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 Before Sunset
Lowest review score: 0 Venom
Score distribution:
1,035 movie reviews
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    The movie's main strengths are its use of the real United Nations as its prime location and Pollack's ability to stud this movie (as he also did "The Firm") with players who do supporting-character equivalents of star turns.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    Kung Fu Hustle is to "House of Flying Daggers" what "Blazing Saddles" is to "Unforgiven."
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    Cheeky, brass-knuckles British crime film.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    It's the pushiest film around - "in your face" is still in-your-face, even if the dancers are in white-face.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    Blessedly unimportant, Fantastic Four cruises along on modest yet genuine comic-book pleasures.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    Bergman's creation of family banter that turns irredeemably cruel remains without peer.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    In Hustle & Flow, a star is born playing a star who's born.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    For those of us who wish that John Hughes' "The Breakfast Club" had kept the cheeky tone of Hughes' "Sixteen Candles," what ensues is the best Hughes farce that Hughes never made about adolescent snobbery and heartbreak as well as adult obtuseness.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    Producers hits few wrong notes on the big screen.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    If you have a sneaky taste for the monstrous and a hearty appetite for the outlandish, the pulpy yet engaging Night Watch should leave you merrily sated.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    Queen Latifah, the star of Barbershop 2 and Beauty Shop, and thus our reigning monarch of big-screen beauty stylists, should fund and narrate a sequel. Because The Beauty Academy of Kabul is good enough to make you want to know how they do.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    This movie will be remembered not for the notorious Bettie Page but for its showcase of the burgeoning Gretchen Mol.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    Intelligent and robust contempt has become so rare in movies that the first half of Art School Confidential is intermittently exhilarating.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    For better and worse, the entire film goes by like a theme-park cyclone ride. It makes as much sense as it needs to when you're on it. All it leaves in its wake is a residue of vertigo and speed.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    With everything this film has going for it - humor, intelligence and a splendid ensemble - Richard Linklater's nightmare drug movie, A Scanner Darkly, should be continually compelling. But it loses its fizz after a strong series of pops.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    What's missing is what Pixar never fails to provide: The kind of storytelling heart that is inseparable from imagination.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    It may not tell us anything about terror in the new millennium, but the filmmakers' work is solid and affecting. In its own over-emphatic, sometimes clumsy way, it can move an audience to tears, cathartic laughs and cheers.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    This flight of fancy stays aloft on the power of its acting and its atmosphere.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    The most refreshing thing about Man of the Year is its mingling of comedy and suspense with common decency. Levinson asks his countrymen not just to know their limits, but also to reach them.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    The excitingly well-made Death of a President imagines the assassination of President Bush as a way of analyzing political violence. And Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, sight unseen, has labeled it despicable.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    Pearce makes you see why Edie found Warhol as irresistible as he found her. His otherworldly eyes focus on both who she is and what she represents. He sees her as a star.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    Freedom Writers is the rare inspirational-teacher film that is filled with genuine, jaw-dropping coups of real-life poetry.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    Touching and insightful.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    This movie doesn't pretend to be anything more than a cheerful night out, and on that count it scores.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    Making you feel the presence of absences - of the distant and the departed, of dreams that never quite come true - is the key thing that this uneven film gets exactly right.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    Surprisingly moving and intellectually satisfying.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    Uneven and affecting movie.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    The original French title is "La Doublure," but The Valet fits Veber. He has become a one-man service industry when it comes to spreading Gallic barbed humor and good cheer.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    The movie needs more incident and complication; it's modest to a fault.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    Few films even try to render the full range of emotions and sensations in female sexuality as the aptly titled Lady Chatterley, directed and co-written by a Frenchwoman, Pascale Ferran.