Michael Sragow

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For 1,053 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 1.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Sragow's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Food, Inc.
Lowest review score: 0 CJ7
Score distribution:
1053 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 clichés with gusto.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Hawks weaves brawny romance and humor and a man’s-man sort of heartbreak into his tribute to the ideal of vocation.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Sragow
    Willis musters a fine, beaten air as a love-struck schlub, and Hawn proves that a comedian can be infectiously funny even as a woefully depressed character. The best reason to see the film is Streep. She deliriously sends up the kind of show-biz narcissist who can turn a pelvic tilt into an expression of self-love.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Sragow
    Hayao Miyazaki’s animated adventure, from 1984, is a magnificent anomaly—a rousing vision of scorched earth.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Sragow
    Martin Scorsese’s début feature has just the slightest bit of story line, but the movie is a fascinating portfolio piece: a black-and-white blueprint for “Mean Streets."
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    One of the most gorgeous and sophisticated portraits of an artist ever put on film.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Sragow
    Cronenberg’s movie was an early showcase for his tense formal style and intellectual Grand Guignol. He displays a true shock-meister’s instinct by saving the worst for last. The result is a cinematic bad dream that generates recurring nightmares.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Sragow
    Thanks to Walter Murch’s keen, intuitive sound montage and Hackman’s clammy, subtle performance, the movie captures a more elusive and universal fear—that of losing the power to respond, emotionally and morally, to the evidence of one’s own senses.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Sragow
    What revs up the movie and keeps it humming is the driving energy of early rock, with its innocent/rebellious spirit, and its theme that teens must find their own ways to love and fight.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Sragow
    Penn, with curled hair and wire-rims, makes a brilliant, slippery high-end shyster; his modulated hysteria is amazing. So is Brian De Palma’s direction. Few films actually made in the disco era can match the kinetic allure of this 1993 production, which has a bluesy undertow all its own.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Sragow
    No one could seethe better than Mifune, but what gives the movie equal shares of exhilaration and heartbreak is the feeling that pours out of him when his son finds happiness in his own marriage.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Sragow
    The film has a steady, hypnotic momentum; the director, Masaki Kobayashi, wrings as much drama out of facial twitches as he does out of sword fights. He’s helped immensely by Nakadai’s molten performance and Toru Takemitsu’s spare, disquieting music.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Sragow
    Christie’s passionate, vulnerable performance keeps pulling the entire movie into her point of view.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Sragow
    In this film, Soderbergh appears to judge the actors by how well they spew or swallow bile.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    What makes this movie an up is that even when its characters are crying for help, they're also crying for Help!
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Sragow
    Could have been a contender, but it lacks the courage of its own ambivalence.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    The movie's triumph is that we experience the ending, in which the three girls go mostly separate ways, not as a defeat but as a transition still open to possibilities.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Sragow
    Bad Company is about an undercover brother, but it will never be confused with "Undercover Brother."
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    The movie never generates the authority it needs to be all that it can be.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Sragow
    The most refreshing thing about the original Men in Black was that it was relatively small - a modest, slapdash, 98-minute special-effects farce. The most refreshing thing about Men in Black II is that it is 10 minutes shorter.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    Promises may want to unite the audience in humanitarian emotions, but it's more useful as a prod to examine what these children are learning from their schools, their leaders, and their media.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Sragow
    If only the director, or his deus, could have delivered us from the inevitable shock ending, which blends Darwin and Einstein with purest P.T. Barnum.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Sragow
    The casting in K-PAX is canny, but the picture as a whole is a clunky mix of the canny and the would-be uncanny.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Sragow
    Supple, eloquent and enchanting.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Sragow
    Even at its most enjoyable, Eight Legged Freaks is disappointing -- it grazes your funny bone instead of tickling it like crazy.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Sragow
    This movie is about the survival of the open-minded. As far as current American independents go, it's the fastest and the funniest.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Sragow
    Enigma, named for the Nazi secret-coding machine, has everything going for it except a pulse.

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