Maitland McDonagh

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For 2,231 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 7.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Maitland McDonagh's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 The Dark Knight
Lowest review score: 0 The Hottie & the Nottie
Score distribution:
2231 movie reviews
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Though Bittner's slacker charm may not be to all tastes, the parrots are natural-born scene-stealers with more than enough charm to seduce the most dubious viewer.
    • 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.
    • 80 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Beautifully acted and emotionally devastating.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Comprehensive and reverential.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    An enthralling, suspenseful documentary about spelling bees.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Best of all, though the Simpson clan is 18 years older, they're not one bit wiser.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Spare and quietly heartbreaking, this French-Canadian feature uses a fine brush to depict a teenage girl in the midst of a quiet crisis.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Informative documentary.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Maitland McDonagh
    Enthralling or infuriating.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The penguins' matter-of-fact victory over some of the Earth's most punishing conditions is astonishing enough without the epic airs.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Maitland McDonagh
    Nelson's film eschews sensationalism, and knowing how the story ends in no way diminishes its visceral impact.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Maitland McDonagh
    The combination of Lee's discomforting subject matter and distancing style -- calculating artlessness punctuated by occasional flights of lyrical fantasy -- makes this slow-moving drama a challenge that doesn't seem entirely worth the effort.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Maitland McDonagh
    Equal parts soap drama and ham-fisted morality tale.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The film ends on an ambiguous note that will infuriate some viewers and strike others as the only possible finale to Don's sad absurdist journey.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Maitland McDonagh
    Margaret Brown's documentary is actually an examination of the racial divide in a city that claims there is none.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The multitalented Jaoui and Bacri excel on every level; her direction is efficient and unobtrusive, their script dissects the nuances of corruption by celebrity with a razor-sharp scalpel, and they deliver a pair of subtly unsparing performances.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Maitland McDonagh
    McCarthy's flawless casting may be the film's greatest strength: Veteran character actor Jenkins and his costars vanish into their characters -- their performances are so subtle and unforced that they don't feel like performances at all.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    A dark delight that combines pop-culture wit and genuine emotional depth.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Both informative and intensely moving.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 40 Maitland McDonagh
    This is a psychological study that rejects psychology, an erotic drama of surpassing coldness, and a story of amour fou in which the madness is calculated and the love frozen.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Their doomed fling is oddly hypnotic and ultimately haunting.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Yugoslavian-born writer-producer-director-editor Vladan Nikolic weaves together the intersecting stories of lost souls who bring their international miseries to New York in this cool, cynical thriller.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Maitland McDonagh
    Audacious, hypnotic and utterly breathtaking.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Maitland McDonagh
    First-time feature director Tucker displays an astonishingly assured touch, allowing his phenomenal cast to creep into their characters' skins and surrounding them with images of shimmering and slightly threatening beauty.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Lafosse's razor sharp dissection of relationships strained to the breaking point is hypnotic in a road-accident kind of way.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Maitland McDonagh
    It's as hard not to ask what former New York Doll David Johansen is doing in their company, prancing his way through an irrelevant version of Howlin' Wolf's "Killing Floor," as it is not to wonder why the audience is so overwhelmingly white.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    It's a raw, haunting experience.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    This quietly gripping film is both universal and particular.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The look is rough, but Bujalski's talent is evident.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    The same super-heated visual imagination that made Guillermo del Toro's "Pan's Labyrinth" such a darkly thrilling delight is very much in evidence in his sequel to "Hellboy." It's a shame that it's at the service of such a blandly conventional story.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Utterly enthralling even for viewers unfamiliar with the Congo's complicated political history.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    John Walter's documentary suggests that Johnson, who made no distinction between his life and his art, designed every detail of his own mysterious 1995 suicide with the same whimsical care that went into his painstakingly assembled pieces, and provides an engaging overview of Johnson's eccentric career in the process.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Though overlong and repetitive, Hirsch's film is vitalized by the same music that helped keep the revolutionary spirit alive.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Maitland McDonagh
    An intensely internalized portrait of external pandemonium, a slippery, insidiously haunting work of poetry rather than brilliantly realized pulp.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Maitland McDonagh
    Director Carl Franklin, who also adapted the screenplay from Walter Mosley's prize-winning novel, isn't particularly concerned with the machinations of mystery plots. Nor is he seduced by the temptations of noir visual style (although Tak Fujimoto's camera work is plenty stylish).
