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

Maitland McDonagh's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 54
Highest review score: 100 Pride & Prejudice
Lowest review score: 0 Zombie! vs. Mardi Gras
Score distribution:
2,229 movie reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Propelled by a soundtrack as diverse as its international gallery of thieves, Jordan's cheerfully scruffy neo-noir caprice even lays on the religious imagery with a palette knife and sweetens Melville's ending without seeming terminally sappy.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Culkin's Alig has the face of a debauched cherub, but the former child star never quite captures the charisma everyone swears was an essential component in Alig's success. Green's St. James steals the picture out from under him (poetic justice of a sort), and the supporting cast is nothing short of amazing.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Utterly enthralling even for viewers unfamiliar with the Congo's complicated political history.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Surprise! An intelligent, well-written high school story.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Story of small triumphs and everyday sorrows is never maudlin or sentimental.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    It starts slowly, but this contemplative drama's cumulative effect is genuinely haunting.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Old-fashioned fun that goes down as smoothly as a vintage cocktail.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    An illuminating glimpse into what goes on in the dance studio.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Shunji Iwae's film began life as an interactive online "novel" and unfolds in a series of achronological vignettes whose cumulative effect is chilling.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    He (Anderson) manages to guide his cast of characters through an epic story of self-delusion with a skill and grace that many more experienced filmmakers would be hard put to match.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    For what could easily have been a slickly vulgar variation on "American Pie" or "Porky's", this libidinous comedy explores some unusually complicated territory, and benefits greatly from Verdú's unpredictable performance as Luisa.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Classic melodrama given a thoroughly modern, utterly Almodovarian face-lift.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    This deliriously unsettling film evokes H.P. Lovecraft's exquisitely creepy stories of encroaching madness -- not so much in story terms but in its perversely spooky ambience -- with a subtle dose of David Lynch's dark sense of humor.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Depp's tight, guarded performance is almost painful to watch, and Newell seems to have reined in the flamboyant Pacino, whose portrait of the mobster as a grumpy old woman may be his best work in years.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    The main event is the Mamet-esque battle of foul words between vintage hard-case Ray Winstone and the seething sociopath played by Ben Kingsley.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    The high-profile cast -- play their roles with just the right mix of seriousness and tongue-in-cheek self-awareness.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    It's both the shortest 3 1/2 hours you'll ever spend at the movies and spectacle of such magnitude that it's hard to imagine feeling you didn't get your time and money's worth.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    It may be long, but it's not boring -- how could it be when jack o' lanterns float lazily overhead in the dining hall, and the venerable Maggie Smith turns into a cat?
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Familiar story, electrifying execution.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Funny, thought-provoking and, yes, touching.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    If you ever wondered why they call it "the curse," this movie will enlighten as it entertains.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    A tabloid slice of tabloid life, ragged, vivid, awkward and punchy all at once.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    A cool indictment of television's near-irresistible pandering to the inner peeping tom.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    This coolly beautiful film is both a superior thriller and an engrossing study of a sociopath's progress.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Alternately sweet and raucous comedy.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Brawny, he-man spectacle combined with a surprisingly solid story and buttressed by excellent performances.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Anchored by Friel and Williams's exceptional performances, the film's power lies in its complexity. Nothing is black and white, starting with the girls' complicated relationships with their parents, which are simultaneously nurturing and fraught with psychological peril.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Though meticulously researched, well acted and filled with striking moments, the movie ultimately feels oddly disconnected.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Hailed as a clever exercise in neo-Hitchcockianism, this clever and very satisfying picture is more accurately Chabrolian.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    The flashback structure drains the story of momentum, but Mashkov and Uchaineshvili portray the reptilian glamour of cultured thugs with frightening intensity.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    William Klein's film documents a turbulent time and an outsized personality, but the film's glories are in the details and its intimacy would be unimaginable in the rigidly spin-controlled atmosphere of 21st-century sports.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Above all, Jackson evokes an almost palpable sense of the will to power trapped within the ring. Without this evocation of the ring's insidious ability to sniff out the potential for corruption and capitalize on it, the entire enterprise would be precious drivel.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Serrau effortlessly navigates the tricky transition from ruefully comic chick flick to gritty crime picture.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Its imagery is never less than breathtakingly beautiful, and is occasionally truly awesome
