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

Maitland McDonagh's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 54
Highest review score: 100 Volver
Lowest review score: 0 Vulgar
Score distribution:
2,229 movie reviews
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Maitland McDonagh
    This ode to the peculiar strength and flexibility of love, romantic and platonic, is simultaneously perverse, overwrought, deeply creepy and truly moving, a high-wire act that finds humor in the grotesque and hope in emotional malformation.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Maitland McDonagh
    A thrilling return to form.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Maitland McDonagh
    Black comedy of the deepest, richest darkness laid over an aching meditation on the atrophy of dreams.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Maitland McDonagh
    It's the rare action picture whose adrenaline-driven thrills neither overshadow the characters nor degenerate into cartoonish preposterousness.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Beautifully acted, minutely observed story.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    He (Anderson) manages to guide his cast of characters through an epic story of self-delusion with a skill and grace that many more experienced filmmakers would be hard put to match.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    The Savages is funny in the if-you-didn't-laugh-you'd-cry way and superbly acted by all involved, including the supporting cast of home-care attendants, nurses, hospital administrators, intake personnel and nursing-home staff.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Maitland McDonagh
    Boon's film is both funny and heartbreaking, a supremely confident mix of political satire, free-floating paranoia, fractured family dynamics and the kind of comedy that regularly reconfigures itself into tragedy.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Steven Soderbergh's direction conjures an understated '70s vibe, striking an apparently effortless balance between grit and glamour.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Maitland McDonagh
    By turns awe-inspiring and deeply human.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Maitland McDonagh
    Feels astonishingly fresh, filled with subtle performances and devastatingly understated images - Sautet's final shot of Davos alone in a Paris crowd is a killer.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    The screenplay, which differs significantly from the novel, is uneven, but the distorted mirror it holds up to the present is disturbingly clear.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    If he were a more subtle director, it would be a great film; as it is, it's an extremely good one, anchored by the subtly devastating performances of Penn, Robbins and Bacon. The supporting cast is equally good, and blue collar Boston's mean streets take on a beaten-down life of their own.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Maitland McDonagh
    In light of the aesthetic of ugliness that informs von Trier's Dogme films, it's easy to forget how subtly beautiful his work once was.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Maitland McDonagh
    Crammed with outrageous turns of fortune and quicksilver shifts in tone, Almodovar's film is held together by performances so subtle and complex it's hard to single out only one as exceptional. But Cruz is astonishing.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Maitland McDonagh
    The second version of Graham Greene's sad and prescient 1955 novel about American involvement in Vietnam hews far closer to the book than the first, preserving the sophisticated ambiguity of his depiction of a tangled struggle for power played out on both personal and political fronts.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Though the specifics of the story may be unfamiliar to Western viewers, its broad outlines and underlying themes are universal, and Christopher Doyle's ravishing cinematography transcends language.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Maitland McDonagh
    But the real marvel is that beneath the ghoulish in-jokes and horror-geek allusions, there's a core of the same bittersweet truth that makes the best fairy tales resonate from one generation to the next.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Maitland McDonagh
    The rare sequel that actually improves on the original, this robust entertainment's intelligence and emotional impact belie conventional wisdom that summer movie spectaculars are by nature brainless nonsense and only a stupid snob would complain about their cynical insubstantiality.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Maitland McDonagh
    Like "Air Guitar Nation," the stranger-than-fiction cast of characters is fascinating, and their high-stakes machinations are nothing short of mind-boggling.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Its minutely detailed revelations work their way under the skin like slivers of glass.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Maitland McDonagh
    Tarantino maintains a flawless balance between flat-out action, quirky dialogue, stylish homages to the glistening shadows of film-noir thrillers, the sun-baked brutality of Westerns (American and Italian), the ritualistic rhythms of Shaw Brothers martial-arts pictures from the 1970s and quietly dramatic moments, shifting between them with quicksilver facility.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Anyone looking for the comfort in a tense thriller ending in a satisfying restoration of order and psychological security will be bitterly disappointed, but Haneke isn't in the business of encouraging comforting illusions.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Maitland McDonagh
    Tim Burton's grand guignol fantasy transforms Stephen Sondheim's 1979 musical-theater piece into a cheerfully gothic morality tale.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Surprise! An intelligent, well-written high school story.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Though O'Toole, whose ruined beauty Michell emphasizes in frequent and tight close-ups, and newcomer Whittaker have a striking rapport, the film's most haunting moments pair him with Vanessa Redgrave -- amazingly, this is their first movie together -- as his ex-wife. They evoke a lifetime of love, betrayal, regret and forgiveness in the space of a few lines, then move on without missing a beat.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Canet and Lefevre pruned subplots and fixed the novel's ending -- it's now merely preposterous rather than patently absurd – but it's the cast that makes the genre clichés feel vivid and even fresh.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Maitland McDonagh
    The vicious clamor the film occasioned in the U.K. is simply the measure of how volatile a subject the relationship between England and Ireland remains more than eight decades after the film's events, and the thinking viewer can hardly help but see parallels between the Irish insurgency and all subsequent guerrilla conflicts.