Michael Sragow (born June 26, 1952 in New York) is a film critic and columnist who has written for The Orange County Register, The Baltimore Sun, The San Francisco Examiner, The New Times, The New Yorker (where he worked with Pauline Kael), The Atlantic and Salon. Sragow also edited James Agee's film essays (for the book Agee on Film), and has written or contributed to several other cinema-related books.

Michael Sragow
Born (1952-06-26) June 26, 1952 (age 67)
New York City, United States
Alma materHarvard University
New York University
OccupationWriter, film critic, columnist


Sragow attended New York University and Harvard University, where he majored in history and literature.[1] Sragow began his career at Boston Magazine, and went on to become the film critic for Rolling Stone Magazine. From 1985 to 1992, he was the lead film critic for The San Francisco Examiner.[2] Commencing in 1999, he was a film critic for salon.com, and commencing in 2001, he was a film critic for The Baltimore Sun. In March 2013 he became the first film critic in a decade for The Orange County Register in California.[3]

In 2008, Sragow published a biography of director Victor Fleming. In his review, John Gallagher writes that Sragow's biography "restores the director to his rightful place in film history and popular culture. It's a fantastic read, assiduously researched, using primary archival resources and a full complement of remembrances from Fleming's family and colleagues."[4] Jeanine Basinger wrote, "Steven Spielberg said about Fleming, 'We honor his movies and don't know him, because he did his job so well.' Thanks to Michael Sragow, we now know Victor Fleming."[5] Sragow's book won the 2008 Marfield Prize, which is a national award for arts writing.[6]

In January 2010, Sragow taught a course on "Classic American Films" at Centre College for the school's three-week "Centre Term."[7] Sragow has constantly supported British filmmaker David Yates through his online blog "Sragow Gets Reel", naming him "a big-screen master of tension, atmosphere and emotional suggestion".[8][9]


  • Sragow, Michael, ed. (1990). Produced and Abandoned: The Best Films You've Never Seen. National Society of Film Critics. ISBN 0-916515-84-2.
  • Sragow, Michael, ed. (2005). James Agee: Film Writing and Selected Journalism. Library of America. ISBN 978-1-931082-82-2.
  • Sragow, Michael, ed. (2005). James Agee: Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, A Death in the Family, Shorter Fiction. Library of America. ISBN 978-1-931082-81-5.
  • Sragow, Michael (2008). Victor Fleming: An American Movie Master. Pantheon. ISBN 978-0-375-40748-2.


  1. ^ Hergert, Marty; Sragow, Michael (December 1995). "An Interview with Michael Sragow". The Atlantic. Retrieved December 30, 2014.
  2. ^ Stossel, Scott and Sragow, Michael (1994). "The State of the Cinema: An Online Conference with Michael Sragow", The Atlantic Monthly September 28, 1994. Online version retrieved January 31, 2008.
  3. ^ Morgan, Eric (February 1, 2013). "Michael Sragow joins the Register as movie critic". The Orange County Register. Retrieved July 15, 2013.
  4. ^ Gallagher, John (January 2009). "January 2009: Victor Fleming". National Board of Review of Motion Pictures. Archived from the original on August 13, 2010. Retrieved August 6, 2009.
  5. ^ Basinger, Jeanine (December 15, 2008). "The Director MGM Trusted With Everything". The New York Times.
  6. ^ "2008 Marfield Prize". Arts Club of Washington. Retrieved December 25, 2014.
  7. ^ "Centreterm 2009–2010 Courses For Non-First-Times First-Years" (PDF). Centre College. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 28, 2011.
  8. ^ "Brush up on Harry Potter at Hopkins and Lakefront Film Festivals". The Baltimore Sun. June 10, 2011. Retrieved June 14, 2011.
  9. ^ "Potter Movies' David Yates is Unsung, Great Director". The Baltimore Sun. July 30, 2010. Retrieved June 14, 2011.

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