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

Michael Sragow's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Heading South
Lowest review score: 0 Good Luck Chuck
Score distribution:
1,035 movie reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    British director Mike Leigh has made the first great comedy for our new depression.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Overflowing with comedy and drama, The Boys of Baraka unfolds on the mean streets of Baltimore and in the wide-open spaces of Kenya.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    If you didn't know that Martin Scorsese made The Aviator, the enthralling new adventure-biography of Howard Hughes, you might think it was the calling card of a neophyte visual genius.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    It's an experience that blows your mind, clears it and educates it.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    As a writer-director, McCarthy, like the characters and the places that he suffuses with emotion, has poetry in him - and he knows how to let it out. He has a talent for demarcating those spaces in which characters can become whoever they want to be.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Up
    Everything about Up is an up, in the most visceral and poetic ways.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    In America is the most unexpected and personal triumph yet from Jim Sheridan.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    The Class ranks with the very best films ever made about teaching, and it's unlike any English or American film about teaching ever made.
    • 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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    The Hurt Locker redefines war-film electricity.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    A vibrant emotional epic.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Plunges into an imaginative landscape as large as all creation - and never slackens its barreling pace or shrinks its panoramic scope.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    A marvelous picture and a highly unusual journey in and around the Holocaust.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    There's no cheap uplift to their victory, no pop catharsis. What's great about United 93 is that you never feel it's just a movie - even though, as a movie, it's terrific.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Lumumba revives the tradition of Pontecorvo's "The Battle of Algiers" and Costa-Gavras' "Z" and "State of Siege." In substance and excitement, it joins their ranks.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    A beautiful display of celluloid bungee-jumping.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Brilliant, brutally poignant.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    It's cathartic and exhilarating.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Chicago is the zingiest, most inventive movie of its kind since "Cabaret."
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Enraging and enthralling.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    A down-home-exquisite musical dramedy.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Man on the Train may be a modest film, but it offers privileged glimpses of transcendence.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Views war from the inside out and the outside in. It carries the shock of full disclosure.

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