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

Michael Sragow's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
Lowest review score: 0 Venom
Score distribution:
1,035 movie reviews
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    A delirious surprise .
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    The result is an exciting, infuriating, combative experience.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    It's sometimes said that the greatest test of a chef is cooking something cheap and simple, like a piece of chicken or a hamburger. In a movie that testifies to simple pleasures, Taylor and company pass that test again and again.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    This picture is jagged and exciting; it tells several plots imperfectly, yet makes them add up to a great American story about integrity challenged and triumphant.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Isn't an act of expiation but a gift of understanding.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Until the final shot, the movie keeps you wondering how it will turn out.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    A headlong pastiche of lower-depth melodrama and absurd black comedy.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Brosnan turns his typical talent on its head. So does director Boorman, who forsakes his usual tingling virtuosity.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    In the full-house ensemble of Henry Bromell's Panic, Neve Campbell is the wild card.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    L’Auberge Espagnole (The Spanish Hotel) is unexpectedly entertaining because it captures the point in young adulthood when life is unseriously serious, or maybe seriously unserious.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Has nearly perfect pitch.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Italian for Beginners, on its own small scale, is a one-of-a-kind movie: a baggy-pants spiritual comedy.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Screwball farce, romance, domestic tragicomedy and literary frolic rolled into one.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Director and dancers catch the audience up in a web of imagination.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Captures the feel of a first-rate comic book. It puts the pop back into Pop Art: It blows viewers away with a blast of kinetic energy.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Greengrass and his tremendously smart and emotionally agile lead actor, James Nesbitt, paint their portrait of a good politician without illusion or sentimentality.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Although it's in the same genre as "The English Patient," it's a vastly better movie --more surprising and original, more rigorous and sympathetic. This film is oddly shaped. It is also heartbreaking and exhilarating.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    A sophisticated thrill. And incandescent Thandie Newton is a worthy successor to Audrey Hepburn in 'Charade.'
    • 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!
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Without proclaiming itself a wake-up call for the West, In This World cries out for some new method of achieving international trust.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    The movie's jabbing originality is what sticks in your memory.