Kevin Maynard
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For 312 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 55% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 41% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kevin Maynard's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Lowest review score: 5 Knockout
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 48 out of 312
312 movie reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Maynard
    A new version of the greatest psychological mystery of all: love.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Maynard
    Unfolds like quietly engrossing short fiction, reminding us that there are few things more pleasurable than being in the hands of a good storyteller.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Maynard
    The film ends with a surprisingly upbeat coda. But Startup.com leaves us with a sense that our heroes' idealism will be forever lost.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Maynard
    This historical epic about the "virgin queen" of England's early life moves with the crackling urgency of a contemporary political thriller.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Maynard
    Together is unabashedly about people who need people. The film's satiric skewering of '70s liberalism works because it feels emotionally authentic.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 57 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Maynard
    The film is never less than a satisfying mix of compelling entertainment and social critique. The performances are uniformly superb.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Maynard
    Stomps the summer movie competition with heart and humor.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Maynard
    A funny, frenetic, and often quite touching microcosm of the Big Apple life itself, essayed by a pitch-perfect cast and boasting authentic urban flavors.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 86 Metascore
    • 94 Kevin Maynard
    Traffic is a riveting, semi-documentary drama, and yet calling it that is a disservice to just how suspenseful and stylish an entertainment it is.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Maynard
    A must-see for avid fans and a welcome primer for nascent hip-shakers everywhere.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Maynard
    Cho is raw, uncensored, and side-splittingly hilarious.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Maynard
    Go
    John August's script is exciting, witty, original material, and this film's got the talent to match.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Maynard
    A profoundly moving human drama, a quasi love story about two lost men who form an unlikely friendship.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Maynard
    Election is a bracingly intelligent adult comedy that shrewdly captures adolescence.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Maynard
    Flock (don't walk) to the theater to see Chicken Run.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Maynard
    That rarest of independent films -- it's risky and exciting.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Maynard
    The most heartfelt tribute to women -- specifically, actresses -- he's (Almodovar) ever made.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Maynard
    Will take you by surprise as a romantic, fast-paced, entertaining spectacle that deserves to earn back every penny spent to produce it.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Maynard
    Intelligently written, sharply directed, and beautifully played.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Maynard
    It's the funniest, saddest performance of the year in a film of uncompromising wit and heart.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 89 Kevin Maynard
    Director Roger Michell ("Persuasion," "Notting Hill") has made his finest film to date.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 89 Kevin Maynard
    Even if the great debate that pits artistic integrity against corporate compromise doesn't thrill you, see Cradle Will Rock anyway. It's marvelous, provocative entertainment; art for art's sake.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 88 Metascore
    • 89 Kevin Maynard
    A technologically marvelous animated movie that's just as funny and inventive as the first, but also more emotionally engaging than most live-action films. This is clearly a sequel in name only.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Kevin Maynard
    Though frequently brutal and off-putting, Beautiful People is a must-see.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Kevin Maynard
    A fitting tribute to these displaced children because it so simply and elegantly personalizes their place in the most horrific chapter of 20th-century history.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Kevin Maynard
    An intensely involving, Ibsen-esque human drama populated by complex, sympathetic heroes.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Kevin Maynard
    42 Up is filled with truth and poignancy as these people reflect on their first half of their lives, their goals, ambitions, and how they, for the most part, succeeded in reinventing them.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Kevin Maynard
    Especially timely in light of the current escalation in Palestinian-Israeli aggressions, but this is one sad story that would pack a staggering punch in any political climate.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 87 Kevin Maynard
    Moodysson's teen protagonists are more complex than both the high school stereotypes (the nerd, the jock, the beauty queen) in films like "American Pie" and the self-absorbed philosophers on "Dawson's Creek."
