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

Maitland McDonagh's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 54
Highest review score: 100 Devil in a Blue Dress
Lowest review score: 0 Terror Firmer
Score distribution:
2,229 movie reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Maitland McDonagh
    But the real marvel is that beneath the ghoulish in-jokes and horror-geek allusions, there's a core of the same bittersweet truth that makes the best fairy tales resonate from one generation to the next.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Maitland McDonagh
    A thrilling return to form.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Maitland McDonagh
    Crammed with outrageous turns of fortune and quicksilver shifts in tone, Almodovar's film is held together by performances so subtle and complex it's hard to single out only one as exceptional. But Cruz is astonishing.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Maitland McDonagh
    But overall, Jackson goes for the magic by sidestepping every error of judgment and failure of imagination that brought the ponderous 1976 remake thudding to Earth before Kong ever did. He delivers three solid hours of breathless, enchanting entertainment.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Maitland McDonagh
    Director Carl Franklin, who also adapted the screenplay from Walter Mosley's prize-winning novel, isn't particularly concerned with the machinations of mystery plots. Nor is he seduced by the temptations of noir visual style (although Tak Fujimoto's camera work is plenty stylish).
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Maitland McDonagh
    The appealing Knightley goes in a promising young actress and comes out a star, but the faultless cast of veterans and fresh-faced newcomers imbues every character with flawed and immensely appealing humanity.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Maitland McDonagh
    Fincher gets it all right, and Donovan's hippie-dippy "Hurdy Gurdy Man," which bookends the story, has never sounded so hauntingly menacing.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Maitland McDonagh
    Del Toro's film ranks with the best examinations of children's inner lives, but be warned: Its haunting insights are best left to adults.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Maitland McDonagh
    By turns awe-inspiring and deeply human.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Maitland McDonagh
    That Ledger stands out in such a powerhouse ensemble is a tribute to his radically unhinged interpretation of a familiar character: The lank hair tinged seaweed green, the darting tongue and faint lisp that call constant attention to the ghastly rictus of his mouth, the nightmarishly smudged make up… taken together, they make previous Jokers feel like, well, jokes.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Maitland McDonagh
    Enthralling or infuriating.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Maitland McDonagh
    While Rachel's story is fiction, many of its incidents are rooted in historical events carefully researched by Soeteman and the film's briskly staged action and stunning reversals of fortune ensure that its two and a half hours fly by.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Maitland McDonagh
    It's as laceratingly entertaining as its predecessor.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 88 Maitland McDonagh
    It's a high-energy blast.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Maitland McDonagh
    The film's prestige is a doozy, both dazzling and preposterous, but if you're watching closely -- as Cutter advises in the film's first few minutes -- it's flawlessly set up.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Maitland McDonagh
    Miike's goofy, gallant, action-packed fantasy deserves to become a classic family film.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Maitland McDonagh
    McCarthy's flawless casting may be the film's greatest strength: Veteran character actor Jenkins and his costars vanish into their characters -- their performances are so subtle and unforced that they don't feel like performances at all.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Maitland McDonagh
    It's a lavish entertainment that revels in lurid colors and yet more lurid emotions.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Maitland McDonagh
    The result is hypnotic.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Maitland McDonagh
    Casually paced and filled with telling detail, Yamada's delicate drama with swordplay (there's not much, but what there is packs an emotional wallop) transcends its specific setting in its depiction of Katagiri's internal struggle.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Maitland McDonagh
    The film rests entirely on Poupaud's shoulders, and he rises to the demands of a complex, deeply unsympathetic role.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Maitland McDonagh
    This tribute to old-fashioned hard-boiled detective fiction is laced with Hollywood satire and snappy, lightning-fast dialogue.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Maitland McDonagh
    Boon's film is both funny and heartbreaking, a supremely confident mix of political satire, free-floating paranoia, fractured family dynamics and the kind of comedy that regularly reconfigures itself into tragedy.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Maitland McDonagh
    The vicious clamor the film occasioned in the U.K. is simply the measure of how volatile a subject the relationship between England and Ireland remains more than eight decades after the film's events, and the thinking viewer can hardly help but see parallels between the Irish insurgency and all subsequent guerrilla conflicts.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Maitland McDonagh
    Nelson's film eschews sensationalism, and knowing how the story ends in no way diminishes its visceral impact.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Maitland McDonagh
    If your idea of fun involves zombies, monstrous physical transformations and alien slugs bent on world domination, look no further than James Gunn's gleeful homage to all things gross and horrible actually makes good on the "horror comedy" label by being both flat-out creepy and darkly funny.

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