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 The Wind That Shakes the Barley
Lowest review score: 0 Deck the Halls
Score distribution:
1,035 movie reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    The love that heals and the love that kills are one and the same in the exhilarating Head-On, Fatih Akin's overgrown dead-end-kid romance for live-wire adults.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Kore-eda expresses the terror of the kids' predicament with a touch that's equally tender and dispassionate.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Original, unfailingly entertaining marital-breakup movie.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    The movie's sweetness, wit and charm go beyond its can't-we-all-just-get-along premise.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    A stinging elegy for lost American dreams.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Will be hailed for its macabre imagination and inventive farce. But it also elegantly renders an archetypal teenage tale.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    It flows like fast-moving lava to a climax filled with pyrotechnics. And for once in a summer blockbuster, the fireworks are both emotional and physical. The movie leaves you sated, yet wanting more -- just what you want from a series with two entries left to go.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    The results are often as surprising as they are funny.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    The astonishingly versatile Kinnear proves note-perfect as a huckster who slowly rids himself of slime.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    It overflows with a combustible blend of street sensitivity and testosterone.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Goes down like a single-malt aged for 25 years.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Ron Howard has made his best movie with Frost/Nixon, an electric political drama with a skin-prickling immediacy.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    This film teaches the rewards of patience for directors, for actors and for audiences, too. The compelling reality of Juliette's plight comes from how subtly and gradually she emerges from her carapace.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Most contemporary horror films derive shocks from mere torture. Let the Right One In locates most of its fright-power in the needs and confusions of people who are usually overlooked.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    The outcomes of all the mini-dramedies are too messy and equivocal to produce morals; that's just as it should be in a farce about confusion. Co-directors Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath are most intent on completing the circle of comedy.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    It's not a great movie, but it is an enlivening and unusual one: an effervescent political film that also packs a knockout punch.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    The combination of 3-D photography and puppet-animation - centered on actual figures designed by hand and manipulated frame by frame - creates a world that's dense, active and fluid: a sensory Jacuzzi.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    The movie is supremely nonjudgmental and balanced.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    It's intelligent and emotional, not studied or sappy.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    A bittersweet joy. Its humor and romance are refreshing because the writer-director, Greg Mottola, realizes that maturity is a two-steps-forward, one-step-backward process.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Sugar is a near-great movie with qualities more unusual than some all-time classics. It resists cliche at every turn and puts something solid in its place: raw yet controlled observation that gives the film the form of a flexing muscle.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Without ever telling viewers what to think or how to feel, it raises more questions about the corruption of crime and crime fighting than any expose or thesis.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    A delirious surprise .
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Humpday mixes hilarity with upset as the irresistible force of male pride meets the immovable object of sexual identity.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Paul Giamatti - that huddle of broiling instincts, out-of-control impulses and aggravated ardor epitomized in "Sideways" - you feel his soul's absence as dearly as its presence.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    The result is an exciting, infuriating, combative experience.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    It's a nightmare that starts like a normal daytime drive and ends in a vortex-like sinkhole.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Bright Star delivers a prismatic depiction - tart, funny and piercing - of the romance between poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne in the three years before he died, in 1821, at age 25.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Michael Sragow
    Nolte brings this movie a piece of his heart, and grants us peace.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 83 Michael Sragow
    Rambles and sometimes wobbles like a runaway movie. But Schreiber's instincts keep the film frolicsome and vital.

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