For 42 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 14% same as the average critic
  • 34% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Maggie Lee's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Gangs of Wasseypur
Lowest review score: 10 The BreakUp Guru
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 42
  2. Negative: 5 out of 42
42 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.
    • 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
    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.”
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 70 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Maggie Lee
    Lost in Thailand is a boisterous, joyously hokey comedy.
    • 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.

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