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 Somersault
Lowest review score: 0 Vulgar
Score distribution:
2,229 movie reviews
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Although this first chapter in a three-part tale is inevitably overburdened with back story, it ends on one hell of a cliff-hanger.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    It's way too violent and perversely excessive for many tastes, but there's more to its outrages than meets the eye, and that second look is well worth taking.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    A throwback to an age when action movies had room between shoot-outs and car chases for dialogue - real dialogue, not rim-shot-ready one-liners - and character development.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    The film's heart is Magdiel and the modest dreams that get him through the day but may also be the death of him.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    A down–under fable with a sweet country-music twang.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Once upon a time there was a feisty young woman who didn't sit around twiddling her pretty thumbs and singing "Someday My Prince Will Come." That's the revisionist spin on Cinderella, and it twirls very nicely.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Kor's intentions are beyond reproach, but her campaign raises discomfiting questions.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    French up-and-comer Alexandre Aja's full-bore do-over is a shockingly successful update of a seminal 1970s shocker.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Lee occasionally stumbles as a documentarian... But the material is so profoundly moving that it hardly matters.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Brutally gorgeous and seething with incendiary images.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Eckhart is dazzling as a born phony.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Raised in Mumbai, classically trained actor-turned-writer-director Khanna addresses the volatile issue of women's rights within Islamic households, and if his sensationalistic debut feature makes its point with a heavy hand, it's also starkly effective.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Well acted and hugely entertaining, the film strikes a near-flawless balance between sly pop-culture allusions and the details of how business gets done under pressure.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Despite the low budget, the film is handsomely designed and well acted.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    It's hard to say which sight is more depressing: That of Chinese girls mortgaging their futures in the hopes of helping their families, or drunken American girls, surrounded by privilege and opportunity most of the world can barely imagine, arguing that it's fun to degrade themselves for cheap baubles.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    ATL
    The story is familiar, but terrific performances and a vivid sense of place elevate it above the average teen-oriented picture.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    The series' breakout star remains Scrat (Chris Wedge), a scrawny, speechless rat-squirrel thing trapped in a Sisyphean quest for acorns, and while kids' movies generally could do with fewer scatological gags (the target audience for poo and pee humor needs no encouragement), writers Peter Gaulke and Jim Hecht managed to come up with a (relatively) sophisticated one.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    First-time writer-director Rian Johnson's gimmick is that his SoCal teens talk like film-noir yeggs and dames, slinging hard-boiled shade and spitting out terse, rat-a-tat dialogue peppered with slang that was yesterday's news 40 years before they were born. But the result is, against all odds, marvelously entertaining.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    It's an impressionistic experience rather than a linear one, and the process of surrendering to the images and rhythms of lives lived in simultaneous harmony with the physical and the spiritual is greatly helped by the chants that dominate much of the soundtrack.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Smilovic's rapid-fire, Tarantino-esque dialogue is consistently razor-sharp, and the elaborate set design - which leans heavily towards shiny, riotously patterned wallpaper - is an eyeball-jangling blast.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Though screenwriter Dianne Houston spent time observing the real-life Dulaine, her screenplay is a showcase for triumph-of-the-underdog sports-movie cliches and coming-of-age-through-adversity moral lessons.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Sharply acted and cheerfully coarse.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Dellal and their cast consistently hit the right notes, and the result is an uplifting tale that you don't have to be embarrassed to enjoy.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Ejiofor's polished, energetic performance -- including several song-and-dance numbers -- enlivens what's basically comfort food in movie form, but sometimes comfort food is exactly what the doctor ordered.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Inspired by accounts of underage vigilante girls in Japan turning the tables on Internet predators, playwright Brian Nelson's schematic tale of the hunter captured by the game, a queasy blend of exploitation-movie nastiness and blunt moral lesson.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    In different hands and different lands, the same story could easily have been a pretentious bit of "Red Shoe Diaries" piffle. But exceptional performances and the oh-so-Frenchness of the complications instead produce an erotic tale that plays like the best gossipy story you ever heard about people you thought you knew.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    But in the end it all comes to naught: Tantalyzing though the leads are, the paintings remain elusive.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Bendinger pulls out all the stops visually, using bold set design, frantic editing, extreme angles and computer image multiplying that turns what begins as a Busby Berkeley exercise in synchronized movement into a kaleidoscopic infinity of handsprings and back flips.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Sentimental, manipulative, predictable and utterly charming.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    The end result is the very definition of a summer movie: breezy, undemanding and a carefully balanced blend of the familiar and the not-quite-what-you-expected.