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 6.8 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 The Hottie & the Nottie
Score distribution:
2230 movie reviews
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    A vivid telling of a familiar story -- the rise and fall of a street criminal -- bolstered by exceptional performances and a clear-eyed take on the economics of dealing and the pathology of ghetto fabulousness.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Slight but affecting.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Solidly entertaining and surprisingly free of the Mamet-isms that can suck the life right out of the most tightly crafted story.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    It's enjoyable poppycock.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The cast — a felicitous blend of character actors and up-and-comers — work together like a street-smart machine, and Hoffman's scummy turn as porn-peddler and all-around creep King is a reminder of just how sleazily funny he can be.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The performances are uniformly excellent.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    It's straightforwardly entertaining and a genuine nail-biter.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Picking up some 10 years after the previous film left off, this stripped-down, intelligently conceived follow-up is a respectable conclusion to the Terminator trilogy.
    • 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.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Be warned: the silly songs are damnably catchy, from Gerrit's ode to the seventeen pigeons he keeps on the roof, which he sings while sporting a very tight set of white undergarments, to the rousing "Ja Zuster, Nee Zuster."
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    This is a film worth seeing, and LaBute is a filmmaker well worth watching.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Michael Meeropol provides a far more eloquent statement of the song's enduring impact: "Until the last racist is dead, 'Strange Fruit' is relevant."
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    You don't have to be Jewish to love Jonathan Kesselman's uneven, profane and occasionally flat-out hilarious parody of vintage blaxploitation pictures, but it helps.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The look is utterly faithful to Tezuka's aesthetic -- he loved classic Disney animation, especially "Bambi" (1942) -- but it's hard to empathize with the angst of a character who looks like a Super Mario Brother.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    This anti-thriller radiates dread rather than suspense; it delivers creeping apprehension rather than adrenaline-pumping kicks, and the uniformly strong and finely calibrated performances more than compensate for the absence of technical razzle-dazzle.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Writer-director Pan Nalin's film is at its best when he focuses on the meticulous, hands-on preparation of herb- and mineral-based drugs; it's also genuinely provocative to hear Ayurvedists argue that healing should be a vocation rather than a career.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    A fairly serious psychodrama rendered in cartoon images.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Cinematographer Ken Kelsch, Ferrara's frequent collaborator, picks up the theme of overlapping lives by layering images within scenes -- the ongoing interplay of reflections and shadows is breathtaking -- and through slow, shimmering dissolves.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Brassy and energetic, first-time director Mars Callahan's vividly photographed ode to the seductive allure of professional sharking succeeds in making the game seem genuinely kinetic and thrilling.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    This wry, low-key comedy, crafted by members of the sketch-comedy group The State, swims defiantly against the stream of contemporary comedy, eschewing bodily-function jokes and obvious gags in favor of laughs so sly and self-effacing you could almost overlook them.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The harder you try to follow the narrative the more frustrating the film becomes, but its sleekly menacing images work their way into your brain like slivers of dry ice.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    An uneasy mix of B-movie scares.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    What distinguishes Cordero's film is his use of location.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Though filmmaker Nina Gilden Seavy followed Bering Strait for the better part of two years, their story is in no way over at the film's conclusion.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    McKenzie's mercurial performance is the centerpiece of this sad, surprisingly absorbing story.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The result is so intoxicating, it hardly matters that you've heard it all before.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Sure, like cotton candy: It doesn't do a thing for you, but it's wickedly sweet as it melts on your tongue.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Creepy, beautifully designed horror yarn about mutant roaches that delivers both artfully eerie atmosphere and some boffo shocks.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Though beautifully acted by Basinger (everyone else is relegated to a supporting role), there's a strange vagueness to much of this sumptuous, stunningly photographed melodrama.

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