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 Hairspray
Lowest review score: 0 Deck the Halls
Score distribution:
1,035 movie reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Michael Sragow
    Some of the movie's sunniest moments arrive as Chappelle ambles through Ohio. He's an observational comic with a drawling syntax that's almost as sly as Mark Twain's.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Takes 20 minutes to burst into fierce, inspired filmmaking.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    This thoroughly modern movie pulls off a classical feat. It elicits the searing combination of pity and terror that leaves a viewer feeling purged.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Sragow
    A friendly movie, as scruffy and cozy as a woolen watch cap.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    Wastes amusing beginnings.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    The movie is a parable of patriarchal pride as well as a paradigm of how immigrant groups can accomplish goals without any help from their host culture.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    A headlong pastiche of lower-depth melodrama and absurd black comedy.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    A harrowing depiction of a woman's plight under the Taliban.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    What makes this movie ultra-contemporary is the way Abrams has re-imagined Spock and Kirk as a team of rivals.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Michael Sragow
    It's like a New York City equivalent of a Third World bazaar: It hums with nerviness and cunning. And this movie presents a tingling vision of a working neighborhood after hours. Night falls in Chop Shop like a comfort, a cloak or a shroud.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Will be hailed for its macabre imagination and inventive farce. But it also elegantly renders an archetypal teenage tale.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Spider-Man 2 offers one emotional or action-packed aria after another; at the end you feel like giving it a standing O.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    Quick and lowdown-delightful. It's also a graveyard or two up in class from the torture films that, in recent years, have redefined horror for the worse.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Michael Sragow
    This film about fierce competition among classic video-game players is a comic action epic in documentary form. It captures fear -- and heroism -- in a handful of dusty video games.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    Spider as a character is a fantasizing detective, but the movie is no Singing Detective (the high-water mark of the sub-genre). This film rarely rises above a murmur.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 58 Michael Sragow
    Cache is the feel-guilty movie of the new millennium.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    The picture has immediacy, force and humanity. It's a muckraking work of art.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    What emerges is a fallen warrior's tale: the inside story of a man bloodied and bowed.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Enraging and inspiring. It boasts the miraculous quality of finding a letter in a bottle and discovering that its authors are alive.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Michael Sragow
    The impact is hypnotic.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Venus is a magnificent tribute to actors by filmmakers who know they are the essential human material of theater and the screen.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    In its own quiet, voluptuous way, Rivers and Tides, an unpretentiously brilliant documentary, uses the work of Scottish sculptor Andy Goldsworthy to open up the hidden drama of the natural universe.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Michael Sragow
    The title Tell No One recalls the days when ads proclaimed, "No one will be seated after the first 15 minutes" and "Be considerate of your neighbors: Don't give away the ending of this picture." Both rules apply to this canny, refreshingly emotional and intuitive thriller.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    The movie grows richer as it goes along and contrasting pieces click together.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    A thriller from the inside out, a romance from the outside in: that's the double-edged brilliance of The Constant Gardener.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Sugar is a near-great movie with qualities more unusual than some all-time classics. It resists cliche at every turn and puts something solid in its place: raw yet controlled observation that gives the film the form of a flexing muscle.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Takes a chaotic moment in the long history of "the Troubles" and turns it into a keening, air-clearing epic.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 67 Michael Sragow
    Director Joe Wright's new movie version of Pride and Prejudice is more Gene Kelly than Fred Astaire: more earthy and athletic than balletic.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Michael Sragow
    Bitterly funny about divorce, it's even sharper and more original about intellectuals and their discontent.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Watching this movie, you can dream with open eyes.