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Maitland McDonagh
    Brooding ghost story is rich with psychological and political implications that never obscure its fundamental creepiness.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Maitland McDonagh
    Ultimately, the material is so familiar that it's hard to work up any enthusiasm for another trip though the seamy underside of glittering gaming life.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Nolan's intention was clearly to cast the material in a more conventional Hollywood mold without turning it into namby-pamby nonsense, and he succeeds admirably.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Maitland McDonagh
    Fincher gets it all right, and Donovan's hippie-dippy "Hurdy Gurdy Man," which bookends the story, has never sounded so hauntingly menacing.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Maitland McDonagh
    Errol Morris' characteristically distanced documentary is empathetic without being especially sympathetic.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Bielinsky's "Nine Queens" was a complex romp through the machinations of high-stakes con artists, but this intricately plotted mystery ventures into darker psychological territory and never misses a step.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Maitland McDonagh
    An intoxicatingly beautiful, maddeningly elliptical and utterly enthralling meditation on the fleeting pleasures and haunting aftermath of doomed romance.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    A giant leap forward in Stephen Chow's ongoing assault on Jackie Chan's status as reigning balletic clown-master of martial-arts mayhem, this extravagantly nutty crime comedy is a work of some kind of genius. Not everybody's kind of genius, to be sure.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Brisk, glossy and gloriously art-directed, Scorsese's lavish biopic is a pop trifle, engaging but not compelling.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Maitland McDonagh
    The film's extra-special trick, the one that kicks in under your radar because it's so busy with all the flash, is that it makes you care deeply for Lola and Manni.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 50 Maitland McDonagh
    What's most disappointing is the thoroughly cliched story.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    This amazing footage alternates with interviews that include more than a dozen surviving members of the troupe, whose recollections are by turn funny, touching and mind-boggling. What a time!
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Maitland McDonagh
    Anderson strikes a near flawless balance between looseness and structure, and indulges the occasional flight of cinematic fancy without undermining the movie's emotional integrity.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Maitland McDonagh
    The film's title refers both to tiny, fish-shaped vials of liquid heroin and the small fry flitting around the edges of the urban drug scene.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    The twists and turns continue until the very end of Choi's mesmerizing, high-energy romp, whose 139 minutes zip by like a round of speed poker.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Jones handles his fellow actors well, drawing a hard, anguished performance from Pepper and allowing January Jones (no relation) to bring a touching vulnerability to Mike's bored, vapid, baby-doll wife.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    A slick, mannered and frequently clever comedy.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Its imagery is never less than breathtakingly beautiful, and is occasionally truly awesome
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Maitland McDonagh
    Murphy is a revelation as James, and what American Idol castoff Hudson lacks in technical acting craft she makes up for in raw energy and a voice that could melt the rhinestones off a beauty queen. To complain that Beyonce pales by comparison is to fault her for nailing the essence of the infinitely malleable Deena.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Scorsese's canny use of archival footage makes it more than a mere concert film.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Arteta wrings some laughs from their bizarre (and more than a little frightening situation), but they're uncomfortable laughs, emotional protection from the freak show.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Opening with the Mohandas Gandhi epigram "An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind," it humanizes the bombers without excusing their actions.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    The cast deliver consistently fine, subtle performances, underscored by Ben Nichols' mournfully melodic guitar score.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Maitland McDonagh
    Casually paced and filled with telling detail, Yamada's delicate drama with swordplay (there's not much, but what there is packs an emotional wallop) transcends its specific setting in its depiction of Katagiri's internal struggle.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The result is discomfiting, funny and oddly touching.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Both genuinely funny and authentically horrifying, it puts the average horror comedy to shame.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Maitland McDonagh
    But the soundtrack will delight anyone whose blood stirs at the strains of "I'm Coming Out," "Le Freak" or "Doctor's Orders."
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Given the dearth of outlets for short, noncommercial animation, fans of the form shouldn't miss this collection.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Its vivid sense of place and time make it compulsively watchable, even at a running time of two and a half hours.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Precociously glib and never less than engaging.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 63 Maitland McDonagh
    Lepage maintains a leisurely pace and lets the narrative wander, but ultimately lands on the right side of the line between contemplative noodling and aimless navel-gazing, ending with an image that's simultaneously melancholy and playful.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    A quietly harrowing chronicle of addiction and fragile recovery anchored by Vera Farmiga's intense performance.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    This coolly beautiful film is both a superior thriller and an engrossing study of a sociopath's progress.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    The extensive CGI work is well used and the children are exceptionally well cast, especially the girls.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 40 Maitland McDonagh
    In stripping her potentially lurid material of salacious appeal, Martel also makes it murky and oddly arid, a mind-numbing exercise rather than an experience.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Maitland McDonagh
    Beatty's contribution to the ranks of recent political satire is bold, merciless and frequently very funny, and his performance is just plain fearless.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    It should come as no surprise that there's an American remake in the works, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon and directed by Martin Scorsese.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Rather than rage, Peosay's film radiates sadness over a singular way of life in danger of imminent obliteration.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Gore looks as energized and purposeful as Mother Earth looks sickly and mad as hell, which is no doubt why many commentators suggested it was less an environmental action statement than a test balloon for future political ambitions.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    It lacks "Fingers" searing, explosive vitality.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Maitland McDonagh
    It concludes Park's trilogy on a dual note of circular tragedy and fragile hope, while working equally well as an introduction to his universe of retribution and repentance or as a stand-alone thriller with a darkly feminist twist.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Special kudos to Adams, who nails the distinctive body language of Disney's spunky good girls and manages to make Giselle's relentless optimism seem charming rather than a sign of mental deficiency.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Despite its leisurely pace, this unpretentious, character-driven picture is a low-key charmer.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    A bravura tap-dancing finale as exhilarating as it is bizarre.

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