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 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
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Maitland McDonagh
    This is absolutely not a film for all tastes, but it's a masterpiece of pitiless power whose audacious, ambiguous climax strikes a note of insane romanticism as haunting as it is perverse.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Maitland McDonagh
    An intoxicatingly beautiful, maddeningly elliptical and utterly enthralling meditation on the fleeting pleasures and haunting aftermath of doomed romance.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Maitland McDonagh
    The only constant in Park's brilliantly cruel world is this: No matter how badly things seem to be going, there's a twist of fate lurking around the next curve that will make them worse.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Frothy, sentimental and thoroughly good-natured, Malcolm D. Lee's tale of coming-of-age at the roller disco doesn't have an original bone in its body, but it's as energetic, eager to please and endearing as a sloppy, wriggling puppy.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    It features truly monstrous bogeymen in the Reavers, cannibalistic renegades who, legend has it, went to the edge of the universe and were driven mad by the abyss.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Though the story meanders, the film's look is nothing short of breathtaking.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    But it's also old-fashioned family drama that invites audience participation ("Don't you go making eyes at your cousin's husband, you little slut!"), and is surprisingly satisfying, in a gooey kind of way -- like macaroni and cheese or peach cobbler, perhaps.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Until the disappointingly conventional ending, in which dad and the head baddie go it mano a mano on the streets, this dark drama -- based on a 1956 Glenn Ford picture of the same name -- negotiates its narrative twists and turns with professional aplomb, even daring to make the hero an arrogant schmuck.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    The writers get the mix just about right, and first-time Bond director Martin Campbell moves things along fairly briskly.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Beautifully acted and emotionally devastating.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    You don't have to know an arabesque from an alligator handbag to enjoy Daniel Geller and Dayna Goldfine's loving documentary about the various incarnations of the Ballet Russe.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    While most anthology films have one standout and one weak link, all three tales are short, sharp shockers -- there should be at least one for every taste.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Inventive visuals and funny bits abound, but the film's gritty look and unsentimental characterizations - Harry, Hermione and Ron are far from golden teens - ominously foreshadow the truly wicked shape of things to come.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Conventional to the core but gets a blast of pure, hard-driving energy from Joaquin Phoenix's and Reese Witherspoon's vividly realized performances.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    For a movie rooted in reality, Italian filmmaker Saverio Costanzo's taut psychological drama is in desperate danger of drowning in metaphor.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    A quietly harrowing chronicle of addiction and fragile recovery anchored by Vera Farmiga's intense performance.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Say what you will about feel-good films anchored by feisty old broads, the English have a knack with them and Stephen Frears' fact-based tale of a formidable, aristocratic widow who makes it her mission to put naked girls on the London stage is delightful.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    The extensive CGI work is well used and the children are exceptionally well cast, especially the girls.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Indie director Bezucha has held on to just enough individuality to breathe a little life into the cliches.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Jones handles his fellow actors well, drawing a hard, anguished performance from Pepper and allowing January Jones (no relation) to bring a touching vulnerability to Mike's bored, vapid, baby-doll wife.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Shot on digital video as murky as Masuoka's imagination, its creeping sense of dank dread is as slow to build as it is hard to shake.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    The film's heart is the concert, whose highlights include "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?," "Wimoweh," "Guantanamera" and the crowd-pleasing "Have You Been to Jail for Justice?"
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Mendez directs with remarkable assurance, using B&W footage to suggest the monochromatic clarity Santiago craves, as well as color to depict the riotous reality that threatens to overwhelm him.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Anyone looking for the comfort in a tense thriller ending in a satisfying restoration of order and psychological security will be bitterly disappointed, but Haneke isn't in the business of encouraging comforting illusions.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Luis Orjuela's sweet, slight comedy is about a middle-class Colombian family and the huge, cherry-red Chevrolet Bel-Air convertible that conveys them through several years worth of life's little dramas.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    It's a back-to-basics, gore-and-gristle look at the no-frills nastiness of 1970s films, in which monsters, mutants and ghosts can't hold a candle to the sheer, unadulterated evil that lurks in the hearts of men.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Firm dates and more detailed historical background would have better served the filmmakers' purpose than their "chronological narrative relay race," which muddles an already complex situation.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    It's a deeply provocative piece of filmmaking.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Taut, cynical thriller.
    • 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.

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