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:
762
Total QuickRatings:
1

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 762
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
B 84% Night Moves (2014) " Fanning is marvelous as a woman who's so bright and charming on the surface you can't tell whether she's floundering underneath." — Orange County Register
Posted May 30, 2014
C 48% Maleficent (2014) " All would be forgiven if the film had more magical feeling." — Orange County Register
Posted May 30, 2014
C 33% A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) " In A Million Ways to Die in the West, director-star Seth MacFarlane builds an imposing, affectionate reconstruction of the American movie West, then defaces it with funny mustaches -- often literally." — Orange County Register
Posted May 30, 2014
25% Pearl Harbor (2001) " Those who should be offended are American veterans. Their service has been reduced to a sentimental fable of two heroic pilots and their noble lass proving their gumption and their bravery. Even as a tall tale, it's puny." — Baltimore Sun
Posted May 27, 2014
C 14% Blended (2014) " Comedians often draw on childhood influences, and Adam Sandler and his team do it in the worst possible way in Blended.. [which] is like a Bizarro version of The Brady Bunch." — Orange County Register
Posted May 23, 2014
A- 42% Words And Pictures (2014) " Each combination of word and picture conjures something even stronger, as happens in memorable movies like Words and Pictures -- and with passionate couples like Marcus and Delsanto, who demonstrate the incandescent power of love and art. " — Orange County Register
Posted May 22, 2014
B+ 86% Cold in July (2014) " The best thing about Jim Mickle's movie is that it retains the down-home-gone-wrong feeling of Lansdale's book." — Orange County Register
Posted May 22, 2014
A+ 91% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) " The most exciting big-studio release so far this year is X-Men: Days of Future Past. It tops even Captain America: The Winter Soldier, another bold Marvel superhero film, for ambition, emotion and thrills." — Orange County Register
Posted May 22, 2014
6% Mobsters (1991) " It's an excuse for the latest crop of media-spawned personalities -- the male equivalent of starlets -- to invade the heavy-duty genre of the gangster film. They don't come up to Cagney's spats." — New Yorker
Posted May 20, 2014
4/5 86% The Immigrant (2014) " I can't think of another actor today who could vitalize the character of a virtuous, wronged woman as vividly and unsentimentally as Marion Cotillard does in The Immigrant." — Orange County Register
Posted May 15, 2014
A 92% The Retrieval (2014) " The Retrieval's potency transcends its scope. It shows you, in microcosm, the sacrifices that forge the conscience not only of a boy, but of a nation." — Orange County Register
Posted May 15, 2014
C- 73% Godzilla (2014) " Director Gareth Edwards bloats the film with human figures that never spring to life and sabotage the primal story." — Orange County Register
Posted May 15, 2014
C+ 61% Million Dollar Arm (2014) " Hamm doesn't embarrass himself as Bernstein, but the role is hollow -- a savvy guy who needs to learn how nice and lovable he can be." — Orange County Register
Posted May 15, 2014
46% The Babe (1992) " Goodman should have been perfect for the title role: like Ruth, he's a regular Joe of hugely irregular proportions in appetite and accomplishment. Too bad Hiller and Fusco cut him down to size." — New Yorker
Posted May 9, 2014
B+ 82% Fed Up (2014) " Stephanie Soechtig's attack on Big Food for sweetening us to death goes down like a tart, stiff drink." — Orange County Register
Posted May 8, 2014
B+ 72% Palo Alto (2014) " Franco's stories, sometimes coarse and flimsy on the page, operate like launch pads for a slew of fresh, frisky performers. But the delicacy of the movie's narrative and its almost mystical thread of yearning come from Coppola." — Orange County Register
Posted May 8, 2014
B- 88% Chef (2014) " As a director, Favreau keeps his music and his palette bold; the grass-roots American food and road views look inviting." — Orange County Register
Posted May 8, 2014
C+ 34% God's Pocket (2014) " God's Pocket, despite its tiptop cast, fails to sustain its comedy or drama. It becomes, at best, a piece of sardonic anthropology." — Orange County Register
Posted May 8, 2014
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 fiancĂ©e, 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+ 88% 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 24% 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+ 90% 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+ 89% 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 51% 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- 55% 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
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