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 Pan's Labyrinth
Lowest review score: 0 Terror Firmer
Score distribution:
2229 movie reviews
    • 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
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    It's an impressionistic experience rather than a linear one, and the process of surrendering to the images and rhythms of lives lived in simultaneous harmony with the physical and the spiritual is greatly helped by the chants that dominate much of the soundtrack.
    • 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
    • 88 Maitland McDonagh
    This tribute to old-fashioned hard-boiled detective fiction is laced with Hollywood satire and snappy, lightning-fast dialogue.
    • 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
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    The execution is masterful and even as you see the building blocks of the climax being put into place, it's a delight to watch them fit JUST SO.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    By the time Reilly's shaggy life story winds down, it's hard not to wish he'd been your friend, too.
    • 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
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Kassell's visual influences are evident -- she's clearly a fan of the down-and-dirty films of the '70s -- but the consistently fine performances smooth over the rough patches.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Sentimental, manipulative, predictable and utterly charming.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    First-time writer-director Rian Johnson's gimmick is that his SoCal teens talk like film-noir yeggs and dames, slinging hard-boiled shade and spitting out terse, rat-a-tat dialogue peppered with slang that was yesterday's news 40 years before they were born. But the result is, against all odds, marvelously entertaining.
    • 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
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Without their efforts, ordinary moviegoers would never know that air-guitar competitors must craft a series of one-minute routines, some to songs they've only just heard, or that their efforts are judged on the 4.0 to 6.0 scale used to rank competitive figure skaters. Important to know? No. Fascinating? Absolutely.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Conventional to the core but gets a blast of pure, hard-driving energy from Joaquin Phoenix's and Reese Witherspoon's vividly realized performances.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Antal's debut is a sharp, blackly comic hugely entertaining thriller.
    • 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
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Chalk up another family for Leo Tolstoy and Philip Larkin file: The Paskowitz family is unhappy in its own unique way and mum and dad f**cked them up -- they didn't mean to, but they did.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    The film's heart is the concert, whose highlights include "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?," "Wimoweh," "Guantanamera" and the crowd-pleasing "Have You Been to Jail for Justice?"
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Maitland McDonagh
    This fifth film should please fans who rate the films based on their fidelity to the canonical texts. But for the uninitiated, it's a dry and slightly dreary introduction to the world of Hogwarts and Azkaban.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Story of small triumphs and everyday sorrows is never maudlin or sentimental.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Romero isn't a subtle filmmaker -- the sociopolitical underpinnings of his DEAD films have always been brutally clear -- but LAND is alive with subtle touches.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Maitland McDonagh
    Cynical, misanthropic and embittered.

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