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 In the Shadow of the Moon
Lowest review score: 0 The Hottie & the Nottie
Score distribution:
2,229 movie reviews
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Gorgeous and menacing at the same time.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Sweet, goofy story.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    The supporting cast is uniformly strong, with Simon McBurney standing out as an oily representative of the British foreign service.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Scenemaker Dito Montiel's rough, grating memoir of growing up in a poor, violent section of Astoria, Queens, in the mid-1980s features a few too many arty flourishes, but also packs a raw power that's hard to shake.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    A darkly comic trifle that follows in the footsteps of such films as Catherine Breillat's "Romance" (2000), "The Brown Bunny" (2003) and Michael Winterbottom's "9 Songs" (2004) by incorporating hard-core sex into a nonpornographic narrative.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Overall, McGrath's film has superior star power (including Gwyneth Paltrow in a one-scene role as a Peggy Lee-like chanteuse), is franker about the sexual nature of Capote's fascination with the murderous Smith and his sad, strangled dreams, and spends more time establishing Capote's glittering New York life before setting him adrift in the heartland.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    This intimate coming-of-age story benefits from excellent performances, notably Gregory Smith's.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Ultimately, Coppola's pastel-colored take on Marie's life is beguiling and annoying in equal measure.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    It's a fearless performance and yields some squirm-inducingly funny moments.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    The flashy spectacle of intersecting narratives and its crosscutting and fractured chronology nearly overwhelms the film's simple message, in this case that despite divisions of language, race and geography, we're all connected.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Fisher's dialogue draws heavily on the original film's intertitles and script directions and the addition of sound is a plus for moviegoers uncomfortable with the artificial embarrassment of silence.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Given the controversy, which strongly suggested that the filmmakers had it in for President Bush, the film's biggest shocker may be how kind Range and coscreenwriter Simon Finch are to him.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Cocaine cash financed Miami's renaissance, but the film never downplays the human cost at which that urban renewal was purchased.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Monica Cervera's fearless performance as the homely Marieta, whose movie-made dreams of glamour will never come true, is mesmerizing.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Werner Herzog's self-proclaimed "science-fiction fantasy" is a meticulously constructed fiction made from a combination of real-life footage repurposed in ways a conventional documentarian couldn't imagine.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    An impressive parade of scientists, meteorologists and grassroots activists assert that humanity is capable of adapting to a changing climate, building sustainable communities without sacrificing modern-day comforts and even reversing some of the damage already done.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Foster finds the common ground on which his eclectic cast can meet (no small feat when they range from brassy Queen Latifah to "Arrested Development"'s deadpan Tony Hale) and keeps the story's sweetness from devolving into saccharine kitsch.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Only Rejtman's sharp eye for absurd detail and the bleakly subtle joke separates comedy from tragedy in this story of listless Bonaerenses chasing their own tails through successive drab rings of urban hell.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Nothing much happens on the surface, but worlds of hope, hurt and determination lie right behind the characters' eyes, waiting to be discovered.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    As M, Dench knows she has a tiger by the tail and isn't fazed in the slightest. Reservations aside, the film marks the beginning of a new phase in James Bond's history, and it promises to be a gripping one.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Strong performances and sharp dialogue distinguish Jeff Lipsky's melancholy second feature, which charts the two-year course of a "perfect" relationship whose flaws are evident from the outset.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Levy and Guest train a glaring spotlight on the self-absorption, vanity, delusions and histrionics of the movie community, but clearly love them even at their silliest.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    An utterly preposterous but entertaining sci-fi action brain-bender.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Solomonoff cuts back and forth between 1984 and 1976, gradually revealing the truth of what happened, but the mystery is less important than the complex relationship between Natalia and Elena, which was sorely tested by events beyond their control.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Roth's screenplay, steeped in the peculiar rituals, lock-jawed repression and smug sense of superiority of the WASP ruling class that both shaped America's intelligence community and made it vulnerable, is less interested in derring-do than back-room deals and the day-to-day drudgery of spying, driven by the notion that espionage is a cynical high-stakes game played with people's lives and the ante is human decency and connectedness.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    No, it isn't as magically enchanting as the 1952 children's classic by E.B. White, any more than a museum-shop print of La Giaconda is as mysteriously beguiling as Leonardo's original. But this respectful, live-action adaptation of White's gentle tale about an undersized pig, a clever spider and the everyday marvels that too often pass unnoticed is a charmer nonetheless.