Michael Sragow

Michael Sragow

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

Michael Sragow's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
34% Blackhat (2015) "Blackhat is a visual blowout, but it's no Blow Out " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jan 16, 2015
51% The Interview (2014) "Rogen is far better at directing other performers-or at least performers who are not close friends-than he is at directing himself. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jan 9, 2015
99% Selma (2015) "It's understandable that DuVernay would make a priority of avoiding excessive detail. But too much of the movie is like the opening: deliberate, broad, uninspired. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jan 9, 2015
84% Predestination (2015) "Ethan Hawke and Sarah Snook, who plays The Unmarried Mother, are nearly ideal casting for these characters. They're engagingly enigmatic-a requirement for playing mystery men-yet they also react to each other body and soul. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jan 8, 2015
No Score Yet Let There Be Light (1946) "The film becomes a moving document of the social and psychological tensions that reach the surface of American life in war. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Jan 5, 2015
A+ 99% The Missing Picture (2014) "Panh fulfills his debts to the dead not just by adding to the visual record of genocide, but also by creating a transcendent work of art. " ‐ Orange County Register
Posted Jan 5, 2015
86% Top Five (2014) "As a writer, Rock sets up one volatile situation after another, no sweat, and as a director, he captures his performers at their most explosively spontaneous. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Dec 17, 2014
61% The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) "The performances of Freeman, Armitage as Thorin, and Ian McKellen as Gandalf the Grey secure Jackson's sprawling spectacle to visceral bedrock. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Dec 17, 2014
96% 3 Women (1977) "Throughout, Duvall is brilliant: she coins a brand-new caricature of the confident yet clueless single female, then suggests a real person underneath. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Dec 15, 2014
B+ 95% The Dance of Reality (2014) "Say this about the godfather of midnight movies, Alejandro Jodorowsky: He loves a parade and he puts on a doozy " ‐ Orange County Register
Posted Dec 8, 2014
100% He Ran All the Way (1951) "Berry turned a standard ticking-clock melodrama into an action-movie meditation on manhood. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Dec 8, 2014
51% Unbroken (2014) "Any filmmaker who celebrates "a triumph of the human spirit" risks falling into hagiography. And that's what happens with Jolie's Unbroken, which dramatizes Zamperini's wartime ordeals as his Stations of the Cross. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Dec 5, 2014
90% The Imitation Game (2014) "Unlike self-consciously unconventional biopics, The Imitation Game melds fact and invention with lucidity and sweep. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Nov 26, 2014
No Score Yet The Organizer (1963) "A nearly forgotten near-great movie, with one of Marcello Mastroianni's classic tragicomic performances. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Nov 24, 2014
65% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) "Lawrence never lets the oversized settings swamp his talented performers. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Nov 21, 2014
82% The Homesman (2014) "The final half-hour rambles between ambiguous sentiments and savage ironies. With Jones's multiple talents, and a deeper, sharper adaptation, he could have made a great Midwestern. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Nov 13, 2014
89% Big Hero 6 (2014) "Big Hero 6 finds the studio summoning up a fresh combination of action and whimsy. It's swift, inventive, antic, and ardent, with virtuoso comic choreography and split-second slapstick timing. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Nov 6, 2014
100% Only Angels Have Wings (1939) "Howard Hawks's stirring tale of a fledgling airmail service that traverses the Andes from a strip in a South American banana port is the ultimate workplace dramedy. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Nov 3, 2014
93% Little Fugitive (The Coney Island Kid ) (1953) "At its core, this pioneering independent film, from 1953, is just an urban heart-warmer, but it has a fresh, gritty surface and a Grade A horror-comic hook ... " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Oct 6, 2014
C+ 65% A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014) "Frank mostly overdoses on portentousness as he roots his solid hero in a city that fears coming to pieces. " ‐ Orange County Register
Posted Sep 18, 2014
B 41% This Is Where I Leave You (2014) "Director Levy and screenwriter Jonathan Tropper, who adapted his own novel, tone down or eliminate the wildest incidents in the book, but they're true to its depiction of a pent-up, discordant clan on the verge of a group nervous breakdown. " ‐ Orange County Register
Posted Sep 18, 2014
B 63% The Maze Runner (2014) "Ball is deft, though, at evoking claustrophobia of every kind, whether in the open-air prison of the Glade or the actual tight spaces of the Maze. And he elicits a hair-trigger performance from O'Brien. " ‐ Orange County Register
Posted Sep 18, 2014
1/4 0% Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever (2002) "Kaos is so in love with pyrotechnics -- and so arrogant in his assumptions about his audience -- that in the first few minutes, he presents one critical car explosion without explanation, then has his characters discuss another one. " ‐ Baltimore Sun
Posted Sep 15, 2014
100% Harakiri (1962) "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. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Sep 15, 2014
B 87% The Skeleton Twins (2014) "What makes the movie memorable is the open-ended talent of its actors. They supply The Skeleton Twins with flesh and blood, some firm connective tissue and generous heart and soul. " ‐ Orange County Register
Posted Sep 11, 2014
C+ 63% The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (2014) "This movie resembles a Beatlemania version of an art house cult film. " ‐ Orange County Register
Posted Sep 11, 2014
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+ 64% 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 82% 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- 85% 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 21% 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- 92% 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
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