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 82 Metascore
    • 86 Kevin Maynard
    Russell has combined pathos, terror, and black comedy with a dollop of Hollywood feel-good patriotism to make one of the best studio efforts this year.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Kevin Maynard
    If you haven't seen his (Crudup's) work before, Jesus' Son could be the one that makes you his biggest disciple.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 85 Kevin Maynard
    The most poignant (if hard-hitting) depiction of childhood to show up this year.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 85 Kevin Maynard
    A uniquely personal, vibrant mosaic of the American dream, and like a dream, it evaporates beautifully before our eyes.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Kevin Maynard
    There are only a handful of great music documentaries ... but Temple's film deserves a place in the canon.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 61 Metascore
    • 85 Kevin Maynard
    A hilarious and utterly faboo documentary...you'll be begging for more.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Kevin Maynard
    It's the sum of things not spoken, things too painful to express, that's the heart of this quietly moving drama.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Kevin Maynard
    An exhilarating and at times operatic film.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 85 Kevin Maynard
    Captures the emptiness of small-time lives as evocatively as Peter Bogdonavich's "Last Picture Show."
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Kevin Maynard
    The man (Apted) behind the excellent "7 Up" series has put a human face to science, making the seemingly abstruse both accessible and easily relatable.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 73 Metascore
    • 82 Kevin Maynard
    This is certainly the best studio movie of the new year to date, and Douglas might even be remembered at next year's Oscars.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Maynard
    Best of all is the supporting performance of The Jackie Robinson Steppers Marching Band, a real group of high-school musicians in which the three girls all perform.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Maynard
    Goran Visnjic is such a sensitive, non-menacing gentleman that any woman would want him as her own personal blackmailer.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Maynard
    Optimistically explores how vastly different people can come together, and how any journey is more about what happens along the way than simply getting from one place to another.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Maynard
    A sentimental slice of 1950s Italian-American life that doesn't soft-pedal its characters' simmering prejudices within their insulated community, or pander to their dreams of getting out.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Maynard
    This one's still worth checking out -- especially for the naturalistic performances by the feisty Touly and the rest of the young cast.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Maynard
    Though similar thematically to "Anywhere But Here," Tumbleweeds is a breath of fresh air that busts the cliches of dysfunctional mother-daughter sagas.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Maynard
    Agnes Browne hums along as a series of pleasant vignettes, only frantically shifting to a single narrative track in its third act for the sake of an unbelievably upbeat ending.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Maynard
    A riveting, unsentimental tragedy of unrequited love.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Maynard
    Smith and Fitzgerald are funny, feisty, poignant, and altogether realistic. Will they end up lovers, friends, side-by-side corpses? Their sharp performances make Series 7 as frighteningly addictive as crack, or even "Survivor."
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Maynard
    A literate, dialogue-driven treat delivered by a cast that truly savors the script's wicked wit.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Maynard
    This is such seductive entertainment that you might as well stop grousing and give in.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Maynard
    It's such a sensory experience; in its best moments, the film washes over you like a fever dream.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Maynard
    A meticulously mounted film that retains the author's ambiguous characterizations yet is still emotionally accessible.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Maynard
    Too poignant and funny to be dismissed.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Maynard
    A gritty, well-acted urban drama with lots of humanity.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 46 Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Maynard
    While both leads are appealing enough, it's the stuff on the sidelines that keeps All Over the Guy entertaining.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 43 Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Maynard
    It's Zahn's heartbreaking performance that drives Riding in Cars with Boys.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Maynard
    It's a pleasure to watch these unhurried, character-driven vignettes when such great actors are anchoring them.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Maynard
    Not all of the jokes hit, but enough of them do that anyone who's ever filed, collated, or played Mixmaster DJ with the transcribing machine will find cathartic giggles in this breakout debut.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Maynard
    Though unflinching in its savagery, Amores Perros is always compulsive viewing.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Maynard
    There's nothing more incendiary than the reopening of a forgotten chapter of history --nothing more incendiary than telling the truth.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Maynard
    In spirit, 101 Reykjavík is so Almodóvar that it could melt the polar icecap.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Maynard
    Never less than riveting.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Maynard
