Maitland McDonagh

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For 2,230 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 Pride & Prejudice
Lowest review score: 0 Terror Firmer
Score distribution:
2230 movie reviews
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Maitland McDonagh
    Crowe preserves the original film's plot twists and turns, but his version lumbers when it should be whipping along, daring you to keep up. The wall-to-wall pop music soundtrack eventually becomes oppressive, and Cruise's oily smile doesn't really constitute a characterization.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Maitland McDonagh
    This flashy and ultimately conservative morality tale relies on shockingly frank sex talk to cover the fact that the characters are shockingly poorly developed.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Maitland McDonagh
    Clearly, there's the germ of a good -- potentially even great -- movie here, but it's thoroughly smothered by a pair of lazy, self-congratulatory star turns by Hoffman and Travolta.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Maitland McDonagh
    If Griffin were a jowly Southern redneck, his mean-spirited rants would make him a pariah.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Maitland McDonagh
    Jelski's screenplay, a finalist in the fiercely competitive Walt Disney Screenwriting Fellowship competition, is repetitive and stagy.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 40 Maitland McDonagh
    Rymer's film doesn't revitalize vampire clichés in any significant way and, frankly, "Velvet Goldmine" is a more seductive movie about sex, death and rock and roll -- and it's not even about vampires.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Maitland McDonagh
    Fresnadillo's film is little more than a gloomy and attenuated Twilight Zone episode, reminiscent of Alex Cox's portentous "The Winner" (1997) without the truly breathtaking conclusion.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Maitland McDonagh
    An Arthurian tale minus everything the average person knows or cares about Arthur and his knights.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Maitland McDonagh
    Overall the film is a stylish lark with no resonance, a mean-spirited one-night stand of a movie.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Maitland McDonagh
    It quickly becomes clear that Nijinsky's disordered thoughts are simply the rantings of a man losing his grip on reality. They're sad and occasionally evocative, but they're not especially interesting in and of themselves, and do nothing to evoke or illuminate Nijinsky's genius.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Maitland McDonagh
    Mines familiar territory and does nothing especially new with it. On the plus side, Kishitani is a spectacular villain.
    • 16 Metascore
    • 40 Maitland McDonagh
    Unfortunately, Flicker wasn't able to rise above the limitations of his microbudget, and his message is compromised by student-film production values and performances that range from adequate to pretty awful.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Maitland McDonagh
    This simplistic animated feature falls firmly within the long tradition of bland, upbeat and earnest religious instructional films.
    • 13 Metascore
    • 40 Maitland McDonagh
    The film isn't even enjoyably sleazy: It's just dumb and tacky.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Maitland McDonagh
    A preposterous wilderness adventure (the kind that makes kids think sneaking into the zoo's bear pit is a cool idea) laid over a touchy-feelie story about good parenting.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Maitland McDonagh
    You can't help but wish the set up were shorter and the dilemma longer.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Maitland McDonagh
    Tatou IS adorable, but Michele is a such a brainless flibbertigibbet that it's hard to take her spiritual quest at all seriously, and if you don't feel in your heart that she's really TRYING to grow and mature as a spiritual person, then who cares about her idiotic antics?
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Maitland McDonagh
    The war between highly specific coming-of-age angst and icky-sticky overcoming-adversity cliches eventually brings the whole thing down.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Maitland McDonagh
    A disappointment that mines the same vein of gross-out romantic comedy as"There's Something About Mary," without that film's oddball charm.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Maitland McDonagh
    As a debut it holds out the promise that Montias might do something more interesting in his next film.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Maitland McDonagh
    Patwardhan offers no solutions, but poses disturbing questions.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Maitland McDonagh
    Slick and glib when it means to be profound yet ruefully witty; its rhythms are pure sitcom, complete with emotional rimshots.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 40 Maitland McDonagh
    Director Rick Rosenthal ("Halloween II") seems to have forgotten everything he ever knew about generating suspense, relying on cliched shadows and grainy, handheld images supposedly shot by the increasingly terrified students.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 40 Maitland McDonagh
    Noisy and obnoxious, this flashy action picture is so hell-bent on seeming smart that it fairly forces you to think about how fundamentally stupid it is.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Maitland McDonagh
    Hugely smug and annoying.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Maitland McDonagh
    Ruthlessly efficient and utterly predictable.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 40 Maitland McDonagh
    Cocky, vulgar and very noisy picture.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Maitland McDonagh
    While the transgressive trappings (especially the frank sex scenes) ensure that the film is never dull, Rodrigues's beast-within metaphor is ultimately rather silly and overwrought, making the ambiguous ending seem goofy rather than provocative.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Maitland McDonagh
    The film is never dull.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Maitland McDonagh
    It's got turns, it's got an attractive cast that gets shish-kabobed with ruthless regularity. It's just tired.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Maitland McDonagh
    A protracted piece of whimsy.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Maitland McDonagh
    The amazing thing is how dull a movie crawling with gunfire, psycho tantrums and stuff blowing up can be when you just don't care what happens to anyone.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Maitland McDonagh
    While billed as "an intimate look" at Jay-Z, the film reveals next to nothing about him beyond the fact that he possesses a formidable ability to spin and remember lengthy rhymes, however vulgar and reductive their content.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Maitland McDonagh
    Pinup appeal alone does not a compelling movie make.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Maitland McDonagh
    The offbeat cast and gorgeous Barcelona locations can't quite make up for the thinness of the mystery and forced quirkiness of the characters and their tangled relationships.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Maitland McDonagh
    Were it not for Kumar's luminous charisma, the film would be unwatchable.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Maitland McDonagh
    The story is painfully familiar, and McIlhenney regularly stops it in its tracks by indulging the actors in arty monologues that sap the movie of any suspense or sense of momentum.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Maitland McDonagh
    Long, lumpy and sadly charmless, this adaptation of John Berendt's nonfiction portrait of Savannah, GA, refracted through the prism of a scandalous true-crime story, tramples all over the silkily seductive voice that makes the book so compulsively readable and eerily haunting.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Maitland McDonagh
    The film's flashy visuals (apparently geared to engaging video game-impaired attention spans) are entertaining, but its cynicism is distasteful.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Maitland McDonagh
    A gloomy-doomy ghost story that gets off to a creepy start and then spirals into flat-out preposterousness.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 40 Maitland McDonagh
    Derivative, predictable and entirely forgettable, the sort of low-expectations genre picture that generally goes directly to video.
    • 14 Metascore
    • 40 Maitland McDonagh
    The music is lavishly overproduced pop pablum of the first order, and there's a deeply shallow irony in the fact the film's most memorable tune, KC and the Sunshine Band's 28-year-old "That's the Way I Like It," is easily twice the age of its target audience.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 40 Maitland McDonagh
    Costner's ponderous post-apocalyptic morality tale feels every minute of its nearly three hours.

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