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

Maitland McDonagh's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 54
Highest review score: 100 Blood Tea and Red String
Lowest review score: 0 Terror Firmer
Score distribution:
2,229 movie reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    This coolly beautiful film is both a superior thriller and an engrossing study of a sociopath's progress.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    In a story driven by questions of loyalty and allegiance, no candidate is identified by party. It's a bipartisan nightmare from which no one escapes unscathed.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    A quietly harrowing chronicle of addiction and fragile recovery anchored by Vera Farmiga's intense performance.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    The extensive CGI work is well used and the children are exceptionally well cast, especially the girls.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Mamet's jabs at Tinseltown's silken ruthlessness are quietly pointed, and the ensemble cast -- even the brittle and sometimes annoying Pidgeon (Mamet's wife) -- is brilliant.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 40 Maitland McDonagh
    In stripping her potentially lurid material of salacious appeal, Martel also makes it murky and oddly arid, a mind-numbing exercise rather than an experience.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Maitland McDonagh
    Beatty's contribution to the ranks of recent political satire is bold, merciless and frequently very funny, and his performance is just plain fearless.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The sequel-ready twist at the end is a letdown, but until then this is a neatly constructed nail-biter.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    A small slice of a suspended life, intimate and filled with the mundane details most people forget when the waiting is over and their real lives begin.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    This rather obvious parable about soul mates benefits from luminous B&W cinematography, Paradis and Auteuil's luminous performances and the picturesque carny atmosphere.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    It should come as no surprise that there's an American remake in the works, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon and directed by Martin Scorsese.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Rather than rage, Peosay's film radiates sadness over a singular way of life in danger of imminent obliteration.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Gore looks as energized and purposeful as Mother Earth looks sickly and mad as hell, which is no doubt why many commentators suggested it was less an environmental action statement than a test balloon for future political ambitions.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    It lacks "Fingers" searing, explosive vitality.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Precociously glib and never less than engaging.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Despite its leisurely pace, this unpretentious, character-driven picture is a low-key charmer.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    A bravura tap-dancing finale as exhilarating as it is bizarre.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Maitland McDonagh
    It concludes Park's trilogy on a dual note of circular tragedy and fragile hope, while working equally well as an introduction to his universe of retribution and repentance or as a stand-alone thriller with a darkly feminist twist.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Special kudos to Adams, who nails the distinctive body language of Disney's spunky good girls and manages to make Giselle's relentless optimism seem charming rather than a sign of mental deficiency.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Maitland McDonagh
    Skrovan swears that during two years of filming, Nader's only demand was, "Make sure you talk to people who oppose me."
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The look is utterly faithful to Tezuka's aesthetic -- he loved classic Disney animation, especially "Bambi" (1942) -- but it's hard to empathize with the angst of a character who looks like a Super Mario Brother.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The story of the business is historically interesting, but the story of a friendship tested to the breaking point is timeless.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Maitland McDonagh
    Campbell Scott's fiendishly mercurial performance as razor-tongued womanizer Roger is a revelation but it's only one of this nimble film's pleasures.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The result is a snazzy kick -- it's never less than hugely entertaining -- that should in no way be mistaken for an unbiased account. But then, Evans is the quintessential Hollywood character.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    A subtle, unsparing portrait of families whose fragile dynamics fray under pressure. Its strength lies in the complexity with which the characters are written.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    This sly, subtle and very French psychological drama dissects the relationship between three insecure Sorbonne students and their deeply flawed idol.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 Maitland McDonagh
    Overall, the film falls into some comforting cocoon midway between affectionate spoof and adoring homage, much like Keillor's warmly nostalgic show.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The movie is at its best when it's most straightforward. Flights of fancy like the child angel perched on Melvin's ceiling or his conversations with the black-clad Sweetback, who appears to undermine his confidence at crucial junctures, seem forced and pointless.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Though Hearst is the hook, Stone's unwavering focus is on the heady mix of social and personal dynamics that spawned the SLA.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Ultimately, Dick subordinates scholarship to passion, which may be exactly what it takes to convince mainstream moviegoers that they should care about a system that shortchanges THEM when they go to the movies.