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 In the Shadow of the Moon
Lowest review score: 0 The Hottie & the Nottie
Score distribution:
2,229 movie reviews
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Maitland McDonagh
    Del Toro's film ranks with the best examinations of children's inner lives, but be warned: Its haunting insights are best left to adults.
    • 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.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Maitland McDonagh
    The film satisfies on both visceral and emotional levels.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Ambitious, deeply flawed and studded with sequences that achieve pure, majestic greatness.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Maitland McDonagh
    Mirren, who's played her share of queens in the past, is hypnotic.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    It's a hugely entertaining slice of sunbaked Gothic.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Maitland McDonagh
    The movie's greatest strength lies in phenomenal performances that reach from the leads right down to the smallest supporting roles.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Maitland McDonagh
    It's a mixed blessing, in some ways even richer and more atmospheric than the original version, in others attenuated and logy.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Piercing, sweetly melancholy and acted with a breathtaking eye for nuance.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    A loving, gently funny and slightly claustrophobic tribute to theatrical life.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Bizarre, utterly original and truly indescribable comedy...You just have to see it for yourself.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 50 Maitland McDonagh
    Such a glorious cast, deployed to such trivial effect!
    • 90 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    A cool indictment of television's near-irresistible pandering to the inner peeping tom.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Lee occasionally stumbles as a documentarian... But the material is so profoundly moving that it hardly matters.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    It's a fearless performance and yields some squirm-inducingly funny moments.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    This second installment is heavy on battle sequences, which will thrill some viewers more than others.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The story is simple enough for young children to follow, and the computer-animated images are both bright and surprisingly complex. Adults won't find the action heart-stopping.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 63 Maitland McDonagh
    Eminently worth seeing, even if it leaves you wishing it were as consistently inventive as Aardman's first feature, "Chicken Run" (2000).
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    A rapt fascination with transcendent lunacy runs through Herzog's work, both fiction and documentary; while disdaining Treadwell's rhapsodically anthropomorphized vision of nature.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Classic melodrama given a thoroughly modern, utterly Almodovarian face-lift.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Maitland McDonagh
    Meticulously observed and devastatingly well-acted.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Though meticulously researched, well acted and filled with striking moments, the movie ultimately feels oddly disconnected.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Maitland McDonagh
    This ode to the peculiar strength and flexibility of love, romantic and platonic, is simultaneously perverse, overwrought, deeply creepy and truly moving, a high-wire act that finds humor in the grotesque and hope in emotional malformation.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Maitland McDonagh
    A thrilling return to form.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Maitland McDonagh
    Black comedy of the deepest, richest darkness laid over an aching meditation on the atrophy of dreams.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Maitland McDonagh
    It's the rare action picture whose adrenaline-driven thrills neither overshadow the characters nor degenerate into cartoonish preposterousness.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Beautifully acted, minutely observed story.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Maitland McDonagh
    Boon's film is both funny and heartbreaking, a supremely confident mix of political satire, free-floating paranoia, fractured family dynamics and the kind of comedy that regularly reconfigures itself into tragedy.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Steven Soderbergh's direction conjures an understated '70s vibe, striking an apparently effortless balance between grit and glamour.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Maitland McDonagh
    By turns awe-inspiring and deeply human.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Maitland McDonagh
    Feels astonishingly fresh, filled with subtle performances and devastatingly understated images - Sautet's final shot of Davos alone in a Paris crowd is a killer.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    The screenplay, which differs significantly from the novel, is uneven, but the distorted mirror it holds up to the present is disturbingly clear.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Maitland McDonagh
    In light of the aesthetic of ugliness that informs von Trier's Dogme films, it's easy to forget how subtly beautiful his work once was.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Maitland McDonagh
    Crammed with outrageous turns of fortune and quicksilver shifts in tone, Almodovar's film is held together by performances so subtle and complex it's hard to single out only one as exceptional. But Cruz is astonishing.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Maitland McDonagh
    The second version of Graham Greene's sad and prescient 1955 novel about American involvement in Vietnam hews far closer to the book than the first, preserving the sophisticated ambiguity of his depiction of a tangled struggle for power played out on both personal and political fronts.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Maitland McDonagh
    But the real marvel is that beneath the ghoulish in-jokes and horror-geek allusions, there's a core of the same bittersweet truth that makes the best fairy tales resonate from one generation to the next.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Maitland McDonagh
    The rare sequel that actually improves on the original, this robust entertainment's intelligence and emotional impact belie conventional wisdom that summer movie spectaculars are by nature brainless nonsense and only a stupid snob would complain about their cynical insubstantiality.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Its minutely detailed revelations work their way under the skin like slivers of glass.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Maitland McDonagh
    Like "Air Guitar Nation," the stranger-than-fiction cast of characters is fascinating, and their high-stakes machinations are nothing short of mind-boggling.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Maitland McDonagh