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Punjabi weddings are notorious for their lavishness, and Nair's intoxicating soap opera revels in the sights and sounds of this clamorous family ritual.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    An enthralling, suspenseful documentary about spelling bees.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    This fast-paced entertainment is a surprisingly successful mix of spectacle and human-scale drama.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    A scary, intelligent thriller that remains haunting long after it's over...features what has to be one of the creepiest first half-hours in recent film history.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    You don't have to be a Trek weenie to have a good time at this spoof cum homage to fandom and the enduring appeal of cheesy TV, but it helps.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    The stripped-down production give a disturbing sense of immediacy to an otherwise fairly conventional story about boys being prepared for war.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Bizarre, utterly original and truly indescribable comedy...You just have to see it for yourself.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Mamet's jabs at Tinseltown's silken ruthlessness are quietly pointed, and the ensemble cast -- even the brittle and sometimes annoying Pidgeon (Mamet's wife) -- is brilliant.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Heir to a long tradition of apocalyptic scare stories, the film wears its influences proudly.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Bielinsky's feature debut is a smart, enormously entertaining thriller whose preposterous conclusion in no way diminishes the fun of getting there.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Tricky thriller relies on its smoothly unrippled surface, leisurely pacing and slightly awkward performances to create a false sense of security that sets up viewers for a shock when it takes an abrupt turn into Patricia Highsmith territory.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    An excellent introduction to the subject, and a movie buff's delight.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Roundly condemned (though not banned) by Church officials in Mexico, the film became a smash hit -- probably in part because the public wrangling gave it an enormous publicity boost.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Its minutely detailed revelations work their way under the skin like slivers of glass.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Past and present, reality and fiction blend seamlessly into each other in Satoshi Kon's dream-like animated drama.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    If he were a more subtle director, it would be a great film; as it is, it's an extremely good one, anchored by the subtly devastating performances of Penn, Robbins and Bacon. The supporting cast is equally good, and blue collar Boston's mean streets take on a beaten-down life of their own.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    A collaboration between the notoriously offbeat Coen brothers and thoroughly mainstream screenwriters Robert Ramsey and Matthew Stone, this piquant romantic comedy is both resolutely generic and bristling with barbs that go down with a delicious fizz and leave behind a refreshing blast of tartness.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    His epic reworking of their lurid conventions proved so long that it was divided into two parts, and this one ends on a hell of a cliff-hanger.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Frequently funny, generally fizzy and occasionally piercingly perceptive about the price love exacts.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    A murder mystery wrapped in an experimental portrait of life in a rural Hungarian town, writer-director Gyorgy Palfi's engrossing feature debut is a breathtaking feat of filmmaking.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Such astringent details as a banjo player plucking a few ominous notes from "Dueling Banjos" when Ed first lays eyes on the Norman Rockwellian beauty of Spectre ensure that the story's fundamental sweetness never becomes cloying.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Despite its length, the film only starts feeling as long at the end -- or, more correctly, ends. Serious fans of the novels will be prepared for the serial codicils, but the uninitiated are likely to think the film is over several times before it actually is.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Though the ballets themselves are beautifully shot, they lean heavily in the direction of gimmicky and prop-heavy pieces; they're visually interesting but, by and large, they're not great dance.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Actor-turned-director Andrey Zvyagintsev's feature debut is haunted by an elusive past and suffused with dread about the future, and it's all suggestion without explanation.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    The film's uniformly excellent performances are a delight, and fans of Irish actor Farrell (whose pitch-perfect American accent has served him well in Hollywood) can hear both his natural inflections and his singing voice.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    No doubt about it: Unlike David Lean's much-loved classic, Cuaron's film is loosely based on Dickens. And that's just fine.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    What begins as a sorry exercise in cynical seduction becomes a case of amour fou.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Though it includes a couple of sword fights, Yamada's epic domestic drama could easily be called an anti-samurai film. But its aim is less to subvert the genre's conventions than to deepen them, extending its parameters to include the minutia and rhythms of everyday life.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Slickly entertaining documentary.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    This taut crime thriller is a welcome antidote to brainless action extravaganzas in which the mayhem is the message, and rests on two shrewd, perfectly modulated performances.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    The framing story is pointless and almost insulting, even though it's part of former New York Times columnist Anna Quindlen's novel.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Moreno's subtly calibrated mix of intelligence, naivete, rebelliousness, charisma and practicality produces an unforgettable protagonist; even Maria's recklessness seems reasonable because it's so clearly rooted in desperation.