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 King Kong
Lowest review score: 0 Vulgar
Score distribution:
2,229 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Shot on digital video as murky as Masuoka's imagination, its creeping sense of dank dread is as slow to build as it is hard to shake.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Mendez directs with remarkable assurance, using B&W footage to suggest the monochromatic clarity Santiago craves, as well as color to depict the riotous reality that threatens to overwhelm him.
    • 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
    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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    It's a deeply provocative piece of filmmaking.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Taut, cynical thriller.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Yugoslavian-born writer-producer-director-editor Vladan Nikolic weaves together the intersecting stories of lost souls who bring their international miseries to New York in this cool, cynical thriller.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Although this first chapter in a three-part tale is inevitably overburdened with back story, it ends on one hell of a cliff-hanger.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    A throwback to an age when action movies had room between shoot-outs and car chases for dialogue - real dialogue, not rim-shot-ready one-liners - and character development.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Kor's intentions are beyond reproach, but her campaign raises discomfiting questions.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    French up-and-comer Alexandre Aja's full-bore do-over is a shockingly successful update of a seminal 1970s shocker.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Eckhart is dazzling as a born phony.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Well acted and hugely entertaining, the film strikes a near-flawless balance between sly pop-culture allusions and the details of how business gets done under pressure.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Despite the low budget, the film is handsomely designed and well acted.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    ATL
    The story is familiar, but terrific performances and a vivid sense of place elevate it above the average teen-oriented picture.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    The series' breakout star remains Scrat (Chris Wedge), a scrawny, speechless rat-squirrel thing trapped in a Sisyphean quest for acorns, and while kids' movies generally could do with fewer scatological gags (the target audience for poo and pee humor needs no encouragement), writers Peter Gaulke and Jim Hecht managed to come up with a (relatively) sophisticated one.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Smilovic's rapid-fire, Tarantino-esque dialogue is consistently razor-sharp, and the elaborate set design - which leans heavily towards shiny, riotously patterned wallpaper - is an eyeball-jangling blast.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Sharply acted and cheerfully coarse.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Dellal and their cast consistently hit the right notes, and the result is an uplifting tale that you don't have to be embarrassed to enjoy.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Ejiofor's polished, energetic performance -- including several song-and-dance numbers -- enlivens what's basically comfort food in movie form, but sometimes comfort food is exactly what the doctor ordered.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Inspired by accounts of underage vigilante girls in Japan turning the tables on Internet predators, playwright Brian Nelson's schematic tale of the hunter captured by the game, a queasy blend of exploitation-movie nastiness and blunt moral lesson.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Bendinger pulls out all the stops visually, using bold set design, frantic editing, extreme angles and computer image multiplying that turns what begins as a Busby Berkeley exercise in synchronized movement into a kaleidoscopic infinity of handsprings and back flips.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Sentimental, manipulative, predictable and utterly charming.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    The end result is the very definition of a summer movie: breezy, undemanding and a carefully balanced blend of the familiar and the not-quite-what-you-expected.