For 30 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 63% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 31% 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: 59
Highest review score: 100 Gangs of Wasseypur
Lowest review score: 10 The BreakUp Guru
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 30
  2. Negative: 5 out of 30
30 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.
    • 62 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
    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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Maggie Lee
    Though this sequel is just as glossy and shallow as its predecessor, the story gets juicier as the four femme friends transform from kittens to lynxes in the wake of boy troubles and corporate takeovers.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Maggie Lee
    Wholesome, effortless entertainment that runs smoothly enough but seldom takes one’s breath away in the romance department.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Maggie Lee
    There’s little in the way of drama, character depth or mise-en-scene to distract from Tiger Chen’s technically dazzling display of human combat in Keanu Reeves’ helming debut.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Maggie Lee
    Flu
    The story flatlines as the crisis escalates, falling prey to pedestrian human drama and improbable conspiracy subplots.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 Maggie Lee
    It’s the robots — endowed here with character-rich physicality and almost human-scaled facial features — who give the film its emotional heft.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Maggie Lee
    The decision to binge on CGI action setpieces overwhelms the romantic spark of the central characters, played by impossibly beautiful leads Lee Bingbing and Aloys Chen Kun, while the film’s themes of class division, human desire and hypocrisy find darker, more riveting expression only toward the end.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Maggie Lee
    Without a dominant storyline, the film feels more like a collage of photogenic moments than a full-fledged narrative.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Maggie Lee
    Kawase embraces nature worship and pompous philosophizing in her indulgently mannerist style, which, over the course of two hours, overwhelms a small yet potentially moving story of two teenagers dealing with separation within their families.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Maggie Lee
    Like a school pageant with a Broadway-sized budget, this noisy production is a pileup of extravagant dance numbers, candy-colored sets and vintage props that, sans the requisite heart or hip factor, soon overstays its welcome.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 30 Maggie Lee
    Taking more than a dozen credits, including helmer-scribe, Jackie Chan emerges a Jackie-of-all-trades and master of none.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Maggie Lee
    The film’s vacuous characters and inherent vanity have become awfully grating
    • 26 Metascore
    • 30 Maggie Lee
    A mind-numbing, crash-bang misfire that abandons chic European capitals for the character’s own backyard.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 10 Maggie Lee
    A helming debut for mainland star Deng Chao and theater director Yu Baimei, who have claimed that they’re pushing the envelope of Chinese comedy but have in fact merely pushed the genre to a new low in terms of racist and homophobic humor.

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