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    In a story driven by questions of loyalty and allegiance, no candidate is identified by party. It's a bipartisan nightmare from which no one escapes unscathed.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Deville gently reveals that they're all simultaneously hauntingly fragile and amazingly resilient, their smiles as piercing as any resigned gaze.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Though occasionally repetitive, Gramaglia and Fields' admirably evenhanded documentary gives the Ramones the respect they deserve: Fans will be grateful and the uninitiated should listen and learn.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Though the specifics of the story may be unfamiliar to Western viewers, its broad outlines and underlying themes are universal, and Christopher Doyle's ravishing cinematography transcends language.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    It's probably not the last word in WASP angst, but it's eloquent, witty, graceful and as sharp as can be.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Less a sequel than a variation on a haunting theme -- the nature and origins of humanity.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Both genuinely funny and authentically horrifying, it puts the average horror comedy to shame.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    The result is a beguiling mix of the familiar and the exotic, vivid proof that a good story can withstand endless variations without losing its fundamental vitality.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    A tour de force and an utter delight, studded with priceless supporting bits by Miriam Margolyes, Maury Chaykin, Rosemary Harris and Rita Tushingham, each of whom steals at least one richly deserved moment in the spotlight.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    One of the flat-out creepiest films ever released by a major American studio.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    The film rests on Depp's evocation of Barrie's gentle, playfulness and deeply buried sorrows; it's difficult to imagine another actor so gracefully evoking Barrie's childlike qualities without seeming creepy or emotionally malformed, and only the hard of heart will come away dry-eyed.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    By turns enthralling, seductive and deeply disturbing.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Overall, Owen and Law are more nuanced than Roberts and Portman, but Portman's dewy youth is 90 percent of Alice (the remaining 10 is an eleventh-hour twist), and Nichols uses the unkindly costumed Roberts so skillfully that her performance looks like a revelation.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Rough around the edges but rock-solid in its sense of place and its depiction of real people overreaching their apparent limitations.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    This film pivots on a romantic triangle as overwrought as it is stylized. It's like a Douglas Sirk melodrama ratcheted up with fists of fury and wrapped in apparently endless yards of shimmering silk.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    The competition between man and machine is fogged by distrust and obfuscation. And for now, the result is a draw.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Carrey's relentless showboating is almost its undoing.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    The result is truly a family film, not a kiddie time-waster that throws the occasional sop to adults; whether you like or love it is a function of how vividly the material reflects your own childhood fantasies.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Eastwood's slow-building story of loss and deliverance is a fine, understated piece of storytelling that earns every emotional body blow it lands.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Kassell's visual influences are evident -- she's clearly a fan of the down-and-dirty films of the '70s -- but the consistently fine performances smooth over the rough patches.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Shot on location in Manhattan, the film is steeped in understated New York City ambiance and discreetly tinted by Jeffrey M. Taylor's subtle score.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Blanchett's quietly radiant performance anchors even the most outrageous plot developments, and she's well-supported on all sides.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    It's lavish, clever entertainment, a welcome opportunity to laugh without shame.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    The film's ensemble portrait of women caught between nostalgia for the tough and free-spirited babes they were (however much that freedom may have been illusory) and uncertainty about what their futures hold is almost painfully on target.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Steven Soderbergh's direction conjures an understated '70s vibe, striking an apparently effortless balance between grit and glamour.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    The wonder of it all is how bitterly funny the complications are, especially as filtered through Dedee's monstrously self-centered voice-over.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Offbeat and ravishingly beautiful.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Henry James's novel of social-climbing, forbidden love, friendship and betrayal, given a lush treatment that neglects neither the elaborate period trappings nor the story's intensely contemporary emotional underpinnings.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    The film's measured pace may put off impatient viewers, but the brilliantly underplayed ending is worth the wait.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    This cheeky fable rests on the slender shoulders of Etel and McGibbon, and the lovely, natural performances Boyle elicits from them are the film's real miracle.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Generous, slyly tough-minded documentary.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    But once you're good and drunk on the look, details like the tin-eared tough-guy dialogue (which sounds especially stilted issuing from flesh-and-blood mouths) don't seem so important.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Antal's debut is a sharp, blackly comic hugely entertaining thriller.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    The battle sequences and lightsaber battles are gripping, and for every scene that doesn't deliver the goods, there's another that hums with surprising intensity.

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