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 5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Maitland McDonagh's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 54
Highest review score: 100 Devil in a Blue Dress
Lowest review score: 0 Terror Firmer
Score distribution:
2,229 movie reviews
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Sharply acted and cheerfully coarse.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    It's a fearless performance and yields some squirm-inducingly funny moments.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    There's nothing more to it than meets the eye, but Bertino understands the mechanics of suspense and knows how to use them.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    For all the flash and flutter, the movie overall lacks, well, HEFT.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    A deep and astonishingly authentic streak of melancholy runs through this fifth sequel to the 1976 sleeper that made both struggling actor Sylvester Stallone and hard-luck slugger Rocky Balboa international stars.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Although this first chapter in a three-part tale is inevitably overburdened with back story, it ends on one hell of a cliff-hanger.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    What you're seeing isn't wire work or CGI -- it's stunt choreography, beautifully executed, flawlessly cut together and brainlessly thrilling.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Phillippe has the unenviable task of trying to make O'Neill equally interesting, but an eager beaver with some unresolved family issues is no match for a poisoned soul methodically laying the groundwork for his own inevitable fall. The unfortunate imbalance makes long stretches of the film feel dull, but when Cooper is on screen it's mesmerizing.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    It's just a clever, pointed little fable about the price of complacent conformity, slavish worship of the status quo, and trading freedom for the illusion of safety, wrapped in a sugary-sweet, Jordan-almond-colored coating that looks good enough to eat.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Best of all, though the Simpson clan is 18 years older, they're not one bit wiser.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    The ideal viewer is a Miike fan...You know who you are.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Outsourced is a sweet, good-natured surprise that takes the cliches out of an overworked genre and makes them seem almost fresh and entirely charming.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Dellal and their cast consistently hit the right notes, and the result is an uplifting tale that you don't have to be embarrassed to enjoy.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    It has a creepy power all its own.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    It's about ordinary people living in the shadow of nagging, day-to-day racism, and about the music that reminds them of what's right with the world rather than what's wrong.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Gorgeous and menacing at the same time.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Klapisch's use of split screens, fragmented images and nouvelle vague-ish editing would be annoying if it weren't so in keeping with the youthful exuberance his characters haven't quite lost.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    The film's resolution is both haunting and satisfying.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Neither Ketchum nor the filmmakers take an exploitative approach to the material; their focus is the way the youngsters' petty cruelty erupts into murderous sadism.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Werner Herzog's self-proclaimed "science-fiction fantasy" is a meticulously constructed fiction made from a combination of real-life footage repurposed in ways a conventional documentarian couldn't imagine.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    28 Weeks Later is flawed -- the constant reappearance of one key character verges on the absurd -- but it knows where it's going, and it gets there in a chilling blaze of fire, blood and poisonous fog.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Gypsy music is the music of pain, poverty and oppression, all of which she's experienced; it's their blues.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Steeped in what may be the ultimate postmodern irony: Talen's impromptu, defiant piece of performance art with political undertones has actually taken on a spiritual dimension.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Delivers equal parts overwrought tedium and mind-bending beauty, spiked with brilliant throwaway images that more than make up for Kelly's heavy-handed hot-button pretensions.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    The overall effect is either exhilarating or exhausting, depending on your emotional investment in the franchise, but credit where credit is due: Steven Spielberg and George Lucas set out to make one for the fans and delivered.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    For all her own frustrations, Davenport is honest enough not to gloss over the fact that what Muthana's adventures in the screen trade taught him was to hustle, toady and ingratiate himself to useful people. And she helped.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    It's vivid evidence that great music and stories transcend time and place.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    The movie opens with the dismal statistic that most teachers quit after three years. Akel and Mass see the humor in the situation, but the laughs are small and sad.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Say what you will about feel-good films anchored by feisty old broads, the English have a knack with them and Stephen Frears' fact-based tale of a formidable, aristocratic widow who makes it her mission to put naked girls on the London stage is delightful.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    The cast deliver consistently fine, subtle performances, underscored by Ben Nichols' mournfully melodic guitar score.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Foster finds the common ground on which his eclectic cast can meet (no small feat when they range from brassy Queen Latifah to "Arrested Development"'s deadpan Tony Hale) and keeps the story's sweetness from devolving into saccharine kitsch.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Until the disappointingly conventional ending, in which dad and the head baddie go it mano a mano on the streets, this dark drama -- based on a 1956 Glenn Ford picture of the same name -- negotiates its narrative twists and turns with professional aplomb, even daring to make the hero an arrogant schmuck.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    An unabashed call to action that shines a spotlight on a problem whose intimate medical nature relegated it to the shadows.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Resnais cuts constantly between the various narrative threads, signaling each change of scene with a superimposed shower of snowflakes; it's a highly artificial device, and a deceptively lovely one that reinforces the sense that all Ayckbourn's characters are slowly succumbing to an emotional chill.