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 4.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Sragow's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Why We Fight
Lowest review score: 0 High Tension
Score distribution:
1,035 movie reviews
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Michael Sragow
    Standard Operating Procedure says that human nature abhors moral vacuums - but sometimes humans get sucked into them.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Michael Sragow
    The movie has been compared, with some reason, to the French New Wave. But it's like "Jules and Jim" or "Band of Outsiders" blended with "A Hard Day's Night."
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Michael Sragow
    It's a summery idyll: his most entertaining picture since "Bullets Over Broadway" (1994) or maybe "Sweet and Lowdown" (1999).
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    What makes this movie an up is that even when its characters are crying for help, they're also crying for Help!
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 58 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Few directors are able to showcase actors with fast-cutting techniques. Hill is an ace at it because everything about his action is organic.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Promises may want to unite the audience in humanitarian emotions, but it's more useful as a prod to examine what these children are learning from their schools, their leaders, and their media.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    This movie is about the survival of the open-minded. As far as current American independents go, it's the fastest and the funniest.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Ali
    It's one of the most ambitious biographical films ever made in this country, and one of the most unusual, moving and exciting.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    The union of thought and feeling becomes flesh and blood thanks to four brilliant performers in Iris.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    In the full-house ensemble of Henry Bromell's Panic, Neve Campbell is the wild card.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 60 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Levinson's quirky caper is rich with laughs.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Brosnan turns his typical talent on its head. So does director Boorman, who forsakes his usual tingling virtuosity.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Takes 20 minutes to burst into fierce, inspired filmmaking.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    The movie's steady good humor and respect for character is pleasing - even energizing.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Until the final shot, the movie keeps you wondering how it will turn out.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Himalaya does for yak caravans what "Red River" did for cattle drives: it sees them as the stuff of epic conquest.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Experiencing this film is like hurtling down a verbal slalom.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    A headlong pastiche of lower-depth melodrama and absurd black comedy.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    If the movie has a flaw, it's that the working out of Vincent's psychology is too perfect.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    The picture has immediacy, force and humanity. It's a muckraking work of art.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    The movie has dual strengths that silence most objections. Even more than "X-2" or "American Splendor," it is, in a good way, the most comic-booky movie of the year. It's also the human Winged Migration.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    One genuine small triumph of American Splendor is that the title isn't ironic. The movie is a splendid, inventive piece of urban Americana about that hardboiled original, Harvey Pekar.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    The movie may not be perfect, but it's jam-packed with goodies -- like a breakfast cereal fun-pack with a prize on every box-top.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 93 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Except for the Mozart music and Tharp movements around the edges, Amadeus plays like a monument to mediocrity. The movie belongs to Salieri.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    The movie never undercuts his brilliance and his unexpected charisma. No matter how high his degree of malevolence, he cuts a bigger figure after you see the movie than he did before.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    This documentary could have been a simple downer. Instead, it's a giddy, manic-depressive roller coaster - because it brings us eye to eye with Gilliam.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    There's great action moviemaking here: You learn what it means to "carve" a pool, as you learn what it means to "close off" the boxing ring in Ali.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    A sophisticated thrill. And incandescent Thandie Newton is a worthy successor to Audrey Hepburn in 'Charade.'