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 Zodiac
Lowest review score: 0 Vulgar
Score distribution:
2,229 movie reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Funny, perceptive, bawdy, tragic and philosophical, pretty much everything a viewer -- or a listener -- could ask for.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Taut, cynical thriller.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    There's no time wasted and no showy effects to detract from the situation -- just sheer tension.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Seeks to set the record straight. But Gere's sneaky, ingratiating presence keeps it dishonest to the last frame.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    "Charlie's Angels" director Joseph McGinty Nichol (aka McG) shows surprising restraint with this emotionally freighted material, weighting the movie heavily towards relationships.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Thompson's stories are familiar, but she weaves them together with such assurance and good humor that they're equally soothing and thoroughly enjoyable.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Spare, elegant and tailor-made for intense discussions over dark coffee, Boe's film is a slily bold and delightfully inventive variation on an age-old theme.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    De Felitta's portrait of Paris -- who died in June 2004 -- isn't always flattering, but it is genuinely moving on many levels, none of which require knowledge of or even interest in jazz.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Strong performances and sharp dialogue distinguish Jeff Lipsky's melancholy second feature, which charts the two-year course of a "perfect" relationship whose flaws are evident from the outset.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    For rip-snorting pop entertainment, it's one discomfiting, nasty piece of work, and ain't that a kick in the head.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Charging Albert's film with looking too much like an American chick flick is to give it short shrift: For all the drinking, dancing and group hugs, by the end of their 36-hour trip down memory lane, the women's problems remain unresolved and poisonous secrets are still leaking out.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Chalk up another family for Leo Tolstoy and Philip Larkin file: The Paskowitz family is unhappy in its own unique way and mum and dad f**cked them up -- they didn't mean to, but they did.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Jeremy Gosch's documentary about the origins of professional surfing shines a light on four wave riders – three Australians and a South African – who helped transform a counter-culture life style into a billion-dollar industry.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Driver and Renner deliver haunting performances in this story of crime and punishment.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Special kudos to Adams, who nails the distinctive body language of Disney's spunky good girls and manages to make Giselle's relentless optimism seem charming rather than a sign of mental deficiency.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    It's a deeply provocative piece of filmmaking.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Only Rejtman's sharp eye for absurd detail and the bleakly subtle joke separates comedy from tragedy in this story of listless Bonaerenses chasing their own tails through successive drab rings of urban hell.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Fisher's dialogue draws heavily on the original film's intertitles and script directions and the addition of sound is a plus for moviegoers uncomfortable with the artificial embarrassment of silence.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Urzua's unsentimental story of shattered idealism is specific to Cuba, but anyone whose path to adulthood was paved with disillusionment, -- whether they were betrayed by faith, family or institutions – will understand her melancholy nostalgia.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Without their efforts, ordinary moviegoers would never know that air-guitar competitors must craft a series of one-minute routines, some to songs they've only just heard, or that their efforts are judged on the 4.0 to 6.0 scale used to rank competitive figure skaters. Important to know? No. Fascinating? Absolutely.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Horse lovers and racing enthusiasts are this likable film's obvious audience, but you don't have to care about the Derby to get caught up in the stories of the people and the horses behind the two minutes of glory.

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