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 4.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Maitland McDonagh's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 54
Highest review score: 100 The Dark Knight
Lowest review score: 0 Vulgar
Score distribution:
2,229 movie reviews
    • 37 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Surprisingly effective supernatural tale in which there's more to fear from the living than the dead.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Not for all tastes, but produces haunting juxtapositions.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Scorsese's canny use of archival footage makes it more than a mere concert film.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Though the material is familiar, Sciamma has a light touch and avoids many teen-movie cliches.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    To see the two of them on screen together, even past their primes, is a delight.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    A quirky charmer.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Although the film revolves around a child, it's not a children's movie: A cruel and bitter undertone runs through the fanciful adventures, and Walker's depression is no mere plot contrivance to be cured by Alexandria's childish enthusiasm.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    A huge hit in France, Michel Hazanavicius' straight-faced spy spoof unleashes a French operative of incomparable incompetence on the volatile Middle East of 1955.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    If Caspian has a fault, it's that viewers familiar with neither the books nor the first film may have trouble picking up the strands of the story in the early scenes… but in all honesty, how many Lewis neophytes will choose Caspian as their point of entry?
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    The overall effect is either exhilarating or exhausting, depending on your emotional investment in the franchise, but credit where credit is due: Steven Spielberg and George Lucas set out to make one for the fans and delivered.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    There's nothing more to it than meets the eye, but Bertino understands the mechanics of suspense and knows how to use them.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Beautifully animated, the celebrity voice performances are terrific, and the action sequences negotiate the fine line between being physically convincing and becoming too intense for the young children.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    The story eventually resolves itself a little too neatly, but it never devolves into a freak show or a fable, thanks in large part to Farmiga and Stahl's deft, quirky performances.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Groundlings alumnus Prendergast's dark comedy, drawn from on his own family experiences, is firmly rooted in messy, selfish, often-unappealing human behavior rather than self-referential irony and juvenile goofiness.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Driver and Renner deliver haunting performances in this story of crime and punishment.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    The execution is masterful and even as you see the building blocks of the climax being put into place, it's a delight to watch them fit JUST SO.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    A charming comedy-drama that's surprising true to the events that inspired it.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    The ideal viewer is a Miike fan...You know who you are.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    The film's greatest asset is its performances.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    But it's also old-fashioned family drama that invites audience participation ("Don't you go making eyes at your cousin's husband, you little slut!"), and is surprisingly satisfying, in a gooey kind of way -- like macaroni and cheese or peach cobbler, perhaps.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Until the disappointingly conventional ending, in which dad and the head baddie go it mano a mano on the streets, this dark drama -- based on a 1956 Glenn Ford picture of the same name -- negotiates its narrative twists and turns with professional aplomb, even daring to make the hero an arrogant schmuck.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    The writers get the mix just about right, and first-time Bond director Martin Campbell moves things along fairly briskly.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Once upon a time there was a feisty young woman who didn't sit around twiddling her pretty thumbs and singing "Someday My Prince Will Come." That's the revisionist spin on Cinderella, and it twirls very nicely.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Lee occasionally stumbles as a documentarian... But the material is so profoundly moving that it hardly matters.
    • 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."
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    The film's heart is the concert, whose highlights include "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?," "Wimoweh," "Guantanamera" and the crowd-pleasing "Have You Been to Jail for Justice?"
    • 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.