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 Corpse Bride
Lowest review score: 0 Terror Firmer
Score distribution:
2,229 movie reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Director Sturla Gunnarsson crams each sequence with subtle, telling detail while avoiding "exotic India" clichés.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 40 Maitland McDonagh
    This gentle, slow-moving film contains some charming sequences but no new insights into the pleasures and burdens of family.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    No matter how you spin Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky's chronicle of headbangers on the couch, it sounds like a pitch-perfect parody in "Beyond Spinal Tap" mode. If anything, knowing it's no joke makes it harder not to giggle.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Firm dates and more detailed historical background would have better served the filmmakers' purpose than their "chronological narrative relay race," which muddles an already complex situation.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    It's vivid evidence that great music and stories transcend time and place.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Phillippe has the unenviable task of trying to make O'Neill equally interesting, but an eager beaver with some unresolved family issues is no match for a poisoned soul methodically laying the groundwork for his own inevitable fall. The unfortunate imbalance makes long stretches of the film feel dull, but when Cooper is on screen it's mesmerizing.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Heir to a long tradition of apocalyptic scare stories, the film wears its influences proudly.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    But transforming full, live-action performances into quavering cartoons isn't inherently lyrical, and here it produces the jittery sense of a world dissolving into flat forms and buzzing prattle.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Berlevag's 1300 inhabitants are by nature hardy and uncomplaining, but Knut Erik Jensen's unhurried documentary reveals that there's more to them than mere stoicism.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    This intelligent, oddly aloof thriller is a worthy follow-up to director Steven Soderberg's "Out of Sight."
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Maitland McDonagh
    Features phenomenally beautiful background animation and complex characterizations, and offers glimpses of a poverty-stricken Tokyo underclass that's rarely featured -- let alone portrayed sympathetically -- in mainstream Japanese films.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Shunji Iwae's film began life as an interactive online "novel" and unfolds in a series of achronological vignettes whose cumulative effect is chilling.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Maitland McDonagh
    It's clever, in a "dare you to name this hommage" kind of way, but it's fundamentally heartless and coldly hollow.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The whole thing has the air of a parlor trick, but it's a good trick, beautifully acted.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    A refreshing alternative to the hypertrophied spy thrillers in which exaggerated action sequences, over-the-top super-villainy and high-tech gadgetry trump character and plot.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    A sweat-slicked, near-abstract ballet of blood and sand.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Maitland McDonagh
    Cornish's raw, nuanced performance and Shortland's sympathetic but unsentimental portrayal of Heidi's fumbling steps toward maturity are underscored by Sydney-based band Decoder Ring's catchy, angst-ridden score.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 20 Maitland McDonagh
    This stage-bound farce could easily be an American sitcom: It's all slamming doors, eavesdropping and stupid miscommunications, garnished with a heavy-handed helping of comedy of humiliation.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Michael Meeropol provides a far more eloquent statement of the song's enduring impact: "Until the last racist is dead, 'Strange Fruit' is relevant."
    • 73 Metascore
    • 40 Maitland McDonagh
    For all its tongue-in-cheek toying with images, it doesn't reward attempts at serious intellectual analysis. It has the air of a surprisingly juvenile lark, a pop-influenced prank whose charms are immediately apparent and wear thin with repetition.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Henry James's novel of social-climbing, forbidden love, friendship and betrayal, given a lush treatment that neglects neither the elaborate period trappings nor the story's intensely contemporary emotional underpinnings.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Gypsy music is the music of pain, poverty and oppression, all of which she's experienced; it's their blues.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    De Felitta's portrait of Paris -- who died in June 2004 -- isn't always flattering, but it is genuinely moving on many levels, none of which require knowledge of or even interest in jazz.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The gross-out factor is surprisingly low, and the combination of Stiller and De Niro is inspired.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Salvatores draws strikingly unsentimental performances from his young actors, all making their film debuts, and juxtaposes the petty meanness of children with the calculated cruelty of desperate adults to haunting effect.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Slickly entertaining documentary.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Allows the supporting cast to steal the movie.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Beautifully animated, the celebrity voice performances are terrific, and the action sequences negotiate the fine line between being physically convincing and becoming too intense for the young children.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Engrossing documentary about the life and times of publisher Barney Rosset, who spent much of his career advancing the cause of free expression, is a flawless match of style and subject.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    A behind-the-scenes documentary that manages to be unabashedly sympathetic without being a puff piece.