, like Brosnan's character, a tarted-up cliche: a whoremonger with a heart of gold.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    The kind of joyless, over-calculated hit that may leave viewers feeling not haunted but headachy.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    The most grievous flaw in Richard Linklater's remake of Michael Ritchie's 1976 misfit juvenile baseball comedy The Bad News Bears is that it over-relies on Thornton's willingness to play an irredeemable degenerate.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    Find Me Guilty flat-lines early.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    The movie never generates the authority it needs to be all that it can be.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    At the end of Napoleon Dynamite, you're glad the geeks have their day (even Kip's chat-mate turns out be a winner); you're also relieved to be rid of them.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 58 Michael Sragow
    It's one big miss.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    Gory but lifeless.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    Che
    The title and length suggest a biographical epic, but it's neither biographical nor epic. It's as if the director, Steven Soderbergh, wanted to take tissue samples of Ernesto Che Guevara's political life.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    Jarrold's reduction of the story is so archetypal that it's indistinguishable from soap opera.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    The movie fails at the primary steps of turning Rejas' mind inside out and dramatizing the contradictions in his heart and soul.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 42 Michael Sragow
    As an action comedy, it's just a bad trip.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    The movie is edited and, worse, narrated in ways that sabotage the magic and even undercut the movie's message.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    What's hilarious about the build-up is that Secretary proves to be the softest, most middle-of-the-road movie that could have been made about this subject.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    It makes for quite a rumpus, but the material never catches fire.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    Despite the cunning mixture of live-action footage and animatronic effects in Two Brothers, there's more imagination and wonder in a good old Sabu picture like "The Jungle Book" (1942). Two Brothers is more like a tacky jungle comic book.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    The Assassination of Richard Nixon makes Bicke suffer the greatest indignity: it turns him into a relentless bore.

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