Maitland McDonagh

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For 2,229 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 6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Maitland McDonagh's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 54
Highest review score: 100 King Kong
Lowest review score: 0 Terror Firmer
Score distribution:
2229 movie reviews
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Richly atmospheric but a little thin in the character department: It feels oddly truncated, despite nicely textured performances.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Quite enjoyable on its own terms.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    There's very little plot, and director Mangold's attempts to make a connection between the social confusion of the '60s and Susanna's inner turmoil don't really work.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    This psychological sci-fi thriller was originally made as a 40-minute segment of an unrealized portmanteau picture, then expanded into a freestanding feature. That's probably why it's padded with shots of Olham running down corridors.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    CQ
    A triumph of art direction over narrative, but what art direction!
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    It's a bad sign when audience enthusiasm peaks during the credits sequence.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The film's elliptical character development sometimes renders the actors' work opaque; restraint is an underpracticed virtue, but even it can be taken to excess.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    It's actually sharper, less reverential and generally better than "Misson: Impossible."
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Goofy and inconsequential, but pretty damned cute.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Kapadia's intelligent, nuanced performance is the film's highlight, balanced by Khanna's portrayal of Nashaad, who could easily be a patronizing, chauvinist caricature.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Kidman accomplishes a remarkable feat of transformation, adopting not only an accent, but a slightly seedy, faintly feral demeanor that almost makes you forget her icy good looks and fashion model's figure.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    A fairly serious psychodrama rendered in cartoon images.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Things take an unexpected turn into far grimmer territory when the wormy Robert finally turns.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    God moves in mysterious -- some might say positively spiteful -- ways in this trio of scabrous tales adapted from short stories by "Trainspotting's" Irvine Welsh.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Overall it's a frustratingly uneven movie, delicate at one moment and bluntly obvious the next.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    A sweet-natured and refreshingly uncartoonlike look at the trials of an unworldly Midwestern college boy negotiating his freshman year at NYU.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Say what you will about (Smith's) sense of humor, genuine faith is rare enough in popular culture to make any sighting worthy of note.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    A huge hit in France, this ensemble drama revolves around two very different social groups whose encounters with each other change several lives in surprising ways.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    (A) languorous, mud-spattered psychological tale.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The material is inherently compelling and anchored by Washington's performance.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Chilly, muted and refreshingly free of cheap shocks, this stylish psychological horror tale is greatly enhanced by subtle (acting) performances.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Screenwriter Matthew Tabak's directing debut is carefully plotted, well acted and surprisingly free of cheap thrills.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The performances are uniformly excellent.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    A hokey, more-than-a-little-annoying mystical journey of self-discovery.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Cunningham tackles a complicated subject, rejecting the stridency favored by filmmakers of the Spike Lee persuasion in favor of a more even-handed tone.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The film is graphic without being lurid, and the naked emotions onscreen are far more shocking than the naked bodies -- though there are plenty of those, in all shapes and sizes.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    It's enjoyable poppycock.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Beneath the plot's romantic turns lies a surprisingly complex examination of the personal and professional price of honesty; falsehoods, half-truths, little white lies and self-delusion spur most of the key plot developments, and Roos never resorts to platitudes to account for their effects.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Censorship, madness, social rebellion and the power of art.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Froemke and Dickson's film opens a window onto rural poverty so dire it's almost inconceivable that it exists in 21st-century America.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    A fresh and spirited fairy tale.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    A funny, perceptive and seductively engaging movie.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    A lovely homage to a charismatic star.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The plot isn't what makes this movie worth watching anyway -- it's the performances and the ambiance.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    This quietly gripping film is both universal and particular.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    That director and co-writer Gurinder Chadha transforms this sitcom material into a lively and charming film about the melting pot at full boil probably owes something to the fact that her own multicultural bona fides are firmly in order.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    By trying to be both a portrait of Rijker and an introduction to women's boxing, it shortchanges both subjects.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The story of the business is historically interesting, but the story of a friendship tested to the breaking point is timeless.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Though clearly shot on a shoestring, it's handsome, tightly written and generally well acted.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The film's a trifle, but a beautifully crafted one.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    If ever anyone earned the title "diva," it was the late singer Amalia Rodrigues.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    This underrrated shocker has developed a cult following since its scattershot 1973 release, but deserves a wider one.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    This rather obvious parable about soul mates benefits from luminous B&W cinematography, Paradis and Auteuil's luminous performances and the picturesque carny atmosphere.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Shattering in its own quiet way.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    It's all cutely derivative, occasionally charming and very occasionally clever...but the movie's vague aspirations to being something more than disposable fluff never amount to anything.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Director Curtis Hanson keeps the hugely complicated story zooming along the boulevard of broken dreams without losing sight of the details that make the trip worthwhile.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    This loving parody is steeped in comic book trivia and lore: The more you know, the more heartfelt your response to the film is likely to be.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    On the downside, it's slackly edited -- comedy is, after all, all about timing and there are way too many lengthy shots of Cho waiting for her audience to respond.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    A laser-sharp evocation of the tortured ties that bind sisters, who can love and loathe each other simultaneously and inflict lifelong wounds with chilling expertise.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    For most of its running time, this lunatic euro-thriller is creepy, stylish and occasionally suspenseful.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Neither a conventional documentary nor a work of complete fiction, Hammer's film constructs a secret history, part imagination and part reality that is both revealing and slyly entertaining.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Beautifully edited and, appropriately, the sound is unusually well recorded and produced.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    This DIY oddity is both quirkily funny and strangely poignant, and does justice to the same themes that underlie the far more lavishly produced "A.I.: Artificial Intelligence."
