Michael Sragow

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For 1,039 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 2.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Sragow's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Lowest review score: 0 CJ7
Score distribution:
1039 movie reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    If, like me, you're both desperate to see new public-works systems in our own country and sensitive to the possible human and ecological damage, Up the Yangtze provides a devastating view of top-down, broad-stroke social programs.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    What gives Notorious its staying power is what happens before AND after its hero's death.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    What makes the "Dolittle" movies stand out from this menagerie is the superb casting and matching of the animals and their human voices.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    The sensuousness of Lemon Tree is its glory.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    Weitz doesn't manage Pullman's feat of being rational and magical simultaneously. But he rapidly and intelligently opens up Pullman's world.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    The movie has a vibrant, sturdy pathos in the manner of Dickens.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    This movie leaves 'em laughing - and gasping.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    At its best, the movie combines the musical and psychological meanings of a fugue. Sons and daughters and mother take up themes of dislocation and identity loss, and deepen them at every turn.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    Wastes amusing beginnings.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    Siegel takes us to the brink of operatic melodrama, then lands us in a tragicomic spot: a psychological landscape of alternate life and make-believe death.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    The performers are tremendous, particularly Deschanel, who can travel to the end of an emotional tether and then suggest the mysteries of change and growth that lie beyond.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    The movie conveys the drama of the moment but eschews context. The result is an arresting yet frustrating experience.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    The symmetry doesn't work. Capitalism is an economic system; democracy, a political system. Perhaps Moore should have come out and said what he really wants to see us adopt: a democratic socialism.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    Without restraint or subtlety, but with a lot of heart and energy, this movie tells a real-life tall tale.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    Keeps its eye on the big picture even when focusing on the small scene.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    Light, engaging documentary.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    As Laura, Rueda hits sublime notes of confusion, grief and wrath. She's sympathetic enough to make you root for her and complex enough to get you arguing afterward about whether Laura did anything to deserve all this.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    Benton's version of The Human Stain feels under-energized and modest to a fault. Yet it still delivers a genuine sad sting.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    At its best, Tropic Thunder wrings divine madness from wretched excess.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    A sensational date movie.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    A campy riot of retro cool, a warm and fuzzy ode to the '70s buddy cops.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    "Happy Accidents" should retire Tomei's status as part of a show-biz urban legend and establish her once and for all as one of our most versatile and engaging performers.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    The movie needs more incident and complication; it's modest to a fault.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    You won't want to miss it if you care about movies that dare to chart intimacies in our age of spectacle, or about up-and-coming female performers and underused male veterans finding roles worthy of their gifts.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    The whole movie aspires to set an Annie Hall vibe, especially when Tom keeps trying to re-create, first with her and then with someone else.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    A refreshingly unpredictable and fizzy comic fantasy. It tickles the fancy even when it strains credibility.

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