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

Michael Sragow's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Ratatouille
Lowest review score: 0 The Strangers
Score distribution:
1,035 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 83 Michael Sragow
    It's an unusual and engaging romantic comedy because it's mostly about how these women ready each other for real love.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Michael Sragow
    What gives the film a haunting and sometimes droll poetic unity is the way co-directors Etgar Keret and Shira Geffen trace all their characters moving in a jellyfish-like fashion.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 83 Michael Sragow
    Kung fu purists may scoff, but escapists with a sense of humor should romp through The Forbidden Kingdom.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Michael Sragow
    By far the most purely entertaining of all his films to reach these shores, Roman de Gare is the rare trick film in which all the tricks reveal something amusing, involving or poignant about its characters.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Michael Sragow
    Despite the merry duo of Ford and Connery, The Last Crusade offered a familiar pursuit of the Holy Grail. The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull makes a better move: It goes back to the future. Once again, the Indiana Jones series is the rare franchise that treasures knowledge and embraces the unknown.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Michael Sragow
    What's bleakly hilarious about the whole movie is that Bekmambetov directs the nonaction scenes just as hyperbolically.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 83 Michael Sragow
    The stripped-down filmmaking preserves the abruptness and surprise of the happy (and unhappy) accidents Reverend Billy finds at every stop along the way, from Manhattan to Anaheim.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Michael Sragow
    The Duchess of Langeais is a romantic dance of death.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 83 Michael Sragow
    The shows themselves are extraordinary, especially Japan's Ichigei group, which has the all-out fun and athleticism of a vitaminized Twyla Tharp troupe.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Michael Sragow
    The Last Mistress turns the melodramatic pieties of films like Fatal Attraction inside out. The anti-heroine acts like a vampire in reverse: Even when she drinks the anti-hero's blood, she makes him feel more alive.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    A solid, satisfying movie.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    Without restraint or subtlety, but with a lot of heart and energy, this movie tells a real-life tall tale.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    A refreshingly unpredictable and fizzy comic fantasy. It tickles the fancy even when it strains credibility.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    The whole movie aspires to set an Annie Hall vibe, especially when Tom keeps trying to re-create, first with her and then with someone else.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    The cascade of ideas proves to be both pleasurable and frustrating. As the movie retreats into a happy-ever-after ending, even its outrageous lies seem more like little white ones.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    It wouldn't stick in the memory were it not for Matt Damon's audacious, baggy-pants portrayal of corporate whistle-blower Mark Whitacre, the antihero of this reality-based farce.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    9
    Not a perfect 10, but its imperfection is what makes it gripping and bewitching.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    Extract is an exuberant original...like no other and one of the best comedies of the year.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    In Julie and Julia, Ephron, like her heroines, has finally found what suits her: a surprising comic and romantic realism.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    Like "Anais," the only surprises Breillat has in store for us are bad ones. In the willfully perverse final act, she delivers a sadistic blow to the audience -- with a sledgehammer.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    The fascination, humor and poignancy of Departures, this year's winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, rests in the Japanese ceremony of preparing bodies for their caskets.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    The movie is best when everything is up in the air.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    This comedy of stereotypes pokes fun at poker buddies and coffee klatches only to make room for variations on more recent stereotypes. Some of the boldest 'types provide the funniest bits, such as Jon Favreau's embodiment of an upscale Stanley Kowalski who treats all-male card games as clan rites.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    It's an odd duck: a labor-intensive piece of light entertainment.
    • 81 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    Amy Adams beguiled audiences in "Junebug" and "Enchanted" and breathed humanity into the histrionic "Doubt." In the eccentric comedy-drama Sunshine Cleaning, set in the least picturesque parts of Albuquerque, N.M., she tops her own proven talent for epiphany.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    The movie maintains its comical, rocky equilibrium as long as the screenwriter, Dean Craig, sticks to domestic disasters and a Monty Python parody of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof."