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:
677
Total QuickRatings:
1

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 677
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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
B 48% RoboCop (2014) " With a host of others, Padilha and screenwriter Joshua Zetumer concoct a bubbling stew of terror-streaked social satire and teary domestic drama." — Orange County Register
Posted Feb 13, 2014
2.5/4 93% About a Boy (2002) " Grant's puckishness has become overly packaged; what's new about him here is his spiky hairdo. This movie is built on an actor as well as a character who is too intent to be on his best behavior." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Feb 10, 2014
95% Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) " The setup is too arch to support the movie's detour into poignance, though John Hannah does give a moving reading of W. H. Auden's "Funeral Blues."" — New Yorker
Posted Feb 7, 2014
A- 92% Grzeli nateli dgeebi (In Bloom) (2014) " This haunting coming-of-age film is set in a country that itself is coming of age." — Orange County Register
Posted Feb 6, 2014
B+ 96% The Lego Movie (2014) " Much of the time it makes other movies based on toys look like child's play." — Orange County Register
Posted Feb 6, 2014
C- 33% The Monuments Men (2014) " This misfire reduces the Allied effort to preserve Western culture to a series of dim star turns." — Orange County Register
Posted Feb 6, 2014
2.5/4 95% Amadeus (1984) " Except for the Mozart music and Tharp movements around the edges, Amadeus plays like a monument to mediocrity." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Feb 4, 2014
B+ 94% The Past (2013) " Farhadi is the rare director who can establish an atmosphere of intimacy that resonates with meaning and sentiment." — Orange County Register
Posted Jan 30, 2014
C 86% Like Father, Like Son (2014) " The movie is so predictable that it might have played better as a domestic comedy about an odd couple of dads." — Orange County Register
Posted Jan 30, 2014
A- 99% Gloria (2014) " Hitchcock once said that other directors made slices of life; he made pieces of cake. Lelio's feat is that he's made a slice of life that's a piece of cake, too." — Orange County Register
Posted Jan 30, 2014
D 56% Knights of Badassdom (2014) " This movie about Live Action Role Players (or LARPers) -- men and women who act out Dungeons and Dragons in real settings, in costumes -- is so haphazard it might have been thought up during a game of Mad Libs." — Orange County Register
Posted Jan 30, 2014
A- 88% Tim's Vermeer (2014) " Teller, the quiet half of the iconoclastic magic act Penn and Teller, crafts a captivating documentary portrait of the artist as a tinkerer." — Orange County Register
Posted Jan 30, 2014
C- 56% At Middleton (2014) " The actors push too hard to flesh out this whimsical, clichéd blend of campus comedy and midlife rom-com." — Orange County Register
Posted Jan 30, 2014
A- 91% 12 O'clock Boys (2014) " In this transfixing documentary about a Baltimore boy striving to join illegal urban dirt bikers, first-time filmmaker Lofty Nathan conjures a unique journalistic excitement." — Orange County Register
Posted Jan 30, 2014
C- 23% Gimme Shelter (2014) " The result is awkward, hyped propaganda for faith-based initiatives and against abortion." — Orange County Register
Posted Jan 30, 2014
C- 33% Labor Day (2014) " This hostage drama swiftly degenerates into a gauzy wish fulfillment about two outsiders finding each other in a love that must overcome boundaries, separation and time." — Orange County Register
Posted Jan 30, 2014
A- 95% Stranger by the Lake (2014) " Writer-director Alain Guiraudie has an imagistic talent for suspense and erotic byplay." — Orange County Register
Posted Jan 30, 2014
D+ 22% That Awkward Moment (2014) " Part of its problem is infantilism." — Orange County Register
Posted Jan 30, 2014
F 18% Ride Along (2014) " It's a particularly heartless, mindless and soulless example of the buddy movie -- really more just a frenemy burlesque of a buddy movie." — Orange County Register
Posted Jan 16, 2014
B- 56% Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) " The cast brings welcome personality to a competent, energetic reboot before the uninspired action scenes pile up in a standard time-bomb climax." — Orange County Register
Posted Jan 16, 2014
D 11% The Nut Job (2014) " Grotesquely wrongheaded." — Orange County Register
Posted Jan 16, 2014
C+ 50% Divorce Corp. (2014) " [A] melodramatic attack on America's family law system." — Orange County Register
Posted Jan 9, 2014
C- 64% August: Osage County (2013) " Offers a nightmare vision of what happens when gaudy histrionics poison a powerhouse ensemble." — Orange County Register
Posted Jan 9, 2014
A- 76% The Invisible Woman (2013) " In the scenes of Dickens acting on stage or delivering a public reading, Fiennes' bravura transcends itself; it becomes something magnificently real, a sort of divine extroversion." — Orange County Register
Posted Jan 9, 2014
A- 76% Lone Survivor (2014) " A virtuoso, brutal rendering of a SEAL team's fight for life in a forbidding patch of Afghanistan." — Orange County Register
Posted Jan 9, 2014
B 77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) " This sprawling mock epic about a sleazy penny stock whiz contains scenes of astonishing black-comic brilliance, but it's also solipsistic and exhausting." — Orange County Register
Posted Dec 24, 2013
A- 50% The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013) " The Secret Life of Walter Mitty creates an escapist world that grows out of and enriches the real world -- and it does so with revitalizing confidence and ease." — Orange County Register
Posted Dec 24, 2013
B 75% Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) " At its best, McKay and Ferrell's brand of homegrown American Dada can make you collapse laughing in your seat and cry uncle." — Orange County Register
Posted Dec 19, 2013
A 93% American Hustle (2013) " The source of this movie's galvanizing intrigue is that the characters remain in play -- they never settle into place" — Orange County Register
Posted Dec 19, 2013
A 95% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) " The sad-funny story of a stubborn, talented Greenwich Village folk singer becomes a stunning, tragicomic paradigm of an artist's struggle in America." — Orange County Register
Posted Dec 12, 2013
B 79% Saving Mr. Banks (2013) " It's enthralling fun to watch Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) focus his charm and instinct on flinty British novelist P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) as he campaigns to film her Mary Poppins." — Orange County Register
Posted Dec 12, 2013
1.5/4 79% 8 Women (8 Femmes) (2002) " 8 Women is meant to be a sampler with the likes of Deneuve, Darrieux, Huppert, Ardant and Beart as its treats. But the confectioner has arrived at pretty poison." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Dec 9, 2013
75% The Santa Clause (1994) " Tim Allen's talent for dry regular-guyness fails to kindle Disney's sappy big-screen Yule log." — New Yorker
Posted Dec 6, 2013
A 89% Narco Cultura (2013) " This haunting documentary contrasts songs saluting Mexican drug lords as heroic bandits with the harrowing reality of life in murder-stained Juarez." — Orange County Register
Posted Dec 6, 2013
A- 76% Bettie Page Reveals All (2013) " A scintillating, sincere and empathetic portrait of the pinup queen who attained her greatest influence as an icon of female sexuality decades after she retired." — Orange County Register
Posted Dec 5, 2013
86% A Midnight Clear (1992) " It's so determined to be haunting that it gives up the ghost." — New Yorker
Posted Dec 4, 2013
A- 84% Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang (2005) " No one does erupting instinct better than Robert Downey Jr.... No one does calculated outrageousness better than Val Kilmer... They're itchy-funny and potent together." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Dec 4, 2013
C 49% Black Nativity (2013) " The melding of a modern family saga with the Nativity is too awkward and hectic to let audiences sit back and appreciate some powerhouse singers and music." — Orange County Register
Posted Nov 26, 2013
B+ 89% Frozen (2013) " The splashy humor and dazzling set pieces of this erratic animated mélange compensate for putting a pallid female Mr. Freeze at the center of a paean to sisterly love." — Orange County Register
Posted Nov 26, 2013
A- 92% Philomena (2013) " The chemistry between Steve Coogan as a snooty journalist and Judi Dench as a retired nurse searching for her son brings humor and warmth to a harrowing tale of the plight of unwed Irish Catholic mothers in the 1950s." — Orange County Register
Posted Nov 26, 2013
B- 42% Oldboy (2013) " Spike Lee turns Josh Brolin into a full-bodied antihero in this all-American remake of a Korean cult movie, but the story remains a bloody bag of tricks." — Orange County Register
Posted Nov 26, 2013
3.5/4 88% Shrek (2001) " A a computer-animated burlesque fairy tale that generates more belly laughs than any live-action comedy since Best in Show." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Nov 25, 2013
A- 92% Nebraska (2013) " Alexander Payne has crafted an ornery American comedy with a brusque Midwestern edge and a core of authentic feeling. It provokes wise, wary laughter even as it makes you choke back tears." — Orange County Register
Posted Nov 21, 2013
C 18% The Christmas Candle (2013) " This holiday movie about a man of God who regains his faith thanks to a miraculous candle is as picturesque as a snow globe and just about as full of human life." — Orange County Register
Posted Nov 21, 2013
A- 89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) " Katniss Everdeen's quandaries and director Francis Lawrence builds suspense through cunning shifts of character in this spiffy second chapter of the trilogy." — Orange County Register
Posted Nov 21, 2013
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