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
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Making such a tragedy the backdrop to a love story risks trivializing it, though Chouraqui no doubt intended the film to affirm love's power to help people endure almost unimaginable horror.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    It's sometimes hard to breath for the sheer volume of acting sucking the air out of the room, and keeping three narratives movie without muddling them all is a hugely ambitious undertaking for any director, let alone one on his second film.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The payoff doesn't quite equal the intensity of the spectacularly squirm-inducing premise, but Farrell takes his showboating star turn and runs with it.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The movie's secret weapons are its stellar cast, whose performances go a long way to ameliorating Ross's ham-fisted use of foreshadowing and symbols, and its brilliantly shot racing sequences -- they're heart-stoppingly suspenseful even when the outcome is a matter of record.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    A breezy romantic comedy in which opposites attract against all the reasonable odds, this slight but thoroughly charming film benefits immeasurably from the assured performances of leads Juliette Binoche and Jean Reno.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Is this sophisticated humor? No. But it is pretty entertaining.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The film flawlessly captures the directionless alienation of youngsters whose families are in no shape to guide them through the turbulence of their teenage years.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Yes, it's sappy. It's also silly, utterly unironic, a sketch stretched out to feature length, and, if you're in the right mood, pretty darned cute.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Poignant documentary.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    While many films of this kind are undermined by amateurish performances, the main cast is solid and some of the supporting performances (many from non-professionals) are small gems.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The soundtrack, which relies heavily on melancholy Sinatra standards like "The Good Life," "This Town" and "Summer Wind," casts perfectly modulated warning shadows over the film's light, bright look.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Banderas inhabits the role of the mariachi with a feral grace undimished by the seven-year gap between films.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    This efficient fright machine features a knowing cameo by Curtis's mom -- "Psycho's" Janet Leigh -- a couple of bloody good scares and a genuinely affecting performance from Curtis.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The harder you try to follow the narrative the more frustrating the film becomes, but its sleekly menacing images work their way into your brain like slivers of dry ice.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Sleek, stylish and crammed with girl-power action.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Though ultimately something less than the sum of its parts, the film's performances are reason enough to see it.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Rather than rage, Peosay's film radiates sadness over a singular way of life in danger of imminent obliteration.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Based on a short story by Joe R. Lansdale, this low-key oddity stresses character over broad laughs and shock effects, allowing Campbell and Davis to develop a quirky rapport that's a real pleasure to watch.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    For a mountain of muscle [The Rock]'s a surprisingly charming screen presence. And his low-key appeal helps nudge Peter Berg's derivative but good-natured light action picture in the direction of breezy entertainment, rather than painfully noisy macho posturing.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The sheer force of imagination that produced the film's unique mix of different styles, musical numbers and hipster doggerel is extraordinary.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Anyone who remembers Harrison fondly will enjoy this musical tribute, though it assumes a level of familiarity with Harrison's associates that not all viewers will have.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    F. Scott Fitzgerald was wrong: there are second acts in American lives. But all too many of them are sad, sordid or both, as this fact-based story of sex, drugs and murder featuring adult-movie superstar John Holmes aptly demonstrates.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The giddy, "anything could happen" sense that made "Pulp Fiction" and "Reservoir Dogs" so viscerally exciting is missing here. But Tarantino's first picture in nearly three years is a faithful adaptation of Elmore Leonard's "Rum Punch," and its melancholy edge is a wistful delight.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The sequence in which the crew acquires press credentials to the Republican National Convention by helping organizers desperate to book a rock band (they deliver Leitch's scruffy pals the Interpreters USSA) is priceless.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The unspoken question that underlies their struggles is whether a facility run by sheer force of personality can survive when that personality is gone; the film ends on a cautiously hopeful note.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    An uneasy mix of B-movie scares.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    But fabulous though the allusions, sets and costumes are, Busch's performance is the movie's heart, and like the screen idols whose every gesture he's lovingly absorbed, Busch can pack a world of meaning into an arched eyebrow and a slight crack of the voice.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    It neither works as a stand-alone film nor captures the thrilling sense of somber, pulpy mystery that made "The Matrix" so compelling. Nevertheless, It brings the saga to a satisfying close, and relies less on the clumps of pop-mystical cyber gobbledy-gook that gummed up the gears of "Reloaded" and more on the powerful emotional bonds that bind Neo, Trinity, Morpheus, Niobe, Link and Zee.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Sweet-natured charmer in its own right.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    With the exception of a brief sequence on the Galapagos Islands, where Maturin briefly indulges in some pre-Darwinian study of its unique ecosystem, the entire film takes place aboard the ship, and Weir's greatest accomplishment may be that it never feels claustrophobic.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    For all the "touched by an angel" sentimentality, the movie's eerie, slightly menacing vision of black-clad angels lurking in the shadowy corners of unsuspecting lives is genuinely haunting.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Do director Bryan Singer and screenwriter Brandon Boyce really mean to suggest that the roots of genocide lie in homosexual desire?
