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

Michael Sragow's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Harvard Beats Yale 29-29
Lowest review score: 0 CJ7
Score distribution:
1,035 movie reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Michael Sragow
    It's like a New York City equivalent of a Third World bazaar: It hums with nerviness and cunning. And this movie presents a tingling vision of a working neighborhood after hours. Night falls in Chop Shop like a comfort, a cloak or a shroud.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Michael Sragow
    In every important way, Breach isn't just a solid thriller; it's also an ambitious and engrossing piece of narrative journalism.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Michael Sragow
    The whole film is about innocence and experience, and if it isn't a Blakean song, it is a sturdy and vibrant piece of prose.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Michael Sragow
    Who Killed the Electric Car? makes you feel that no good idea, let alone good deed, goes unpunished. Only the exuberance of the moviemaking keeps your spirits high.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 83 Michael Sragow
    The stripped-down filmmaking preserves the abruptness and surprise of the happy (and unhappy) accidents Reverend Billy finds at every stop along the way, from Manhattan to Anaheim.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Michael Sragow
    Jacobson and his actors do so much with the characters that they leave an ambiguous residue of blood-streaked regrets and sadness.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Michael Sragow
    Despite the merry duo of Ford and Connery, The Last Crusade offered a familiar pursuit of the Holy Grail. The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull makes a better move: It goes back to the future. Once again, the Indiana Jones series is the rare franchise that treasures knowledge and embraces the unknown.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Michael Sragow
    No one has caught the pride, remorse and pain of an unloved and possibly unlovable husband better than Edward Norton in The Painted Veil.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Michael Sragow
    Both handmade and souped-up, it beautifully renders two types of camaraderie: the bonds among eccentrics and the fellowship of speed.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Michael Sragow
    Despite the movie's several shortcomings, it leaves us sated. That's because, unlike Oliver's workhouse, it does give "some more" - more emotional breadth, more hardscrabble farce, and more haunting drama.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Michael Sragow
    A humorous bounty of flesh and fantasy.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Michael Sragow
    Will Ferrell does chicken-fried comedy right: with crackpot discipline and stripped-to-the-beer-belly courage.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 83 Michael Sragow
    It's an unusual and engaging romantic comedy because it's mostly about how these women ready each other for real love.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Michael Sragow
    Live-In Maid is a lived-in movie. Its cataclysms may be small in scale, but the movie brings us so far into these women's lives that a shattered cup creates an earthquake.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Michael Sragow
    What's bleakly hilarious about the whole movie is that Bekmambetov directs the nonaction scenes just as hyperbolically.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Michael Sragow
    Until it detours into dysfunctional-family comedy-drama, Transamerica rides cross-country without ever running low on bracing, cactus-spined surprises.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Michael Sragow
    Philip Seymour Hoffman steals the movie.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Michael Sragow
    Penelope Cruz is sensational in Volver - she's its lifeblood, its raison d'etre and its meaning.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Michael Sragow
    Some of the movie's sunniest moments arrive as Chappelle ambles through Ohio. He's an observational comic with a drawling syntax that's almost as sly as Mark Twain's.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Michael Sragow
    When it comes to what's great about King Kong, it's not the harum-scarum. It's the girl.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Michael Sragow
    Nolte brings this movie a piece of his heart, and grants us peace.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Michael Sragow
    In the strongest scenes, Ben Affleck gets his lead actors to extract the bitter juice from Lehane's wood-alcohol prose. The movie has its horrifying Gothic twists and turns, but it's never better than when it takes these two into places where the underclass goes to forget or be forgotten or get lost.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Michael Sragow
    With Joan Allen bringing a crisp intelligence to the sharp, unsentimental narration, it's both awful and fascinating to follow Hitler's warped growth from frustrated painter to self-appointed arbiter of Germanic art.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 83 Michael Sragow
    Kung fu purists may scoff, but escapists with a sense of humor should romp through The Forbidden Kingdom.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Michael Sragow
    Kasi Lemmons' movie is called Talk to Me, but what it really does is sing to you, in the argot and cadences of soul, jazz, rock and rhythm and blues.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 83 Michael Sragow
    The Wachowski Brothers once again they prove themselves our reigning masters of murk.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Michael Sragow
    The Duchess of Langeais is a romantic dance of death.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 83 Michael Sragow
    This team has succeeded at making a film that opens a subculture without programming our responses to it.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Michael Sragow
    Cotillard brings honesty to histrionics. She makes Piaf - "the little sparrow" - soar.

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