Maitland McDonagh

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For 2,232 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 7.4 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:
2232 movie reviews
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    The stripped-down production give a disturbing sense of immediacy to an otherwise fairly conventional story about boys being prepared for war.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    He (Anderson) manages to guide his cast of characters through an epic story of self-delusion with a skill and grace that many more experienced filmmakers would be hard put to match.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    What begins as a sorry exercise in cynical seduction becomes a case of amour fou.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    But once you're good and drunk on the look, details like the tin-eared tough-guy dialogue (which sounds especially stilted issuing from flesh-and-blood mouths) don't seem so important.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Carrey's relentless showboating is almost its undoing.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    The battle sequences and lightsaber battles are gripping, and for every scene that doesn't deliver the goods, there's another that hums with surprising intensity.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Thoroughly gripping.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    This film pivots on a romantic triangle as overwrought as it is stylized. It's like a Douglas Sirk melodrama ratcheted up with fists of fury and wrapped in apparently endless yards of shimmering silk.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    A brightly colored, picaresque adventure that's equal parts telenovela melodrama and pop-magic realism.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    This coolly beautiful film is both a superior thriller and an engrossing study of a sociopath's progress.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    This stylized tale of guilt and retribution is a surprisingly sleek and affecting drama.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    The movie's mimicry of reality TV clichés is eerie, from the use of re-creations and supplemental footage (especially the experimental video Dawn and Jeff made together for a high school art project) to the smarmy commentary.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    You come away from the film wishing her the best, but fearing the worst.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Adapted from J.G. Ballard's cult novel, a dispassionate exegesis of warped desire, Cronenberg's movie is suitably cold, cold, cold: proof positive that movies about sex aren't always sexy movies, at least by conventional standards.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    A tragicomic Holocaust fable that's by turns silly, triumphant and achingly sad.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Bizarre, utterly original and truly indescribable comedy...You just have to see it for yourself.
    • 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.
    • 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
    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
    Their downward spiral is like a slow-motion highway pileup: You might think you don't want to watch, but you can't tear your eyes away.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    It may be long, but it's not boring -- how could it be when jack o' lanterns float lazily overhead in the dining hall, and the venerable Maggie Smith turns into a cat?
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Slickly entertaining documentary.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Richly imagined and resolutely unpredictable, this dark and profoundly optimistic paean to passion -- for glass, for horses, for the thrill of the moment after a coin is flipped but before it falls -- is held together by Gillian Armstrong's solid direction and by strong, if occasionally strident, performances from Fiennes and newcomer Blanchett.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Punjabi weddings are notorious for their lavishness, and Nair's intoxicating soap opera revels in the sights and sounds of this clamorous family ritual.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Engaging, high-spirited tale.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Like "Lone Star," this group portrait mourns a rapidly vanishing American landscape while acknowledging that the past, free of corporate homogeneity though it may have been, is never the unspoiled paradise it appears in retrospect.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    A beautifully acted, intensely felt story.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Depp's tight, guarded performance is almost painful to watch, and Newell seems to have reined in the flamboyant Pacino, whose portrait of the mobster as a grumpy old woman may be his best work in years.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Bielinsky's feature debut is a smart, enormously entertaining thriller whose preposterous conclusion in no way diminishes the fun of getting there.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Maitland McDonagh
    Rests on three excellent performances, of which the most difficult is Stephen Rea's.

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