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 Volver
Lowest review score: 0 Terror Firmer
Score distribution:
2,229 movie reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Maitland McDonagh
    The result is hypnotic.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Maitland McDonagh
    Mirren, who's played her share of queens in the past, is hypnotic.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Maitland McDonagh
    Nelson's film eschews sensationalism, and knowing how the story ends in no way diminishes its visceral impact.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Maitland McDonagh
    Barbarously beautiful and gut-wrenchingly (literally) violent, it's a mesmerizing vision of the past refracted through the dark obsessions of the present.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Maitland McDonagh
    Murphy is a revelation as James, and what American Idol castoff Hudson lacks in technical acting craft she makes up for in raw energy and a voice that could melt the rhinestones off a beauty queen. To complain that Beyonce pales by comparison is to fault her for nailing the essence of the infinitely malleable Deena.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Maitland McDonagh
    It's a lavish entertainment that revels in lurid colors and yet more lurid emotions.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Maitland McDonagh
    Audacious, hypnotic and utterly breathtaking.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 88 Maitland McDonagh
    It's a high-energy blast.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Maitland McDonagh
    It's sometimes wrenching to watch, but it's too gripping to turn away from.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Maitland McDonagh
    It's the rare action picture whose adrenaline-driven thrills neither overshadow the characters nor degenerate into cartoonish preposterousness.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Maitland McDonagh
    Like "Air Guitar Nation," the stranger-than-fiction cast of characters is fascinating, and their high-stakes machinations are nothing short of mind-boggling.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Maitland McDonagh
    An icily seductive parable about family, power, unconventional justice and the perils of answered prayers.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Maitland McDonagh
    Tim Burton's grand guignol fantasy transforms Stephen Sondheim's 1979 musical-theater piece into a cheerfully gothic morality tale.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Maitland McDonagh
    Margaret Brown's documentary is actually an examination of the racial divide in a city that claims there is none.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Maitland McDonagh
    David Lynch lite.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Maitland McDonagh
    Brooding ghost story is rich with psychological and political implications that never obscure its fundamental creepiness.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Maitland McDonagh
    Errol Morris' characteristically distanced documentary is empathetic without being especially sympathetic.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Maitland McDonagh
    Maguire and Douglas are extraordinary (though Douglas feels a little old for his role, which seems to have been written for a man in his early 40s); even Downey Jr. delivers a sharp, understated performance.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Maitland McDonagh
    Witty and beautifully textured.
    • 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.