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 Lady Vengeance
Lowest review score: 0 The Hottie & the Nottie
Score distribution:
2229 movie reviews
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Maitland McDonagh
    The film's dark heart is Valentinov's mephistophelean scheming: He sets about sabotaging his former protégé's game for no apparent reason except sheer malice.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
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    Subtle performances and the "you are there" immediacy conferred by digital video give Roy's film the feel of a series of stolen moments.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The technology for twinning a single young actress is considerably more seamless than it was in 1961, and Lohan is a perky charmer.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Maitland McDonagh
    Casting a film set in Latin America with Spanish-and Italian-speaking performers acting in English misfires; the actors' diverse accents clash, some are clearly more fluent than others and the sense of relief when anyone speaks a rare line in Spanish is palpable.
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    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    This potent drama might be dismissed as therapy in the guise of filmmaking if it weren't so clear-eyed. At its core are three remarkable performances.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Lacks the novel's drier-than-dry bite, but compensates with a strong ensemble cast and a series of glamorous party sequences in which the decor has at least as much depth as the guests.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Holmes's story isn't pretty, but it's fascinating, in no small part because the people Paley interviews offer a glimpse into a brief time when making porn was an act of rebellion that attracted a diverse and eccentric group of filmmakers and performers.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    A virtuoso experiment in animation that combines traditional anime aesthetics style with a variety of Western animation styles.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Simultaneously groundbreaking and remarkably faithful to the classic play.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Maitland McDonagh
    Overall, it's a curiously lifeless affair.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Most of the extreme Trek fans it features are obsessed in a big way, and if they were your children you'd probably be thinking therapy.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Maitland McDonagh
    It's merely glum when it should be bracingly grim.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The giddy, "anything could happen" sense that made "Pulp Fiction" and "Reservoir Dogs" so viscerally exciting is missing here. But Tarantino's first picture in nearly three years is a faithful adaptation of Elmore Leonard's "Rum Punch," and its melancholy edge is a wistful delight.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Maitland McDonagh
    If ever a movie cried out to be French, it's this one, and not just because it's a remake of Claude Chabrol's notoriously icy La Femme Infidele (1968).
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Maitland McDonagh
    Dave Collard's preposterous script relies heavily on fortuitous coincidence... and thoroughly stupid behavior.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Maitland McDonagh
    The trouble with director and co-writer Laetitia Colombani's debut feature is that the story isn't really interesting enough to be told twice, let alone dragged out another 20 minutes after that.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Maitland McDonagh
    Undeniably handsome..., but no cliché is left unturned, right down to the spray of toy soldiers falling from the hand of a dead child. Everything old isn't new again.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Maitland McDonagh
    Ultimately, despite striving mightily to give everyone a fair shake, the film kindled the ire of conservative Christians and Muslims anyway.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    What distinguishes Cordero's film is his use of location.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Driven equally by big questions and the abiding desire for small pleasures, like a decent cup of tea, it's an eccentric, mind-bending head trip that greets every catastrophe with an endearingly goofy smile that embodies Hitchhiker's Guide's Zen mantra: Don't Panic!
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Maitland McDonagh
    Renner's performance as Dahmer is unimpeachable, fascinating without being charismatic, and Kayaru's Rodney is a marvel of complicated characterization under difficult circumstances.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Ratnam, known for integrating controversial cultural and political themes into popular melodramas, bundles a multitude of coming-of-age traumas into the kind of juicy, overwrought narrative that was once a Hollywood staple.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Maitland McDonagh
    It is ultimately a simplistic film that will play better to youngsters who wish their grandpas were this cool and to parents who are nostalgic for the kind of exceptional childhood they neither had nor can provide for their own children.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Consistently earnest and well-intentioned but only occasionally moving, despite the efforts of a generally top-notch cast.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    It's informative as far as it goes, but the film's raison d'etre is the simple sight of large wildlife up close and personal, and it's mesmerizing.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Bojanov's sad subjects could as easily be in Detroit or Glasgow or Marseilles. What keeps his film from being a relentless wallow in wasted lives is its surprising conclusion.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Maitland McDonagh
    Overall, the film is occasionally interesting but essentially unpersuasive, a footnote to a still evolving story.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Maitland McDonagh
    Unfortunately, the trajectory of Mueller and co-screenwriter Kevin Kennedy's repetitive screenplay echoes "Taxi Driver" so closely as to invite unfavorable comparison with Martin Scorsese's benchmark chronicle of alienation.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Maitland McDonagh
    The story is slight and would probably be better suited to a short subject, but first-time feature filmmaker Pierre-Paul Renders gives it a striking formal twist: It's told entirely in the first person.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Maitland McDonagh
    The plot is more of the same old running and screaming, but Weaver is worth the price of admission all by herself, which is just as well in light of the less-than-fleshed out characters by whom she's surrounded.

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