Michael Sragow

Michael Sragow

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B+ 67% Dolphin Tale 2 (2014) " Smith has an eye for knockabout farce and for untrammeled beauty, and his camera is always in the right place to capture the ecstatic sight of dolphins in motion. " ‐ Orange County Register
Posted Sep 11, 2014
B- 89% The Drop (2014) " In his final role, Gandolfini may be playing a mobbed-up man again, but he was too gifted an actor to repeat himself. " ‐ Orange County Register
Posted Sep 11, 2014
A 99% Starred Up (2014) " The British prison movie Starred Up has the excitement of a nonstop psychological cage fight, but its goal is enlightenment, not terror or cheap thrills. " ‐ Orange County Register
Posted Sep 5, 2014
B+ 52% Frontera (2014) " It captures the desperation of illegal immigrants and the confused rancor that often greets them on the American side of the border. " ‐ Orange County Register
Posted Sep 5, 2014
D 13% Innocence (2014) " The film is ridiculous without being enjoyably campy. " ‐ Orange County Register
Posted Sep 4, 2014
B- 35% The November Man (2014) " It's unfortunate that the shrewdness -- dare I say thought? -- that went into shaping Brosnan's aging hero doesn't extend to the rest of the movie. " ‐ Orange County Register
Posted Aug 28, 2014
C+ 65% Life Of Crime (2014) " [Bey] steals every scene he's in. Unfortunately, in a film this pallid, that amounts to petty theft. " ‐ Orange County Register
Posted Aug 28, 2014
B- 29% The Last Of Robin Hood (2014) " The Last of Robin Hood treads delicately on dangerous ground. Without being prurient or titillating, it could have dared to tell us more. " ‐ Orange County Register
Posted Aug 28, 2014
B 74% The Congress (2014) " The movie is a howl of pain at the technological and corporate takeover of our fantasy lives - and, increasingly, our real lives. " ‐ Orange County Register
Posted Aug 28, 2014
B 94% Love Is Strange (2014) " Lithgow, with his modulated flamboyance, and Molina, with his sad-eyed realism, are perfect individually and as a team. But the movie tends to drift away from an audience, because it's all sensibility, no sense. " ‐ Orange County Register
Posted Aug 22, 2014
D 36% If I Stay (2014) " The heroine lies in the coma, but the audience may feel brain-dead by the end of If I Stay. " ‐ Orange County Register
Posted Aug 22, 2014
D 43% Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) " Miller's original comic-book frames serve narrative functions, but these movies are all grabby graphics, devoid of compelling style. " ‐ Orange County Register
Posted Aug 22, 2014
B- 80% The One I Love (2014) " First-time director Charlie McDowell and writer Justin Lader are skillful at subverting domestic-comedy clich├ęs, and Moss and Duplass are superb at being tender, funny and borderline satiric. " ‐ Orange County Register
Posted Aug 21, 2014
A- 92% Frank (2014) " The movie roots the mask in mental illness without scanting Frank's artistic playfulness and power. The result is that rarity, a genuine pop tragicomedy. " ‐ Orange County Register
Posted Aug 21, 2014
C- 7% Are You Here (2014) " Are You Here is an infuriating blend of woozy farce, self-important social commentary and failed ambiguity. " ‐ Orange County Register
Posted Aug 21, 2014
C 33% The Expendables 3 (2014) " The series did reignite a few careers and bring forth one decent popcorn movie (The Expendables 2). Rather than artificially extend its life, maybe the time has come to say Rest in Peace. " ‐ Orange County Register
Posted Aug 15, 2014
A 81% A Master Builder (2014) " A film that plays not as a theatrical antique, but as a crackling, profound entry in The Twilight Zone. " ‐ Orange County Register
Posted Aug 14, 2014
B 45% Life After Beth (2014) " First-time writer-director Baena casts the film slyly and directs individual sequences with a lot of sneaky wit. " ‐ Orange County Register
Posted Aug 14, 2014
A- 86% The Trip To Italy (2014) " The sumptuous views of gorgeous locations and savory foods combine with the improvised dialogue and behavior to give these movies a sensuous sort of spontaneity. " ‐ Orange County Register
Posted Aug 14, 2014
C+ 36% The Giver (2014) " Not even Streep and Bridges can lift The Giver beyond the level of a post-apocalyptic after-school special. " ‐ Orange County Register
Posted Aug 14, 2014
D 22% Into The Storm (2014) " This must be the only disaster movie in which presumably intelligent characters decide to hide from a storm in a storm drain. " ‐ Orange County Register
Posted Aug 7, 2014
D 70% What If (2014) " A film that is like one extended, excruciating anticlimax. " ‐ Orange County Register
Posted Aug 7, 2014
A- 94% The Dog (2014) " Outrageous, funny and sad. " ‐ Orange County Register
Posted Aug 7, 2014
B- 68% The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) " It's a rare delight to watch Puri and Mirren play off each other. " ‐ Orange County Register
Posted Aug 7, 2014
D 21% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) " Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a reboot that plays as if it were made from a starter kit. Everything comes right out of the 2014 blockbuster catalog. " ‐ Orange County Register
Posted Aug 7, 2014
33% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II - The Secret of the Ooze (1991) " The artful grunge is gone -- and so's the edge. The whole movie is bright yet colorless " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Aug 6, 2014
B- 91% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) " Pratt is their prime asset for turning the comedy up to 11. With him playing Star-Lord, you never question what Quill brings to the team: a sparkling, cracked esprit de corps. " ‐ Orange County Register
