Maitland McDonagh

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For 2,231 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 7.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Maitland McDonagh's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 Lady Vengeance
Lowest review score: 0 Zombie! vs. Mardi Gras
Score distribution:
2231 movie reviews
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Even the film's ironic ending is deftly handled, its cynicism is tempered by a certain rueful wisdom.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Maitland McDonagh
    There are poignant moments in this apocalyptic "what if" exercise.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Maitland McDonagh
    A successful thriller makes you forget such impossibilities, but here they poison every scene.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Maitland McDonagh
    Eastwood, ironically, is the weak link in the cast, a less-than-ideal choice to play a screw-up who squeaks through life on personal magnetism: He's got star quality, sure, even a certain remote sexiness, but he's no charmer.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    A well-crafted exercise in urban paranoia that's so controlled it never achieves the reckless, visceral immediacy its subject matter demands.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Maitland McDonagh
    For all the updated riffs and personal noodling, it's best when it doesn't stray too far from the original material.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The film is simultaneously sweet natured and sharply observed, and if love eventually conquers all, it takes its own sweet time doing it.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Maitland McDonagh
    Cushioned by money - which frees him from needing to work and allows him to fly around the world looking for his past - Bruce is attractive and well-spoken but not especially interesting, which leaves a yawning void at the story's center.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Maitland McDonagh
    The film is dreary and attenuated, the tedium broken only by the occasional golden moment when one of the stellar supporting players - Ron Silver as the principled presiding judge who alternately tolerates and quashes Jackie's antics, Peter Dinklage as the lead defense attorney or Annabella Sciorra as Jackie's ex - manages to cut through the clutter.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Maitland McDonagh
    Between Magruder's oily schmoozing and the camera-ready combo of Spanish moss and constant rain, he and cinematographer Changwei Gu whip up some amazing atmosphere.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Maitland McDonagh
    The film's epic look is undermined by his narrow focus; in the end it feels rather thin and less than the sum of its handsome parts.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Sweet, likable and consistently engaging, if so insubstantial that it's always on the verge of blowing away.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Maitland McDonagh
    Preachy and predictable, an afterschool special in all but name.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    In the end, the film feels a little futile; its relentless, one-miserable-note tone is numbing.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Paxton is impressively subtle and elicits remarkable performances from O'Leary and Sumpter.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Imagine the John Waters remake of an Agatha Christie mystery directed by Douglas Sirk, and you'll get some idea of the tone of this retro musical melodrama, which features a cast whose combined wattage could eclipse a small solar system.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Yes, the story is pure formula, though given less twinkle and lip gloss than Hollywood would have brought to bear on it; the film is so remake-friendly you can cast it in your head.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Maitland McDonagh
    The film is meticulously crafted but frustratingly meaningless.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The harder you try to follow the narrative the more frustrating the film becomes, but its sleekly menacing images work their way into your brain like slivers of dry ice.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The unspoken question that underlies their struggles is whether a facility run by sheer force of personality can survive when that personality is gone; the film ends on a cautiously hopeful note.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    No aliens. No firefights in space. No robots. Just an eerily attractive, sleekly costumed cast in a stylish, cooly intelligent throwback to the Twilight Zone era of deeply serious science fiction.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Maitland McDonagh
    It's an overblown campfire tale that doesn't know when to stop.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Maitland McDonagh
    Given his way with witty banter, Stoppard's obvious, even leaden, dialogue is especially disappointing; director Michael Apted's handling of the story's frequent flashbacks is equally infelicitous.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Maitland McDonagh
    Buried deep inside this ponderous, repetitive psychological thriller is a fantastic half-hour "Twilight Zone" episode.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The melancholy joke - if you can call it that - is that the pall of global mediocrity has erased national differences and turned women like Tamiko and Amanda into ghosts drifting through their own lives.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Maitland McDonagh
    The puzzle pieces are all there. But when you put them all together, the result is a bit of a gyp — neat but utterly forgettable.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    For anyone unfamiliar with pentacostal practices in general and theatrical phenomenon of Hell Houses in particular, it's an eye-opener.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Maitland McDonagh
    Ostensibly an "adult comedy" about serious things, screenwriter Richard LaGravenese's disjointed directing debut rings profoundly false, a story about class distinctions and suffering conceived and executed in privilege.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Maitland McDonagh
    The result is undeniably offensive and occasionally very funny, but the gags fall flat as often as they hit their mark.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Maitland McDonagh
    An efficient but shallow fright show.

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