Michael Sragow

Michael Sragow

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% 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:
744
Total QuickRatings:
1

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 744
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
C- 73% Neighbors (2014) " A movie about the unexamined and excruciating phenomenon of "neighbor noise" turns out to be mostly about party envy (and, yes, the other kind of envy, too). " — Orange County Register
Posted May 8, 2014
46% For Love of the Game (1999) " For Love of the Game asks whether the same qualities that make an athlete a champion don't also destroy his happiness. The answer, unfortunately, is long-winded and redundant... But some of the baseball scenes are good." — New Yorker
Posted May 8, 2014
57% The Sandlot (1993) " There's a snappy change-of-pace gag involving a little guy and a nubile lifeguard, but the screams and barks and fraudulent emotions grow wearying." — New Yorker
Posted May 7, 2014
23% A Stranger Among Us (1992) " Griffith's artless embodiment of the script's deranged idea of tough-gal gumption isn't as amusing as it should be. She's a B-picture heroine stuck in an absurdly self-conscious prestige project." — New Yorker
Posted May 3, 2014
10% Beverly Hills Cop III (1994) " Steven E. de Souza's script has Foley following a trail of murder and deception into an L. A. amusement park called WonderWorld. The director, John Landis, fails to exploit the possibilities." — New Yorker
Posted May 2, 2014
C+ 53% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) " The new Spider-Man series has managed to do in two films what the previous Spider-Man series did in three: transform an engrossing comic-book coming-of-age epic into an overstuffed and off-putting battle royale." — Orange County Register
Posted May 1, 2014
A 94% Ida (2014) " The performances are beyond reproach. As Wanda, Agata Kulesza is mournfully magnetic. As Ida, Agata Trzebuchowska expresses a complex consciousness budding up from behind her sweet blank slate." — Orange County Register
Posted May 1, 2014
B+ 75% Bicycling with Moliere (2014) " As long as it's putting Moliere through a Pirandellian prism, Bicycling With Moliere is sophisticated fun." — Orange County Register
Posted May 1, 2014
C 83% Belle (2014) " Director Amma Assante and screenwriter Misan Sagay weigh down everything by introducing portentous melodrama and brittle social dramedy." — Orange County Register
Posted May 1, 2014
81% A Few Good Men (1992) " The whole film, with its steady, important-picture pacing, its foursquare visual style, and its pseudo-profundity, is a piece of glorified banality." — New Yorker
Posted Apr 30, 2014
84% My Cousin Vinny (2001) " Marisa Tomei, as Vinny's fiancée, imbues the most obligatory reactions with either a startling ferocity or a farcical ambiguity worthy of her character's name: Mona Lisa Vito." — New Yorker
Posted Apr 30, 2014
C+ 89% Locke (2014) " As a visual tour-de-force, Locke is workmanlike and mechanical. As a piece of drama it amounts to watching an easy-to-read character check off the boxes on an existential to-do list." — Orange County Register
Posted Apr 24, 2014
A- 96% Blue Ruin (2014) " A gory instant-classic cult film about a maladroit revenge killer." — Orange County Register
Posted Apr 24, 2014
C 23% The Other Woman (2014) " A coarse, rickety comedy." — Orange County Register
Posted Apr 24, 2014
4/4 97% Spirited Away (2001) " Watching the Japanese cartoon epic Spirited Away is like strolling into Alice's Wonderland and seeing every wonder sprout up around you as if for the first time." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Apr 23, 2014
B- 54% Fading Gigolo (2014) " This tall-tale New York comedy about a florist and a book dealer who become a prostitute and a pimp is so wispy that it's hit or miss and overlong at 90 minutes." — Orange County Register
Posted Apr 17, 2014
B- 63% Small Time (2014) " Writer-director Joel Surnow, the co-creator of 24, makes an assured, tangy feature debut with this semi-autobiographical story." — Orange County Register
Posted Apr 17, 2014
C+ 19% Transcendence (2014) " It's a good thing this movie isn't called "Coherence."" — Orange County Register
Posted Apr 17, 2014
B+ 89% Dancing In Jaffa (2014) " The ebullient presence of master ballroom dancer Pierre Dulaine energizes Dancing in Jaffa, a clear-eyed account of his quest to bring 11-year-old Palestinian Israelis and Jewish Israelis together on the dance floor." — Orange County Register
Posted Apr 17, 2014
B+ 91% Bears (2014) " The astounding footage of a mother bear and two cubs fishing, fighting and hanging tough through a challenging year of foraging transcends the folksy narration." — Orange County Register
Posted Apr 17, 2014
47% Rio 2 (2014) " [A] ramshackle, riotously beautiful sequel to the smash 2011 musical-comedy." — Orange County Register
Posted Apr 10, 2014
C 52% 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- 85% 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+ 86% 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- 74% 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- 62% 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- 54% 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 84% 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 20% 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 99% 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+ 89% 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 41% 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- 78% 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+ 64% 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+ 77% 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- 79% 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
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