Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide
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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 4.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Maitland McDonagh's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 54
Highest review score: 100 Devil in a Blue Dress
Lowest review score: 0 Terror Firmer
Score distribution:
2,229 movie reviews
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Maitland McDonagh
    Del Toro's film ranks with the best examinations of children's inner lives, but be warned: Its haunting insights are best left to adults.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Despite its length, the film only starts feeling as long at the end -- or, more correctly, ends. Serious fans of the novels will be prepared for the serial codicils, but the uninitiated are likely to think the film is over several times before it actually is.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Maitland McDonagh
    The film satisfies on both visceral and emotional levels.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Ambitious, deeply flawed and studded with sequences that achieve pure, majestic greatness.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Above all, Jackson evokes an almost palpable sense of the will to power trapped within the ring. Without this evocation of the ring's insidious ability to sniff out the potential for corruption and capitalize on it, the entire enterprise would be precious drivel.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Maitland McDonagh
    Mirren, who's played her share of queens in the past, is hypnotic.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    It's a hugely entertaining slice of sunbaked Gothic.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Maitland McDonagh
    The movie's greatest strength lies in phenomenal performances that reach from the leads right down to the smallest supporting roles.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Director Curtis Hanson keeps the hugely complicated story zooming along the boulevard of broken dreams without losing sight of the details that make the trip worthwhile.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Maitland McDonagh
    It's a mixed blessing, in some ways even richer and more atmospheric than the original version, in others attenuated and logy.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Piercing, sweetly melancholy and acted with a breathtaking eye for nuance.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    A loving, gently funny and slightly claustrophobic tribute to theatrical life.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Bizarre, utterly original and truly indescribable comedy...You just have to see it for yourself.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    The result is truly a family film, not a kiddie time-waster that throws the occasional sop to adults; whether you like or love it is a function of how vividly the material reflects your own childhood fantasies.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Pekar's autobiographical chronicle of day-to-day banality is a rich, if dingy, tapestry of ordinary life in all its infinite, homely peculiarity, which filmmakers Sheri Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini bring to uniquely eccentric life.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 50 Maitland McDonagh
    Such a glorious cast, deployed to such trivial effect!
    • 90 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    A cool indictment of television's near-irresistible pandering to the inner peeping tom.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Lee occasionally stumbles as a documentarian... But the material is so profoundly moving that it hardly matters.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    This film pivots on a romantic triangle as overwrought as it is stylized. It's like a Douglas Sirk melodrama ratcheted up with fists of fury and wrapped in apparently endless yards of shimmering silk.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    It's a fearless performance and yields some squirm-inducingly funny moments.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    This second installment is heavy on battle sequences, which will thrill some viewers more than others.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    For what could easily have been a slickly vulgar variation on "American Pie" or "Porky's", this libidinous comedy explores some unusually complicated territory, and benefits greatly from Verdú's unpredictable performance as Luisa.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The story is simple enough for young children to follow, and the computer-animated images are both bright and surprisingly complex. Adults won't find the action heart-stopping.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 63 Maitland McDonagh
    Eminently worth seeing, even if it leaves you wishing it were as consistently inventive as Aardman's first feature, "Chicken Run" (2000).
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Moreno's subtly calibrated mix of intelligence, naivete, rebelliousness, charisma and practicality produces an unforgettable protagonist; even Maria's recklessness seems reasonable because it's so clearly rooted in desperation.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    A rapt fascination with transcendent lunacy runs through Herzog's work, both fiction and documentary; while disdaining Treadwell's rhapsodically anthropomorphized vision of nature.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Classic melodrama given a thoroughly modern, utterly Almodovarian face-lift.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Eastwood's slow-building story of loss and deliverance is a fine, understated piece of storytelling that earns every emotional body blow it lands.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Maitland McDonagh
    Meticulously observed and devastatingly well-acted.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Though meticulously researched, well acted and filled with striking moments, the movie ultimately feels oddly disconnected.