Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide
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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 4.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Maitland McDonagh's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 54
Highest review score: 100 Blood Tea and Red String
Lowest review score: 0 Vulgar
Score distribution:
2,229 movie reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    A behind-the-scenes documentary that manages to be unabashedly sympathetic without being a puff piece.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Maitland McDonagh
    If only this amiable shaggy dog story...didn't degenerate into an implausible, second-rate thriller after takeoff.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Maitland McDonagh
    The film's pared-down narrative is anything but aimless, and it pays off in a haunting final last scene scored with Gang of Four's "Damaged Goods."
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    The result is a beguiling mix of the familiar and the exotic, vivid proof that a good story can withstand endless variations without losing its fundamental vitality.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Vividly photographed in shimmering colors and driven by a propulsive score.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    If the ending isn't conventionally happy, it's certainly deeply satisfying.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    A dry, thoroughly modern reminder that while mores change, human nature doesn't.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    There are echoes of Stephen Spielberg's "Duel," as well as "Roadgames," "The Hitcher" and "The Hills Have Eyes," but director/cowriter Mostow isn't interested in hommages: He's just looking to crank up the suspense (not the in your face action, thank heavens), bit by miserable bit, and does a very nice job of it.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The result is so intoxicating, it hardly matters that you've heard it all before.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Though the ballets themselves are beautifully shot, they lean heavily in the direction of gimmicky and prop-heavy pieces; they're visually interesting but, by and large, they're not great dance.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    This fast-paced entertainment is a surprisingly successful mix of spectacle and human-scale drama.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    The person who can resist a formerly homeless senior citizen gradually restored to sufficient stability to the degree that he can take in his own "castaway cat" is hard-hearted indeed.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Billed as a dark comedy, brothers Jay and Mark Duplass' shaggy, ultra-low-budget tale of a tense New York-to-Atlanta road trip is more accurately a relationship-hell drama peppered with strangled laughs.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    A beautifully acted, intensely felt story.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Maitland McDonagh
    This dazzling pop allegory is steeped in a dark, pulpy sensibility that transcends nostalgic pastiche and stands firmly on its own merits.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    It unfolds in the angst-haunted shadow of the 9'11 terror attacks and teeters on a thin edge of sheer panic.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Though at heart a tightly-wound, bitterly bleak comedy of manners, Eyre's film is less funny than brilliantly squirm-inducing, a dissection of bad behavior via rapier-sharp dialogue.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Maitland McDonagh
    Despite the absence of dialogue -- the mice squeak and the oak creatures caw like ravens -- Cegavske imbues her scrappy little creatures with disturbingly complex personalities. And if the tale's moral is less than clear, its haunting images speak directly to some dark, preverbal corner of the heart.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Maitland McDonagh
    The roots of Steve James's disturbing documentary lie in youthful idealism.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Adults also are more likely than kids to snicker at jokes.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    What could easily have been a sentimental, fannish exercise in musty nostalgia is in fact a lovely tribute to an era of feverish creativity that seemed as though it would never end yet now lives only in memory.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Fans of Lehane's Kenzie-Gennaro books will lament the fact that starting with the fourth book means losing the couple's extensive backstory, but the essence of their fragile, damaged bond comes through even if you don't know what shaped it.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    The film's climax, which cuts back and forth between the 16-year-old Dongo (Silas Radies, whose younger brother plays Dongo as a ten year old) making his dangerous debut with the fly-by-night Aurora Circus and the 2002 competition that takes him back to Hungary for the first time in years is nothing short of riveting.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Maitland McDonagh
    The film is relentlessly peppy, often quite funny, sometimes a bit too convinced of its own adorableness and ultimately as smoothly reassuring as a TV sitcom.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The movie's secret weapons are its stellar cast, whose performances go a long way to ameliorating Ross's ham-fisted use of foreshadowing and symbols, and its brilliantly shot racing sequences -- they're heart-stoppingly suspenseful even when the outcome is a matter of record.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Maitland McDonagh
    Bleak, darkly humorous and surprisingly unsentimental, Michael Winterbottom's film has the desperate air of a cri de coeur, and unlike many fiction films about war, its use of real-life footage seems in no way inappropriate or exploitative.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Thalbach's passionate performance is the film's center, but she's aided by a strong supporting cast, Jarre's propulsive score and the gritty locations: It was shot at the very shipyard where real-life history was made.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 Maitland McDonagh
    Don't hate him because he's beautiful, decent, awesomely powerful, modest and just plain good. That's the big blue Boy Scout package - take it or leave it.
    • 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.