    Tarantino maintains a flawless balance between flat-out action, quirky dialogue, stylish homages to the glistening shadows of film-noir thrillers, the sun-baked brutality of Westerns (American and Italian), the ritualistic rhythms of Shaw Brothers martial-arts pictures from the 1970s and quietly dramatic moments, shifting between them with quicksilver facility.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Anyone looking for the comfort in a tense thriller ending in a satisfying restoration of order and psychological security will be bitterly disappointed, but Haneke isn't in the business of encouraging comforting illusions.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Maitland McDonagh
    Tim Burton's grand guignol fantasy transforms Stephen Sondheim's 1979 musical-theater piece into a cheerfully gothic morality tale.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Surprise! An intelligent, well-written high school story.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Though O'Toole, whose ruined beauty Michell emphasizes in frequent and tight close-ups, and newcomer Whittaker have a striking rapport, the film's most haunting moments pair him with Vanessa Redgrave -- amazingly, this is their first movie together -- as his ex-wife. They evoke a lifetime of love, betrayal, regret and forgiveness in the space of a few lines, then move on without missing a beat.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Canet and Lefevre pruned subplots and fixed the novel's ending -- it's now merely preposterous rather than patently absurd – but it's the cast that makes the genre clichés feel vivid and even fresh.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Maitland McDonagh
    The vicious clamor the film occasioned in the U.K. is simply the measure of how volatile a subject the relationship between England and Ireland remains more than eight decades after the film's events, and the thinking viewer can hardly help but see parallels between the Irish insurgency and all subsequent guerrilla conflicts.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Unlike Woo's successful but rather disappointing "Broken Arrow", this brutal, stunningly choreographed spectacle weaves together lyrical beauty, blasphemy, sadistic cruelty and grotesque sentimentality with breathtakingly smooth assurance.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Maitland McDonagh
    The appealing Knightley goes in a promising young actress and comes out a star, but the faultless cast of veterans and fresh-faced newcomers imbues every character with flawed and immensely appealing humanity.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Maitland McDonagh
    Absolutely breathtaking documentary whose close-up shots of birds in flight are so freakishly intimate that the film is compelled to open with the statement they're not special effects.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 Maitland McDonagh
    The title refers to a diorama at New York City's American Museum of Natural History that depicts a whale and a giant squid locked in mortal combat.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Cuaron lets his enthusiasms show.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    While Gilroy deploys the occasional exploding car, the film's climax is all words -- angry, carefully sharpened words -- with the stopping power of large-caliber bullets.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Maitland McDonagh
    An astonishing movie that keeps you off-balance from the first scene.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    A bittersweet rite-of-passage story driven by the subtle performances of newcomers Nathalie Press and Emily Blunt.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Hailed as a clever exercise in neo-Hitchcockianism, this clever and very satisfying picture is more accurately Chabrolian.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Maitland McDonagh
    That Ledger stands out in such a powerhouse ensemble is a tribute to his radically unhinged interpretation of a familiar character: The lank hair tinged seaweed green, the darting tongue and faint lisp that call constant attention to the ghastly rictus of his mouth, the nightmarishly smudged make up… taken together, they make previous Jokers feel like, well, jokes.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Non-musical scenes that move the narrative forward are staged realistically, while the lavish production numbers reflect the star-struck imagination of one-time chorine Roxie, for whom all the world ought to be a stage.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Funny, perceptive, bawdy, tragic and philosophical, pretty much everything a viewer -- or a listener -- could ask for.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Their downward spiral is like a slow-motion highway pileup: You might think you don't want to watch, but you can't tear your eyes away.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Maitland McDonagh
    An icily seductive parable about family, power, unconventional justice and the perils of answered prayers.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Maitland McDonagh
    For all the bloodshed, it's fundamentally a cold, cold fable, the icy whisper that turns every happy thing to ash.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Diablo and director Jason Reitman never undercut Juno, whom Page brings to a fully rounded life (no pun intended) that verges on the frightening: Her vulnerable center doesn't belie her formidable exterior -- it just makes her more than a sitcom-patter machine.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Maitland McDonagh
    It's as laceratingly entertaining as its predecessor.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    This is a film worth seeing, and LaBute is a filmmaker well worth watching.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    For all the flash and flutter, the movie overall lacks, well, HEFT.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Maitland McDonagh
    It's as chilling as Algernon Blackwood's elegantly unnerving "The Willows," played absolutely, unsettlingly straight.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Maitland McDonagh
    But overall, Jackson goes for the magic by sidestepping every error of judgment and failure of imagination that brought the ponderous 1976 remake thudding to Earth before Kong ever did. He delivers three solid hours of breathless, enchanting entertainment.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    As M, Dench knows she has a tiger by the tail and isn't fazed in the slightest. Reservations aside, the film marks the beginning of a new phase in James Bond's history, and it promises to be a gripping one.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Serrau effortlessly navigates the tricky transition from ruefully comic chick flick to gritty crime picture.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    It's a great place to visit, even if you wouldn't want to live there.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    By turns enthralling, seductive and deeply disturbing.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Often technically rough, but it's painfully compelling.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Morrison brings an amazingly sure hand to MacLachlan's prickly screenplay.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The interactions between the raspy-voiced Hurt and various shallowly cheerful Americans are genuinely charming and dynamic.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    This minimalist meditation on loneliness and loss is so spare and drained of color that it seems always on the verge of fading into invisibility.

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