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

Maitland McDonagh's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 54
Highest review score: 100 Lady Vengeance
Lowest review score: 0 Zombie! vs. Mardi Gras
Score distribution:
2,229 movie reviews
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    The story is compelling enough that even glib phrases like "healing through hip-hop" can't drag it down.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Though the material is familiar, Sciamma has a light touch and avoids many teen-movie cliches.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Eckhart is dazzling as a born phony.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    It's ripe for an American remake, given the popularity of reality TV shows like "My Super Sweet 16" and "Bridezillas," but it's hard to imagine a better cast than this ensemble.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Though Estevez's achievement doesn't quite live up to his ambitions -- the climax of Altman's "Nashville" (1975) evokes the same brutal loss of innocence to more shattering effect -- it still contains enough powerful moments to balance the weaker sections.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    The only famous person in the film, actor Peter Coyote, is an eloquent spokesman, but he was only a visitor to Black Bear; the stars are the full-timers, and their willingness to share their rich and sometimes painful memories is captivating.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    This dark comedy of addiction, delusion and humor as a weapon marks the feature directing debut of veteran writer Peter Tolan.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Sentimental, manipulative, predictable and utterly charming.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Though O'Toole, whose ruined beauty Michell emphasizes in frequent and tight close-ups, and newcomer Whittaker have a striking rapport, the film's most haunting moments pair him with Vanessa Redgrave -- amazingly, this is their first movie together -- as his ex-wife. They evoke a lifetime of love, betrayal, regret and forgiveness in the space of a few lines, then move on without missing a beat.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    The twists and turns continue until the very end of Choi's mesmerizing, high-energy romp, whose 139 minutes zip by like a round of speed poker.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    It's genuinely funny, oddly romantic and surprisingly engaging for what could easily have been an obnoxious vanity project.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Though at heart a tightly-wound, bitterly bleak comedy of manners, Eyre's film is less funny than brilliantly squirm-inducing, a dissection of bad behavior via rapier-sharp dialogue.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Jones handles his fellow actors well, drawing a hard, anguished performance from Pepper and allowing January Jones (no relation) to bring a touching vulnerability to Mike's bored, vapid, baby-doll wife.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Briskly directed by "Sex and the City" veteran David Frankel, the movie is far better than the source.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    While most anthology films have one standout and one weak link, all three tales are short, sharp shockers -- there should be at least one for every taste.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    A quirky charmer.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    It's hard to say which sight is more depressing: That of Chinese girls mortgaging their futures in the hopes of helping their families, or drunken American girls, surrounded by privilege and opportunity most of the world can barely imagine, arguing that it's fun to degrade themselves for cheap baubles.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Crowder and Dower's film is a refreshing reminder that without Ross and the Erteguns, pundits would have had to coin an entirely different term to describe "soccer moms," since without the Cosmos' brief and shining moment in the sun, suburban soccer leagues would be as rare as collegiate boccie tournaments.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    It's way too violent and perversely excessive for many tastes, but there's more to its outrages than meets the eye, and that second look is well worth taking.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Clever, fast-paced and surprisingly moving.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    It's a back-to-basics, gore-and-gristle look at the no-frills nastiness of 1970s films, in which monsters, mutants and ghosts can't hold a candle to the sheer, unadulterated evil that lurks in the hearts of men.
    • 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?
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Bielinsky's "Nine Queens" was a complex romp through the machinations of high-stakes con artists, but this intricately plotted mystery ventures into darker psychological territory and never misses a step.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Sardonic and steeped in the tumultuous history of the former Yugoslavia, this absurdist comedy of contemporary mores can be appreciated even without intimate knowledge of its specific cultural context.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    In different hands and different lands, the same story could easily have been a pretentious bit of "Red Shoe Diaries" piffle. But exceptional performances and the oh-so-Frenchness of the complications instead produce an erotic tale that plays like the best gossipy story you ever heard about people you thought you knew.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Togman, an associate professor in political science at Seton Hall University, paints a clear-eyed and unsentimental picture of Sheree's efforts, and there are no happy endings for her or for Mary, who's quietly battling breast cancer as she helps Sheree line up paperwork and negotiate with creditors. The film leaves them both where they started: struggling.
    • 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.

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