Michael Sragow
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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 4.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Sragow's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Saved!
Lowest review score: 0 Ghosts of Girlfriends Past
Score distribution:
1,035 movie reviews
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Thelma Schoonmaker, a Scorsese collaborator for over a quarter-century, did the bull's-eye editing. The moviemaking throughout is swift, unaffected, masterly.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Best of all, Ponyo never ceases to be a genuine odyssey in short pants.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Michael Sragow
    Few films combine a dense and tingling atmosphere with the headlong pacing and adventure of The Bourne Ultimatum.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Roman Polanski's new movie may be the greatest historical film centered on an enigmatic character since Lawrence of Arabia.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Though I love McCarthy's movie, The Edge of Heaven - with its virtuoso narrative and frames packed to bursting with unruly life - has the potency of "The Visitor" squared.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Michael Sragow
    This movie provides no phony catharsis or closure; it develops a vision of people growing in spurts from their most terrible mistakes.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    A great adventure.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Sragow
    What keeps the picture alive is Ghobadi's surprising, often explosive grasp of visual farce.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Michael Sragow
    The movie lives in its small details.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    Starts out as a barbed, poignant little movie and turns into an excruciating slow-motion car wreck.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    The result is a performance film that conjures a vision of American life as moving, funny and rueful as John Ford's Young Mr. Lincoln.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    What makes this movie an up is that even when its characters are crying for help, they're also crying for Help!
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Through unexpected and cathartic twists, this movie leaves you with atonement and redemption.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 58 Michael Sragow
    In "Jaws," you didn't know whether to laugh or to scream. In The Host, the yocks rarely mesh with the yucks.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    A terrific social drama, the work of an artist, not a pleader.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    At last, a great contemporary holiday movie that's strictly for grown-ups - a holiday movie that really is a moviegoer's holiday from desultory daily fare.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    It's both irrefutably concrete and irresistibly uplifting.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    The Man Without a Past has the slenderness of a folk-tale -- also the clarity and charm.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    If, like me, you're both desperate to see new public-works systems in our own country and sensitive to the possible human and ecological damage, Up the Yangtze provides a devastating view of top-down, broad-stroke social programs.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Voluptuous dance about love, pain and the whole damn thing.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    It's not a great movie, but it is an enlivening and unusual one: an effervescent political film that also packs a knockout punch.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    It's the oddest case yet of the Emperor's New Clothes. After all, the Emperor in the fairy tale was naked. This movie has tons of fabulous clothing. The people disappear within their wardrobes.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    No Man's Land is a 98-minute wonder: this story of three men in a trench renews the meaning of the word "trenchant."
    • 84 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    Mystic River wants to be a Bruce Springsteen-like anthem of life and death in blue-collar America. It's no more than a doggerel rendition of poetic injustice.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    The Death of Mr. Lazarescu runs the same 2 1/2 hours as "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest," but what a difference a comic-dramatic purpose makes.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Michael Sragow
    A spare, trembling lyric poem of a movie that uses stillness and facial blips the way melodramas use showdowns and action films big bangs.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    A computer-animated burlesque fairy tale that generates more belly laughs than any live-action comedy since "Best in Show."
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Michael Sragow
    Penelope Cruz is sensational in Volver - she's its lifeblood, its raison d'etre and its meaning.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 67 Michael Sragow
    The result is not a first-class film noir but a top-grade acting class. You admire it without enjoying it.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    British director Mike Leigh has made the first great comedy for our new depression.