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 The Endurance
Lowest review score: 0 Margot at the Wedding
Score distribution:
1,035 movie reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    If the movie has a flaw, it's that the working out of Vincent's psychology is too perfect.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    The Station Agent has craft and pace and that far rarer quality, fellow-feeling.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    The picture has immediacy, force and humanity. It's a muckraking work of art.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    An unconventional and engrossing French thriller.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    The union of thought and feeling becomes flesh and blood thanks to four brilliant performers in Iris.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Experiencing this film is like hurtling down a verbal slalom.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    A Slipping-Down Life may be low-key, but if you enter its unique atmosphere, you will leave exhilarated.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Levinson's quirky caper is rich with laughs.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Lightning in a Bottle has breadth, both in its multitude of perspectives and its spectrum of performances.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Guerrilla provides one huge compensation: the getting of historical wisdom.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    A dizzying - sometimes frustrating - marvel of moviemaking instinct and ingenuity.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    The glory of the movie is Depp, who achieves his own immortality.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Remarkable documentary.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    It's a nightmare that starts like a normal daytime drive and ends in a vortex-like sinkhole.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Michael Sragow
    Like Brian De Palma's 1981 masterpiece "Blow-Out," this movie contains cutting perceptions of obsession, institutional and professional myopia, misplaced loyalty in experts, misreadings of evidence and the kind of confusion that leads to conspiracy theories. But Fincher's movie falls short of masterpiece status.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 83 Michael Sragow
    Rambles and sometimes wobbles like a runaway movie. But Schreiber's instincts keep the film frolicsome and vital.