Michael Sragow

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For 1,050 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 1.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Sragow's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Before Sunset
Lowest review score: 0 CJ7
Score distribution:
1050 movie reviews
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Michael Sragow
    The writer-director, Babak Shokrian, has made an erratic autobiographical film about juggling artistic ambitions and family expectations in L.A.'s close-knit Iranian Jewish community.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Sragow
    The engrossing documentary Peace Officer looks at the militarization of police work from a fresh, provocative angle.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Sragow
    Ball and his cast overcome clich├ęs with gusto.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    In The Last Samurai, the body count is almost as high as the dead-brain-cell count.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    The union of thought and feeling becomes flesh and blood thanks to four brilliant performers in Iris.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    The combination of 3-D photography and puppet-animation - centered on actual figures designed by hand and manipulated frame by frame - creates a world that's dense, active and fluid: a sensory Jacuzzi.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    As a romance, Spanglish is like a wholesome flirt who drags things out and becomes a tiresome tease. As a satire of upper-middle-class Los Angeles, it's a disaster.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    The only gold in Sunshine State comes from its three female stars.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 92 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    The movie's jabbing originality is what sticks in your memory.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 91 Michael Sragow
    Strangers With Candy -- a perfect title -- is filled with straight-faced loonies. It's a nutcake you actually want to eat.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    On screen, Road to Perdition becomes a lace-curtain shoot-'em-up about fathers and sons. The graphic novel is more kinetic and more powerful than the motion picture.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    These actors have a firm playful grasp and a palpable affection for their characters' befuddled dignity and attraction. They understand what Wilde meant by the importance of being earnest.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 67 Michael Sragow
    A third of the way through Smart People, I channeled Randy Newman's "Short People" and thought, "Smart people got no reason to live."
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    As the movie rambles along with its own brand of quasi-magical surrealism, the links to real experience grow scarcer and more frayed.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    The movie's sweetness, wit and charm go beyond its can't-we-all-just-get-along premise.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 0 Michael Sragow
    It's about as much fun for the viewer as being dropped into a virtual-reality version of a highway-safety crash film. Hall writes and directs with the finesse of a rusty hatchet.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Michael Sragow
    This film about fierce competition among classic video-game players is a comic action epic in documentary form. It captures fear -- and heroism -- in a handful of dusty video games.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
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    The movie plays like a dunk-the-clown game at a carnival. Through intent or ineptitude, he sets up the Bush family and administrations as caricatures.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    Gripping footage about the controversial Qatar-based Al-Jazeera Satellite Channel, which transmits news to 40 million Arabs. But the movie offers neither lucid analyses of the channel nor probing portraits of its journalists.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    Despite these flaws, people sick of gross-out films and teen-sex comedy may be so hungry for farce that they laugh.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Michael Sragow
    If you have an ounce of romance in you, you'll sense your own inner Captain Blood emerge when Captain Shakespeare turns him into a dashing figure with a dangerous sword.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    S.W.A.T. may be an acronym for Special Weapons and Tactics, but by the end of this routine melodrama, it might as well stand for Standard Whacking and Trashing.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    A rapturous, ruefully funny flight of sympathetic imagination. Featuring the first movie role for Frank Langella that ranks with his best stage parts, it's a rare kind of American movie.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    This film's playful visual language pulls you in rather than shuts you out; it isn't difficult to decipher, and it enables Coppola and his editor, Walter Murch, to navigate the story's many realms with a directness and dexterity that are refreshing.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    The whole enterprise suffers from tired blood.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Until the final shot, the movie keeps you wondering how it will turn out.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Sragow
    You may find Va Savoir pleasant to sit through, but will it stay with you the next morning? Who knows?
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Sragow
    A smart comedy about a smart blonde -- that would be a sensation. But a dumb comedy about a smart blonde turns out to be not bad.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    This whole movie has zero chemistry. Broderick and Hunt are a match made in hell; Firth and Hunt are a match made in limbo.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    The movie does work, spectacularly.

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