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Although the film revolves around a child, it's not a children's movie: A cruel and bitter undertone runs through the fanciful adventures, and Walker's depression is no mere plot contrivance to be cured by Alexandria's childish enthusiasm.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Veers regularly into disease-of-the-week territory but is rescued by the powerhouse performances of Ken Watanabe (who was instrumental in getting the film made) and Kanako Higuchi.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Beautifully animated, the celebrity voice performances are terrific, and the action sequences negotiate the fine line between being physically convincing and becoming too intense for the young children.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Thalbach's passionate performance is the film's center, but she's aided by a strong supporting cast, Jarre's propulsive score and the gritty locations: It was shot at the very shipyard where real-life history was made.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    The mockumentary conceit gives a vivid immediacy to the material, and the PAL digital video cinematography is often surprisingly lyrical -- certain shots of empty, fog-shrouded San Francisco sites more than make up in eeriness what they lack in special-effects decrepitude.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    The defendants – especially Hoffman and Rubin – baited elderly Judge Julius J. Hoffman, who never failed to take the bait; Seale was so obstreperous that Hoffman had him gagged and bound to a chair, another indelible image.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Bendinger pulls out all the stops visually, using bold set design, frantic editing, extreme angles and computer image multiplying that turns what begins as a Busby Berkeley exercise in synchronized movement into a kaleidoscopic infinity of handsprings and back flips.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    If there's a gay cliche who doesn't flounce through this feel-good German comedy, he must have been out of town when the casting call went out, but its fundamental good nature is tough to resist.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Sweet, goofy story.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Like "Secret Things," the film is ultimately infuriating, subtle, self-indulgent, astute and disingenuous, which makes for great -- if divisive -- conversation.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    The filmmakers know the tropes of spooky movies: Glowering shadows, squeaking playground equipment, eerie storms and half-glimpsed forms, but the film rests on Rueda's subtle, intense performance, rooted in every half-articulated anxiety that ever gnawed at a parent's brain.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    A throwback to an age when action movies had room between shoot-outs and car chases for dialogue - real dialogue, not rim-shot-ready one-liners - and character development.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Negret brings personal experience to the material; his own family endured two ordeals by kidnapping, and he works up a painfull convincing sense of sweaty desperation.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    A small slice of a suspended life, intimate and filled with the mundane details most people forget when the waiting is over and their real lives begin.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    It's funny without being toothless, adrenaline turbocharged without being mean and utterly deranged in the best sense of the word.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Solomonoff cuts back and forth between 1984 and 1976, gradually revealing the truth of what happened, but the mystery is less important than the complex relationship between Natalia and Elena, which was sorely tested by events beyond their control.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Overall, Grindhouse may well be the Beatlemania of sleaze-movie viewing, but since the real thing is gone it's the best that many fans will ever have.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Horror buffs in search of a fresh take on the usual grue should embrace it wholeheartedly.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    A sweat-slicked, near-abstract ballet of blood and sand.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Ultimately, Coppola's pastel-colored take on Marie's life is beguiling and annoying in equal measure.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    The Savages is funny in the if-you-didn't-laugh-you'd-cry way and superbly acted by all involved, including the supporting cast of home-care attendants, nurses, hospital administrators, intake personnel and nursing-home staff.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    The brothers' dark, all-star farce about sex, lies and surveillance is pretty damned funny.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    By the time Reilly's shaggy life story winds down, it's hard not to wish he'd been your friend, too.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Wright's haunting performance is the anchor that keeps Ruscio's film from vanishing down a rabbit hole.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    It's an impressionistic experience rather than a linear one, and the process of surrendering to the images and rhythms of lives lived in simultaneous harmony with the physical and the spiritual is greatly helped by the chants that dominate much of the soundtrack.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Ultimately, Dick subordinates scholarship to passion, which may be exactly what it takes to convince mainstream moviegoers that they should care about a system that shortchanges THEM when they go to the movies.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    You don't have to know an arabesque from an alligator handbag to enjoy Daniel Geller and Dayna Goldfine's loving documentary about the various incarnations of the Ballet Russe.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Shot on digital video as murky as Masuoka's imagination, its creeping sense of dank dread is as slow to build as it is hard to shake.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Kor's intentions are beyond reproach, but her campaign raises discomfiting questions.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    An utterly preposterous but entertaining sci-fi action brain-bender.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    The result is fearlessly divisive and will no doubt play according to viewers' preexisting perceptions.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    The supporting cast is uniformly strong, with Simon McBurney standing out as an oily representative of the British foreign service.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    No, it isn't as magically enchanting as the 1952 children's classic by E.B. White, any more than a museum-shop print of La Giaconda is as mysteriously beguiling as Leonardo's original. But this respectful, live-action adaptation of White's gentle tale about an undersized pig, a clever spider and the everyday marvels that too often pass unnoticed is a charmer nonetheless.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Neither trite nor pandering, and that's what makes the film better than most of its peers.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    DiCillo's short, sharp snapshot about celebrity and life on the fringe has nothing new to say, but it says it with considerable charm and affection.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    ATL
