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 6 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:
2229 movie reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Deftly mixes rueful sentimentality and trenchant observations about the constantly shifting balance of power that drives relationships.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Blanchett's insouciant but steely performance alone makes the film worth watching, but it's Brenda Fricker's quietly underplayed turn as Guerin's mother that makes your throat tighten.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    A bit of whimsy.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    It's hard not to be charmed by scenes like the one in which Briggs gives his posies a little pep talk, assuring them that just because they sprouted behind prison walls doesn't mean they can't compete with those hoity-toity flowers at Hampton Court.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Extravagant special effects notwithstanding, this is really a triumph of casting: The aplomb with which Jones plays wry straight man to Smith's street-smart wiseacre is terrifically enjoyable.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Lavishly costumed and shot largely on location, the film benefits from a phenomenal central performance by Lopez de Ayala.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The animation is truly breathtaking, the action sequences are spectacular (and sometimes very violent) and everything floats along on the strains of Il Won's spare, hypnotic score.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Orenna, Thornton and Belton deliver strong, surprisingly subtle performances that make the modest fireworks genuinely engaging.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Delivers its commendable message with affecting eloquence.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    A slicked up, perfectly watchable update of a movie that was just about perfect on its own bleakly seedy terms.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Viewers are left to draw their own conclusions, which inevitably will be colored by individual reactions to unabashed frontal nudity.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    McKenzie's mercurial performance is the centerpiece of this sad, surprisingly absorbing story.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    And if you never learn much about the man behind the mask, well, that's as Nomi would have wanted it.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The fun is in the mayhem, and there's plenty of it.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    This is first-rate comedy of discomfort, so don't sample it with a date unless you're looking for a very queasy evening.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    It's a sly, subtle portrait of systematic hypocrisy.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Given the dearth of outlets for short, noncommercial animation, fans of the form shouldn't miss this collection.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Its power lies in the intense, subtle performances of the ensemble cast and Bellott's ability to keep the tangled narrative threads from becoming a knotted mess.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Creepy, beautifully designed horror yarn about mutant roaches that delivers both artfully eerie atmosphere and some boffo shocks.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Lyne's direction is sometimes overblown -- debauched playwright Clare Quilty's (Frank Langella) appearance amid the pale fire of exploding bug-zappers really is a bit much -- and the unfortunate fact is that the novel is one long tease, an intricate, seductive game in which words are as important as deeds.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    This kind of gloomy razzle-dazzle isn't everyone's cup of mind-altering tea, but strong performances make it worth the effort to keep the time-tripping shenanigans straight until the surprisingly satisfying payoff.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The result, a dissection of the complicated dynamics of sexual and economic exploitation, is pitiless and occasionally inspired.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    There's no downside to a reminder that not every beefy, God-talking sheriff is a bigoted cracker, and Kraus' short, no-frills documentary is a model of fly-on-the-wall filmmaking.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The sci-fi wonders, including an army of shuddering robo-soldiers and one-man, steam-powered bombers with delicate wood-and-linen wings, are truly marvelous and go a long way toward making up for the film's erratic pacing.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    If you're rooting for Barrymore and Fallon, then why not their team? In the movies, there are enough happy endings for everyone.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    If his ambitious first feature isn't entirely successful, it nevertheless poses genuinely provocative questions and opens a window into the way the 9/11 disaster looks from outside the U.S.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Clever though the premise is, the film's real strength is the smooth banter between Sam and Devon; it's never less than smart, often startlingly perceptive and always thoroughly convincing.

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