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 5.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Maitland McDonagh's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 54
Highest review score: 100 Pride & Prejudice
Lowest review score: 0 Zombie! vs. Mardi Gras
Score distribution:
2229 movie reviews
    • 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
    • 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!
    • 88 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    This second installment is heavy on battle sequences, which will thrill some viewers more than others.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The result is a vivid record of live acts whose rough-edged immediacy is an integral part of their appeal.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 Maitland McDonagh
    The title refers to a diorama at New York City's American Museum of Natural History that depicts a whale and a giant squid locked in mortal combat.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Cuaron lets his enthusiasms show.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Anyone who remembers Harrison fondly will enjoy this musical tribute, though it assumes a level of familiarity with Harrison's associates that not all viewers will have.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    With the exception of a brief sequence on the Galapagos Islands, where Maturin briefly indulges in some pre-Darwinian study of its unique ecosystem, the entire film takes place aboard the ship, and Weir's greatest accomplishment may be that it never feels claustrophobic.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    It's sometimes hard to breath for the sheer volume of acting sucking the air out of the room, and keeping three narratives movie without muddling them all is a hugely ambitious undertaking for any director, let alone one on his second film.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    This is a film worth seeing, and LaBute is a filmmaker well worth watching.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    On the downside, it's slackly edited -- comedy is, after all, all about timing and there are way too many lengthy shots of Cho waiting for her audience to respond.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Davaa and Falorni's film does suggest that camels have inner lives as rich and complicated as the human beings with whom they live in such intimate proximity. But they're also wholly camels, matted, goopy-eyed, gritty with sand and quick to knee an adorable calf in the snout when its demands become annoying.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Morrison brings an amazingly sure hand to MacLachlan's prickly screenplay.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The interactions between the raspy-voiced Hurt and various shallowly cheerful Americans are genuinely charming and dynamic.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    This minimalist meditation on loneliness and loss is so spare and drained of color that it seems always on the verge of fading into invisibility.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Though Bittner's slacker charm may not be to all tastes, the parrots are natural-born scene-stealers with more than enough charm to seduce the most dubious viewer.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Comprehensive and reverential.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Informative documentary.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The penguins' matter-of-fact victory over some of the Earth's most punishing conditions is astonishing enough without the epic airs.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Maitland McDonagh
    The combination of Lee's discomforting subject matter and distancing style -- calculating artlessness punctuated by occasional flights of lyrical fantasy -- makes this slow-moving drama a challenge that doesn't seem entirely worth the effort.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Maitland McDonagh
    Equal parts soap drama and ham-fisted morality tale.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The film ends on an ambiguous note that will infuriate some viewers and strike others as the only possible finale to Don's sad absurdist journey.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The multitalented Jaoui and Bacri excel on every level; her direction is efficient and unobtrusive, their script dissects the nuances of corruption by celebrity with a razor-sharp scalpel, and they deliver a pair of subtly unsparing performances.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Caustic and despairing, Shrader's film lacks the delicate beauty of Atom Agoyan's "Sweet Hereafter," but has just as much bitter power.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 40 Maitland McDonagh
    This is a psychological study that rejects psychology, an erotic drama of surpassing coldness, and a story of amour fou in which the madness is calculated and the love frozen.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Maitland McDonagh
    It's as hard not to ask what former New York Doll David Johansen is doing in their company, prancing his way through an irrelevant version of Howlin' Wolf's "Killing Floor," as it is not to wonder why the audience is so overwhelmingly white.

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