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 In the Shadow of the Moon
Lowest review score: 0 The Hottie & the Nottie
Score distribution:
2,229 movie reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Ribisi is painfully intense without being histrionic.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 Maitland McDonagh
    Shelly was murdered before she could continue developing as a writer and director, and while this, her last film, is extremely uneven and undermined by an excess of quirk, Keri Russell's performance as a pregnant pie-guru is a charmer with a bracing streak convincingly desperate determination.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    This being a Michael Moore film, the filmmaker is as enraging as the subject: His belligerent court-jester shtick wears thin fast and undermines the segments on universal health-care systems in Canada, the U.K., France and Cuba.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Ricci's less flashy characterization of the immature Selby is equally skilled and meshes seamlessly with Theron's uncompromising performance.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Maitland McDonagh
    The result is hypnotic.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    It's a sly, subtle portrait of systematic hypocrisy.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 40 Maitland McDonagh
    The big surprise is so obvious that it makes the deliberate pacing seem painfully slow, and Kidman's prissy accent and tight-lipped performance are more than a little grating.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    It starts slowly, but this contemplative drama's cumulative effect is genuinely haunting.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    It features truly monstrous bogeymen in the Reavers, cannibalistic renegades who, legend has it, went to the edge of the universe and were driven mad by the abyss.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    The supporting cast is uniformly strong, with Simon McBurney standing out as an oily representative of the British foreign service.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    The filmmakers know the tropes of spooky movies: Glowering shadows, squeaking playground equipment, eerie storms and half-glimpsed forms, but the film rests on Rueda's subtle, intense performance, rooted in every half-articulated anxiety that ever gnawed at a parent's brain.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Sure, like cotton candy: It doesn't do a thing for you, but it's wickedly sweet as it melts on your tongue.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    What begins as a sorry exercise in cynical seduction becomes a case of amour fou.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Though occasionally repetitive, Gramaglia and Fields' admirably evenhanded documentary gives the Ramones the respect they deserve: Fans will be grateful and the uninitiated should listen and learn.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Maitland McDonagh
    There isn't a one-note character in the mix, and they respond with haunting, subtle performances that feel utterly natural and unaffected. It's a striking debut for Estes, and a remarkable showcase for the cast.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 63 Maitland McDonagh
    Despite the frequent and elaborate sex scenes, the film's overall tone is both melancholic and alienating, suffused with the sad certainty of Claudine's impending death in Venice.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 63 Maitland McDonagh
    While rich in ethnographic detail, the film ultimately recalls nothing more than pulp fictions like Robert E. Howard’s "Conan the Barbarian," which validate their worship of ubermensch-ian brawn by way of sad tales of childhood victimization.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Maitland McDonagh
    The thorny heart of Steven Spielberg's sober, fact-based political thriller about Israeli retaliation for the murder of 11 Olympic athletes by Palestinian terrorists is the knowledge that vengeance is a self-perpetuating murder machine that drags successive generations into a mire of tit-for-tat bloodshed.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    This cheeky fable rests on the slender shoulders of Etel and McGibbon, and the lovely, natural performances Boyle elicits from them are the film's real miracle.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    It's both the shortest 3 1/2 hours you'll ever spend at the movies and spectacle of such magnitude that it's hard to imagine feeling you didn't get your time and money's worth.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Maitland McDonagh
    Mixes broad humor with a surprisingly subtle portrait of a family pulled in a bewildering variety of directions.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    The only famous person in the film, actor Peter Coyote, is an eloquent spokesman, but he was only a visitor to Black Bear; the stars are the full-timers, and their willingness to share their rich and sometimes painful memories is captivating.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Maitland McDonagh
    This is absolutely not a film for all tastes, but it's a masterpiece of pitiless power whose audacious, ambiguous climax strikes a note of insane romanticism as haunting as it is perverse.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Maitland McDonagh
    Witty and beautifully textured.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The film should be required viewing for all aspiring filmmakers, but the story's road-accident appeal is universal.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The material is inherently compelling and anchored by Washington's performance.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Maitland McDonagh
    An exhilarating, funny and deeply sad story of growing pains that works on two levels; it's a feel-good story that quietly undermines the notion of gain without loss.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Maitland McDonagh
    Bar-Lev also explores the freakish popular appeal of child prodigies, the family dynamics that come into play when a child's celebrity and earning capacity overshadows the adults', and the remarkably conflicted and contradictory admissions drawn from Brunelli about Marla's work.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    But once you're good and drunk on the look, details like the tin-eared tough-guy dialogue (which sounds especially stilted issuing from flesh-and-blood mouths) don't seem so important.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    This psychological thriller takes its time and never delivers the big shocks genre fans raised on its American cousins have come to expect. But it works up a chilly atmosphere of creeping dread, and the tension.