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 Ratatouille
Lowest review score: 0 Punisher: War Zone
Score distribution:
1039 movie reviews
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    You Kill Me kills you softly with its smiles.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    Superior family fare.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    Jet Li and Bridget Fonda form a terrific bond in this action film. And the choreography adds a nice kick, too.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    By all means, buy a ticket to The Fast Runner, but don't go expecting a masterpiece; actually, in its first hour, the dramaturgy and staging of scenes set in igloos are cramped and amateurish.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    The Bourne Identity keeps you in a state of nervous excitation from the opening shot to the fade-out and has a thread of deadpan humor that vibrates alongside the main action like a third rail quivering next to a hurtling train.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    Black Hawk Down, in the end, is a docudrama. But it's sensationally well done, and it opens up a battlefield that needed to be documented.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    Touching and insightful.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    Modest, tasty, and it goes down easy, like home cooking.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    The movie doesn't add up to much, but it's an effervescent expression of an odd brute-hummingbird sensibility.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    This comedy of stereotypes pokes fun at poker buddies and coffee klatches only to make room for variations on more recent stereotypes. Some of the boldest 'types provide the funniest bits, such as Jon Favreau's embodiment of an upscale Stanley Kowalski who treats all-male card games as clan rites.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    Amy Adams beguiled audiences in "Junebug" and "Enchanted" and breathed humanity into the histrionic "Doubt." In the eccentric comedy-drama Sunshine Cleaning, set in the least picturesque parts of Albuquerque, N.M., she tops her own proven talent for epiphany.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    Tautou's kind of talent: priceless.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    The genius of Garfield's performance is that he fills him with equal amounts of terror and wonder.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    What makes this movie ultra-contemporary is the way Abrams has re-imagined Spock and Kirk as a team of rivals.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    Surprisingly moving and intellectually satisfying.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    The picture captures a contemporary mood-blend of cynicism, anger and woefully disappointed idealism. Runaway Jury may be just a classy potboiler, but Fleder spices up the stock and keeps it at full boil.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    Luckily, the new The Incredible Hulk is more like those 80-page special issues that comic-book publishers sold in the early 1960s for a quarter, packed with old, favorite story lines.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    It has a premise that never stops percolating.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    Max
    The result is suitably upsetting and intriguing, despite a simultaneously tacky and too-neat climax.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    Del Toro stuffs the film with wit and wonderments. Yet, coming out this superhero summer, it plays like a lovingly crafted synthesis of every fantasy saga we've seen in the past decade.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    The movie is best when everything is up in the air.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    The movie is a parable of patriarchal pride as well as a paradigm of how immigrant groups can accomplish goals without any help from their host culture.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    Rampling's authority over splintered emotions has the force of revelation.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    It's affable entertainment -- a road movie with a smart map and characters who are unpredictable human beings, not just billboard attractions.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    Kingsley dims divine Elegy.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    The Disney cartoon feature Treasure Planet is shot through with ingenuity. It outlandishly, cleverly moves Robert Louis Stevenson's seminal swashbuckler Treasure Island to outer space. The movie's affection for its source may be enough to get youngsters to crack open the original.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    Because Bar-Lev fails to go the extra mile either as a filmmaker or a friend, My Kid Could Paint That is at best "documentary silver."

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