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 Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith
Lowest review score: 0 Good Luck Chuck
Score distribution:
1,035 movie reviews
    • 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?
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    American movies are generally so skittish about sexuality that Adrian Lyne's appetite --and aptitude -- for exploring it in Unfaithful is a relief.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    Seinfeld is the perfect figure to center a documentary called, generically, Comedian.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    What proves the validity of Kandahar is that, by the end, all these scenes are human ruins of the same nightmare world.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    Max
    The result is suitably upsetting and intriguing, despite a simultaneously tacky and too-neat climax.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    Modest, tasty, and it goes down easy, like home cooking.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    "Happy Accidents" should retire Tomei's status as part of a show-biz urban legend and establish her once and for all as one of our most versatile and engaging performers.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    It has a premise that never stops percolating.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    Overall, you're left wondering why every big novel needs to be a movie. White Oleander would work better as a four-part miniseries -- or at least as a less conventional screenplay.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    Rampling's authority over splintered emotions has the force of revelation.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    You won't want to miss it if you care about movies that dare to chart intimacies in our age of spectacle, or about up-and-coming female performers and underused male veterans finding roles worthy of their gifts.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    The bulk of the film merely yearns for lucidity and magic. At its worst, Respiro resembles My Big Fat Italian Nervous Breakdown.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    The Bourne Identity keeps you in a state of nervous excitation from the opening shot to the fade-out and has a thread of deadpan humor that vibrates alongside the main action like a third rail quivering next to a hurtling train.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    It's the ideal capper for a cop comedy with a refreshingly wry, adult and humane attitude.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    The film's strengths can't be separated from its shortcomings. Despite its heavyweight supporting cast, Stone Reader mostly pays tribute to the enthusiasm and purity of the amateur.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    This picture is absorbing -- and eye-filling -- whether the prose and the passion are connecting or running on parallel tracks.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    Enough flair and conviction to keep the movie buoyant even when its plot is abrupt and its emotionality conventional.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    The Man Without a Past has the slenderness of a folk-tale -- also the clarity and charm.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    When the cast and their director are really cooking, they conjure a bipolar sense of high school-age emotion -- and use it to fuel outrageous fantasy.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    The result is a treat for Sandler fans and a revelation for those of us who've spent the last decade wondering what on earth his appeal is.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    Wastes amusing beginnings.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    Has a vitality and novelty rare in any youth movie, let alone one that claps fresh eyes on a cliched vision of a model minority.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    The story may be about cold-blooded murder, but Bullock's pulsating performance is about the getting of wisdom.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    The movie may be Nine Queens, but it slakes your thirst for surprises and thrills because of its Nine Jokers.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    In his first fiction feature, Zwigoff doesn't forget to bring the funny. But he doesn't bring enough poetry.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    Cabin Fever may not be a horror classic, but it's definitely an ideal midnight movie.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    The picture captures a contemporary mood-blend of cynicism, anger and woefully disappointed idealism. Runaway Jury may be just a classy potboiler, but Fleder spices up the stock and keeps it at full boil.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    The highest compliment I can pay Pieces of April is that it brings to mind a Paul Simon lyric: "the mother and child reunion is only a motion away."
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    Benton's version of The Human Stain feels under-energized and modest to a fault. Yet it still delivers a genuine sad sting.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    What makes the movie potent, though, has nothing to do with metaphor or parable. It's that the story provides Connelly, Kingsley and Shohreh Aghdashloo as Kingsley's wife with all the tools they need to resurrect, flesh out, revamp and criticize outmoded male and female roles.