For 57 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 12% same as the average critic
  • 41% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.7 points 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 The BreakUp Guru
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 57
  2. Negative: 7 out of 57
57 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Maggie Lee
    The film supplies a headlong rush of tension and cruelty all the way to a gratifying final payoff.
    • 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.
    • 72 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.
    • 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.”
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Maggie Lee
    It’s sybaritic, cruel and luridly mesmerizing.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Maggie Lee
    Channeling the style of gritty mainland independent films but without the usual longueurs, the film deftly morphs into a suspense thriller with Dostoevskyan undertones.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 75 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Maggie Lee
    Certainly less of a dud than the director’s inane original, this follow-up is even more tyke-oriented, but at least it’s a livelier yarn and boasts a slick upgrade in visual effects.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Maggie Lee
    The leads’ chemistry is obvious, even when they’re at each other’s throats.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Maggie Lee
    A carefully constructed mystery that blends screechy comedy and crazed action in high-spirited but somewhat ungainly fashion.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Maggie Lee
    This directing debut by helmer-scribe Shim Sung-bo echoes Bong’s trademark cynical vision of human nature, but the characters lack dimensionality and psychological depth.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Maggie Lee
    Wholesome, effortless entertainment that runs smoothly enough but seldom takes one’s breath away in the romance department.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Maggie Lee
    Flu
    The story flatlines as the crisis escalates, falling prey to pedestrian human drama and improbable conspiracy subplots.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Maggie Lee
    Less offensively nationalistic than the second installment but falling short of the glowing humanity, genial Cantonese humor and visual flair of the first, the pic is somewhat tarnished by its pedestrian plot and limp characterization.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Maggie Lee
    Despite its magnificent natural vistas and some pulse-pounding action in stunning 3D, Wolf Totem boils down to a familiar environmentalist allegory that doesn’t move or provoke too deeply.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Maggie Lee
    Slow to heat up yet quick to burn out, police procedural-thriller Cold War 2 dramatizes internal strife and conspiracy among Hong Kong’s police force and ruling elite, adding some new twists in a narrative framework that ultimately can’t support the film.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Maggie Lee
    The film reaches a narrative and emotional impasse once it gets past the will-they-or-won’t-they stage.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Maggie Lee
    Without a dominant storyline, the film feels more like a collage of photogenic moments than a full-fledged narrative.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Maggie Lee
    The sense of living dangerously is somewhat lacking as Kurt Wimmer’s emotionally vacant screenplay fails to make audiences care enough about the characters to sweat over their physical exertions.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Maggie Lee
    A visually arresting but vacuous, instantly forgettable period martial-arts romance.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Maggie Lee
    Dutch helmer Maurice Dekkers devotes most of his film to the celebrity chef’s extensive foraging, while his abstemious staff harps on about the onerous pursuit of perfection; one crucial missing ingredient, however, is the joy of eating or cooking.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Maggie Lee
    Plotless, pretentiously literary and lousy at explaining geography, the movie fails to put Yang’s vision into a fictional framework that’s even remotely engaging.
    • 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.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 30 Maggie Lee
    A mind-numbing, crash-bang misfire that abandons chic European capitals for the character’s own backyard.
    • 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
    • tbd Metascore
    • 10 Maggie Lee
    Single-handedly killing a once internationally beloved, one-of-a-kind Hong Kong genre that Wong himself invented, the filmmakers have so mangled their material to suit mainland criteria that they’re left with a string of moronic gags barely held together by cheapskate production values.
    • 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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