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 5.2 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
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 Maitland McDonagh
    No cliché is unturned, no "dog duty" pun avoided (get it -- dog doody), no creepy gay-panic subtext unplumbed in this family comedy.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Maitland McDonagh
    It's all mean-spirited, foulmouthed sniping.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Maitland McDonagh
    Hopelessly muddled film cries out for the firm hand of a dyed-in-the-wool cynic like Billy Wilder, who would have put some teeth in its jabs at amoral politicians and blindly ambitious journalists.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 38 Maitland McDonagh
    The sad thing is that Arnett, Shepard and McBride quickly establish a loose, easy camaraderie that's a real pleasure to watch. The shame is that they're working with such unrewarding material.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 38 Maitland McDonagh
    A stale rehash of Woody Allen-style "he's a neurotic Jew, she's a flaky shiksa" gags.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 38 Maitland McDonagh
    That the 27-year-old Usher isn't much of an actor is no surprise, but he's strikingly uncharismatic for someone who's been in the spotlight since he was six.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 38 Maitland McDonagh
    The story vacillates between broad, kid-friendly gags and a series of oddly sour riffs on the theme of adult sibling rivalry.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 38 Maitland McDonagh
    This trashy, overwrought thriller gets itself worked up into a fine, sleazy lather that recalls the matricidal glories "Die! Die! My Darling!" and "You'll Like My Mother", then wimps out at the end.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 38 Maitland McDonagh
    The trouble is that Turturro's reach considerably exceeds his grasp.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 38 Maitland McDonagh
    It's familiar stuff if you've sampled the vast body of work devoted to LA-dammerung.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Maitland McDonagh
    Though Verow attended the American Film Institute and has made more than a dozen shorts and features since 1994, his low-budget gay-themed films are characterized by phenomenal indifference to framing, sound quality and performance. If his relentless amateurishness is deliberate, it's self-defeating; if not, it's inexplicable: Most people who do anything for more than a decade get better at it.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Maitland McDonagh
    This live-action cartoon tries to walk the line between pleasing the faithful and appealing to a broad-based action audience. It fails on both fronts: It's too lifeless and watered-down to stand on its own high heels, but commits the cardinal sin of messing with the original.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 38 Maitland McDonagh
    The film's major draws are R-rated gore and some nice physical effects, proof that a man in a top-of-the-line monster suit can still be more effective than CGI.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 38 Maitland McDonagh
    For all the sex and slicing, the most shocking thing about it is how dreary it is.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Maitland McDonagh
    Ironically, Faris' Samantha is the most convincing personality in the mix: She's a grotesque caricature of Courtney Love by way of Nancy Spungen, a vulgar, selfish monster of unbridled id, but you always know where she's coming from.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 38 Maitland McDonagh
    The loose, rambling conversations that substitute for action might be more interesting if any of the characters were capable of real introspection. But they're so shallow and distracted they can't even manage sustained navel-gazing, which makes their so-called relationships profoundly uninteresting.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 Maitland McDonagh
    Marvel-man Mark Steven Johnson, who wrote and directed "Daredevil" (2003) and scripted "Elektra" (2005), continues to demonstrate the wrong way to make comic book movies: Make sure special effects overwhelm the characters, let campy mannerisms go unchecked and be sure dialogue is declaimed rather than spoken.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 38 Maitland McDonagh
    A ludicrous mishmash undermined by ghastly performances and a hopelessly convoluted screenplay.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Maitland McDonagh
    It's a one-gag film that rises or falls on how funny you find the sight of fat, grease-slicked Jack Black crammed into spandex pants and capering like an epileptic lamb.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Maitland McDonagh
    It goes without saying that the humor is vulgar and juvenile.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Maitland McDonagh
    Thinly conceived and thoroughly shallow.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 38 Maitland McDonagh
    The whole film is plagued by a sense of false, desperate cheerfulness.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 Maitland McDonagh
    Pays backhanded homage to Woody Allen via the travails of college loser Max (Gary Lundy), who fears that years of wallowing in "Annie Hall" have permanently poisoned his love life.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 Maitland McDonagh
    Noisy, derivative and thoroughly preposterous even by the standards of 21st-century action movies.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 Maitland McDonagh
    Tedious and obscure where it was apparently meant to be atmospheric and tantalizing.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 38 Maitland McDonagh
    Larry Bishop's painfully self-conscious homage to biker films of yesteryear is a carefully crafted pastiche that doesn't miss a wild-deadly-angels-devils-sadists-revenge cliché and can't hold a candle to the down-and-dirty likes of "The Glory Stompers."
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 Maitland McDonagh
    The film pulls off a couple of "gotchas!", but the subtle creepiness of its predecessors is gone, replaced by a sense of numbing predictability.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 38 Maitland McDonagh
    Postal's touches of wit are lost in the flying body parts, gross-out gags, and the full frontal spectacle of Foley's no-longer-private parts.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 38 Maitland McDonagh
    The movie's film-studentish navel-gazing wears thin long before its over.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Maitland McDonagh
    A crude, artless bogey tale.

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