Maitland McDonagh

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For 2,237 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 8.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Maitland McDonagh's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 Devil in a Blue Dress
Lowest review score: 0 Vulgar
Score distribution:
2237 movie reviews
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Maitland McDonagh
    Ultimately, despite striving mightily to give everyone a fair shake, the film kindled the ire of conservative Christians and Muslims anyway.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Maitland McDonagh
    Ironically, Faris' Samantha is the most convincing personality in the mix: She's a grotesque caricature of Courtney Love by way of Nancy Spungen, a vulgar, selfish monster of unbridled id, but you always know where she's coming from.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Like "Secret Things," the film is ultimately infuriating, subtle, self-indulgent, astute and disingenuous, which makes for great -- if divisive -- conversation.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 40 Maitland McDonagh
    Though glossy and smoothly directed, this limp concoction has all the sparkle of flat champagne.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 20 Maitland McDonagh
    Puerile, gross and pandering to the lowest impulses of teenage boys.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Yes, the story is pure formula, though given less twinkle and lip gloss than Hollywood would have brought to bear on it; the film is so remake-friendly you can cast it in your head.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 63 Maitland McDonagh
    This is pure big-budget formula filmmaking.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Maitland McDonagh
    The stepping is terrific and the climactic sequence, a knowing nod to the infamous Bollywood "wet sari" number, is a knock out. But the united colors of we-can-overcome cuties, predictable class conflicts and sanitized keeping-it-real bluster bring the story's intensely formulaic nature into the.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Sweet-natured charmer in its own right.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus's record of the event is an invaluable document, its technical limitations notwithstanding.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    The story is simple enough for young children to follow, and the computer-animated images are both bright and surprisingly complex. Adults won't find the action heart-stopping.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Maitland McDonagh
    It's familiar, undemanding and not as bad as it could have been, but you can't help thinking that somewhere else, there's a real party going on.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Maitland McDonagh
    Painfully cliched. The music is throbbing and the leads are cute, but there's nothing here viewers haven't seen before.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Maitland McDonagh
    Anderson strikes a near flawless balance between looseness and structure, and indulges the occasional flight of cinematic fancy without undermining the movie's emotional integrity.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Maitland McDonagh
    The actors -- especially Klein and Bernthal -- deliver startlingly powerful performances.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 40 Maitland McDonagh
    The movie's gossamer-thin plot, padded with dream sequences and flashbacks to scenes you saw less than an hour earlier, exists only as an excuse for obvious homages to better films, stunt casting...and what pass for clever remarks in circles unfamiliar with real wit.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Maitland McDonagh
    Mega-budget action extravaganzas don't get much sillier than this.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Maitland McDonagh
    Though once capable of writing distinct characters, Toback now populates his pictures with one-dimensional conceits who all talk like undereducated hustlers, from college professors to bottom feeders and international lions of business.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Maitland McDonagh
    Yash Chopra's thinly veiled plea for reconciliation between India and Pakistan is cloaked in a decades-spanning Romeo-and-Juliet romance.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Maitland McDonagh
    The story itself is uninteresting, and the songs are painfully undistinguished.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 40 Maitland McDonagh
    While handsomely mounted and generally well acted, the film is undermined by long stretches of awkward, obvious dialogue and by the vagueness of Lisa's revolt against the status quo.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Maitland McDonagh
    Done in by its tone.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Maitland McDonagh
    This bizarre hybrid of romantic comedy cliches and less-than-subtle social commentary defeats their best efforts to make it sparkle.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Maitland McDonagh
    This genial little picture, which has been kicking around for more than a year, doesn't have a mean bone in its body.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Maitland McDonagh
    What it lacks in objectivity, it makes up for in vivid intimacy.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Maitland McDonagh
    "Saturday Night Fever" with designer drugs and duds.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Piercing, sweetly melancholy and acted with a breathtaking eye for nuance.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 63 Maitland McDonagh
    The younger actors bring varying degrees of experience to bear on their roles, but all capture the desperation beneath their characters' tough fronts, while the NYC locations are suitably depressing.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    The filmmakers know the tropes of spooky movies: Glowering shadows, squeaking playground equipment, eerie storms and half-glimpsed forms, but the film rests on Rueda's subtle, intense performance, rooted in every half-articulated anxiety that ever gnawed at a parent's brain.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Maitland McDonagh
    Gallo's poor, poor pitiful me routine wears very thin, very fast, but Ricci is incandescent, a softly-glowing dumpling of a dream-girl in powder-blue fishnet tights and sparkly tap shoes: She's the diamond in the dirt.

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