For 53 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 49% higher than the average critic
  • 13% same as the average critic
  • 38% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1 point lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Maggie Lee's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Gangs of Wasseypur
Lowest review score: 10 From Vegas to Macau III
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 53
  2. Negative: 6 out of 53
53 movie reviews
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Maggie Lee
    The love child of Bollywood and Hollywood, Gangs of Wasseypur is a brilliant collage of genres, by turns pulverizing and poetic in its depiction of violence.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Maggie Lee
    The Tale of Princess Kaguya is a visionary tour de force, morphing from a childlike gambol into a sophisticated allegory on the folly of materialism and the evanescence of beauty.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Maggie Lee
    Beguilingly simple, relaxed in its mastery and enhanced by Isabelle Huppert’s impeccable poise.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Maggie Lee
    Anthony Chen is remarkably astute in his depiction of the class and racial tensions within such a household, his accessible style enabling the characters’ underlying decency and warmth to emerge unforced.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Maggie Lee
    Maintaining an unhurried tempo and an air of hushed reverence, the pic furtively hints at Shiori’s loneliness and despondency even as she soldiers on, until a series of revelations by Takumi culminates in a liberating finale.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Maggie Lee
    Heartbreaking in its depiction of ordinary lives affected by political upheaval, this ode to the fundamental values that survive even under such dire circumstances has an epic gravity that recalls another great historical romance, “Doctor Zhivago.”
    • 41 Metascore
    • 80 Maggie Lee
    The writer-director has overcome his tendency to weave florid plots that quickly run out of steam, here forging a coherent narrative that’s strong on physical and emotional drive.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Maggie Lee
    With a screenplay less bloated than Ryoo’s previous works, and drawing characters who know what they stand for, the film steadily builds up to its sensational catharsis and undeniably satisfying payoff.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Maggie Lee
    It’s sybaritic, cruel and luridly mesmerizing.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Maggie Lee
    Such is the finesse of Kore-eda’s script that it builds to neither the vehement confrontation nor the comforting reconciliation that melodrama decrees. Instead, it imparts those rare, liberating moments when characters revert to their most honest selves and pluck up the courage to express their deepest, albeit unattainable wishes.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Maggie Lee
    Train to Busan pulses with relentless locomotive momentum. As an allegory of class rebellion and moral polarization, it proves just as biting as Bong Joon-ho’s sci-fi dystopia “Snowpiercer,” while delivering even more unpretentious fun.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Maggie Lee
    Lost in Thailand is a boisterous, joyously hokey comedy.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Maggie Lee
    The Berlin File boasts knockout action setpieces that provide an impressive big-budget showcase for Ryoo Seung-wan's technical smarts.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Maggie Lee
    Although the pacing is more laidback than in “Au revoir Taipei,” the humor more rooted in believable (if bizarre) real-life situations than in slapstick shenanigans, the comic timing remains spot-on and the jokes fetchingly offbeat in an utterly Taiwanese way.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Maggie Lee
    The director retains his controlled style even as he moves toward a more traditional narrative mode.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Maggie Lee
    Lam’s darkest work to date, one where violence is not just graphic but ugly, and Hong Kong symbolically comes to resemble a charnel house.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Maggie Lee
    The film’s strength really lies in its thrilling pace and robust action, elaborately choreographed and executed to involve a large ensemble of characters in a gripping way.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Maggie Lee
    Koreeda’s sensitive yet lucid helming keeps the performances precise yet natural.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Maggie Lee
    It’s the nerve-racking situation that faces our hard-luck protag, with its heady black humor, social satire and a touch of surrealism, that keeps audiences on the edge of their seats.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Maggie Lee
    Notwithstanding its bubblegum visuals and relentlessly perky hijinks, the yarn proceeds naturally toward a touching conclusion without high-handed lurches into tragedy or mawkishness.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Maggie Lee
    Trading the earlier film’s goofy fish-out-of-water gags for robust action acrobatics and fail-safe family drama, the laffer induces the warm-and-fuzzies as an ode to Hong Kong cinema and its role in mainland Gen-Xers’ sentimental coming of age.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Maggie Lee
    Though the film lacks the spooky, macabre spirit expected of this subterranean subgenre, Mongolian-Chinese helmer Wuershan (“Painted Skin II: The Resurrection”) applies his outlandish visual panache to evoke an underground world of ethnic antiquity refreshingly distinct from traditional Han-Chinese culture.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Maggie Lee
    The pic plays like a bonus track to the Thai auteur’s Palme d’Or winner, “Uncle Boomee Who Can Recall His Past Lives,” its esoteric symbiosis of Thai folk culture, spiritualism and current sociopolitical conditions simplified, but no less mystifying.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Maggie Lee
    Stephen Chow’s The Mermaid defies the time-worn nature of its material, concocting pure enchantment with the director’s own blend of nutty humor, intolerable cruelty and unabashed sweetness.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Maggie Lee
    Fans of Kurosawa’s earlier psycho-thrillers may desire more eeriness and visual panache, but those who’ve accepted the helmer’s conscious change of tune and pace should be gently touched.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Maggie Lee
    As in most of the director’s repertoire, he portrays working class family relations with unpretentious warmth. Boasting a simple, coherent plot shot with real-time, handheld verismo, it’s a work of understated confidence.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Maggie Lee
    On the one hand, the film is a gripping whodunnit, exemplified by a scene of classic Hitchcockian suspense, when Jong-gu makes a frightening discovery while snooping around the Japanese man. At the same time it treads into supernatural territory through nightmarish dream sequences that feel unnervingly real.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 60 Maggie Lee
    Tyro helmer Park Hong-soo handles wall-to-wall action, political intrigue and adolescent love with a relentless efficiency that befits his protagonist, even if the execution can feel as methodical as that of a killer checking off a hit list.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Maggie Lee
    Notwithstanding some sentimental beats, Peng achieves a delicate balance between bleak realities and a life-affirming attitude, capped by a predictable but necessary catharsis.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Maggie Lee
    The leads’ chemistry is obvious, even when they’re at each other’s throats.

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