Posted Aug 1, 2014
D 38% Child Of God (2014) " Too bad all this grungy intimacy renders him neither knowable nor fascinating as he hunkers down in a shack and then in a cavern that doubles as a crypt. " ‐ Orange County Register
Posted Jul 31, 2014
C- 89% Calvary (2014) " Self-conscious dialogue, stiff characterizations and unimaginative filmmaking prove to be a recipe for the forgettable. " ‐ Orange County Register
Posted Jul 31, 2014
C 80% Get On Up (2014) " Even as a musical celebration, the movie is a misfire. Instead of re-creating the ecstatic, improvisatory flow of Brown's stage act, the film cuts almost everything into glittering bits and pieces. " ‐ Orange County Register
Posted Jul 31, 2014
2.5/4 72% The Ring (2002) " The Ring doesn't have the wiliness or conviction to exploit either a single mother's guilt over child neglect or our collective queasiness over potential bad seeds. It merely alternates these themes and toys with them. " ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Jul 25, 2014
B+ 88% A Most Wanted Man (2014) " [Hoffman] scales his performance to Olympian heights, yet he elevates all his collaborators, too. " ‐ Orange County Register
Posted Jul 25, 2014
B+ 77% Happy Christmas (2014) " Happy Christmas is a jaunty domestic dramedy that covers some of the same territory as Neighbors under one roof, with characters who are smart, funny, endearing and unpredictable rather than boorish and silly. " ‐ Orange County Register
Posted Jul 25, 2014
B 51% Magic in the Moonlight (2014) " Allen hasn't lost his comic spark -- he's still in the midst of a comic revival. " ‐ Orange County Register
Posted Jul 25, 2014
B 66% Lucy (2014) " In the showiest sequence, Lucy's body starts exploding into bursts of confetti. Even then, Johannson holds everything together. She's the rare actress who brings conviction and clarity to flights of fancy. " ‐ Orange County Register
Posted Jul 25, 2014
C- 18% And So It Goes (2014) " The pieces of this would-be feel-good movie sink into place with a depressing thud. " ‐ Orange County Register
Posted Jul 24, 2014
86% Five Easy Pieces (1970) " The flaws of this acutely self-conscious 1970 road picture grow more obvious with every passing year, but so does its passion and eloquence. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Jul 18, 2014
B+ 98% Boyhood (2014) " Boyhood, at its best, boasts qualities that are usually under-valued in avant-garde work: tingling observations, unforced comedy and quirky, enduring charm. " ‐ Orange County Register
Posted Jul 14, 2014
A- 100% The Battered Bastards Of Baseball (2014) " This film is a labor of love in which the sweat never shows. " ‐ Orange County Register
Posted Jul 14, 2014
A 80% Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger (2014) " Whitey: United States of America vs. James J. Bulger is the equivalent of a gripping true-crime "read." " ‐ Orange County Register
Posted Jul 10, 2014
A 90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) " Serkis outdoes himself as Caesar in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. This gigantic spellbinder of a movie rests on his ability to convey power and command with his posture, and an array of emotions via his incredibly malleable face. " ‐ Orange County Register
Posted Jul 10, 2014
C- 48% Earth to Echo (2014) " Spielberg's E.T., so ugly it was cute, was also full of personality. Echo is adorable and forgettable, and the rest of the characters are simply plot holders in a narrative contraption that generates jeopardy-raising obstacles to Echo going home. " ‐ Orange County Register
Posted Jul 7, 2014
A+ 99% A Hard Day's Night (1964) " The whole movie is an ecstatic mix of serendipity and invention. The Beatles were ready for their cinematic breakthrough. " ‐ Orange County Register
Posted Jul 7, 2014
A 97% Life Itself (2014) " What makes Life Itself such a wonderful documentary is that it weds Ebert's passion for the good things in life to his quest to find great movies. " ‐ Orange County Register
Posted Jul 7, 2014
B 95% Gabrielle (2014) " Writer-director Louise Archambault uses a free and easy camera style and mosaic-like editing to suggest how intensely Gabrielle responds to elements of everyday life. " ‐ Orange County Register
Posted Jul 7, 2014
D 23% Tammy (2014) " It's obnoxious when it means to be comic, and excruciating when it wants to be moving. " ‐ Orange County Register
Posted Jul 7, 2014
A- 91% Venus in Fur (2014) " [The] rare filmed theater piece that leaves you smiling, thinking, and maybe a bit hot and bothered, to boot. " ‐ Orange County Register
Posted Jul 7, 2014
A- 76% The Last Sentence (2014) " A master psychological filmmaker, Jan Troell, puts a towering anti-Nazi crusader under his microscope in the urgently compelling biopic The Last Sentence. " ‐ Orange County Register
Posted Jun 19, 2014
D+ 23% Think Like a Man Too (2014) " When it comes to wisdom about marriage - well, as Henny Youngman might have said, "Take this movie. Please." " ‐ Orange County Register
Posted Jun 19, 2014
C- 53% Jersey Boys (2014) " The film's wooziness wouldn't be disastrous if it swept audiences up in the zest of pop creation. " ‐ Orange County Register
Posted Jun 19, 2014
20% I Love Trouble (1994) " It's like the worst possible Newman-Redford vehicle: the script reduces the stars to twinkling mannequins, and their chemistry barely rises to the buddy-buddy level. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Jun 17, 2014
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