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 Capote
Lowest review score: 0 Be Cool
Score distribution:
1,035 movie reviews
    • 58 Metascore
    • 91 Michael Sragow
    Ask the Dust is more than an amorous period piece. It's a strongly bitter, strongly sweet poem in prose and motion.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Michael Sragow
    It's the whole constellation of relationships that Winick and company create in and around the barn that brings the movie its kaleidoscopic charm.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Michael Sragow
    It's an authentic, harrowing tale of heroism.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Michael Sragow
    Downey and Favreau and the special-effects team transform the trying-out of the armor and its powers into slapstick cadenzas. But equally entertaining is Stark's and Potts' recognition that they share more than a mere working chemistry.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 91 Michael Sragow
    It's a courageous, moving, organically funny picture.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Michael Sragow
    This movie provides no phony catharsis or closure; it develops a vision of people growing in spurts from their most terrible mistakes.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Michael Sragow
    Jumping off from the brilliant novel by Giles Foden and changing a key character entirely, it dramatizes and wrings humor from the way a white Western renegade can view a self-made Third World despot like Amin as a superman blowing fresh air into a fetid atmosphere.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 Michael Sragow
    Despite its haphazard rhythms and longueurs, The New World achieves an emotional payoff unlike anything else in Malick's work. It's all you think his movies are, and more.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Michael Sragow
    Thanks to Hallstrom's slaphappy artistry and a sparkling ensemble, Hoax is a hoot.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Michael Sragow
    It's one nutty holiday fruitcake that is appetizing and tasty.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Michael Sragow
    A masterpiece of psychological suspense.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Michael Sragow
    Emily Dickinson wrote, "Hope is the thing with feathers." When Woody Allen published his second collection, he called it Without Feathers. Guest is as sharp and original as Allen, but he hasn't lost hope. For Your Consideration -- disillusioned but also fresh and ticklish -- is a thing with feathers, too.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 91 Michael Sragow
    It sheds the series' famous and influential pastel look and plunges its cast of villains and warriors into the 21st century.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Michael Sragow
    Bitterly funny about divorce, it's even sharper and more original about intellectuals and their discontent.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 91 Michael Sragow
    So far in this year's cartoon feature sweepstakes, Shrek the Third rules.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Michael Sragow
    Shine a Light has two maestros, Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger, and once they begin to mesh, around the third or fourth song, they put on a display of showmanship that erases the line between art and entertainment.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Michael Sragow
    The impact is hypnotic.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Michael Sragow
    A Big Sleep with underage bozos, a Maltese Falcon where the stuff that dreams are made of rests in the lockers of a well-worn high school, Brick is a remarkable oddity, audacious and engaging.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Michael Sragow
    Few films combine a dense and tingling atmosphere with the headlong pacing and adventure of The Bourne Ultimatum.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Michael Sragow
    Infuriating and funny, the film forges a disturbing diagram from the avarice and chaos of a slapdash, heartless system.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Michael Sragow
    Stays true to the spirit and characters of the book while embellishing it to overflowing.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 91 Michael Sragow
    For 45 minutes, it zings along on perfectly pitched overstatement.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Michael Sragow
    The rousing new Western 3:10 to Yuma has the sweep of an epic and the economy of a stopwatch.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Michael Sragow
    Fresh, funny and unfailingly observant, Rocket Science is a mood-swinging movie about adolescence that lifts audiences' spirits even when its hero is down in the dumps.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Michael Sragow
    Near letter-perfect.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Michael Sragow
    The title Tell No One recalls the days when ads proclaimed, "No one will be seated after the first 15 minutes" and "Be considerate of your neighbors: Don't give away the ending of this picture." Both rules apply to this canny, refreshingly emotional and intuitive thriller.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Michael Sragow
    A spare, trembling lyric poem of a movie that uses stillness and facial blips the way melodramas use showdowns and action films big bangs.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 91 Michael Sragow
    It's first-class entertainment for bookish lads and lasses of all ages - and for those who never have or never will crack a paperback's spine. And it might inspire today's nascent artists to open up their sketch-pads as well as their hearts and minds.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Michael Sragow
    The movie lives in its small details.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 Michael Sragow
    The gritty heist picture The Bank Job has everything adult action fans could want, starting with a grand, fact-inspired gimmick.

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