    The results are far more real than MTV's The Real World.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Maynard
    The Spy Who Shagged Me is impossible-to-resist summer fun that left me feeling, dare I say, randy for more? Oh, behave.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Maynard
    The flutes soar a little too often, but Yimou's film is genuinely moving.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Maynard
    Mesmerizing entertainment, but it's also a cop-out.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Maynard
    Basically one elaborate joke about male modeling and all the vanity, emasculation, and fatuousness that attend it. Fortunately, it's a good joke.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Maynard
    Liam is mostly an emotionally devastating chronicle of the disintegration of a family. The entire cast is superb, but Frears has cast two screen naturals in the lead roles.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Maynard
    American History X is a crash course on how to make a message movie that resonates with crackling power.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Maynard
    Dares to substitute wit and warmth for the standard gay indie tropes in tackling its tale of an unconventional couple.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Maynard
    Pie has some nice surprises and is enjoyable in a smutty, sitcom way. It offers up the outrageousness of "There's Something About Mary" without wallowing in cruelty.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Maynard
    Actually, it's a childhood "A Clockwork Orange," a reverent realization of the late Stanley Kubrick's final obsession.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 48 Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Maynard
    Oy, it's such a pleasure that you'll be begging for Rush Hour 3.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Maynard
    The casting is sublime.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Maynard
    Whenever Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon resorts to flying fists or soaring sword battles, the Force is definitely with it.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Maynard
    The results are both savagely funny and poignant for anyone who's ever had a friendship that felt like their only connection to the outside world.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Maynard
    Offers effortless charm, wit, and originality in spades.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Maynard
    Nolan's engrossing, backwards-ticking noir will run you so thoroughly in circles that you'll need to see it at least twice for maximum enjoyment.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Maynard
    Some moviegoers are bound to take issue with the trick, "Sixth Sense"-style ending (or cynically see it coming), but The Others is mostly spooky fun, and a strong calling card for Amenabar.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Maynard
    The politicizing is intense, but the actual game footage is even more engrossing; Carlson uses both digital video and 16mm film to put us squarely in the midst of the gridiron brouhaha.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Maynard
    As talented as Polley proved herself in "The Sweet Hereafter" and "Go," this is her best work yet.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 62 Metascore
    • 79 Kevin Maynard
    There's lots of sweet music to savor in this snide industry satire.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 79 Kevin Maynard
    Most tenderly, the film deciphers the true meaning of its corporate-speak title in Franck and his father's impassioned struggle to ensure each other's welfare.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 79 Kevin Maynard
    A fast, funny film that goes down like a cyanide-spiked piña colada.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 79 Kevin Maynard
    A cross between a Hogarth painting and an MTV video, Plunkett & Macleane cuts quite a swath.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 79 Kevin Maynard
    Lynch's faith in the kindness of human nature has been renewed, yet thankfully he's never maudlin. Instead, he wins over our emotions with the film's understated beauty.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 78 Kevin Maynard
    Croupier should please people who take their noir straight up -- with plenty of twists.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 78 Kevin Maynard
    Yields beguiling nectar.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 78 Kevin Maynard
    Worth navigating for its refusal to play to the crowd. There's certainly nothing safe or sweet about Weaver's performance.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 78 Kevin Maynard
    It's got enough hilarious moments that, all in all, the film's bite is as toothsome as its bark.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 52 Metascore
    • 77 Kevin Maynard
    Reed's manic direction rarely lets up between show-stopping cheer numbers.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 79 Metascore
    • 77 Kevin Maynard
    Faithless, filmed mostly during Sweden's endless winter, will chill you to the bone.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 54 Metascore
    • 77 Kevin Maynard
    The year's first sure-fire Oscar nominee has arrived with flying colors.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 77 Kevin Maynard
    Contains more than a handful of big laughs and a highly charismatic cast that knows how to put them over.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 55 Metascore
    • 77 Kevin Maynard
    The entire ensemble is first-rate.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 76 Kevin Maynard
    An entertaining but insubstantial romantic thriller loaded with Euro-chic trappings and no small amount of sex appeal.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Kevin Maynard
    A charming movie.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Kevin Maynard
    After an uproarious first half, Saving Grace arrives at its conclusion somewhat hastily and conveniently.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Kevin Maynard
    All in all, she comes off as quite a complex creature.
    • Mr. Showbiz

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