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 5.2 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 Terror Firmer
Score distribution:
2,229 movie reviews
    • 26 Metascore
    • 25 Maitland McDonagh
    One of the most dismal excuses for family entertainment ever perpetrated by a major studio, this crude, lazy variation on Disney's "Sky High" (2005) revolves around the education of four "special" youngsters at the hands of a washed-up superhero.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 30 Maitland McDonagh
    The locations and production design are breathtakingly beautiful. But though cast largely with Chinese actors, it was shot in English, which no doubt made business sense but almost certainly accounts for many truly awful performances.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 30 Maitland McDonagh
    Pseudo sci-fi gobbledygook aside, X-Files alumni James Wong and Glen Morgan's script is little more than an excuse for Jet Li to kick his own ass, which he does energetically and often.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 38 Maitland McDonagh
    This formulaic mess of sports-movie cliches and self-esteem claptrap contains a couple of funny bits, but you have to slog through a lot of done-to-death bodily function jokes to get to them.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 38 Maitland McDonagh
    Larry Bishop's painfully self-conscious homage to biker films of yesteryear is a carefully crafted pastiche that doesn't miss a wild-deadly-angels-devils-sadists-revenge cliché and can't hold a candle to the down-and-dirty likes of "The Glory Stompers."
    • 25 Metascore
    • 38 Maitland McDonagh
    The outtakes that accompany the end credits suggest that making the movie was a blast; it's a shame the same can't be said for watching it.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 20 Maitland McDonagh
    Is there anything so painful as a comedy whose every gag falls flat and then lies there, flopping like a dying flounder?
    • 25 Metascore
    • 30 Maitland McDonagh
    Two idiots embark on a life of crime to help a deserving teenager attend Harvard in this lowbrow but generally sweet-natured comedy.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 25 Maitland McDonagh
    Shot as "Backwater" and test-screened as "The Reaper," this film contains a couple of bracingly mean sequences, but it cleaves so closely to the slasher-movie formula that it can't muster up any suspense at all.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 20 Maitland McDonagh
    Despite the futuristic setting, which relies so heavily on GGI effects that it looks like a feature-length production concept painting, this film is painfully predictable.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 25 Maitland McDonagh
    Ritchie wraps this folderol in cinematic razzle-dazzle, including animated sequences, reverse motion, trompe l'oeil production design and tricky lighting. But it's still claptrap.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 30 Maitland McDonagh
    There's some fun to be had in seeing two of TV's resident sweetie pies, Campbell and ER's Noah Wyle, play unrepentant sons of bitches, but it's not enough.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 20 Maitland McDonagh
    Lame, derivative comedy.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 20 Maitland McDonagh
    The profoundly unconvincing CGI work only makes the sorry screenplay and lackluster performances look worse.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 25 Maitland McDonagh
    The lesson is that money can buy a vanity project, but it can't buy talent, imagination or an audience.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 25 Maitland McDonagh
    A morose, slow-moving action picture.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 20 Maitland McDonagh
    What really sinks the film, though, is the utter absence of chemistry between Perry and Willis.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 0 Maitland McDonagh
    Is there anything more irritating than an exploitation filmmaker with self-referentiality on the brain?
    • 24 Metascore
    • 30 Maitland McDonagh
    Dopey "thriller."
    • 24 Metascore
    • 30 Maitland McDonagh
    This is a terrible movie in its own right, tasteless and condescending -- if Sandler's character is an Everyman, than the Everyman of today is a boorish jackass
    • 24 Metascore
    • 30 Maitland McDonagh
    This mean-spirited invisible man movie tries to hide its poverty of fresh ideas behind a load of state-of-the-art special effects.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 30 Maitland McDonagh
    Despite its provocative premise, this throwback to deliberately paced, low-tech chillers of the pre-CGI era is a dreary slog through haunted-child movie cliches -- portentous dreams, glassy-eyed stares, cryptic pronouncements.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 20 Maitland McDonagh
    This bare-bones plot is merely an excuse to string together a series of gross-out jokes involving bodily fluids, private parts, food and genetic deformities.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 20 Maitland McDonagh
    Its misogyny, homophobia and overall grossness undermine the tired gags, and its relentless portrayal of African-American women as money-grubbing hootchie mamas (the sole exception is, of course, Dre's mom) would be wholly unacceptable if a white filmmaker had been at the helm.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 30 Maitland McDonagh
    As to the dream sequence featuring Lonnie's and Brandy's trash-talking babies, it's just creepy.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 38 Maitland McDonagh
    Steve Austin is conspicuously inarticulate and uncharismatic. Former soccer lout Vinnie Jones, whom no one will ever mistake for Laurence Olivier, acts rings around him.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 30 Maitland McDonagh
    Its real problem is that Matilda Dixon, apparently conceived as a cross between the Blair Witch and Freddy Krueger, is an oddly characterless bogeyman, perhaps because she's 100 percent special effects technology with no actor underneath.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 30 Maitland McDonagh
    Sleek, pointless action picture.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 20 Maitland McDonagh
    Has a sour undertone that strangles its cheap laughs.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 25 Maitland McDonagh
    While the film isn't entirely amateurish -- shots are cut together and the cinematography is professional if not precisely stylish -- the story feels as though large pieces are missing and the characters behave so inconsistently that there's zero incentive to care about their tribulations.

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