    The story is familiar, but terrific performances and a vivid sense of place elevate it above the average teen-oriented picture.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Inventive visuals and funny bits abound, but the film's gritty look and unsentimental characterizations - Harry, Hermione and Ron are far from golden teens - ominously foreshadow the truly wicked shape of things to come.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Well acted and hugely entertaining, the film strikes a near-flawless balance between sly pop-culture allusions and the details of how business gets done under pressure.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Jim Brown and Gary Burns hang a powerful antisuburban diatribe in the form of statistics, expert opinions and pictures worth a thousand words on the experiences of the Moss family.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Both a biographical portrait and an exploration of the tradition of Jewish liturgical music in America.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    If the film ultimately amounts to little more than a middle-aged coming-of-age story, it's richly imagined and filled fanciful touches in keeping with its passionate subject.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    A huge hit in France, Michel Hazanavicius' straight-faced spy spoof unleashes a French operative of incomparable incompetence on the volatile Middle East of 1955.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    The best thing about Fracture is the way in which it defies genre cliches and turns all Hopkins' mannerisms into assets.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    The extensive CGI work is well used and the children are exceptionally well cast, especially the girls.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    A dark delight that combines pop-culture wit and genuine emotional depth.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    The film's heart is the concert, whose highlights include "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?," "Wimoweh," "Guantanamera" and the crowd-pleasing "Have You Been to Jail for Justice?"
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Funny, perceptive, bawdy, tragic and philosophical, pretty much everything a viewer -- or a listener -- could ask for.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Firm dates and more detailed historical background would have better served the filmmakers' purpose than their "chronological narrative relay race," which muddles an already complex situation.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Taut, cynical thriller.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    There's no time wasted and no showy effects to detract from the situation -- just sheer tension.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Seeks to set the record straight. But Gere's sneaky, ingratiating presence keeps it dishonest to the last frame.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Billed as a dark comedy, brothers Jay and Mark Duplass' shaggy, ultra-low-budget tale of a tense New York-to-Atlanta road trip is more accurately a relationship-hell drama peppered with strangled laughs.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    "Charlie's Angels" director Joseph McGinty Nichol (aka McG) shows surprising restraint with this emotionally freighted material, weighting the movie heavily towards relationships.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Smilovic's rapid-fire, Tarantino-esque dialogue is consistently razor-sharp, and the elaborate set design - which leans heavily towards shiny, riotously patterned wallpaper - is an eyeball-jangling blast.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    This handsome, elegant and restrained fable about love, artifice and power in fin de siecle Vienna is lavishly imagined and yet oddly airless.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    The flashy spectacle of intersecting narratives and its crosscutting and fractured chronology nearly overwhelms the film's simple message, in this case that despite divisions of language, race and geography, we're all connected.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Mendez directs with remarkable assurance, using B&W footage to suggest the monochromatic clarity Santiago craves, as well as color to depict the riotous reality that threatens to overwhelm him.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Thompson's stories are familiar, but she weaves them together with such assurance and good humor that they're equally soothing and thoroughly enjoyable.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Spare, elegant and tailor-made for intense discussions over dark coffee, Boe's film is a slily bold and delightfully inventive variation on an age-old theme.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    De Felitta's portrait of Paris -- who died in June 2004 -- isn't always flattering, but it is genuinely moving on many levels, none of which require knowledge of or even interest in jazz.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Strong performances and sharp dialogue distinguish Jeff Lipsky's melancholy second feature, which charts the two-year course of a "perfect" relationship whose flaws are evident from the outset.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    For rip-snorting pop entertainment, it's one discomfiting, nasty piece of work, and ain't that a kick in the head.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Charging Albert's film with looking too much like an American chick flick is to give it short shrift: For all the drinking, dancing and group hugs, by the end of their 36-hour trip down memory lane, the women's problems remain unresolved and poisonous secrets are still leaking out.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Chalk up another family for Leo Tolstoy and Philip Larkin file: The Paskowitz family is unhappy in its own unique way and mum and dad f**cked them up -- they didn't mean to, but they did.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    The series' breakout star remains Scrat (Chris Wedge), a scrawny, speechless rat-squirrel thing trapped in a Sisyphean quest for acorns, and while kids' movies generally could do with fewer scatological gags (the target audience for poo and pee humor needs no encouragement), writers Peter Gaulke and Jim Hecht managed to come up with a (relatively) sophisticated one.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Jeremy Gosch's documentary about the origins of professional surfing shines a light on four wave riders – three Australians and a South African – who helped transform a counter-culture life style into a billion-dollar industry.

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