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 Zombie! vs. Mardi Gras
Score distribution:
2,229 movie reviews
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Little more than a shaggy-dog tale about two hit men killing time in the picturesque, medieval Belgian city of the title, goosed with crackling dialogue and generous dollops of gore.
    • 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
    A subtle, unsparing portrait of families whose fragile dynamics fray under pressure. Its strength lies in the complexity with which the characters are written.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    While Gilroy deploys the occasional exploding car, the film's climax is all words -- angry, carefully sharpened words -- with the stopping power of large-caliber bullets.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Seething with suggestions of perverse pleasures and inchoate horror, this dark fairy tale won't win the Pennsylvania-born, London-based Quay brothers any new fans -- it plays to the converted, and the converted know who they are.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Opening with the Mohandas Gandhi epigram "An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind," it humanizes the bombers without excusing their actions.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Sentimental, formulaic, predictable and shamelessly manipulative, Marcos Carnevale’s tale of late-life love is also genuinely heartbreaking and heartening.
    • 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.
    • 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.
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    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    The result is slick, mainstream entertainment with just enough surprises that you don't have to feel like a fool for enjoying it.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Anyone looking for the comfort in a tense thriller ending in a satisfying restoration of order and psychological security will be bitterly disappointed, but Haneke isn't in the business of encouraging comforting illusions.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Delivers plenty of sharply funny moments.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Indie director Bezucha has held on to just enough individuality to breathe a little life into the cliches.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    They're frank, funny, resilient and altogether captivating.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    It's a great place to visit, even if you wouldn't want to live there.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    The same super-heated visual imagination that made Guillermo del Toro's "Pan's Labyrinth" such a darkly thrilling delight is very much in evidence in his sequel to "Hellboy." It's a shame that it's at the service of such a blandly conventional story.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Engrossing documentary about the life and times of publisher Barney Rosset, who spent much of his career advancing the cause of free expression, is a flawless match of style and subject.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Luis Orjuela's sweet, slight comedy is about a middle-class Colombian family and the huge, cherry-red Chevrolet Bel-Air convertible that conveys them through several years worth of life's little dramas.
    • 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
    A delirious fever dream of pulp-western conventions by way of 1950s Hollywood melodrama, Thai filmmaker Wisit Sasanatieng surreal oddity unfolds in heavily manipulated colors so rich they seem ready to leap off the screen, punctuated by spasms of over-ripe dialogue, floridly dramatic songs and maniacal villainous laughter.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    It aspires to greater moral ambiguity than the average crime thriller, and if it doesn't entirely succeed it nevertheless avoids the lazy moral bankruptcy of movies like "Lethal Weapon 4."
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    And if the film's 11th-hour CGI effects aren't entirely convincing, the notion that oil itself is haunted by the restless spirit of every once-living thing that time reduced and mingled into the earth's black blood throws off a primordial chill.

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