Michael Sragow

Michael Sragow

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

Biography:
Michael Sragow saw the greatest movie ever made, The Wild Bunch, six times in two weeks in 1969 and has been arguing about it and other movies ever since. He has been a movie critic for The Baltimore Sun since 2001 and a regular contributor to The New Yorker since 1989. Prior to writing for The Sun, he was a film critic for Rolling Stone and The San Francisco Examiner, among other publications. He is the author of Victor Fleming: An American Movie Master (Pantheon, 2008).
Publications:
Baltimore Sun , New Times , New Yorker , Orange County Register , Salon.com
Critics' Group:
National Society of Film Critics
Total Reviews:
672
Total QuickRatings:
1

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
49% Rio 2 (2014) " [A] ramshackle, riotously beautiful sequel to the smash 2011 musical-comedy." — Orange County Register
Posted Apr 10, 2014
C 54% Cuban Fury (2014) " It wants to be a feel-good movie, but it's really just a "feel-meh" flick." — Orange County Register
Posted Apr 10, 2014
B 79% The Raid 2 (2014) " A very talented, very long piece of ultra-violence about a fleet-footed undercover cop who wreaks havoc on the criminal hierarchy of Jakarta." — Orange County Register
Posted Apr 10, 2014
A- 87% Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) " A sensual, funny, downtown-artist fantasy about the long-term marriage of two spectacularly attractive vampires." — Orange County Register
Posted Apr 10, 2014
C+ 83% Joe (2014) " Nicolas Cage and Tye Sheridan can't save this story -- about a righteous ex-con becoming the surrogate father to an abused boy -- from turning into an exercise in rural wretchedness." — Orange County Register
Posted Apr 10, 2014
B- 71% Oculus (2014) " It's far more intelligent and haunting than most chillers these days, but near the end I kept wishing it would lighten up and be entertaining." — Orange County Register
Posted Apr 10, 2014
B- 63% Draft Day (2014) " This slow-burning wheeler-dealer football drama pays off in the end, but it would be a lot more entertaining along the way if it were loose and irreverent." — Orange County Register
Posted Apr 10, 2014
B- 57% Breathe In (2014) " The superb acting can't turn narrative lead into gold with this story about the attraction of a foreign-exchange student pianist to her married host and teacher." — Orange County Register
Posted Apr 3, 2014
B+ 88% Alan Partridge (2014) " A slaphappy farce based on the character Coogan has been doing for decades on British radio and TV." — Orange County Register
Posted Apr 3, 2014
B 82% The Unknown Known (2014) " Fascinating and horrifying." — Orange County Register
Posted Apr 3, 2014
A 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) " Captain America: The Winter Soldier injects new life into the Marvel movie universe and the superhero genre." — Orange County Register
Posted Apr 3, 2014
4/4 99% Metropolis (1927) " Lang is at fever pitch. Although the film is renowned for its architecture -- and thus has a reputation for being static -- what makes it seductive is how much organic energy Lang and his collaborators put into the imagery. " — Baltimore Sun
Posted Apr 1, 2014
B+ 40% Cesar Chavez (2014) " The results can be surprisingly rich, lucid and subtle." — Orange County Register
Posted Mar 27, 2014
F 22% Sabotage (2014) " Rarely has a non-horror movie lavished as much attention on viscera and entrails; the only times brains enter the picture are from head wounds." — Orange County Register
Posted Mar 27, 2014
C- 77% Noah (2014) " The result is so brash it's sure to be called exciting or at least not boring. Those not in the director's camp may find it pummeling or numbing. He huffs and he puffs but fails to blow you away." — Orange County Register
Posted Mar 27, 2014
A 98% Jodorowsky's Dune (2014) " Pavich's movie is more profound as a tribute to the imagination of visionary directors who can't realize their visions." — Orange County Register
Posted Mar 27, 2014
1.5/4 92% Memento (2000) " This is the kind of movie that gas-bag instructors use to illustrate the concept that one man's reality is another's fiction. But it's puny stuff compared to Kurosawa's Rashomon." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Mar 26, 2014
C+ 91% Le Week-End (2014) " Even the redoubtable Broadbent succumbs to unchecked pathos and self-loathing. Only Duncan's gorgeous suppleness and alertness keep Meg from seeming cruel and overly acidic." — Orange County Register
Posted Mar 21, 2014
D 40% Divergent (2014) " Jackhammer music and sound design are all that hold the action scenes together." — Orange County Register
Posted Mar 21, 2014
B+ 79% Muppets Most Wanted (2014) " The movie overflows with funny moments, and Constantine is a terrific character." — Orange County Register
Posted Mar 21, 2014
B+ 79% Aftermath (2013) " Jozek's and Franek's characters (and Czop's and Stuhr's performances) are continually surprising and ultimately indelible. You can read how their mindsets shift as they stumble onto new truths." — Orange County Register
Posted Mar 13, 2014
C+ 92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) " [Anderson's pictures are] comical without actually being funny, inventive without being freely playful, momentous without being dramatic. The emotional oxygen that would ignite them gets smothered in self-conscious cleverness." — Orange County Register
Posted Mar 13, 2014
B- 77% Veronica Mars (2014) " The movie proves you can go home again. But it will take a better sequel to decide whether you want to." — Orange County Register
Posted Mar 13, 2014
