For 88 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 48% higher than the average critic
  • 15% same as the average critic
  • 37% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Maggie Lee's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Shoplifters
Lowest review score: 10 The BreakUp Guru
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 88
  2. Negative: 7 out of 88
88 movie reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Maggie Lee
    At once tightly controlled and simmering with righteous fury, it’s gorgeously lensed, atmospherically scored and moves inexorably toward a gratifying payoff.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Maggie Lee
    At once charming and heart-wrenching, this exquisitely performed film will steal the hearts of both art-house and mainstream audiences.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 60 Maggie Lee
    Plunging viewers into an extended dream sequence in the name of abstract motifs such as memory, time, and space, the film is a lush plotless mood-piece swimming in artsy references and ostentatious technical exercises, with a star (Tang Wei, “Lust, Caution”) as decoration.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Maggie Lee
    Hamaguchi extols his source for a compelling representation of love as a mystic experience. However, what gets transferred to the screen becomes more like banal indecision.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Maggie Lee
    The work has its intellectually ponderous moments but is ultimately saved by Jia’s muse and wife, Zhao Tao, who surpasses herself in a role of mesmerizing complexity.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Maggie Lee
    The sequel’s worst enemy is its lead actor Wang Baoqiang, who dials up his bumbling, bragging and vulgar persona Tang Ren to intolerable levels.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Maggie Lee
    Hong Kong action-director Dante Lam’s Operation Red Sea is war propaganda that comes off as antiwar, a patriotic film so carried away by its own visceral, pulverizing violence that patriotism almost becomes an afterthought.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Maggie Lee
    With Monkey, the film”s most potent protagonist, sidelined for much of the film, the action feels truncated.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Maggie Lee
    Efficiently directed by Leo Zhang, the film features all the zesty fights, slick effects and goofy slapstick one expects from a Jackie Chan family movie, while glossy production values, a snappy beat and composer Peng Fei’s deafening score mimic that of a Hollywood movie, though the film’s corny cyberpunk pastiche appeals exclusively to kids.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Maggie Lee
    Directed by Jang Joon-hwan with a combination of humanistic ardor and intelligent insight comparable to the measured procedural mode of “Spotlight,” this is a compelling depiction of how brave individuals from all walks of life mobilized a whole nation to bring a recalcitrant dictator and his henchmen to their knees.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Maggie Lee
    Bloated with visual effects, martial artists combat and amorous shenanigans, the one thing missing in The Thousand Faces of Dunjia is a comedic touch, which might have made this elaborate blockbuster more appealing.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Maggie Lee
    Feng employs traditional craftsmanship to draw a sweeping historical canvas with profound human upheavals that mirror virtues and flaws of the Chinese people, without ever losing sight of the personal experiences that he dramatizes with such acute sensuality.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Maggie Lee
    Artfully subverting the spirit of such soulful, diaphanous romances as “Love Letter” and “Hana and Alice” from earlier in his own career, Iwai exposes the desperation and deceit involved in the search for love.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Maggie Lee
    Channeling “La femme Nikita,” “Kill Bill,” Nikkatsu’s ’70s female exploitation films and a gazillion Hong Kong martial arts heroines, The Villainess nonetheless succeeds in being one-of-a-kind for its delirious action choreography and overall narrative dementia.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Maggie Lee
    While the film clearly taps into the national zeitgeist, buoyed by a sweeping show of people’s power that ousted the president, international audiences should also appreciate the actors’ feisty turns.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Maggie Lee
    By highlighting the value of artists and intellectuals, and the importance of protecting them, [Hui] imbues the authentic historical episode with timely universal relevance.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Maggie Lee
    Shot in a meticulous yet unmannered style, the film provides the veteran cast with an ideal framework to mount masterful performances.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Maggie Lee
    Playing frequently like an absurdist political satire with only flashes of violence, this low-tension, drawn-out work won’t gratify the chills or adrenaline rushes fanboys crave, but the ending strikes a romantic chord so pure that all but the most jaded cynics will be moved.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Maggie Lee
    The story’s supernatural elements enable Miike to take huge liberties with chanbara, the oldest genre in Japanese cinema, and break free from rigid traditions of choreographing swordplay sequences.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Maggie Lee
    Chinese director Zhang Yang (“Shower,” “Sunflower”) eschews the thrill of propulsive duels for a discursive allegorical approach, serving up picturesque visuals, highland-dry humor, and karmic plot twists.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Maggie Lee
    Ultimately, the film’s elaborately-mapped plots are unraveled in a blow-by-blow account that doesn’t give the brain much of a workout, but makes it suitably accessible for a wider audience.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Maggie Lee
    It’s the narrative non sequiturs and comic vignettes sprinkled throughout that give the freewheeling pic its playful charm.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Maggie Lee
    The dialogue is dirtier than ever, and the gags outrageous, and yet, like the two central characters and the seven-year relationship they labor to keep alive, “Love Off the Cuff” shows signs of fatigue.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Maggie Lee
    Adapting Fumiyo Kono’s 2007 manga of the same title, director Sunao Katabuchi captures the manifold experiences of a housewife during WWII with beguiling intimacy and appealing hand-drawn illustration.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Maggie Lee
    Crucially missing are credible human motivations or skilled balance of physical with verbal humor.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Maggie Lee
    The film is sprinkled with witty grace notes and is crowd-pleasing without being too ingratiating or idiotic.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Maggie Lee
    As the leading man, Chan keeps the ball rolling with an assortment of neat acrobatic tricks and martial arts sparring, but his days of life-risking physical exertion is over.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Maggie Lee
    This bucolic escape from big-city life is anchored by a solid script filled with characters who, despite reaching the end of the road, find ways to make peace with the world.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Maggie Lee
    Director Zhang Yimou capably gives period fantasy-action The Great Wall the look and feel of a Hollywood blockbuster, but his signature visual dazzle, his gift for depicting delicate relationships and throbbing passions are trampled by dead-serious epic aspirations.
    • 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.

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