Michael Sragow

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For 1,038 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 4.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Sragow's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Army of Shadows
Lowest review score: 0 High Tension
Score distribution:
1038 movie reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Michael Sragow
    The triumph of American Hardcore is that it convinces general audiences that there were vast underground reservoirs of angst and anguish to be tapped.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Michael Sragow
    This documentary (like the fact-based 2004 feature Miracle) demonstrates how powerful true sports stories can be when they delve into the mystery of leadership instead of falling back on nostalgia.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 83 Michael Sragow
    Bright semi-adult entertainment.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 83 Michael Sragow
    Berg doesn't let up on the tension, even when the action is bloodless.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 83 Michael Sragow
    This Christmas is the rare movie about a cozy household at holiday time that's as funny and dramatic and poignant as any seasonal family get-together should be.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 83 Michael Sragow
    The opening half-hour may prove to be a disreputable classic of pedal-to-the-metal filmmaking.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 83 Michael Sragow
    Rambles and sometimes wobbles like a runaway movie. But Schreiber's instincts keep the film frolicsome and vital.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Sragow
    The engrossing documentary Peace Officer looks at the militarization of police work from a fresh, provocative angle.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    Gripping footage about the controversial Qatar-based Al-Jazeera Satellite Channel, which transmits news to 40 million Arabs. But the movie offers neither lucid analyses of the channel nor probing portraits of its journalists.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    This film's playful visual language pulls you in rather than shuts you out; it isn't difficult to decipher, and it enables Coppola and his editor, Walter Murch, to navigate the story's many realms with a directness and dexterity that are refreshing.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    You may find Va Savoir pleasant to sit through, but will it stay with you the next morning? Who knows?
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    Performances by Jim Caviezel and Richard Harris make this a great adventure.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    Feisty and good-humored, and if it doesn't have deep characters, it is chock-full of personality.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    Has buoyancy to spare. It's filled with bumps and scratches. But in the manner of a nicked old LP, its gnarly surface and warps-and-all sound evokes real life.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    What's missing is what Pixar never fails to provide: The kind of storytelling heart that is inseparable from imagination.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    Quirky and enjoyable.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    The filmmakers capture kids and adolescents who haven't hardened their feelings into attitudes or molded their gestures into poses.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    For better and worse, the entire film goes by like a theme-park cyclone ride. It makes as much sense as it needs to when you're on it. All it leaves in its wake is a residue of vertigo and speed.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    It's the ideal capper for a cop comedy with a refreshingly wry, adult and humane attitude.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    A wholesome, headlong extravaganza - a sort of North by Northeast sans high style and erotic innuendo.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    If, like me, you're both desperate to see new public-works systems in our own country and sensitive to the possible human and ecological damage, Up the Yangtze provides a devastating view of top-down, broad-stroke social programs.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    This movie will be remembered not for the notorious Bettie Page but for its showcase of the burgeoning Gretchen Mol.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    What gives Notorious its staying power is what happens before AND after its hero's death.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    What makes the "Dolittle" movies stand out from this menagerie is the superb casting and matching of the animals and their human voices.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    The sensuousness of Lemon Tree is its glory.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    If you have a sneaky taste for the monstrous and a hearty appetite for the outlandish, the pulpy yet engaging Night Watch should leave you merrily sated.

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