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 4.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Maitland McDonagh's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 54
Highest review score: 100 King Kong
Lowest review score: 0 Vulgar
Score distribution:
2,229 movie reviews
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Maitland McDonagh
    The roots of Steve James's disturbing documentary lie in youthful idealism.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Maitland McDonagh
    It's a mixed blessing, in some ways even richer and more atmospheric than the original version, in others attenuated and logy.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Maitland McDonagh
    Overall the film is a fascinating glimpse into an insular world that gives the lie to many clichés and showcases a group of dedicated artists.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Maitland McDonagh
    An intensely internalized portrait of external pandemonium, a slippery, insidiously haunting work of poetry rather than brilliantly realized pulp.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Maitland McDonagh
    First-time feature director Tucker displays an astonishingly assured touch, allowing his phenomenal cast to creep into their characters' skins and surrounding them with images of shimmering and slightly threatening beauty.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Maitland McDonagh
    In light of the aesthetic of ugliness that informs von Trier's Dogme films, it's easy to forget how subtly beautiful his work once was.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Maitland McDonagh
    An astonishing movie that keeps you off-balance from the first scene.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Maitland McDonagh
    Meticulously observed and devastatingly well-acted.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Maitland McDonagh
    The film's extra-special trick, the one that kicks in under your radar because it's so busy with all the flash, is that it makes you care deeply for Lola and Manni.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Maitland McDonagh
    While both the novel and the film are weighted in favor of Bill's (Cruise) character, it's Kidman who gives the film's standout performance.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Maitland McDonagh
    It's as chilling as Algernon Blackwood's elegantly unnerving "The Willows," played absolutely, unsettlingly straight.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Maitland McDonagh
    A fantastic symphony of decay (Decay + Fantasia = Decasia), simultaneously heartbreakingly beautiful and exquisitely sad, pieced together from snippets of old films on the verge of oblivion.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Maitland McDonagh
    This ode to the peculiar strength and flexibility of love, romantic and platonic, is simultaneously perverse, overwrought, deeply creepy and truly moving, a high-wire act that finds humor in the grotesque and hope in emotional malformation.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Maitland McDonagh
    The second version of Graham Greene's sad and prescient 1955 novel about American involvement in Vietnam hews far closer to the book than the first, preserving the sophisticated ambiguity of his depiction of a tangled struggle for power played out on both personal and political fronts.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Maitland McDonagh
    Black comedy of the deepest, richest darkness laid over an aching meditation on the atrophy of dreams.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Maitland McDonagh
    The movie's greatest strength lies in phenomenal performances that reach from the leads right down to the smallest supporting roles.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Maitland McDonagh
    The film satisfies on both visceral and emotional levels.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Maitland McDonagh
    A brilliantly realized series of sucker punches, a philosophical howl disguised as a muscular guy movie.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Maitland McDonagh
    This dazzling pop allegory is steeped in a dark, pulpy sensibility that transcends nostalgic pastiche and stands firmly on its own merits.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Maitland McDonagh
    Ritchie appears to have been paying attention to what made "Reservoir Dogs" (a huge hit in the UK) work, rather than coming away convinced that the formula for success begins and ends with pop-culture allusions and scarcely digested "homages" to classic crime films.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Maitland McDonagh
    Absolutely breathtaking documentary whose close-up shots of birds in flight are so freakishly intimate that the film is compelled to open with the statement they're not special effects.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Maitland McDonagh
    It's a shimmering, thorny, and consummately self-aware valentine to a paradise, however illusory, lost.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Maitland McDonagh
    The horror of LaBute's articulate, self-deluded characters is that they're both sharply drawn and just vague enough that you can insert face here.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Maitland McDonagh
    Tarantino maintains a flawless balance between flat-out action, quirky dialogue, stylish homages to the glistening shadows of film-noir thrillers, the sun-baked brutality of Westerns (American and Italian), the ritualistic rhythms of Shaw Brothers martial-arts pictures from the 1970s and quietly dramatic moments, shifting between them with quicksilver facility.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Maitland McDonagh
    The aliens, meanwhile, are a fabulously nasty lot of slimy, tentacled, malevolent telepaths, but all their superior technology is no match for our red, white and blue ingenuity. Take that, space bullies!
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Maitland McDonagh
    The rare sequel that actually improves on the original, this robust entertainment's intelligence and emotional impact belie conventional wisdom that summer movie spectaculars are by nature brainless nonsense and only a stupid snob would complain about their cynical insubstantiality.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Maitland McDonagh
    There isn't a one-note character in the mix, and they respond with haunting, subtle performances that feel utterly natural and unaffected. It's a striking debut for Estes, and a remarkable showcase for the cast.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Maitland McDonagh
    An extraordinary technical achievement.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Maitland McDonagh
    Offbeat documentary filmmakers Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato dissect the history and legend of perhaps the best known and most profitable pornographic movies ever made.

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