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 Pride & Prejudice
Lowest review score: 0 Vulgar
Score distribution:
2,229 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Maitland McDonagh
    It's as chilling as Algernon Blackwood's elegantly unnerving "The Willows," played absolutely, unsettlingly straight.
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Ambitious, deeply flawed and studded with sequences that achieve pure, majestic greatness.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    It's a hugely entertaining slice of sunbaked Gothic.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    The screenplay, which differs significantly from the novel, is uneven, but the distorted mirror it holds up to the present is disturbingly clear.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    A dark delight that combines pop-culture wit and genuine emotional depth.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Diablo and director Jason Reitman never undercut Juno, whom Page brings to a fully rounded life (no pun intended) that verges on the frightening: Her vulnerable center doesn't belie her formidable exterior -- it just makes her more than a sitcom-patter machine.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Canet and Lefevre pruned subplots and fixed the novel's ending -- it's now merely preposterous rather than patently absurd – but it's the cast that makes the genre clichés feel vivid and even fresh.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    The flashy spectacle of intersecting narratives and its crosscutting and fractured chronology nearly overwhelms the film's simple message, in this case that despite divisions of language, race and geography, we're all connected.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    The Savages is funny in the if-you-didn't-laugh-you'd-cry way and superbly acted by all involved, including the supporting cast of home-care attendants, nurses, hospital administrators, intake personnel and nursing-home staff.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    The brothers' dark, all-star farce about sex, lies and surveillance is pretty damned funny.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    28 Weeks Later is flawed -- the constant reappearance of one key character verges on the absurd -- but it knows where it's going, and it gets there in a chilling blaze of fire, blood and poisonous fog.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    As M, Dench knows she has a tiger by the tail and isn't fazed in the slightest. Reservations aside, the film marks the beginning of a new phase in James Bond's history, and it promises to be a gripping one.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    300
    It may not be by-the-book history -- a relative term in any event, when discussing the ancients whose worldview embraced men, gods and monsters -- but what a spectacle!
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Brutally gorgeous and seething with incendiary images.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Raimi and company deftly balance spectacle and character-based drama, occasionally tweaking the comic-book mythology but always respecting creator Stan Lee's idea that costumed crime-fighter Peter Parker's life as Spider-Man isn't all derring-do and public accolades.
    • 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.
    • 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.