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 7.4 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 Vulgar
Score distribution:
2232 movie reviews
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Maitland McDonagh
    Most of the scenes fall flatter than a lead soufflé, and the film's sight gags -- Andy dumping campers' bodies by the roadside, Gene humping the refrigerator -- are outrageous without actually being funny.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 30 Maitland McDonagh
    So shallow and brainless it's in perpetual danger of drying up and blowing away.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Maitland McDonagh
    Hard though this antic farce tries to be outrageous, its satirical jabs at American culture are obvious and juvenile, as is the use of Jimmy's plastic bubble as a goofy metaphor for fear of life.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Maitland McDonagh
    Films like this are the definition of "critic proof"; if the casting, synopsis and very concept don't deter you, you'll probably find it very funny.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 30 Maitland McDonagh
    As to the dream sequence featuring Lonnie's and Brandy's trash-talking babies, it's just creepy.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Maitland McDonagh
    Self-indulgent wallow in privileged malaise.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Maitland McDonagh
    A leaden, tone-deaf remake of the 1955 Ealing comedy starring Alec Guinness, the Coen brothers' painfully unfunny rehash hinges on the duel of wits between five larcenous oddballs and one sweet but strong-willed old lady.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 30 Maitland McDonagh
    The less you demand of this bloody, by-the-numbers sequel, the more you'll enjoy it.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Maitland McDonagh
    Hong Kong action pioneer Tsui Hark is in high form here, tricking out the bare-bones story with disorienting camera angles, trick photography and virtuoso action sequences.
    • 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.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 30 Maitland McDonagh
    This amateurish picture was built around surfing footage that Mikelson shot for a Compaq computer ad and developed with an eye for accommodating a series of lush tropical locations: It's no wonder the plot and characters feel like afterthoughts.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Maitland McDonagh
    Harlin's brisk pacing leaves little time for reflection, but the whole house of blood-spattered cards dissolves upon even cursory reflection.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Maitland McDonagh
    The movie takes a desperately wrong turn about 45 minutes in, and you can almost hear the great sucking sound as the whole thing churns down the drain in a swirl of narrative contradictions.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Maitland McDonagh
    You can see the outline of an interesting movie beneath the cutesy-pie characterizations and heavy-handed mockery of small-town small-mindedness, but any chance it might have had is short-circuited by director Griffin Dunne's overwhelming inability to establish a consistent tone for the admittedly off-kilter material.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Maitland McDonagh
    Why would anyone who wanted his or her film to be taken seriously saddle it with a cutesy title like this?
    • 19 Metascore
    • 30 Maitland McDonagh
    Though there's some trashy fun to be had in the film's first half, this cynical sequel -- devolves into space junk even faster than the unfortunate Ross.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 30 Maitland McDonagh
    If it weren't all so cluelessly sleazy it might be funny.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Maitland McDonagh
    This mean-spirited revenge story would once have starred Cole Hauser's father, veteran B-movie psycho Wings Hauser, and played grindhouses and drive-ins. And it would have been a far more entertaining picture.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Maitland McDonagh
    A convoluted exercise in shifting perspectives and fractured storytelling.
    • 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.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Maitland McDonagh
    There's never a dull moment and seldom one that isn't sublimely ridiculous.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 30 Maitland McDonagh
    Queen Latifah is a natural-born charmer, but there's only so much she can do when paired with a costar so irritating it's hard not to squirm when he's on the screen, which is most of the time.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Maitland McDonagh
    This oddly flat serial-killer picture shows none of the baroque flair that characterizes the best of Italian horror filmmaker Dario Argento's work.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Maitland McDonagh
    Were the film's tone not so hysterical it might be provocative; as it is, insights and insults are inextricably intertwined.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Maitland McDonagh
    There's nothing beneath the flashy editing and self-consciously cool production design but a soulless adrenaline machine that's never scary and rarely engrossing.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Maitland McDonagh
    A romantic comedy that's trying its damnedest to be cute and endearing and might be more successful if it weren't built on a foundation of barely-concealed misogyny.
    • 6 Metascore
    • 30 Maitland McDonagh
    Production values are low -- though, mercifully, the sound recording is clear -- and overall the project smacks of juvenile hijinks.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Maitland McDonagh
    This soft, formulaic comedy/drama has a far better cast than it deserves, and they work their hearts out trying to bring life to a cliched script.
    • 15 Metascore
    • 30 Maitland McDonagh
    This sour coming of age story is a testament to his self-centeredness and dogged perseverance.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 30 Maitland McDonagh
    Maybe gross-out romantic comedy is a shallow well, and it was simply Rogers's misfortune to find himself with a bucket full of sludge.

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