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Despite its floating narrative, this is a remarkably accessible and haunting film.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Overall, the book is a far more rewarding experience than the movie.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    While this cheerful film has nothing particularly new to say about the ties that hold family members together even when they're driving each other crazy, it's a pleasure to watch such a talented ensemble at work.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    If not an entirely successful film, it's a bold and haunting one.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    In the end, the film feels a little futile; its relentless, one-miserable-note tone is numbing.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    It's a frequently funny diversion that doesn't have a mean-spirited bone in its body.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    This psychological thriller takes its time and never delivers the big shocks genre fans raised on its American cousins have come to expect. But it works up a chilly atmosphere of creeping dread, and the tension.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Resembles the giggly teen romances that saturate the Japanese market with a coolly alienated French twist.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    His (Crowe) emotionally charged performance stands in contrast to Ryan's annoying, movie-star turn.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Delivers some powerful emotional wallops alongside the chopsticks-up-the-nose violence, and manages the remarkable feat of making venerable American genre conventions seem eerily alien.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Director Sturla Gunnarsson crams each sequence with subtle, telling detail while avoiding "exotic India" clichés.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Though beautifully acted by Basinger (everyone else is relegated to a supporting role), there's a strange vagueness to much of this sumptuous, stunningly photographed melodrama.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Holmes's story isn't pretty, but it's fascinating, in no small part because the people Paley interviews offer a glimpse into a brief time when making porn was an act of rebellion that attracted a diverse and eccentric group of filmmakers and performers.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    It's amusing more often than it isn't, largely because the cast is so nonchalant and, well, French about everything.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Neither cheerfully naughty nor suffused with gauzy prurience, it evokes a time of turbulent (and often ugly) emotions with disquieting intensity.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The sequel-ready twist at the end is a letdown, but until then this is a neatly constructed nail-biter.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    If this new film seems less prescient than its predecessor, it's only because reality is rapidly catching up with Cronenberg's warped imagination.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Noisy, spectacular and disposable.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Often clever but fundamentally shallow, this shaggy-dog story is greatly enriched by its extraordinary bluegrass soundtrack, supervised by T Bone Burnett and performed by a phenomenal collection of artists.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Merits watching if only because it's a bracing corrective to the deeply entrenched image of Europe's Jews plodding, sheep-like, to their deaths in Nazi concentration camps.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Caustic and despairing, Shrader's film lacks the delicate beauty of Atom Agoyan's "Sweet Hereafter," but has just as much bitter power.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Even the film's ironic ending is deftly handled, its cynicism is tempered by a certain rueful wisdom.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Nasty fun all around.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    An astonishing act of synthesis, bringing together disparate Ripper theories and a fiercely idiosyncratic version of London's history, architecture, policing and social structure.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Ridiculous, yes, but in an eminently watchable way. Most of the plot twists work surprisingly well, and the frequently naked leads work up some genuine chemistry.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Parker's adaptation is meticulous, unsentimental, beautifully acted-- but nearly two and a half hours worth of dying babies, rain-spattered streets, ragged children and filthy, bug-infested rooms is a bit oppressive.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Cinematographer Ken Kelsch, Ferrara's frequent collaborator, picks up the theme of overlapping lives by layering images within scenes -- the ongoing interplay of reflections and shadows is breathtaking -- and through slow, shimmering dissolves.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The movie's greatest liability is the familiarity of the material, much parodied since the glory days of John Ford. Unfortunately, Thornton's love for its iconography doesn't quite bring it to life.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    This small-scale film isn't for all tastes. But veterans of the dating wars will smirk uneasily at the film's nightmare versions of everyday sex-in-the-city misadventures.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Anonymously titled and packaged like a vulgar teen sex comedy, this candy-colored trifle is so precious it nearly floats away on a cloud of fairy dust.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    This is solid entertainment, and the time Caviezel and Pearce spent training for their sword fights pays off handsomely.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Bright, who reworked co-writer Stephen Johnston's screenplay, changed all the names except Bundy's so he could "make up stuff," but the irony is how close to the facts -- at least to the degree they're known -- he stays.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The result is sometimes strained, but often fresh and funny. And the sequence in which the entire cast sings "Avenues and Alleyways," bombastic '70s crooner Tony Christie's lush ode to thug life, is worth the price of admission in itself.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The story is shallow stuff, but pretty entertaining until it becomes utterly preposterous.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The technology for twinning a single young actress is considerably more seamless than it was in 1961, and Lohan is a perky charmer.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    This slight slice of L.A. life is distinguished by two fine, subtle performances. Redgrave is quietly heartbreaking-- Penn accomplishes the daunting task of revealing the spine beneath Melanie's sweet-natured tolerance of her perpetually disagreeable husband.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The chaotic, brutal iconography of Italian Westerns is put to novel use in this time-traveling, self-referential, hugely ambitious story of American brothers.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Dialogue is kept to a bare minimum, but the film's complex underlying sound mix -- a subtle symphony of faintly heard voices and the muted sounds of cars -- adds a haunting texture to what could have been the slightest of stories about a woman's ephemeral victory over emotional numbness.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Ejiofor's subtle, infinitely humane performance is the invisible glue that holds everything together and Chris Menges's darkly shimmering cinematography lends the story a gritty, coolly seductive glamour.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Pekar's autobiographical chronicle of day-to-day banality is a rich, if dingy, tapestry of ordinary life in all its infinite, homely peculiarity, which filmmakers Sheri Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini bring to uniquely eccentric life.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    It's vulgar, to be sure, but it's also brash and invigorating.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The film delivers what it promises: A look at the "wild ride" that ensues when brash young men set out to conquer the online world with laptops, cell phones and sketchy business plans.

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