C+ 63% Bad Words (2014) " A movie that promises to skewer sentimentality about children and the parents who live their lives through them ends up as an arrested adolescent's cry for help. Bateman should have recognized that as a creative SOS." — Orange County Register
Posted Mar 13, 2014
C- 23% Need For Speed (2014) " You can see why the film stretches out to 130 minutes. It contains 45 minutes of setup, then a cross-country race before the climactic -- make that anticlimactic -- race." — Orange County Register
Posted Mar 13, 2014
100% Barabba (Barabbas) (1961) " Problems of dubbing and pacing and a lack of scene-to-scene variety weigh the movie down, but Christopher Fry's pointed and intelligent free adaptation of Pär Lagerkvist's 1950 novel resists grandiloquence." — New Yorker
Posted Mar 10, 2014
B+ 79% Bethlehem (2014) " This fleet-footed suspense film breaks new ground as it retells the story of a Palestinian youth who informs for the Israeli secret service." — Orange County Register
Posted Mar 6, 2014
A- 96% The Lunchbox (2014) " From the start, the movie mingles savory realism with elements of magic." — Orange County Register
Posted Mar 6, 2014
C+ 42% 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) " Murro may believe that he's directed an anti-fascist movie, but what he's really made is almost as coercive as fascist melodrama. It's a big bully of an action film." — Orange County Register
Posted Mar 6, 2014
B- 78% Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014) " Most of the vocal performers are promising, from Ty Burrell and Max Charles as Mr. Peabody and Sherman to Stephen Colbert and Leslie Mann as Penny's parents." — Orange County Register
Posted Mar 6, 2014
A 97% Ernest & Célestine (2014) " A delicate portrait of a mouse as an artist meets a scruffy portrait of a bear as an all-out entertainer in this witty and imaginative cartoon feature." — Orange County Register
Posted Mar 6, 2014
A- 88% The Angels' Share (2013) " Modest in scale, expansive in emotions, this movie is a rarity: a contemporary tragicomedy." — Orange County Register
Posted Mar 3, 2014
B+ 89% In the House (2013) " In the House is a tour de force about two yarn-spinners -- Claude and Germain -- whose lives devolve into chaos." — Orange County Register
Posted Mar 3, 2014
C+ 54% Oblivion (2013) " Although it looks spectacular and boasts some pungent ideas, the surprise-to-running-time ratio is out of whack." — Orange County Register
Posted Mar 3, 2014
B 68% Disconnect (2013) " Disconnect turns out to have a complicated view of life in the digital age. Rising to scenes of real intimacy and insight, the movie is stimulating, and, at times, touching." — Orange County Register
Posted Mar 3, 2014
D 44% To The Wonder (2013) " Love is a many-splendored thing, except when it isn't in To the Wonder, a wispy romantic movie about the death of a romance." — Orange County Register
Posted Mar 3, 2014
B+ 48% Scatter My Ashes At Bergdorf's (2013) " No, it's not hard-hitting journalism about retail fashion or conspicuous consumption. It's more like a graceful authorized biography of an institution." — Orange County Register
Posted Mar 3, 2014
A 81% Something in the Air (2013) " Something in the Air is a splendid title for a one-of-a-kind film -- a political mood movie that's more revelatory and exciting than almost any political melodrama." — Orange County Register
Posted Mar 3, 2014
A 88% The Wind Rises (2014) " The movie's story and visuals are all of a piece. The incidents are layered; the wind reveals their secrets." — Orange County Register
Posted Feb 27, 2014
B- 60% Non-Stop (2014) " Everywhere you look there's someone fun to watch." — Orange County Register
Posted Feb 27, 2014
B- 48% Stalingrad (2014) " If the director and his screenwriters had concocted a scenario to equal their grasp of military calamity, they could have created a classic." — Orange County Register
Posted Feb 27, 2014
B 95% Child's Pose (2014) " Writer-director Calin Peter Netzer's thin yet compelling movie is a family drama with elements of political theater and film noir." — Orange County Register
Posted Feb 20, 2014
C 11% Barefoot (2014) " A sorry throwback to sentimental 1960s movies -- the ones in which an offbeat woman repairs the soul of an emotionally clueless man." — Orange County Register
Posted Feb 20, 2014
C- 45% The Pretty One (2014) " The whole movie has a damp, logy texture. It could have used a rewrite or a re-edit just to dry it out." — Orange County Register
Posted Feb 20, 2014
C 89% Omar (2014) " I don't want to see the characters as freedom fighters or terrorists. I just want to see them as human beings. But the director uses them as political magnets to draw us toward his ideological sympathies." — Orange County Register
Posted Feb 20, 2014
C- 45% In Secret (2014) " Without Zola's churning narrative and analytical bite, the movie plays like an animatronic museum piece." — Orange County Register
Posted Feb 20, 2014
D 33% 3 Days To Kill (2014) " [A] bloated, queasy, quasi-comical extravaganza." — Orange County Register
Posted Feb 20, 2014
A 97% The Last of the Unjust (2014) " [Lanzmann is] the kind of witness the Holocaust needs: The witness who refuses to leave the stand until the full story is told." — Orange County Register
Posted Feb 14, 2014
C- 70% About Last Night (2014) " Neither director Steve Pink nor screenwriter Leslye Headland put much effort into basic storytelling." — Orange County Register
Posted Feb 14, 2014
C- 13% Winter's Tale (2014) " It's so filled with high-flown blather about love, destiny and miracles that there's no room for enchantment." — Orange County Register
Posted Feb 14, 2014
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