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 Harvard Beats Yale 29-29
Lowest review score: 0 CJ7
Score distribution:
1,035 movie reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Michael Sragow
    Philip Seymour Hoffman steals the movie.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Michael Sragow
    The Duchess of Langeais is a romantic dance of death.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    Zellweger has a ticklish furriness reminiscent of Jean Arthur in her screwball comic prime.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    Keeps its eye on the big picture even when focusing on the small scene.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    Unpretentious and brashly exploitative.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    The giddy excitement of Startup.com comes from feeling as if you're inside the bubble as it soars into the stratosphere - and pops.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    May be thin, but it's also sharp, like a stiletto.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    The Son's Room is the anti-"In the Bedroom." I mean that as a compliment.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    A terrific social drama, the work of an artist, not a pleader.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    Jet Li and Bridget Fonda form a terrific bond in this action film. And the choreography adds a nice kick, too.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    By all means, buy a ticket to The Fast Runner, but don't go expecting a masterpiece; actually, in its first hour, the dramaturgy and staging of scenes set in igloos are cramped and amateurish.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    Performances by Jim Caviezel and Richard Harris make this a great adventure.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    Foster is strident, Vincent D'Onofrio has little to do but chain-smoke thoughtfully as an accessible priest, and the physical atmosphere is hazy.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    Campbell Scott creates a new movie anti-hero -- the weak silent type -- and goes all the way with it in The Secret Lives of Dentists.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    The performers are tremendous, particularly Deschanel, who can travel to the end of an emotional tether and then suggest the mysteries of change and growth that lie beyond.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    Black Hawk Down, in the end, is a docudrama. But it's sensationally well done, and it opens up a battlefield that needed to be documented.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    In an age when light-and-easy racial farces have become mainstream hits, he remains a tough-love comedian.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    Fantasy, not honesty, is the point of The Kid Stays in the Picture.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    It's a soaper with a high grade of imported soap.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    The Disney cartoon feature Treasure Planet is shot through with ingenuity. It outlandishly, cleverly moves Robert Louis Stevenson's seminal swashbuckler Treasure Island to outer space. The movie's affection for its source may be enough to get youngsters to crack open the original.

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