Maitland McDonagh
Select another critic »
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
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    A collaboration between the notoriously offbeat Coen brothers and thoroughly mainstream screenwriters Robert Ramsey and Matthew Stone, this piquant romantic comedy is both resolutely generic and bristling with barbs that go down with a delicious fizz and leave behind a refreshing blast of tartness.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    His epic reworking of their lurid conventions proved so long that it was divided into two parts, and this one ends on a hell of a cliff-hanger.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Frequently funny, generally fizzy and occasionally piercingly perceptive about the price love exacts.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    A murder mystery wrapped in an experimental portrait of life in a rural Hungarian town, writer-director Gyorgy Palfi's engrossing feature debut is a breathtaking feat of filmmaking.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Such astringent details as a banjo player plucking a few ominous notes from "Dueling Banjos" when Ed first lays eyes on the Norman Rockwellian beauty of Spectre ensure that the story's fundamental sweetness never becomes cloying.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Despite its length, the film only starts feeling as long at the end -- or, more correctly, ends. Serious fans of the novels will be prepared for the serial codicils, but the uninitiated are likely to think the film is over several times before it actually is.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Though the ballets themselves are beautifully shot, they lean heavily in the direction of gimmicky and prop-heavy pieces; they're visually interesting but, by and large, they're not great dance.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Actor-turned-director Andrey Zvyagintsev's feature debut is haunted by an elusive past and suffused with dread about the future, and it's all suggestion without explanation.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    No doubt about it: Unlike David Lean's much-loved classic, Cuaron's film is loosely based on Dickens. And that's just fine.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    What begins as a sorry exercise in cynical seduction becomes a case of amour fou.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Though it includes a couple of sword fights, Yamada's epic domestic drama could easily be called an anti-samurai film. But its aim is less to subvert the genre's conventions than to deepen them, extending its parameters to include the minutia and rhythms of everyday life.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Slickly entertaining documentary.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    This taut crime thriller is a welcome antidote to brainless action extravaganzas in which the mayhem is the message, and rests on two shrewd, perfectly modulated performances.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    The framing story is pointless and almost insulting, even though it's part of former New York Times columnist Anna Quindlen's novel.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Moreno's subtly calibrated mix of intelligence, naivete, rebelliousness, charisma and practicality produces an unforgettable protagonist; even Maria's recklessness seems reasonable because it's so clearly rooted in desperation.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    In a story driven by questions of loyalty and allegiance, no candidate is identified by party. It's a bipartisan nightmare from which no one escapes unscathed.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Deville gently reveals that they're all simultaneously hauntingly fragile and amazingly resilient, their smiles as piercing as any resigned gaze.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Though occasionally repetitive, Gramaglia and Fields' admirably evenhanded documentary gives the Ramones the respect they deserve: Fans will be grateful and the uninitiated should listen and learn.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Though the specifics of the story may be unfamiliar to Western viewers, its broad outlines and underlying themes are universal, and Christopher Doyle's ravishing cinematography transcends language.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    It's probably not the last word in WASP angst, but it's eloquent, witty, graceful and as sharp as can be.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Less a sequel than a variation on a haunting theme -- the nature and origins of humanity.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Both genuinely funny and authentically horrifying, it puts the average horror comedy to shame.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    The result is a beguiling mix of the familiar and the exotic, vivid proof that a good story can withstand endless variations without losing its fundamental vitality.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    A tour de force and an utter delight, studded with priceless supporting bits by Miriam Margolyes, Maury Chaykin, Rosemary Harris and Rita Tushingham, each of whom steals at least one richly deserved moment in the spotlight.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    One of the flat-out creepiest films ever released by a major American studio.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    The film rests on Depp's evocation of Barrie's gentle, playfulness and deeply buried sorrows; it's difficult to imagine another actor so gracefully evoking Barrie's childlike qualities without seeming creepy or emotionally malformed, and only the hard of heart will come away dry-eyed.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    By turns enthralling, seductive and deeply disturbing.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Overall, Owen and Law are more nuanced than Roberts and Portman, but Portman's dewy youth is 90 percent of Alice (the remaining 10 is an eleventh-hour twist), and Nichols uses the unkindly costumed Roberts so skillfully that her performance looks like a revelation.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Rough around the edges but rock-solid in its sense of place and its depiction of real people overreaching their apparent limitations.

Top Trailers