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

Maitland McDonagh's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 54
Highest review score: 100 In the Shadow of the Moon
Lowest review score: 0 Vulgar
Score distribution:
2229 movie reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Often clever but fundamentally shallow, this shaggy-dog story is greatly enriched by its extraordinary bluegrass soundtrack, supervised by T Bone Burnett and performed by a phenomenal collection of artists.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Dialogue is kept to a bare minimum, but the film's complex underlying sound mix -- a subtle symphony of faintly heard voices and the muted sounds of cars -- adds a haunting texture to what could have been the slightest of stories about a woman's ephemeral victory over emotional numbness.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    If this new film seems less prescient than its predecessor, it's only because reality is rapidly catching up with Cronenberg's warped imagination.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Maitland McDonagh
    Gallo's poor, poor pitiful me routine wears very thin, very fast, but Ricci is incandescent, a softly-glowing dumpling of a dream-girl in powder-blue fishnet tights and sparkly tap shoes: She's the diamond in the dirt.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Maitland McDonagh
    A sickly soft-swirl confection of low laughs and smarmy sentiment.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Maitland McDonagh
    Patwardhan offers no solutions, but poses disturbing questions.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Maitland McDonagh
    The film's much-vaunted stunts are deliberately unrealistic, from over-the-top wire-work to CGI-soccer balls that streak through the air like flaming cannon balls.
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    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus's record of the event is an invaluable document, its technical limitations notwithstanding.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Alex Shuper's solid, if hyperactive, documentary uses every trick in the film editor's book to celebrate this too-often underappreciated aspect of moviemaking.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Maitland McDonagh
    The conclusion, clearly meant to feel ambiguously poetic, is distinctly unsatisfying.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Maitland McDonagh
    It's just plain exhausting to watch the admirably game cast members running around like headless chickens in chic period clothes, surrendering their dignity to the task of navigating the plot's frenetic contrivances.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Beautifully edited and, appropriately, the sound is unusually well recorded and produced.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Julie Christie is glorious, and that's most of what you need to know about this slight, loosely structured and self-consciously ironic soap opera in which two couples -- one young and troubled, the other older but hardly wiser -- get themselves into a series of fine messes.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Maitland McDonagh
    The effect is hypnotically disorienting, but the less familiar you are with this period in 20th-century Chinese history, the easier it is to get hopelessly lost in the tangle of personal and political loyalties and betrayals.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Maitland McDonagh
    Maybe the life was edited out of it in the two years between shooting and release, or maybe Dominik was simply overwhelmed by the outsized myths of the West, but the film only comes to life after James' death, when Ford quite literally takes center stage.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Maitland McDonagh
    Courtroom dramas that favor the courtroom over the drama are always in danger of eye-glazing dullness.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Maitland McDonagh
    Characters find themselves in absurdly complicated situations, but respond with sardonic cool rather than hot-blooded hysteria.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Maitland McDonagh
    This version moves like a freight train, but suffers from a debilitating charm deficit. Wahlberg is no Michael Caine and Norton delivers what must be the sourest, most lifeless performance of his career to date.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Deftly mixes rueful sentimentality and trenchant observations about the constantly shifting balance of power that drives relationships.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Moore's desperate need for attention is irritating, but it's also his strength as a gadfly; it drives him to needle sacred cows and received wisdom that would otherwise go unchallenged.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    While Costner the actor clearly imagines himself the Gary Cooper of the 21st century, he's got a crude sentimental streak that Costner the director fails to curtail.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Tony Scott's thriller is flashy, but it's not dead stupid and it's never dull.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Frankenheimer pretty much ignores everything that's happened in the action and thriller genres since 1975, and mostly that's a good thing.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Capably directed by Betty Thomas, this freewheeling pseudodocumentary tribute to Stern's juvenile antics paints the anarchic radio idol as Everyschmo made good.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Its high-definition video images -- are coated with a convincing sheen of disgust, and Huston's performance is riveting.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Yash Chopra's thinly veiled plea for reconciliation between India and Pakistan is cloaked in a decades-spanning Romeo-and-Juliet romance.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Colorful and deceptively buoyant until it suddenly pulls the rug out from under you.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Maitland McDonagh
    The film's Buck Rogers-style graphics are cool, but the shrilly squabbling brothers -- realistic though they may be -- are insufferable, the story's your-turn/my-turn structure is tedious, and its relentlessly reiterated message about brotherly love and cooperation is really grating.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Maitland McDonagh
    The trouble with this precious fable isn't that the Whitmans are self-absorbed ninnies: It's that they aren't characters at all.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Maitland McDonagh
    It's tremendously clever, but ultimately pointless.

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