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 No Man's Land
Lowest review score: 0 Ghosts of Girlfriends Past
Score distribution:
1,035 movie reviews
    • 62 Metascore
    • 83 Michael Sragow
    The Wachowski Brothers once again they prove themselves our reigning masters of murk.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Michael Sragow
    Nolte brings this movie a piece of his heart, and grants us peace.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Michael Sragow
    A humorous bounty of flesh and fantasy.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Michael Sragow
    This documentary (like the fact-based 2004 feature Miracle) demonstrates how powerful true sports stories can be when they delve into the mystery of leadership instead of falling back on nostalgia.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 83 Michael Sragow
    The opening half-hour may prove to be a disreputable classic of pedal-to-the-metal filmmaking.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Michael Sragow
    Will Ferrell does chicken-fried comedy right: with crackpot discipline and stripped-to-the-beer-belly courage.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 83 Michael Sragow
    This team has succeeded at making a film that opens a subculture without programming our responses to it.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Michael Sragow
    The triumph of American Hardcore is that it convinces general audiences that there were vast underground reservoirs of angst and anguish to be tapped.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Michael Sragow
    Penelope Cruz is sensational in Volver - she's its lifeblood, its raison d'etre and its meaning.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 83 Michael Sragow
    The Breakfast Club meets Rear Window. The result should satisfy dating crowds from high school to night school.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Michael Sragow
    Cotillard brings honesty to histrionics. She makes Piaf - "the little sparrow" - soar.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 83 Michael Sragow
    Bright semi-adult entertainment.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Michael Sragow
    If you have an ounce of romance in you, you'll sense your own inner Captain Blood emerge when Captain Shakespeare turns him into a dashing figure with a dangerous sword.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 83 Michael Sragow
    Berg doesn't let up on the tension, even when the action is bloodless.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 83 Michael Sragow
    This Christmas is the rare movie about a cozy household at holiday time that's as funny and dramatic and poignant as any seasonal family get-together should be.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Michael Sragow
    Philip Seymour Hoffman steals the movie.