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

Michael Sragow's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Lowest review score: 0 The Strangers
Score distribution:
1,035 movie reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    A rapturous, ruefully funny flight of sympathetic imagination. Featuring the first movie role for Frank Langella that ranks with his best stage parts, it's a rare kind of American movie.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    The movie does work, spectacularly.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Through unexpected and cathartic twists, this movie leaves you with atonement and redemption.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Best of all, Ponyo never ceases to be a genuine odyssey in short pants.
    • 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."
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Lasseter's inclusive, utterly distinctive sensibility makes Cars all that it can be. His embrace of the comic-dramatic friction between innovation and tradition infiltrates every aspect of the movie - the look, the characters, the story.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Borat is a terrific, risky comic creation: a village idiot for the global village.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Without a single gunshot (and just one flick of a switchblade), it turns into an existential suspense film with the highest stakes imaginable: the survival of the human spirit.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    The offhand wit and casual self-revelation of Johnston's best words draw you deeper into the mysteries of his character. Feuerzeig is a music-lover to his bones.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    A first-person documentary with the subterranean pull of a superb confessional novel.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Full of wit, charm and wonder. It's so hilarious, you might blow a gasket.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    The enthralling documentary Crazy Love is about how a high-flying lawyer's obsession with a young beauty blinded her, metaphorically and literally.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Nolte's gambler-bandit Bob Montagnet is a triumph of imagination, touched with electric existential poetry.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Slumdog Millionaire dives headfirst into something greater than a subculture - the enormous unchronicled culture of India's mega-slums - and achieves even more sweeping impact.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    The movie's triumph is that we experience the ending, in which the three girls go mostly separate ways, not as a defeat but as a transition still open to possibilities.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Russell's conviction is so total that it tingles the spines of the audience.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    It leaves you dazed and sated. Compared to the fast food "eye candy" surrounding it these days, Metropolis is a gourmet 20-course meal.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Little miracles spring up throughout this picture.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    The glory of Japanese Story is that even after a daringly abrupt plot turn, the cast maintains its empathy and lucidity without interruption.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    It's like Chekhov with a British accent.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Dark Blue is one of those totally happy surprises that moves so quickly and curves so sharply that it leaves this era's hyped critical hits looking like beached whales.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    A movie masterpiece -- thrilling, passionate and wise.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    The unique, serious fun of this movie - and forbidding reputation aside, it is exhilarating - lies in the way that Wiesler, Dreyman and Sieland end up collaborating unknowingly on their own Design for Living (for a while, it's like Noel Coward for moral cowards).
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Beguiling, moving and just plain fun documentary.

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