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 My Architect
Lowest review score: 0 Good Luck Chuck
Score distribution:
1,035 movie reviews
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    The movie's jabbing originality is what sticks in your memory.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 44 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Turns the kleig lights around to produce a wry and dead-on commentary on the film industry and the journalists who cover it.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Isn't an act of expiation but a gift of understanding.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    In its peak moments, the movie delivers, all at once, genuine street wisdom and psychology and wrenching expressions of family and friendship.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    What a relief to see a movie in which an audience responds with peals of laughter to subtle facial shifts as well as punch lines.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    A dizzying - sometimes frustrating - marvel of moviemaking instinct and ingenuity.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    As the sequence builds, it accretes so many heroic and nightmarish associations it plays like a prelude to apocalypse, which of course will come in Episode III. Attack of the Clones is part soda pop, part witches' brew - and all visual ambrosia.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    An unconventional and engrossing French thriller.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Screwball farce, romance, domestic tragicomedy and literary frolic rolled into one.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    A computer-animated burlesque fairy tale that generates more belly laughs than any live-action comedy since "Best in Show."
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    The Station Agent has craft and pace and that far rarer quality, fellow-feeling.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Gloriously funky in the good old meaning of the term. Its vulgarity may be offensive, but it's also pungent and real, and it fuels some ferocious humor.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    This picture boasts a story about a yarn-spinning Southern father (Albert Finney) and a sober-sided son (Billy Crudup) that gives it ballast and staying power beyond anything in previous, precious Burton fables like "Edward Scissorhands" or "Ed Wood."
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Director and dancers catch the audience up in a web of imagination.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    A Slipping-Down Life may be low-key, but if you enter its unique atmosphere, you will leave exhilarated.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Remarkable documentary.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    A near-great British neo-noir, harsh yet hypnotic. Its psychological vortex can suck you in and leave you reeling.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    To discover why movie fans are screaming for more Will Ferrell, and to savor the work of improv wizards like Carell, go see Anchorman.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Lightning in a Bottle has breadth, both in its multitude of perspectives and its spectrum of performances.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    The glory of the movie is Depp, who achieves his own immortality.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Guerrilla provides one huge compensation: the getting of historical wisdom.