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 King Kong
Lowest review score: 0 Terror Firmer
Score distribution:
2229 movie reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Ricci's less flashy characterization of the immature Selby is equally skilled and meshes seamlessly with Theron's uncompromising performance.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Simultaneously groundbreaking and remarkably faithful to the classic play.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    It would be hard to mount a straight-faced defense of Brisseau's feverish moral tale, complete with a lurking angel of death, but the carnal machinations are hugely entertaining -- particularly if you like your skin with a bracing sermon chaser.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The film's bleakly inevitable ending packs a wallop and its hauntingly desolate images linger long after the story is told.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Mark Moormann's documentary tends to the worshipful, but Dowd, a charmer onscreen, was by all accounts just as appealing in real life.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Ice Cube is so genial and laid back it's hard to believe he's the same snarling thug who ass-kicks his way through action pictures, let alone the seethingly angry rapper who emerged from NWA in the early 1990s.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    A pitch-perfect parody of poverty row horror/sci-fi pictures of the 1950s, Larry Blamire's meticulous takeoff could easily be taken for the real thing, which is both its genius and its Achilles heel.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Adults also are more likely than kids to snicker at jokes.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Comprehensive and reverential.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Boursinhac and Bibi Naceri throw all the usual elements into the pot: Economic inequality, ethnic tensions, feverish family ties and the titular criminal code, which everyone invokes and everyone agrees is a load of claptrap.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The film is never dull -- no mean feat, given that it spends two hours telling a story whose end is widely known -- and features performances that range from coarsely effective to phenomenal.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Burnett and Lee's graceful, sympathetic documentary focuses on participants who embody Burning Man's ideals without being blind to the opportunists and party animals it inevitably attracts.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    In the end, you're left to pick your moral: Money changes everything or money isn't everything or both.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    An intriguing mix of the familiar and the alien. DaFoe's distinctly American speech patterns are a little jarring amid a tangle of British inflections (French actor Cassel's accent is justified within the story), but it doesn't spoil the film's overall effect.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Curl your cynical lip if you want, but there's a place for heartwarming, life-affirming, even weepy dramas, and Robert Redford brings the best-selling novel about a traumatized teen and her wounded horse to the screen with dignity and restraint.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The interactions between the raspy-voiced Hurt and various shallowly cheerful Americans are genuinely charming and dynamic.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Consistently earnest and well-intentioned but only occasionally moving, despite the efforts of a generally top-notch cast.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    This melodramatic action opera is a lurid love letter to the guns and poses aesthetic of Hong Kong action cinema.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    In a world filled with crude movie sitcoms, Berg's bitter, worst-possible-case scenario really does stand alone.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    This rambling exercise in local color has been a pet project of Duvall's for more than a decade, and it's to his credit that he managed to get such a low-concept picture produced. It's also to his credit that he resists the temptation to take easy potshots at religion, particularly of the revivalist variety.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The wholly invented character of unattainable love interest Julia Cook (the real Kelly once referred to an enigmatic "Julia" in a letter) is the film's weakest link and smacks of a desperate attempt to shoehorn a pretty woman into a story about grubby men with tangled beards.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    A spectacular natural disaster spiraling out of control, a crime gone wrong and a poor jerk caught in the middle: Yes, it's a standard action-picture recipe. But what a difference a cast makes.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    A sleazy, seamy, flashy, steamy, vulgar exploitation thriller that revels in every minute of its own trashiness and delivers some pretty solid -- if prurient -- entertainment before strangling in a one-twist-too-many ending.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Salvatores draws strikingly unsentimental performances from his young actors, all making their film debuts, and juxtaposes the petty meanness of children with the calculated cruelty of desperate adults to haunting effect.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    This lushly produced, lightweight romance embraces every cliche of the genre without so much as an ironic shrug.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Sweet, likable and consistently engaging, if so insubstantial that it's always on the verge of blowing away.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Ratnam, known for integrating controversial cultural and political themes into popular melodramas, bundles a multitude of coming-of-age traumas into the kind of juicy, overwrought narrative that was once a Hollywood staple.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Cuaron lets his enthusiasms show.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The movie is at its best when it's most straightforward. Flights of fancy like the child angel perched on Melvin's ceiling or his conversations with the black-clad Sweetback, who appears to undermine his confidence at crucial junctures, seem forced and pointless.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    By turns profane, vulgar, unpredictable, scabrous and perpetually somewhere between buzzed and three sheets to the wind, Bukowski opened a window onto a fringe world of blue-collar drudgery and alcoholic self-obliteration with his blistering, bleakly comic dispatches from the gutter.

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