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 Zodiac
Lowest review score: 0 Terror Firmer
Score distribution:
2,229 movie reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    The person who can resist a formerly homeless senior citizen gradually restored to sufficient stability to the degree that he can take in his own "castaway cat" is hard-hearted indeed.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Like "Secret Things," the film is ultimately infuriating, subtle, self-indulgent, astute and disingenuous, which makes for great -- if divisive -- conversation.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Wahlberg acquits himself well, and the supporting cast -- which includes pioneering rocker Levon Helm in a scene-stealing cameo as an aging gun buff who knows a thing or two about cover-ups, Ned Beatty as a corrupt politician, and a Strangelovian Rade Serbedzija -- is so strong you almost wish the film were longer so they could have more screen time.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Shrewder than you'd think and not half as dumb as it looks.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Linear storytelling was never Herzog's strong suit even under the best of conditions. His strength lies in capturing lucid lunacy on film, and Manoel da Silva's descent into the jaws of madness is a straight shot into the heart of darkness, a place familiar to both Herzog and Kinski.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    It's vivid evidence that great music and stories transcend time and place.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Overall, Grindhouse may well be the Beatlemania of sleaze-movie viewing, but since the real thing is gone it's the best that many fans will ever have.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Seeks to set the record straight. But Gere's sneaky, ingratiating presence keeps it dishonest to the last frame.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    The best thing about Fracture is the way in which it defies genre cliches and turns all Hopkins' mannerisms into assets.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Sigourney Weaver and Alan Rickman imbue screenwriter Angela Pell's characters with a quiet authenticity that's surprisingly moving.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    This sly, subtle and very French psychological drama dissects the relationship between three insecure Sorbonne students and their deeply flawed idol.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    As is always the case with compilation films, some segments are far better than others. But they're all so brief that the least of them passes quickly and the best are small miracles of economical storytelling.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Filmmaker Barry Hershey's impressionistic documentary about the casting process is the antidote to years of comic "audition montages," those guaranteed laugh-getting freak-show parades of no-talents mangling monologues and pulling nutty stunts in hopes of standing out from the crowd.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    The story is compelling enough that even glib phrases like "healing through hip-hop" can't drag it down.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    The movie opens with the dismal statistic that most teachers quit after three years. Akel and Mass see the humor in the situation, but the laughs are small and sad.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    It's a great place to visit, even if you wouldn't want to live there.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Jim Brown and Gary Burns hang a powerful antisuburban diatribe in the form of statistics, expert opinions and pictures worth a thousand words on the experiences of the Moss family.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Sleek, stylish and ephemeral as a fireworks display, Ocean's Thirteen is the definition of light, but not totally brainless, entertainment.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Funny, perceptive, bawdy, tragic and philosophical, pretty much everything a viewer -- or a listener -- could ask for.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    A cut above the noisy, pop-culture joke-larded norm, and it's much more than a "Happy Feet" knockoff.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    It's just a clever, pointed little fable about the price of complacent conformity, slavish worship of the status quo, and trading freedom for the illusion of safety, wrapped in a sugary-sweet, Jordan-almond-colored coating that looks good enough to eat.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Gypsy music is the music of pain, poverty and oppression, all of which she's experienced; it's their blues.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Thalbach's passionate performance is the film's center, but she's aided by a strong supporting cast, Jarre's propulsive score and the gritty locations: It was shot at the very shipyard where real-life history was made.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Horror buffs in search of a fresh take on the usual grue should embrace it wholeheartedly.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Director John Dahl keeps a firm hand on Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely's razor-sharp hit-man-in-rehab comedy, which mines the same dark vein as "Gross Pointe Blank"(1997) and "Matador"(2005), and the payoff is both slily funny and startlingly fresh.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    This being a Michael Moore film, the filmmaker is as enraging as the subject: His belligerent court-jester shtick wears thin fast and undermines the segments on universal health-care systems in Canada, the U.K., France and Cuba.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Cheadle and Ejiofor are riveting together; they have the kind of apparently effortless chemistry that makes every scene they share a delight. With a dynamite soundtrack under their feet, the two of them rock the house.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    For all the flash and flutter, the movie overall lacks, well, HEFT.