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 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 Vulgar
Score distribution:
2229 movie reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Maitland McDonagh
    David Lynch lite.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Say what you will about feel-good films anchored by feisty old broads, the English have a knack with them and Stephen Frears' fact-based tale of a formidable, aristocratic widow who makes it her mission to put naked girls on the London stage is delightful.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Less a history of a specialty that scarcely existed before the '70s -- men habitually donned wigs and dresses to double for women -- than a portrait of two women, one beginning her career and the other in the twilight of hers.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    So adorable you don't ever mind that the story's so slight it's in danger of shriveling up and blowing away, or that it drags a little in the middle.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Censorship, madness, social rebellion and the power of art.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    This intimate, bittersweet romance is proof that a familiar story and the trappings of a done-to-death era can still seem fresh and engaging in the right hands.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Maitland McDonagh
    The acting is top-notch and some scenes are authentically well-observed.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    It's not about sex -- it's about Barbra and Bette and the Village People: That's the lesson of this cheerful, mainstream comedy about tabloid TV, Hollywood sophistry and family values that finally gets discussion about gay people out of the bedroom and into the record store, where it belongs.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The result is handsome and logical, but missing the spark that would make it thrilling.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    By trying to be both a portrait of Rijker and an introduction to women's boxing, it shortchanges both subjects.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Maitland McDonagh
    Falls far short of its grim potential.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Maitland McDonagh
    Despite some lovely performances (though, sad to say, Patricia Neal's isn't one of them) and charming moments, this meandering ensemble piece and its Tennessee Williams-ish finale is oddly out of character.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Familiar story, electrifying execution.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    You don't have to be a Trek weenie to have a good time at this spoof cum homage to fandom and the enduring appeal of cheesy TV, but it helps.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Tricky thriller relies on its smoothly unrippled surface, leisurely pacing and slightly awkward performances to create a false sense of security that sets up viewers for a shock when it takes an abrupt turn into Patricia Highsmith territory.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Affectionate, melancholy and anchored by a well thought-out performance from Sean Penn.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Maitland McDonagh
    Homey but not especially interesting trips down the Ellis and Cheney family lanes.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Maitland McDonagh
    There's a terrific movie buried in Woody Allen's tale of two American girls broadening their horizons in Barcelona, and every once in a while tantalizing glimpses penetrate the twee narration and mannered performances.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Unlike most mainstream filmmakers, Ratnam doesn't try to include something for everyone, but he does deliver several handsome production numbers.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Kusama's impressive feature debut is an affecting coming-of-age drama whose story is familiar without being hackneyed.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Maitland McDonagh
    Ironically, it's most engaging when the focus shifts to Hurt's matter-of-factly amoral enabler, whose glistening suits and jewel-colored shirt-and-tie combinations suggest a particularly poisonous tropical reptile.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The movie's performances, especially Lathan's, are strong enough to balance out the sometimes-clichéd script.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Maitland McDonagh
    De Mello's dedication is inspiring enough to speak for itself.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Maitland McDonagh
    Xiao's bittersweet film is superficially a swoony love letter to the cinema. But her valentine has a hidden sting, rooted in some hard truths about movie mania.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Intelligent and engaging, this documentary about rave culture overcomes the challenge inherent in its subject; rave's appeal is by nature nonanalytical and experiential, while documentary films play to the intellectual observer.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Maitland McDonagh
    This teen-oriented gloss on Shakespeare's tale is cute and occasionally quite funny, but it's undermined by slack direction.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Past and present, reality and fiction blend seamlessly into each other in Satoshi Kon's dream-like animated drama.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Portabella has no interest in conventional biography -- it's hard not to suspect that he included the tale of Felix Mendelsson (Daniel Ligorio) discovering the score for the "St. Matthew Passion" wrapping a meat delivery precisely BECAUSE it's probably apocryphal.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Maitland McDonagh
    It's a lavish entertainment that revels in lurid colors and yet more lurid emotions.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Maitland McDonagh
    It's a show we don't see, presumably because of issues with music rights, and while "much ado about nothing" might be overstating things, after more than an hour and a half of buildup, it would have been nice to see Wu-Tang perform.

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