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 5.6 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 The Hottie & the Nottie
Score distribution:
2229 movie reviews
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    A workmanlike piece of storytelling elevated by fine performances.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    It's a serious and well-researched consideration of natural childbearing vs. hospital delivery that explores the larger social conditions and assumptions that shape women's choices.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    French up-and-comer Alexandre Aja's full-bore do-over is a shockingly successful update of a seminal 1970s shocker.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    As M, Dench knows she has a tiger by the tail and isn't fazed in the slightest. Reservations aside, the film marks the beginning of a new phase in James Bond's history, and it promises to be a gripping one.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Surprisingly effective supernatural tale in which there's more to fear from the living than the dead.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Not for all tastes, but produces haunting juxtapositions.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Lee occasionally stumbles as a documentarian... But the material is so profoundly moving that it hardly matters.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Inspired by accounts of underage vigilante girls in Japan turning the tables on Internet predators, playwright Brian Nelson's schematic tale of the hunter captured by the game, a queasy blend of exploitation-movie nastiness and blunt moral lesson.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Monica Cervera's fearless performance as the homely Marieta, whose movie-made dreams of glamour will never come true, is mesmerizing.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    That this deceptively quiet crime thriller about an ex con's troubled homecoming sat on the shelf for four years before finding commercial distribution speaks volumes about both the voracious appetite for sand/surf/summer-break cliches and Hollywood's willingness to pander to it.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Yugoslavian-born writer-producer-director-editor Vladan Nikolic weaves together the intersecting stories of lost souls who bring their international miseries to New York in this cool, cynical thriller.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    The end result is the very definition of a summer movie: breezy, undemanding and a carefully balanced blend of the familiar and the not-quite-what-you-expected.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Though the portentous title is taken from the Old Testament -- Elah is where little David took on Goliath -- the film's concerns are painfully timely and forcefully articulated.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Groundlings alumnus Prendergast's dark comedy, drawn from on his own family experiences, is firmly rooted in messy, selfish, often-unappealing human behavior rather than self-referential irony and juvenile goofiness.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    It's not earthshaking or life-changing, but it's cute, occasionally predictable and only requires ACTUAL idiots, like Barry, to act like idiots. As formula entertainment goes, that's a pretty sweet deal.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    A charming comedy-drama that's surprising true to the events that inspired it.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Character-driven thriller, which plays out against a backdrop of desperation, self-loathing and grinding poverty.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Director and cowriter Niall Johnson's black comedy falters at the end, but until then it manages to wring gentle humor from murder most well bred.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Intelligent and engaging, this documentary about rave culture overcomes the challenge inherent in its subject; rave's appeal is by nature nonanalytical and experiential, while documentary films play to the intellectual observer.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Though meticulously researched, well acted and filled with striking moments, the movie ultimately feels oddly disconnected.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    A tabloid slice of tabloid life, ragged, vivid, awkward and punchy all at once.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    It's lavish, clever entertainment, a welcome opportunity to laugh without shame.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    A creepy, clever, film buff's delight of a fantasy.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Ribisi is painfully intense without being histrionic.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    If he were a more subtle director, it would be a great film; as it is, it's an extremely good one, anchored by the subtly devastating performances of Penn, Robbins and Bacon. The supporting cast is equally good, and blue collar Boston's mean streets take on a beaten-down life of their own.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Propelled by a soundtrack as diverse as its international gallery of thieves, Jordan's cheerfully scruffy neo-noir caprice even lays on the religious imagery with a palette knife and sweetens Melville's ending without seeming terminally sappy.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    The film's uniformly excellent performances are a delight, and fans of Irish actor Farrell (whose pitch-perfect American accent has served him well in Hollywood) can hear both his natural inflections and his singing voice.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Their doomed fling is oddly hypnotic and ultimately haunting.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Seductive, funny, whip-smart and ultimately tragic.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    It's the kind of film Hollywood doesn't make any more, and a pleasant retro diversion.

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