For 1,035 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 5.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Sragow's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Lowest review score: 0 Deck the Halls
Score distribution:
1,035 movie reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    Making you feel the presence of absences - of the distant and the departed, of dreams that never quite come true - is the key thing that this uneven film gets exactly right.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    The Prisoner of Azkaban is to Harry Potter what that other No. 3, "Goldfinger," was to James Bond: the movie that takes the invention and gamesmanship of the series to a whole new giddy peak.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Sragow
    That's the problem of Downfall in a nutshell: It provokes insufficient emotional and intellectual responses to a grotesque and atrocious dictatorship. Instead of the banality of evil, it gives us the banality of banality.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    As a documentary, The Agronomist, in its excitingly fractured, modern manner, does what Lawrence of Arabia and The Leopard do: It traces the upheaval of a civilization in the profile of a magnificent individual. It's a 90-minute nonfiction film with the impact and the greatness of an epic.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    For audiences, two things keep the tension from becoming too excruciating: the presence of the survivors in front of us and the knowledge that in the grip of Macdonald's humane, lucid filmmaking, we're in the best of hands.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Hathaway carries you on an emotional whirligig that can be horrifying and funny, hopeful and devastating.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Sragow
    Pawlikowski's heart may be with Mona, but his art is closer to Tamsin. He luxuriates in his sensibility without delivering a movie that pays off in originality or insight.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    A handsome, accomplished piece of work, but it drove me from absorption to excruciation within 20 minutes, and then it went on for two hours more.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    An unconventional and engrossing French thriller.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    Strip away the portentous style and lush views of nature in The Return and all you've got is a slender nightmare of a family gone haywire in an outing that turns into survival camp.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    A solid, satisfying movie.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Until the final shot, the movie keeps you wondering how it will turn out.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    A beautiful display of celluloid bungee-jumping.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Chicago is the zingiest, most inventive movie of its kind since "Cabaret."
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    Eastern Promises is intensely anti-dramatic.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 58 Michael Sragow
    A History of Violence is a hollow story from an empty graphic novel.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    The triumph of A Mighty Wind is that it makes an audience love the sing-along catchiness of folk and still break up at its banalities. This tiny titan of a movie is a perfect melding of form and content.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    A dizzying - sometimes frustrating - marvel of moviemaking instinct and ingenuity.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 58 Michael Sragow
    The movie has been hailed and marketed as this year's Little Miss Sunshine, but it has none of that movie's empathy and comic surprise. Too much of it is like a subpar episode of Freaks and Geeks, padded out to 92 minutes with pseudo-witty dialogue.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    When it comes to the oft-doomed genre of seafaring adventure, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World is a spectacular throwback and a great leap forward.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    The Station Agent has craft and pace and that far rarer quality, fellow-feeling.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Bright Star delivers a prismatic depiction - tart, funny and piercing - of the romance between poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne in the three years before he died, in 1821, at age 25.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    A first-person documentary with the subterranean pull of a superb confessional novel.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    You have to grasp at straws to make even "poetic" sense of the narrative.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Sragow
    This movie has an aura of forced tragedy, like a fourth-generation version of "Requiem for a Heavyweight."
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    It gives you such an intense hit of creativity that afterward you may find yourself trying to jete out of the theater and into the street.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 67 Michael Sragow
    Too bad the bulk of Rowling's humor goes down a black-magic drain.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    In its entirety, Hairspray has the funny tilt that only a director-choreographer like Shankman can give to a movie.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Michael Sragow
    When it comes to what's great about King Kong, it's not the harum-scarum. It's the girl.