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The story is predictable, but Reeder's performance is painfully convincing and the East Village locations so uniformly grimy that they all but weep despair.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Slight but affecting.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Unwilling to offend, Zwick whitewashes a culture in which brutality and contemplative beauty were inextricably intertwined and, afraid to alienate audiences, he shies away from the story's logical downbeat conclusion, replacing it with an "ambiguous" ending that recalls, of all things, "The Road Warrior."
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Newcomer Grace seems born to the part of an unformed young woman whose character cries out to be shaped, but it's Ivey's unobtrusive skill that shapes their onscreen relationship into something thoroughly convincing.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
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    Subtle performances and the "you are there" immediacy conferred by digital video give Roy's film the feel of a series of stolen moments.
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    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Davidson's young cast is remarkable, engaging and guilelessly funny without being so cute that their calculated actions ring false.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Allows the supporting cast to steal the movie.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    You don't have to be Jewish to love Jonathan Kesselman's uneven, profane and occasionally flat-out hilarious parody of vintage blaxploitation pictures, but it helps.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Ricci's less flashy characterization of the immature Selby is equally skilled and meshes seamlessly with Theron's uncompromising performance.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Simultaneously groundbreaking and remarkably faithful to the classic play.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    It would be hard to mount a straight-faced defense of Brisseau's feverish moral tale, complete with a lurking angel of death, but the carnal machinations are hugely entertaining -- particularly if you like your skin with a bracing sermon chaser.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The film's bleakly inevitable ending packs a wallop and its hauntingly desolate images linger long after the story is told.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Mark Moormann's documentary tends to the worshipful, but Dowd, a charmer onscreen, was by all accounts just as appealing in real life.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Ice Cube is so genial and laid back it's hard to believe he's the same snarling thug who ass-kicks his way through action pictures, let alone the seethingly angry rapper who emerged from NWA in the early 1990s.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    A pitch-perfect parody of poverty row horror/sci-fi pictures of the 1950s, Larry Blamire's meticulous takeoff could easily be taken for the real thing, which is both its genius and its Achilles heel.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Adults also are more likely than kids to snicker at jokes.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Comprehensive and reverential.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Boursinhac and Bibi Naceri throw all the usual elements into the pot: Economic inequality, ethnic tensions, feverish family ties and the titular criminal code, which everyone invokes and everyone agrees is a load of claptrap.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The film is never dull -- no mean feat, given that it spends two hours telling a story whose end is widely known -- and features performances that range from coarsely effective to phenomenal.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Burnett and Lee's graceful, sympathetic documentary focuses on participants who embody Burning Man's ideals without being blind to the opportunists and party animals it inevitably attracts.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    In the end, you're left to pick your moral: Money changes everything or money isn't everything or both.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    An intriguing mix of the familiar and the alien. DaFoe's distinctly American speech patterns are a little jarring amid a tangle of British inflections (French actor Cassel's accent is justified within the story), but it doesn't spoil the film's overall effect.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Curl your cynical lip if you want, but there's a place for heartwarming, life-affirming, even weepy dramas, and Robert Redford brings the best-selling novel about a traumatized teen and her wounded horse to the screen with dignity and restraint.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The interactions between the raspy-voiced Hurt and various shallowly cheerful Americans are genuinely charming and dynamic.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Consistently earnest and well-intentioned but only occasionally moving, despite the efforts of a generally top-notch cast.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    This melodramatic action opera is a lurid love letter to the guns and poses aesthetic of Hong Kong action cinema.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    In a world filled with crude movie sitcoms, Berg's bitter, worst-possible-case scenario really does stand alone.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    This rambling exercise in local color has been a pet project of Duvall's for more than a decade, and it's to his credit that he managed to get such a low-concept picture produced. It's also to his credit that he resists the temptation to take easy potshots at religion, particularly of the revivalist variety.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The wholly invented character of unattainable love interest Julia Cook (the real Kelly once referred to an enigmatic "Julia" in a letter) is the film's weakest link and smacks of a desperate attempt to shoehorn a pretty woman into a story about grubby men with tangled beards.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    A spectacular natural disaster spiraling out of control, a crime gone wrong and a poor jerk caught in the middle: Yes, it's a standard action-picture recipe. But what a difference a cast makes.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    A sleazy, seamy, flashy, steamy, vulgar exploitation thriller that revels in every minute of its own trashiness and delivers some pretty solid -- if prurient -- entertainment before strangling in a one-twist-too-many ending.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Salvatores draws strikingly unsentimental performances from his young actors, all making their film debuts, and juxtaposes the petty meanness of children with the calculated cruelty of desperate adults to haunting effect.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    This lushly produced, lightweight romance embraces every cliche of the genre without so much as an ironic shrug.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Sweet, likable and consistently engaging, if so insubstantial that it's always on the verge of blowing away.