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

Michael Sragow's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Walk the Line
Lowest review score: 0 Waist Deep
Score distribution:
1039 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    It's a bad joke that District 9 will be hailed for its "originality."
    • 81 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    The movie gets as overblown and masochistic as the worst Joan Crawford vehicle. Its saving grace is that Bernal really does have his own deep-set, smoldering variation on Bette Davis eyes.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    Too often when actors portray complicated or enigmatic characters, they seem to be flirting with the audience, playing hard to get. Not Williams.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    One happy surprise after another, even when the content is bittersweet or sad.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Promises may want to unite the audience in humanitarian emotions, but it's more useful as a prod to examine what these children are learning from their schools, their leaders, and their media.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    A scary movie that's also funny, touching and good for you.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    As magical as it is realistic.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Beguiling, moving and just plain fun documentary.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    The movie may be Nine Queens, but it slakes your thirst for surprises and thrills because of its Nine Jokers.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 48 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Sragow
    The film saddles Craig T. Nelson with the generally thankless role of Paxton's cold, distant dad. But when he feels like the only person who doesn't understand what's going on with Tate and his son, you feel like saying, "No, me too."
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    Casino Royale marks a shrewd relaunching of a franchise. But Campbell and company show too much of their sweat. If these movies continue to follow Fleming's profane pilgrim's progress, the next Bond movies should be more emotional and funny, with a bit of brass-knuckled charm.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    Bergman's creation of family banter that turns irredeemably cruel remains without peer.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    I love Rabbit-Proof Fence as drama, as protest, as moviemaking and as poetry.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    Whale Rider is one long, sensitive downer capped by an uplifting finale. A martyr fantasy that turns victorious -- it's a surefire recipe for arthouse crowd-pleasing.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Howl's Moving Castle is one animated epic that has it all: poetic intensity, potent storytelling, vivid and surprising characters, and intoxicating powers of visual imagination.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Like "Hairspray," it's not just a spinoff but a wised-up family comedy that's spirited and inventive. It retains the farcical belligerence of the TV comedy but also heightens the series' oddball warmth and expands on its Hellzapoppin' slapstick.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    Few films even try to render the full range of emotions and sensations in female sexuality as the aptly titled Lady Chatterley, directed and co-written by a Frenchwoman, Pascale Ferran.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    This movie has a tone, look and mood all its own - it's a joyously bittersweet piece of visual music about isolation, melancholy and everyone's yearning for transcendence, through love, art or both.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    The combination of 3-D photography and puppet-animation - centered on actual figures designed by hand and manipulated frame by frame - creates a world that's dense, active and fluid: a sensory Jacuzzi.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    You go to Good Night, and Good Luck expecting inspiration, and you get it. It's also unexpectedly subtle, tense, and challenging, complex both in its take on its subject and in its craftsmanship. So the movie brings you to your feet - and, at times, to tears.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Deep Water is a movie that will connect to anyone whose private fantasies and creative plots have landed them in hot water.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    The dramatic content in Memento is as blank as Leonard's post-traumatic mental state.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    You won't see a brighter, truer affirmation of the All-American messed-up improvisational family than Little Miss Sunshine.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Ron Howard has made his best movie with Frost/Nixon, an electric political drama with a skin-prickling immediacy.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Sragow
    We'll never know what might have been, as eye candy and food for thought replace real thrills in the cool but cold Minority Report.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    The movie pays tribute to sexual equality and to each gender's agility and strength of character.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Sragow
    A razzle-dazzle lower-depths melodrama.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    It's cathartic and exhilarating.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Enraging and enthralling.

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