Michael Burgin

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For 30 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 73% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 24% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 10.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Burgin's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 75
Highest review score: 93 Avengers: Endgame
Lowest review score: 46 The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
30 movie reviews
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Burgin
    In a case of cinematic superposition, a franchise built to go small, to ride on more personal stakes and the casual chemistry of Ruddian charm and likable group dynamics, must now also fully introduce not only an entire universe/microverse but the next Thanos-level threat much of the MCU will be centered around in the coming decade. Frankly, it’s a lot to ask of an insect-themed hero.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 81 Michael Burgin
    Despite the daunting challenge faced by Coogler and his team, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever feels like the surest step taken in the MCU since Thanos was reduced to ash.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 64 Michael Burgin
    The result is a movie significantly more flawed than its franchise predecessor yet more fun than anything we’ve seen in Phase 4 thus far.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 47 Michael Burgin
    If Eternals had merely been an enjoyable ensemble one-off—an Ocean’s Eleven or Knives Out of the MCU’s very own!—that could have been delightful. But there’s no real magic, Marvel or otherwise, happening here.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Burgin
    Director Cate Shortland tries to leaven this particular loaf o’ unacknowledged concussions, fractures and tissue damage with family drama and trauma.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Burgin
    Ultimately, Zack Snyder’s Justice League feels like just another name for a Special Edition Blu-ray that contains all the scenes.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 76 Michael Burgin
    Wonder Woman 1984 has many of the same strengths and weaknesses as its predecessor. Fortunately, the exact mix and proportion of those strengths and weaknesses has shifted for the better.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Burgin
    Tenet is basically a series of heists—smaller puzzle boxes within the larger one—which means while the viewer may not understand exactly what’s going on big picture, they will find the immediate action briskly paced and compellingly presented.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 71 Michael Burgin
    So, yeah, The Old Guard may be comfort food, but during this particular year, and thanks in large part to this particular cast and crew—it will hit the spot for many.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Burgin
    It’s all delightful to watch.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Burgin
    It’s (relatively) small, sincere and funny, and has more than your usual MCU allotment of post-credit bombshells.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 93 Michael Burgin
    Comic book fans know the thrill of following all your favorite characters through a multi-issue storyline that culminates in a “universe at stake” ending. Now, thanks to 21 movies in 11 years and one massive, satisfying three-hour finale, moviegoers do, too.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 71 Michael Burgin
    Ultimately, what Penguins lacks in vibranium frisbees or live-action blue genies, it more than makes up for in … well … penguins.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Michael Burgin
    Ultimately, this particular intensely collaborative endeavor clicks on all cylinders in a manner even the MCU could learn from. As a result, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse vaults into consideration as one the best Spider-Man films ever.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 51 Michael Burgin
    Like a sack of shiny baubles, there may be plenty of sparkle, but the story being pieced together from the jumble is told with all the narrative flair—and nearly equal amounts of exposition—of a Wikipedia entry.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 78 Michael Burgin
    Though the addition of “extras” like multiple locations, a larger cast of non-fodder characters and oh, actual dialogue, makes The Raid 2 much less unique a film than its predecessor, it still registers as a pretty vibrant entry into the Yakuza genre.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 86 Michael Burgin
    The newest Marvel blockbuster-to-be boasts an array of well-cast leads and supporting characters; a crisply paced, sensible plot; and above-average dialogue. Even more importantly, every scene and every character interaction prove that the movie’s creative team truly understands the core appeal of Cap himself—the tone of not just the character, but the comic book series from which he springs.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 46 Michael Burgin
    Ultimately, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is noteworthy for one thing—not waiting until the third or fourth film to achieve the overstuffed, increasingly garish look one associates with less popular (2007’s Spider-Man 3) and outright ridiculed (1997’s Batman and Robin) franchise efforts.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 89 Michael Burgin
    Marvel’s rambunctious entry into the space opera genre—and the cornerstone of its “Cosmic Marvel” roster of characters and storylines—so perfectly embodies what the preceding months of hype and hope foretold that even its weak points (and it has its share) feel almost like unavoidable imperfections—broken eggs for a pretty satisfying omelet.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 71 Michael Burgin
    Ant-Man has more than its share of logic lapses and convenient (read: sloppy) scripting, but most viewers won’t care. In much the same way Guardians of the Galaxy was powered by the charisma and affability of Chris Pratt, Ant-Man is buoyed by the charm of Rudd.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 68 Michael Burgin
    As far as structure, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 has pretty much the same flaws as its source material. Freed from the confines of the literal arena from the first two books/movies, the overarching sequence of events seems ragged by comparison.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Michael Burgin
    Star Wars is fun again. Fans whose love for the series was forged with the Original Trilogy will see too much they recognize (and, later, missed) not to love this effort.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 85 Michael Burgin
    The way in which Captain America: Civil War brings together a dozen or so heroes, sorts them into not one but two teams and then flings them at each other is its own special delight for comic book fans long accustomed to such things on the printed or digital page. And it must be pretty exciting for non-fans, too.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 86 Michael Burgin
    By the end of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the audience is unlikely to feel they’ve seen anything that different from Vol. 1, but it’s clear that Gunn and company knew exactly what qualities made the first film so enjoyable, and what they needed to do to make sure this particular sequel was worth the wait.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Michael Burgin
    By comparison, the long-awaited The Incredibles 2 is inescapably messier throughout. The villain and scheme are not quite as compelling, and the choreography of character and location—another hallmark of the first film—is a perceptible degree sloppier. Nonetheless, it feels great to be back.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 58 Michael Burgin
    Despite the ingredients at hand, Pearce and company never really pull it together in a manner that realizes the potential. The result is a pulp buffet that feels like it should have been a gourmet meal—a Golden Corral of genre conventions (that leaves the audience feeling about as satisfied).
    • 68 Metascore
    • 93 Michael Burgin
    Avengers: Infinity War is epic in a way that has been often aspired to but never fully grasped when it comes to the translation from comic book panel to the Big Screen. It’s what happens when moviemakers take their source material seriously, eschewing unnecessary melodrama even as they fully embrace the grandeur, the sheer spectacle, of it all.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 84 Michael Burgin
    Paddington 2 reminds us how difficult it can be to pull off a sweetly tempered, gently moving children’s movie by doing exactly that, and doing it so well.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Michael Burgin
    The film represents a full embrace of a culture and its people, as well as a celebration of family, both present and past. As such, it’s difficult to imagine healthier holiday fare.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 87 Michael Burgin
    The third film in the arguably least-loved franchise of Kevin Feige and company’s box office-melting enterprise, it’s also the liveliest, funniest and “loosest” film of the bunch (and that includes Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2).

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