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

Maitland McDonagh's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 54
Highest review score: 100 Blood Tea and Red String
Lowest review score: 0 Zombie! vs. Mardi Gras
Score distribution:
2229 movie reviews
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Maitland McDonagh
    The film is relentlessly peppy, often quite funny, sometimes a bit too convinced of its own adorableness and ultimately as smoothly reassuring as a TV sitcom.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The movie's secret weapons are its stellar cast, whose performances go a long way to ameliorating Ross's ham-fisted use of foreshadowing and symbols, and its brilliantly shot racing sequences -- they're heart-stoppingly suspenseful even when the outcome is a matter of record.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Pi
    Its power lies both in Aronofsky's evocation of tightly wound paranoia and in his flawless dovetailing of personal obsession and cultural anxieties.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Genuinely gripping, balancing the travails of constructing the tunnel against the characters' stories with considerable skill.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The last word on Haskell Wexler's career hasn't been spoken, but it's hard to imagine there's much more to say about him as a bad dad.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Maitland McDonagh
    Arguing that you shouldn't expect rich characterization from a comic-book movie misses the point: Vivid relationships separate the graphic novels from the funnies and, in the end, spectacular set design is just window dressing.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Balaban and Nairn are radiant, with none of the mannerisms that so often make Hollywood actresses look like Stepford teens.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Maitland McDonagh
    Epic, meticulously researched and ultimately disappointing, Martin Scorsese's bloody valentine to the birth of his beloved city is less than the sum of its parts.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The success of this effect, which helps elevate the movie above a classy disease-of-the-week saga, rests firmly on Russell Crowe's performance, and it's a strikingly good and moving one.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Francis Ford Coppola has turned John Grisham's pulpy bestseller into surprisingly creditable -- if morally muddled -- movie.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    It's enjoyable poppycock.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    It's amusing more often than it isn't, largely because the cast is so nonchalant and, well, French about everything.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The plot unfolds exactly as you expect, but Gedeck imbues Martha with a remarkably subtlety of spirit.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Maitland McDonagh
    This thin chronicle of bad behavior among the rich and self-obsessed is above all painfully derivative, borrowing wholesale from Theodore Dreiser's "An American Tragedy" and echoes Allen's own "Crimes and Misdemeanors."
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Maitland McDonagh
    Surfing isn't inherently service to humanity; it's a sport whose grace and athleticism Brown captures thrillingly, and that should be enough.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    An honorable film, beautifully acted, refreshingly un-camp in its take on wide lapels and progressive rock and occasionally coolly moving. It's just that ultimately, there's less here than meets the eye.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 40 Maitland McDonagh
    The material is familiar, and doesn't have anything new to say about the ways men and women wound each other.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Maitland McDonagh
    Feels soft without being especially affectionate, and only sporadically funny.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Whether this measured exercise in romantic melancholy moves you to tears or bores you to them is probably a matter of personal susceptibility to the sting of bitter regret for love lost.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The plot isn't what makes this movie worth watching anyway -- it's the performances and the ambiance.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    This stunningly photographed documentary captures extraordinary images of ocean-based life.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Maitland McDonagh
    A sweet-natured coming-of-age/raising-of-consciousness drama.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Maitland McDonagh
    Broomfield's film is typically self-aggrandizing but filled with unsettling moments.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    And if you never learn much about the man behind the mask, well, that's as Nomi would have wanted it.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 40 Maitland McDonagh
    The result isn't very funny: There are clever bits, sure, but they're embedded in long, painfully obvious sequences built around one-shot gags.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Maitland McDonagh
    This film's rhythms suggest nothing so much as a weirdly macho telenovela, full of family drama, isn't-it-ironic humor and maudlin twists of cruel fate.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    It's essentially an urban variation on "The Hitcher" (1986) with nothing much going on underneath.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Maitland McDonagh
    An equally discomfiting mix of popular science and ballyhoo, serves up amazing images of the bizarre life that flourishes in the deepest ocean depths.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The action is confined to a single set and atmosphere is appropriately claustrophobic, but the image quality is harsh and flat. This accentuates the oppressive meanness of Vince's hotel room, but makes for some unpleasant viewing.

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