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 The Band's Visit
Lowest review score: 0 Death Race
Score distribution:
1,035 movie reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    The ovation that Hudson wins from the movie's audience is one of those miraculous moments when a performer's artistry breaks through the screen and makes you feel part of a live audience. I haven't experienced anything like it since Barbra Streisand sang "My Man" at the end of her astonishing debut in Funny Girl.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    The tough beauty of the picture is that it lets each viewer weigh the costs and benefits to Gardner. It's a genuinely transporting inspirational movie because it's also a cautionary tale. It doesn't downplay the hero's occasional clumsiness or pigheadedness.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Venus is a magnificent tribute to actors by filmmakers who know they are the essential human material of theater and the screen.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Takes a chaotic moment in the long history of "the Troubles" and turns it into a keening, air-clearing epic.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    The enthralling documentary Crazy Love is about how a high-flying lawyer's obsession with a young beauty blinded her, metaphorically and literally.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    In its entirety, Hairspray has the funny tilt that only a director-choreographer like Shankman can give to a movie.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Like "Hairspray," it's not just a spinoff but a wised-up family comedy that's spirited and inventive. It retains the farcical belligerence of the TV comedy but also heightens the series' oddball warmth and expands on its Hellzapoppin' slapstick.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Deep Water is a movie that will connect to anyone whose private fantasies and creative plots have landed them in hot water.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    It's both irrefutably concrete and irresistibly uplifting.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    A rapturous, ruefully funny flight of sympathetic imagination. Featuring the first movie role for Frank Langella that ranks with his best stage parts, it's a rare kind of American movie.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    The Counterfeiters is in its own smart, trim fashion "The Bridge on the River Kwai" of concentration-camp sagas. Also based (like Kwai) on a real-life story, this movie starts small but becomes a miniature epic of overreach and moral drift.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    A glorious medieval war movie. It's about war as the ultimate pitch of conflict that tries men's souls, and women's, too.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Enraging and inspiring. It boasts the miraculous quality of finding a letter in a bottle and discovering that its authors are alive.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    It's exhilarating in an authentic, pathos-streaked way to see Kearns, through Greg Kinnear's inspired characterization of a wary obsessive, representing himself during his trial against Ford Motor Co. for stealing his design.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    British director Mike Leigh has made the first great comedy for our new depression.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    As magical as it is realistic.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    What emerges is a fallen warrior's tale: the inside story of a man bloodied and bowed.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    You'll never see a more tactile expression of the intimacy between artists and their instruments than in Davis Guggenheim's elating It Might Get Loud.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    A marvelous picture and a highly unusual journey in and around the Holocaust.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Supple, eloquent and enchanting.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    The movie's triumph is that we experience the ending, in which the three girls go mostly separate ways, not as a defeat but as a transition still open to possibilities.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    A gorgeous flirt of a murder movie.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    It leaves you dazed and sated. Compared to the fast food "eye candy" surrounding it these days, Metropolis is a gourmet 20-course meal.
    • 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
    A great adventure.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    It's like Chekhov with a British accent.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    I love Rabbit-Proof Fence as drama, as protest, as moviemaking and as poetry.

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