Maitland McDonagh

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For 2,236 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 43% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 54% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Maitland McDonagh's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 Corpse Bride
Lowest review score: 0 The Hottie & the Nottie
Score distribution:
2236 movie reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    You don't have to be a chem-lab wonk to be seduced by the seven scientists who discuss their work and lives in this engaging film.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Richly atmospheric but a little thin in the character department: It feels oddly truncated, despite nicely textured performances.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Maitland McDonagh
    There's about half an hour's worth of sickly amusing material here...Unfortunately, that leaves a solid hour's worth of witless screaming, running around and expiring in a welter of icky special effects.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Maitland McDonagh
    Bond spends an awful lot of time being rescued from peril by supporting characters.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Maitland McDonagh
    Though some individual scenes crackle, overall the film feels unfocussed and flabby, like a series of acting improv exercises strung together.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Berlevag's 1300 inhabitants are by nature hardy and uncomplaining, but Knut Erik Jensen's unhurried documentary reveals that there's more to them than mere stoicism.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    A military satire in the tradition of M*A*S*H and Catch-22, based on Peruvian novelist Mario Vargas Llosa's 1973 book.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 50 Maitland McDonagh
    Satanic silliness undermines this gloomy horror picture.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Maitland McDonagh
    Lack of chemistry between Richard Gere and Julia Roberts sinks this souffle.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Writer-director Pan Nalin's film is at its best when he focuses on the meticulous, hands-on preparation of herb- and mineral-based drugs; it's also genuinely provocative to hear Ayurvedists argue that healing should be a vocation rather than a career.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Maitland McDonagh
    Part of the problem is its length; at two hours and ten minutes it meanders rather than building up a head of steam and barreling straight through logic and plausibility on the way to Hell.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Maitland McDonagh
    Then there's the utter lack of sexual chemistry between Li and Aaliyah, sucking all the urgency out of the relationship between the star-crossed lovers.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 30 Maitland McDonagh
    Earnest but unenlightening drama.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Quite enjoyable on its own terms.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Maitland McDonagh
    Despite its admirable sobriety for most of its running time, the film's climax is a parade of ludicrous clichés.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 30 Maitland McDonagh
    This coarse, nearly incoherent action picture apparently aspires to a 'Pulp Fiction"-like mixture of brutality and self-referential insouciance.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Maitland McDonagh
    But the soundtrack will delight anyone whose blood stirs at the strains of "I'm Coming Out," "Le Freak" or "Doctor's Orders."
    • 25 Metascore
    • 40 Maitland McDonagh
    As for first-time feature director Mark Piznarski, he should be cited for excessive use of slow motion, sun-dappled trees and golden light; one more cliche violation and his license to direct would be forfeit.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Hopkins and Rock are a surprisingly good mix; Hopkins actually underplays his role as a company man with a barely acknowledged conscience, while Rock's manic impulses aren't allowed to run riot.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    A beautifully acted, intensely felt story.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 20 Maitland McDonagh
    In search of inspiration and the human spirit triumphant, they managed to cook up a pot of sanctimonious, reductive claptrap (which the credits confess was only "inspired" by Quinn's book) that's not in the least instructive or entertaining.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Maitland McDonagh
    Feels forced and awkward, as though it's trying too hard to be weird, culty and profound.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Maitland McDonagh
    The banality of faceless evil isn't actually all that compelling on the hoof; the film's more interesting as a curiosity than as a film.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Maitland McDonagh
    Diehard Sandler fans will probably find it uproarious, but others will have to make do with the occasional chuckle.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 40 Maitland McDonagh
    Shot in shades of steely gray and streaked with near-constant rain, this gloomy revenge thriller is a sadistic cartoon.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Maitland McDonagh
    The quintessential cotton candy movie: It's pleasant, brightly colored and the minute it's done it's as though it were never there.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Its high-definition video images -- are coated with a convincing sheen of disgust, and Huston's performance is riveting.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Maitland McDonagh
    The idea is more interesting than the screenplay, which lags badly in the middle and lurches between not-very-funny comedy, unconvincing dramatics and some last-minute action strongly reminiscent of "Run Lola Run." Great soundtrack, though.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 40 Maitland McDonagh
    The film's mealy-mouthed messages about feminine empowerment will almost certainly fall on deaf ears, since even 11-year-olds know Spears's power resides largely in her taut torso.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Maitland McDonagh
    Overall the film is a stylish lark with no resonance, a mean-spirited one-night stand of a movie.

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