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 Devil in a Blue Dress
Lowest review score: 0 Terror Firmer
Score distribution:
2,229 movie reviews
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    The final scenes pack a surprising melodramatic punch.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    First and foremost a celebration of Cuban dance and music.
    • 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
    Shot in neorealist black-and-white, it opens like a gritty slice of social drama, then takes a sharp turn into bleak, existential horror.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Doesn’t break any new documentary ground, but it does exactly what it sets out to do: Preserve a live event and make it available to a broader audience.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    A dry, thoroughly modern reminder that while mores change, human nature doesn't.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    The film's greatest asset is its performances.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Scorsese's canny use of archival footage makes it more than a mere concert film.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Despite the low budget, the film is handsomely designed and well acted.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Shrewder than you'd think and not half as dumb as it looks.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Deraspe's film begins as a mystery and becomes a razor-sharp dissection of the self-promotion, pretension and deeply cynical inner workings of the art world. But her greatest achievement is painting the business of art as venal, corrupt, mendacious and built on false surfaces without suggesting that art itself is a form of glorious deception.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    It's a hugely entertaining slice of sunbaked Gothic.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Beautifully acted and emotionally devastating.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Brutally gorgeous and seething with incendiary images.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    For all its contrivances, the film is cheerfully rude and surprisingly generous to the mothers, most of whom find sizzling new romances at an age when their American counterparts are reduced to sexless dithering or played as humiliating punch lines to jokes about horny old hags.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Sigourney Weaver and Alan Rickman imbue screenwriter Angela Pell's characters with a quiet authenticity that's surprisingly moving.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Director John Dahl keeps a firm hand on Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely's razor-sharp hit-man-in-rehab comedy, which mines the same dark vein as "Gross Pointe Blank"(1997) and "Matador"(2005), and the payoff is both slily funny and startlingly fresh.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    The screenplay, which differs significantly from the novel, is uneven, but the distorted mirror it holds up to the present is disturbingly clear.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    To see the two of them on screen together, even past their primes, is a delight.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Frothy, sentimental and thoroughly good-natured, Malcolm D. Lee's tale of coming-of-age at the roller disco doesn't have an original bone in its body, but it's as energetic, eager to please and endearing as a sloppy, wriggling puppy.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Linear storytelling was never Herzog's strong suit even under the best of conditions. His strength lies in capturing lucid lunacy on film, and Manoel da Silva's descent into the jaws of madness is a straight shot into the heart of darkness, a place familiar to both Herzog and Kinski.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    The film's climax, which cuts back and forth between the 16-year-old Dongo (Silas Radies, whose younger brother plays Dongo as a ten year old) making his dangerous debut with the fly-by-night Aurora Circus and the 2002 competition that takes him back to Hungary for the first time in years is nothing short of riveting.

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