Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide
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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 4.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Maitland McDonagh's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 54
Highest review score: 100 Pride & Prejudice
Lowest review score: 0 Zombie! vs. Mardi Gras
Score distribution:
2,229 movie reviews
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Wright's haunting performance is the anchor that keeps Ruscio's film from vanishing down a rabbit hole.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    There's no time wasted and no showy effects to detract from the situation -- just sheer tension.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Weighty and downbeat though that sounds, Delpy's film is delightfully light, especially when it's parsing the infinite variety of horrible French cabbies.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    It has a creepy power all its own.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    DiCillo's short, sharp snapshot about celebrity and life on the fringe has nothing new to say, but it says it with considerable charm and affection.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    This good-natured genre piece gets the job done while sneaking in a couple of pointed observations about contemporary Latino immigrant life.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    It's funny without being toothless, adrenaline turbocharged without being mean and utterly deranged in the best sense of the word.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Though the portentous title is taken from the Old Testament -- Elah is where little David took on Goliath -- the film's concerns are painfully timely and forcefully articulated.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Neither trite nor pandering, and that's what makes the film better than most of its peers.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    If the film ultimately amounts to little more than a middle-aged coming-of-age story, it's richly imagined and filled fanciful touches in keeping with its passionate subject.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Neither Ketchum nor the filmmakers take an exploitative approach to the material; their focus is the way the youngsters' petty cruelty erupts into murderous sadism.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Outsourced is a sweet, good-natured surprise that takes the cliches out of an overworked genre and makes them seem almost fresh and entirely charming.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Fans of Lehane's Kenzie-Gennaro books will lament the fact that starting with the fourth book means losing the couple's extensive backstory, but the essence of their fragile, damaged bond comes through even if you don't know what shaped it.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Its vivid sense of place and time make it compulsively watchable, even at a running time of two and a half hours.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    By the time Reilly's shaggy life story winds down, it's hard not to wish he'd been your friend, too.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    It's a hugely entertaining slice of sunbaked Gothic.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Steeped in what may be the ultimate postmodern irony: Talen's impromptu, defiant piece of performance art with political undertones has actually taken on a spiritual dimension.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    The Savages is funny in the if-you-didn't-laugh-you'd-cry way and superbly acted by all involved, including the supporting cast of home-care attendants, nurses, hospital administrators, intake personnel and nursing-home staff.
    • 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Delivers equal parts overwrought tedium and mind-bending beauty, spiked with brilliant throwaway images that more than make up for Kelly's heavy-handed hot-button pretensions.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Diablo and director Jason Reitman never undercut Juno, whom Page brings to a fully rounded life (no pun intended) that verges on the frightening: Her vulnerable center doesn't belie her formidable exterior -- it just makes her more than a sitcom-patter machine.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Ambitious, deeply flawed and studded with sequences that achieve pure, majestic greatness.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    It's about ordinary people living in the shadow of nagging, day-to-day racism, and about the music that reminds them of what's right with the world rather than what's wrong.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    The filmmakers know the tropes of spooky movies: Glowering shadows, squeaking playground equipment, eerie storms and half-glimpsed forms, but the film rests on Rueda's subtle, intense performance, rooted in every half-articulated anxiety that ever gnawed at a parent's brain.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    It's a serious and well-researched consideration of natural childbearing vs. hospital delivery that explores the larger social conditions and assumptions that shape women's choices.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Portabella has no interest in conventional biography -- it's hard not to suspect that he included the tale of Felix Mendelsson (Daniel Ligorio) discovering the score for the "St. Matthew Passion" wrapping a meat delivery precisely BECAUSE it's probably apocryphal.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    The film's resolution is both haunting and satisfying.