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 Pride & Prejudice
Lowest review score: 0 Vulgar
Score distribution:
2,229 movie reviews
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Best of all, though the Simpson clan is 18 years older, they're not one bit wiser.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    There's no time wasted and no showy effects to detract from the situation -- just sheer tension.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    It has a creepy power all its own.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    DiCillo's short, sharp snapshot about celebrity and life on the fringe has nothing new to say, but it says it with considerable charm and affection.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    It's funny without being toothless, adrenaline turbocharged without being mean and utterly deranged in the best sense of the word.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Though the portentous title is taken from the Old Testament -- Elah is where little David took on Goliath -- the film's concerns are painfully timely and forcefully articulated.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    And if the film's 11th-hour CGI effects aren't entirely convincing, the notion that oil itself is haunted by the restless spirit of every once-living thing that time reduced and mingled into the earth's black blood throws off a primordial chill.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Neither trite nor pandering, and that's what makes the film better than most of its peers.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    If the film ultimately amounts to little more than a middle-aged coming-of-age story, it's richly imagined and filled fanciful touches in keeping with its passionate subject.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Neither Ketchum nor the filmmakers take an exploitative approach to the material; their focus is the way the youngsters' petty cruelty erupts into murderous sadism.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    While Gilroy deploys the occasional exploding car, the film's climax is all words -- angry, carefully sharpened words -- with the stopping power of large-caliber bullets.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Special kudos to Adams, who nails the distinctive body language of Disney's spunky good girls and manages to make Giselle's relentless optimism seem charming rather than a sign of mental deficiency.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Delivers equal parts overwrought tedium and mind-bending beauty, spiked with brilliant throwaway images that more than make up for Kelly's heavy-handed hot-button pretensions.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    It's about ordinary people living in the shadow of nagging, day-to-day racism, and about the music that reminds them of what's right with the world rather than what's wrong.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    The filmmakers know the tropes of spooky movies: Glowering shadows, squeaking playground equipment, eerie storms and half-glimpsed forms, but the film rests on Rueda's subtle, intense performance, rooted in every half-articulated anxiety that ever gnawed at a parent's brain.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    It's a serious and well-researched consideration of natural childbearing vs. hospital delivery that explores the larger social conditions and assumptions that shape women's choices.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    The film's resolution is both haunting and satisfying.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Little more than a shaggy-dog tale about two hit men killing time in the picturesque, medieval Belgian city of the title, goosed with crackling dialogue and generous dollops of gore.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    What divides opinion is the film's tone: Are those naive, portentous pronouncements about media, voyeurism and the numbing, pornographic allure of atrocity footage a sly reflection of the YouTube generation's boundary-free narcissism and callow youth, or evidence that Romero – never one to underplay a metaphor – has become a hectoring, tin-eared fogey?
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Character-driven thriller, which plays out against a backdrop of desperation, self-loathing and grinding poverty.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    The defendants – especially Hoffman and Rubin – baited elderly Judge Julius J. Hoffman, who never failed to take the bait; Seale was so obstreperous that Hoffman had him gagged and bound to a chair, another indelible image.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    A surprisingly tight, clever, twisty heist tale.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Formulaic and derivative, but sufficiently well made to work as both teen-angst melodrama and bone-rattling brawl picture.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Delivers plenty of sharply funny moments.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    It's genuinely funny, oddly romantic and surprisingly engaging for what could easily have been an obnoxious vanity project.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Maitland McDonagh
    Markowitz 's low key coming of age/coming out story isn't particularly original, but features subtle performances and a vivid sense of place.