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Ratnam, known for integrating controversial cultural and political themes into popular melodramas, bundles a multitude of coming-of-age traumas into the kind of juicy, overwrought narrative that was once a Hollywood staple.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Cuaron lets his enthusiasms show.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The movie is at its best when it's most straightforward. Flights of fancy like the child angel perched on Melvin's ceiling or his conversations with the black-clad Sweetback, who appears to undermine his confidence at crucial junctures, seem forced and pointless.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    By turns profane, vulgar, unpredictable, scabrous and perpetually somewhere between buzzed and three sheets to the wind, Bukowski opened a window onto a fringe world of blue-collar drudgery and alcoholic self-obliteration with his blistering, bleakly comic dispatches from the gutter.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Writer-director Henry LeRoy Finch's ripely overwrought exercise in Southern Gothic psychodrama, which happens to unfold in a picturesquely decaying house in Maine.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Davaa and Falorni's film does suggest that camels have inner lives as rich and complicated as the human beings with whom they live in such intimate proximity. But they're also wholly camels, matted, goopy-eyed, gritty with sand and quick to knee an adorable calf in the snout when its demands become annoying.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    A bravura tap-dancing finale as exhilarating as it is bizarre.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The film's saddest contention is that five decades later American public schools remain economically segregated by economics, which too often produces classrooms whose complexions have changed little since the pre-Brown era.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    What could easily have been a sentimental, fannish exercise in musty nostalgia is in fact a lovely tribute to an era of feverish creativity that seemed as though it would never end yet now lives only in memory.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Would be as tedious as a home movie if the couple, Edward DeBonis and Vincent Maniscalco, weren't gay men and their nuptials not colored by the clash between their personal faith and their rejection by the mainstream church.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Moore's desperate need for attention is irritating, but it's also his strength as a gadfly; it drives him to needle sacred cows and received wisdom that would otherwise go unchallenged.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    This anti-thriller radiates dread rather than suspense; it delivers creeping apprehension rather than adrenaline-pumping kicks, and the uniformly strong and finely calibrated performances more than compensate for the absence of technical razzle-dazzle.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    It's cool and spare, but there's an essential lightness to the film's tone despite the heavy material, and Deborah Eve Lewis' glistening B&W cinematography is simply luscious.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    No matter how you spin Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky's chronicle of headbangers on the couch, it sounds like a pitch-perfect parody in "Beyond Spinal Tap" mode. If anything, knowing it's no joke makes it harder not to giggle.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Although Sonny is computer generated, Tudyk supplied his voice and body language -- provides the story's emotional core, an irony Asimov would surely have appreciated.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The cast, a mix of beauty-contest winners, models, veteran actors and newcomers, is as diverse as the characters they play and work together surprisingly smoothly.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    A refreshing alternative to the hypertrophied spy thrillers in which exaggerated action sequences, over-the-top super-villainy and high-tech gadgetry trump character and plot.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    A candy-colored, superficially fizzy revenge fantasy with a startlingly corrosive undercurrent of bitterness and frustration.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Shimizu generates a sense of palpable dread in each segment, expertly manipulating tried-and-true scare tactics supplemented by a truly inspired use of spooky sound effects.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    An amiable romantic comedy.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The result is a vivid record of live acts whose rough-edged immediacy is an integral part of their appeal.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    It's a cut above the throng of mindless, purported thrillers in which explosions and gun battles replace even rudimentary story telling.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    It's essentially an urban variation on "The Hitcher" (1986) with nothing much going on underneath.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Ultimately the sci-fi fillips — human cloning, memory wipes, empathy viruses — are subordinate to screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce's doomed romance.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The film's dispassionate examination of the shifts in Susan and Daniel's relationship as they drift from irritation to barely suppressed panic is at least as nerve wracking.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    It's not about sex -- it's about Barbra and Bette and the Village People: That's the lesson of this cheerful, mainstream comedy about tabloid TV, Hollywood sophistry and family values that finally gets discussion about gay people out of the bedroom and into the record store, where it belongs.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    It's sweet-natured, soothing and there's a behind-the-scenes/blooper reel at the end that will reassure anyone worried about the animals' treatment during filming.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Lacks the novel's drier-than-dry bite, but compensates with a strong ensemble cast and a series of glamorous party sequences in which the decor has at least as much depth as the guests.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Rough-edged but affecting drama.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Thoroughly old-fashioned entertainment.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The remake is infinitely more entertaining if you haven't seen "Nine Queens" -- the details are different, but the surprises are the same and something of the first film's underlying darkness has been lost in translation.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Narrated by NAACP Chairman Julian Bond, the film's form is measured, but its message is incendiary.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Though ultimately the film is all smoke and mirrors, the sensibility it reflects is rich and exciting.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Pointed, unsubtle political satire.

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