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
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Shopsin is a small piece of New York history, and Mahurin's film is the portrait he deserves: small, noisy and oddly engaging beneath the bluster.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    The crews are perfectly cast for maximum drama.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Sleek, stylish and ephemeral as a fireworks display, Ocean's Thirteen is the definition of light, but not totally brainless, entertainment.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Overall, McGrath's film has superior star power (including Gwyneth Paltrow in a one-scene role as a Peggy Lee-like chanteuse), is franker about the sexual nature of Capote's fascination with the murderous Smith and his sad, strangled dreams, and spends more time establishing Capote's glittering New York life before setting him adrift in the heartland.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    The story eventually resolves itself a little too neatly, but it never devolves into a freak show or a fable, thanks in large part to Farmiga and Stahl's deft, quirky performances.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Diablo and director Jason Reitman never undercut Juno, whom Page brings to a fully rounded life (no pun intended) that verges on the frightening: Her vulnerable center doesn't belie her formidable exterior -- it just makes her more than a sitcom-patter machine.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Canet and Lefevre pruned subplots and fixed the novel's ending -- it's now merely preposterous rather than patently absurd – but it's the cast that makes the genre clichés feel vivid and even fresh.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Ejiofor's polished, energetic performance -- including several song-and-dance numbers -- enlivens what's basically comfort food in movie form, but sometimes comfort food is exactly what the doctor ordered.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Given the controversy, which strongly suggested that the filmmakers had it in for President Bush, the film's biggest shocker may be how kind Range and coscreenwriter Simon Finch are to him.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    300
    It may not be by-the-book history -- a relative term in any event, when discussing the ancients whose worldview embraced men, gods and monsters -- but what a spectacle!
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Lafosse's razor sharp dissection of relationships strained to the breaking point is hypnotic in a road-accident kind of way.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    A sprawling, messy, frustrating and impassioned examination of the psychological fallout from America's obsession with a highly artificial and all-but unattainable standard of beauty.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    A down–under fable with a sweet country-music twang.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Mitevska telescopes centuries of conflict between nations into an intimate story of siblings whose hopes for the future are being slowly poisoned by the sins of the past.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Ambitious, deeply flawed and studded with sequences that achieve pure, majestic greatness.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    It's easy to envision the big-budget remake, but hard to imagine a mainstream American production capturing the original's sour, sweaty immediacy.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    For a movie rooted in reality, Italian filmmaker Saverio Costanzo's taut psychological drama is in desperate danger of drowning in metaphor.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Raised in Mumbai, classically trained actor-turned-writer-director Khanna addresses the volatile issue of women's rights within Islamic households, and if his sensationalistic debut feature makes its point with a heavy hand, it's also starkly effective.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Raimi and company deftly balance spectacle and character-based drama, occasionally tweaking the comic-book mythology but always respecting creator Stan Lee's idea that costumed crime-fighter Peter Parker's life as Spider-Man isn't all derring-do and public accolades.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    A surprisingly tight, clever, twisty heist tale.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    The writers get the mix just about right, and first-time Bond director Martin Campbell moves things along fairly briskly.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    What divides opinion is the film's tone: Are those naive, portentous pronouncements about media, voyeurism and the numbing, pornographic allure of atrocity footage a sly reflection of the YouTube generation's boundary-free narcissism and callow youth, or evidence that Romero – never one to underplay a metaphor – has become a hectoring, tin-eared fogey?
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Markowitz 's low key coming of age/coming out story isn't particularly original, but features subtle performances and a vivid sense of place.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    A quietly harrowing chronicle of addiction and fragile recovery anchored by Vera Farmiga's intense performance.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Banned for many years in director/cowriter Alfonso Cuaron's native Mexico, his debut feature is a bawdy comedy that pivots on the comeuppance of a serial philanderer.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    This intimate coming-of-age story benefits from excellent performances, notably Gregory Smith's.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Cocaine cash financed Miami's renaissance, but the film never downplays the human cost at which that urban renewal was purchased.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    This sly, subtle and very French psychological drama dissects the relationship between three insecure Sorbonne students and their deeply flawed idol.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    The larger message remains clear: Unified communities have more power than they realize, and the most vicious enemy of progress is learned helplessness.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Scenemaker Dito Montiel's rough, grating memoir of growing up in a poor, violent section of Astoria, Queens, in the mid-1980s features a few too many arty flourishes, but also packs a raw power that's hard to shake.

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