Michael Sragow

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For 1,040 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 46% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Sragow's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Heading South
Lowest review score: 0 CJ7
Score distribution:
1040 movie reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    This thoroughly modern movie pulls off a classical feat. It elicits the searing combination of pity and terror that leaves a viewer feeling purged.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Sragow
    The performers are all keen at expressing different variations on uptightness and with-itness. And McDormand is sensational.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 0 Michael Sragow
    All Alexander proves in Punisher: War Movie is that a martial-arts-trained woman can make a film just as stupid, coarse and numbing as any muscle man.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Few directors are able to showcase actors with fast-cutting techniques. Hill is an ace at it because everything about his action is organic.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    There's no cheap uplift to their victory, no pop catharsis. What's great about United 93 is that you never feel it's just a movie - even though, as a movie, it's terrific.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 58 Michael Sragow
    Contains a dozen winning moments of humor, uplift or exhilaration. But are they enough to justify a 154-minute running time?
    • 79 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Sragow
    A razzle-dazzle lower-depths melodrama.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    Beyond Borders keeps angling for a peace prize; it might have won more hearts and minds if it came together as a movie.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    Failed marital farce.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    This flight of fancy stays aloft on the power of its acting and its atmosphere.
    • 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Sragow
    Too bad Kidron, Fielding and company pay only cafe lip service to satire.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    You go to Good Night, and Good Luck expecting inspiration, and you get it. It's also unexpectedly subtle, tense, and challenging, complex both in its take on its subject and in its craftsmanship. So the movie brings you to your feet - and, at times, to tears.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Michael Sragow
    Jumping off from the brilliant novel by Giles Foden and changing a key character entirely, it dramatizes and wrings humor from the way a white Western renegade can view a self-made Third World despot like Amin as a superman blowing fresh air into a fetid atmosphere.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Lumumba revives the tradition of Pontecorvo's "The Battle of Algiers" and Costa-Gavras' "Z" and "State of Siege." In substance and excitement, it joins their ranks.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Sragow
    Even as trick movies go, Confidence feels surfacey to a fault.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    A campy riot of retro cool, a warm and fuzzy ode to the '70s buddy cops.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Brosnan turns his typical talent on its head. So does director Boorman, who forsakes his usual tingling virtuosity.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    The result is a performance film that conjures a vision of American life as moving, funny and rueful as John Ford's Young Mr. Lincoln.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    A beautiful display of celluloid bungee-jumping.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Sragow
    Tykwer made Potente a star in Run Lola Run, and here she repays him 10 times over. Without her force of gravity, this film would waft into the ether.
    • 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
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Michael Sragow
    What's bleakly hilarious about the whole movie is that Bekmambetov directs the nonaction scenes just as hyperbolically.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    If you feel yourself glowing after Love Actually, you might be suffering from sugar shock.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    The word "yuppie" has fallen out of favor from overuse, but Closer's young urban professionals are so vain and superficial they may bring it back as the ultimate putdown. This movie is a yuppie nightmare.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Sragow
    Nearly everything fresh and exciting about the 2002 documentary "Dogtown and Z-Boys" - the story of the Santa Monica-Ocean Park-Venice area misfits who revolutionized skateboarding in the 1970s - becomes studied and secondhand in The Lords of Dogtown.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Brilliant, brutally poignant.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    The problem isn't the history that the filmmakers leave in, but how much they leave out.

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