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 1.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kevin Maynard's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Bread and Roses
Lowest review score: 5 Love & Sex
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 48 out of 312
312 movie reviews
    • 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
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Maynard
    Flock (don't walk) to the theater to see Chicken Run.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Maynard
    The most heartfelt tribute to women -- specifically, actresses -- he's (Almodovar) ever made.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Maynard
    It's the funniest, saddest performance of the year in a film of uncompromising wit and heart.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Maynard
    That rarest of independent films -- it's risky and exciting.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Maynard
    Stomps the summer movie competition with heart and humor.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Maynard
    A must-see for avid fans and a welcome primer for nascent hip-shakers everywhere.
    • 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
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Maynard
    Though unflinching in its savagery, Amores Perros is always compulsive viewing.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Maynard
    Election is a bracingly intelligent adult comedy that shrewdly captures adolescence.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Maynard
    Cho is raw, uncensored, and side-splittingly hilarious.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Kevin Maynard
    Proudly wears its heart on its sleeve, but it never becomes so swoony that you'll reach for your hanky.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 79 Metascore
    • 74 Kevin Maynard
    Even if it sometimes skips, it's consistently wittier and more idiosyncratic that most studio movies.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Kevin Maynard
    Though frequently brutal and off-putting, Beautiful People is a must-see.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 79 Metascore
    • 77 Kevin Maynard
    Faithless, filmed mostly during Sweden's endless winter, will chill you to the bone.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Kevin Maynard
    Praise will get under your skin.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Kevin Maynard
    The wrap-up's pretty charming, as are the performances, but the film's too heavy for its soufflé-ready ingredients.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Kevin Maynard
    How well you respond to this handsomely mounted, cold-blooded tragedy will depend on your feelings toward Gillian Anderson's highly theatrical lead performance.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Kevin Maynard
    An intensely involving, Ibsen-esque human drama populated by complex, sympathetic heroes.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 77 Metascore
    • 40 Kevin Maynard
    It's all well-acted and eerily compelling, but the shocker ending is patently implausible.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Kevin Maynard
    An exhilarating and at times operatic film.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Kevin Maynard
    Despite Arteta's best efforts, I eventually stopped caring about their bond because Chuck's character is conceived as such a two-dimensional yuppie.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 76 Metascore
    • 57 Kevin Maynard
    A detective story without a solution and a coming-of-ager without discernable characters.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 65 Kevin Maynard
    Gets to the funny bone, but it could've cut deeper.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 58 Kevin Maynard
    For all its wit and sharp casting, State and Main is way too pleased with itself to be funny or endearing.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 78 Kevin Maynard
    Croupier should please people who take their noir straight up -- with plenty of twists.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 85 Kevin Maynard
    A uniquely personal, vibrant mosaic of the American dream, and like a dream, it evaporates beautifully before our eyes.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 85 Kevin Maynard
    Captures the emptiness of small-time lives as evocatively as Peter Bogdonavich's "Last Picture Show."
    • 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
    • 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
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Kevin Maynard
    A disarming helping of Capra-esque corn served up by writer-director Rob Sitch.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Maynard
    This is such seductive entertainment that you might as well stop grousing and give in.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 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
    • 73 Metascore
    • 89 Kevin Maynard
    Director Roger Michell ("Persuasion," "Notting Hill") has made his finest film to date.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Kevin Maynard
    The real reason to see it is Brian Cox, best known for being filmdom's other Hannibal Lecter (he played the role in Michael Mann's "Manhunter").
    • 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
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Kevin Maynard
    If you're looking for refuge from summer movie bombast, it's frequently intoxicating.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 72 Metascore
    • 20 Kevin Maynard
    Has a blithe tone and a capable cast, but Veber's script is 100 percent laugh-free.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 71 Metascore
    • 74 Kevin Maynard
    It's another subtle, fantastic performance from McKee ("Notting Hill," "Croupier").
    • 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
    • 71 Metascore
    • 58 Kevin Maynard
    It's amiable enough, but the only real opportunity here is to see Walken step out of the shadows.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Maynard
    The flutes soar a little too often, but Yimou's film is genuinely moving.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 71 Metascore
    • 62 Kevin Maynard
    "Run mad whenever you choose, but do not faint," Austen wrote in her early journals. Despite its brazen politics, Mansfield Park never goes giddily amok as promised.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Maynard
    Offers effortless charm, wit, and originality in spades.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 71 Metascore
    • 52 Kevin Maynard
    Eventually succumbs to fatal overlength.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Kevin Maynard
    A charming movie.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Maynard
    A literate, dialogue-driven treat delivered by a cast that truly savors the script's wicked wit.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Maynard
    Intelligently written, sharply directed, and beautifully played.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 70 Metascore
    • 68 Kevin Maynard
    Almereyda never plays up the gimmickry at the expense of the performances, and as a result, his movie largely succeeds, despite an overabundance of pretentious pokes at our consumer culture and the risky casting of Ethan Hawke in the lead role.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Kevin Maynard
    It's a tad too generic to be a slam dunk.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Kevin Maynard
    Like "Pollock," Nora is a convincing portrait of the intersection between creative genius and crazy, all-consuming love.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Maynard
    Mesmerizing entertainment, but it's also a cop-out.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 69 Metascore
    • 54 Kevin Maynard
    Only Elaine May shines, in a weird and wonderful turn. Her loopy character has such a struck-by-lightning demeanor that she's always delightfully off in her own comic orbit even in the tritest of scenes.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 54 Kevin Maynard
    Badly photographed, clumsily edited, and lacking any discernable cinematic style.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Kevin Maynard
    All in all, she comes off as quite a complex creature.
    • 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
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Maynard
    A new version of the greatest psychological mystery of all: love.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Maynard
    The results are far more real than MTV's The Real World.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Kevin Maynard
    Just try not to smile while watching Jump Tomorrow.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 49 Kevin Maynard
    Never the heart-wrenching emotional experience it seems intended to be.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Kevin Maynard
    This bed-swapping crime story is ultimately too protracted, but Piñeyro's direction is richly atmospheric, full of noir shadows and strong period detail.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Kevin Maynard
    Born Romantic feels less like it was born than assembled, in a kooky Britcom factory. It's no "Four Weddings and a Funeral," but it's certainly a happier conception than last month's "Maybe Baby."
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Maynard
    In spirit, 101 Reykjavík is so Almodóvar that it could melt the polar icecap.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Kevin Maynard
    Come Undone is the quintessential gay date at the art house.
    • 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
    • 67 Metascore
    • 68 Kevin Maynard
    Elevates the horror genre with a refreshing intelligence and humor -- too bad it's not half as good at generating scares.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Kevin Maynard
    Ultimately too slight and opaque to inspire much ardor.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Kevin Maynard
    Billed cleverly as a comedy from the heart that goes for the throat. If only Brooks had had the guts to avoid the schmaltz.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 66 Metascore
    • 68 Kevin Maynard
    Plays like a Chinese "Cinema Paradiso," full of feeling without succumbing to sentimentality.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 79 Kevin Maynard
    A fast, funny film that goes down like a cyanide-spiked piña colada.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Kevin Maynard
    It's the kind of flourish that makes you smile -- that makes you believe in the power of movies.
    • Mr. Showbiz
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Kevin Maynard
    What's right as rain with Diary is the casting.
    • Mr. Showbiz

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