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 The Dark Knight
Lowest review score: 0 Terror Firmer
Score distribution:
2,229 movie reviews
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    If there's a gay cliche who doesn't flounce through this feel-good German comedy, he must have been out of town when the casting call went out, but its fundamental good nature is tough to resist.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    A sweat-slicked, near-abstract ballet of blood and sand.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Mitevska telescopes centuries of conflict between nations into an intimate story of siblings whose hopes for the future are being slowly poisoned by the sins of the past.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Klapisch's use of split screens, fragmented images and nouvelle vague-ish editing would be annoying if it weren't so in keeping with the youthful exuberance his characters haven't quite lost.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    The result is fearlessly divisive and will no doubt play according to viewers' preexisting perceptions.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Rescued from its inclination to smug, celebrity-testimonial-driven hagiography by Gehry's own considerable charm and infectious enthusiasm.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Gore looks as energized and purposeful as Mother Earth looks sickly and mad as hell, which is no doubt why many commentators suggested it was less an environmental action statement than a test balloon for future political ambitions.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Sardonic and steeped in the tumultuous history of the former Yugoslavia, this absurdist comedy of contemporary mores can be appreciated even without intimate knowledge of its specific cultural context.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    It's easy to envision the big-budget remake, but hard to imagine a mainstream American production capturing the original's sour, sweaty immediacy.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    The larger message remains clear: Unified communities have more power than they realize, and the most vicious enemy of progress is learned helplessness.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    That this deceptively quiet crime thriller about an ex con's troubled homecoming sat on the shelf for four years before finding commercial distribution speaks volumes about both the voracious appetite for sand/surf/summer-break cliches and Hollywood's willingness to pander to it.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    What you're seeing isn't wire work or CGI -- it's stunt choreography, beautifully executed, flawlessly cut together and brainlessly thrilling.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Billed as a dark comedy, brothers Jay and Mark Duplass' shaggy, ultra-low-budget tale of a tense New York-to-Atlanta road trip is more accurately a relationship-hell drama peppered with strangled laughs.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    First and foremost a celebration of Cuban dance and music.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    There's nothing subtle about Pelegri and Harari's culture-clash romp, but it's sometimes frantically funny; that it's thoroughly forgettable is an issue only if you expect it to do more than poke easy fun at the thorny issues it raises.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Briskly directed by "Sex and the City" veteran David Frankel, the movie is far better than the source.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    But transforming full, live-action performances into quavering cartoons isn't inherently lyrical, and here it produces the jittery sense of a world dissolving into flat forms and buzzing prattle.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Crowder and Dower's film is a refreshing reminder that without Ross and the Erteguns, pundits would have had to coin an entirely different term to describe "soccer moms," since without the Cosmos' brief and shining moment in the sun, suburban soccer leagues would be as rare as collegiate boccie tournaments.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    They're frank, funny, resilient and altogether captivating.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Shot in neorealist black-and-white, it opens like a gritty slice of social drama, then takes a sharp turn into bleak, existential horror.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Shopsin is a small piece of New York history, and Mahurin's film is the portrait he deserves: small, noisy and oddly engaging beneath the bluster.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    This handsome, elegant and restrained fable about love, artifice and power in fin de siecle Vienna is lavishly imagined and yet oddly airless.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    For all its contrivances, the film is cheerfully rude and surprisingly generous to the mothers, most of whom find sizzling new romances at an age when their American counterparts are reduced to sexless dithering or played as humiliating punch lines to jokes about horny old hags.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Ultimately, Dick subordinates scholarship to passion, which may be exactly what it takes to convince mainstream moviegoers that they should care about a system that shortchanges THEM when they go to the movies.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Both a biographical portrait and an exploration of the tradition of Jewish liturgical music in America.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    It's ripe for an American remake, given the popularity of reality TV shows like "My Super Sweet 16" and "Bridezillas," but it's hard to imagine a better cast than this ensemble.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Director and cowriter Niall Johnson's black comedy falters at the end, but until then it manages to wring gentle humor from murder most well bred.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    The final scenes pack a surprising melodramatic punch.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Togman, an associate professor in political science at Seton Hall University, paints a clear-eyed and unsentimental picture of Sheree's efforts, and there are no happy endings for her or for Mary, who's quietly battling breast cancer as she helps Sheree line up paperwork and negotiate with creditors. The film leaves them both where they started: struggling.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Banned for many years in director/cowriter Alfonso Cuaron's native Mexico, his debut feature is a bawdy comedy that pivots on the comeuppance of a serial philanderer.

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