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

Maitland McDonagh's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 54
Highest review score: 100 Lady Vengeance
Lowest review score: 0 The Hottie & the Nottie
Score distribution:
2,229 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    28 Weeks Later is flawed -- the constant reappearance of one key character verges on the absurd -- but it knows where it's going, and it gets there in a chilling blaze of fire, blood and poisonous fog.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Spare, elegant and tailor-made for intense discussions over dark coffee, Boe's film is a slily bold and delightfully inventive variation on an age-old theme.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Filmmaker Barry Hershey's impressionistic documentary about the casting process is the antidote to years of comic "audition montages," those guaranteed laugh-getting freak-show parades of no-talents mangling monologues and pulling nutty stunts in hopes of standing out from the crowd.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    The story is compelling enough that even glib phrases like "healing through hip-hop" can't drag it down.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    The movie opens with the dismal statistic that most teachers quit after three years. Akel and Mass see the humor in the situation, but the laughs are small and sad.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Clever, fast-paced and surprisingly moving.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Lafosse's razor sharp dissection of relationships strained to the breaking point is hypnotic in a road-accident kind of way.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Veers regularly into disease-of-the-week territory but is rescued by the powerhouse performances of Ken Watanabe (who was instrumental in getting the film made) and Kanako Higuchi.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    It's a great place to visit, even if you wouldn't want to live there.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Jim Brown and Gary Burns hang a powerful antisuburban diatribe in the form of statistics, expert opinions and pictures worth a thousand words on the experiences of the Moss family.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Sleek, stylish and ephemeral as a fireworks display, Ocean's Thirteen is the definition of light, but not totally brainless, entertainment.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Funny, perceptive, bawdy, tragic and philosophical, pretty much everything a viewer -- or a listener -- could ask for.
    • 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."
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    A cut above the noisy, pop-culture joke-larded norm, and it's much more than a "Happy Feet" knockoff.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    It's just a clever, pointed little fable about the price of complacent conformity, slavish worship of the status quo, and trading freedom for the illusion of safety, wrapped in a sugary-sweet, Jordan-almond-colored coating that looks good enough to eat.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Gypsy music is the music of pain, poverty and oppression, all of which she's experienced; it's their blues.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Thalbach's passionate performance is the film's center, but she's aided by a strong supporting cast, Jarre's propulsive score and the gritty locations: It was shot at the very shipyard where real-life history was made.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Horror buffs in search of a fresh take on the usual grue should embrace it wholeheartedly.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    This being a Michael Moore film, the filmmaker is as enraging as the subject: His belligerent court-jester shtick wears thin fast and undermines the segments on universal health-care systems in Canada, the U.K., France and Cuba.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    A small slice of a suspended life, intimate and filled with the mundane details most people forget when the waiting is over and their real lives begin.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Charging Albert's film with looking too much like an American chick flick is to give it short shrift: For all the drinking, dancing and group hugs, by the end of their 36-hour trip down memory lane, the women's problems remain unresolved and poisonous secrets are still leaking out.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    The devil is in the degrees. Pineyro and Ferrer have a fine old time teasing the viewer with the ongoing search for the corporate mole.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Cheadle and Ejiofor are riveting together; they have the kind of apparently effortless chemistry that makes every scene they share a delight. With a dynamite soundtrack under their feet, the two of them rock the house.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    For all the flash and flutter, the movie overall lacks, well, HEFT.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Urzua's unsentimental story of shattered idealism is specific to Cuba, but anyone whose path to adulthood was paved with disillusionment, -- whether they were betrayed by faith, family or institutions – will understand her melancholy nostalgia.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Best of all, though the Simpson clan is 18 years older, they're not one bit wiser.