Maitland McDonagh

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For 2,232 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 7.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Maitland McDonagh's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 Devil in a Blue Dress
Lowest review score: 0 Zombie! vs. Mardi Gras
Score distribution:
2232 movie reviews
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Maitland McDonagh
    Astonishingly inept drama.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Maitland McDonagh
    The supernatural plot elements are developed so unconvincingly that the story seems to be about people ruining their own lives by believing in stupid superstitions, so it’s a shock to realize the ghostly goings-on are meant to be taken seriously.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Maitland McDonagh
    There may be a way to remake 1973's cult thriller The Wicker Man, in which a deeply Christian cop has his religious convictions shaken to the core as he investigates the disappearance of a child from within a cheerfully pagan community, but Neil LaBute didn't find it.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 Maitland McDonagh
    Watts is good -- occasionally very good -- and her willingness to be filmed at unflattering angles, in pore-wallowing or with bright blue ice cream smeared on her face is admirable.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 38 Maitland McDonagh
    It takes a certain genius to make butchered corpses, sociopathic lunacy and meth-fueled debauchery nerve-scrapingly dull, and German director Marc Schoelermann and screenwriters Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor (Crank) possess it.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Maitland McDonagh
    To call the film noisy and brainless isn't even a criticism - it's unadulterated auto-porn, as shallow and shiny as it wants to be.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Maitland McDonagh
    The result is a soggy swamp of nyah-nyah-nyah-nyah-nyahing, its only grace notes are Giamatti's fine, nuanced performance as Heep and Christopher Doyle's handsome cinematography.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 38 Maitland McDonagh
    For a family-friendly holiday comedy, it's still coarse, formulaic and occasionally just plain weird.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Maitland McDonagh
    The charismatic Rajskub, who played a prickly computer geek on TV's "24," has nothing to do as Jack's loyal secretary.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 38 Maitland McDonagh
    The thrills are few and the expository dialogue tediously overwhelming in this preachy cautionary tale about getting too big for one's britches.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 38 Maitland McDonagh
    The willowy Danes' rich, melancholy characterization is sown in a barren field of snippy attitude and too-cool posturing, and the film's disingenuous air of bittersweet chic becomes deeply tiresome long before it's over.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 30 Maitland McDonagh
    The best thing about it is the cast. Baldwin's moronic Barney is an acquired taste, but Krakowski is an adorable, sassy Betty, and Johnston brings an endearing coltishness to the sensible Wilma.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 30 Maitland McDonagh
    Frankly, the film's nostalgia for the "coffee, tea or me?" era of flying, when stewardesses were fantasy figures in soaring heels and uniforms tailored for bust enhancement rather than utility, is retro in all the wrong ways.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Maitland McDonagh
    This vapid, mean-spirited comedy is Lopez's show, and though she is utterly unconvincing as a paragon of down-to-earth virtues, the last laugh was hers from the outset.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 30 Maitland McDonagh
    The less you demand of this bloody, by-the-numbers sequel, the more you'll enjoy it.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 30 Maitland McDonagh
    The script, by co-writers and -directors Douglas McGrath and Peter Askin, is intermittently clever, but their direction is leaden and assassinates every gag with a lethal accuracy the CIA could only hope to achieve.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Maitland McDonagh
    The film seems longer than its 93-minute running time, but kids will probably enjoy its potty humor, many scenes of 4-year-olds getting the better of harried adults and the inevitable moment when a cute little girl kicks the fat guy in the nads.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 30 Maitland McDonagh
    There's some fun to be had in seeing two of TV's resident sweetie pies, Campbell and ER's Noah Wyle, play unrepentant sons of bitches, but it's not enough.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Maitland McDonagh
    Vonnegut's brand of juvenile surrealism...doesn't age especially well...but it could hardly be worse served than to be brought to the screen with such ham-fisted literal-mindedness.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 30 Maitland McDonagh
    Despite its provocative premise, this throwback to deliberately paced, low-tech chillers of the pre-CGI era is a dreary slog through haunted-child movie cliches -- portentous dreams, glassy-eyed stares, cryptic pronouncements.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 30 Maitland McDonagh
    If it weren't all so cluelessly sleazy it might be funny.
    • 14 Metascore
    • 30 Maitland McDonagh
    Unfortunately, the mystery isn't mysterious and the characters are caricatures; the wintery New England landscape is the most striking thing about the film, but it's not interesting enough to justify watching it for 100 minutes.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Maitland McDonagh
    When a performer as sharp as Cedric the Entertainer is reduced to funny fat-guy shtick, you know you're in the presence of grinding mediocrity.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 30 Maitland McDonagh
    It's all terribly schematic, thematically obvious and not in the least bit funny.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 30 Maitland McDonagh
    Earnest but unenlightening drama.
    • 6 Metascore
    • 30 Maitland McDonagh
    Production values are low -- though, mercifully, the sound recording is clear -- and overall the project smacks of juvenile hijinks.
    • 16 Metascore
    • 30 Maitland McDonagh
    Preposterous plotting and interchangeable young actors.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Maitland McDonagh
    Even by the debased standards of preachy sports movies aimed at kids, this is pabulum.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Maitland McDonagh
    Though once capable of writing distinct characters, Toback now populates his pictures with one-dimensional conceits who all talk like undereducated hustlers, from college professors to bottom feeders and international lions of business.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 30 Maitland McDonagh
    This coarse, nearly incoherent action picture apparently aspires to a 'Pulp Fiction"-like mixture of brutality and self-referential insouciance.

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