Kathleen Maher

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For 19 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 31% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 64% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 12.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kathleen Maher's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 52
Highest review score: 89 1900
Lowest review score: 0 Double Impact
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 19
  2. Negative: 5 out of 19
19 movie reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 78 Kathleen Maher
    This film, the inspiration for the less successful Sorcerer, is a textbook case of how to handle suspense. It has also been called the cruelest movie ever made and it certainly earns that title by the film's end.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Kathleen Maher
    Unfortunately, the film begins to fall apart when it leaves film parody and strays too close to reality. This film is so timely, it has the young pilots flying a bombing run on Saddam Hussein's nuclear plant. Either these filmmakers were lucky, or they made it last week. It almost seems as if the latter is true, because Hot Shots handling of Middle Eastern bad guys is just a little too heavy handed -- no, make that insulting and insensitive.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 30 Kathleen Maher
    The sequel is not as bad as the original, but it doesn't have to be much to accomplish that small feat and it isn't.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 0 Kathleen Maher
    The film's ostensible support for a woman's right to self-expression is undercut by the notion that it doesn't matter what a woman does, anyway, so long as she has a nice ass. Still, there doesn't seem to be much point in getting hot and bothered about a movie that's so poorly-crafted it's going to have a hard time garnering any kind of audience.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Kathleen Maher
    What's missing is absolutely nothing. No joke is passed up or thrown away. There just might be a little too much.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Kathleen Maher
    I didn't care much for this movie. It's brutal and it's brutalizing. It seeks to make the audience an accomplice rather than a rational observer.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 78 Kathleen Maher
    At a time when conspiracy theories, in their relentlessness, their humorlessness and in their assumption of the monolithic, seem almost to protect the conspiracists by promulgating a sense of hopelessness, Sneakers's sense of fun, by contrast, seems empowering and almost subversive.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 67 Kathleen Maher
    The movie's light, easily forgotten and very good for a few laughs. I sure hope that eating thing comes true.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 50 Kathleen Maher
    One wishes Beatty would stay out of the epic business, but in that poor man's defense, he's become too large, too much of an icon on the screen to do much else. Perhaps he's doomed to play cartoon characters as he did last time out in Dick Tracy. His Bugsy is not anything close to a fully realized character. Bening, as his starlet/moll, does a better job, but her role doesn't give her much to work with.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 78 Kathleen Maher
    The movie isn't about the band, really; it's about having a chance when the cards are stacked against it. It's about climbing out. When they sing those great soul songs, it feels like a better world for everyone and that's how Parker manages to get us into his box with him.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 67 Kathleen Maher
    Predictable as sunburn on the 4th of July, it is a film as ingratiating as its star. Visiting the town of Grady is a fairly pleasant pastime, but there's no excuse for a film this light to last over two hours as this one does.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Kathleen Maher
    Toy Soldiers is little more than macho posturing for young men searching for their identities. As such the image of a beefy Astin sporting a machine gun is not especially healthy nor is it especially imaginative. There is an attempt at balance with the younger, nerdier intelligent kids having a role in their own salvation and a representative cast including kids of all colors. For those concessions and for directorial competence, I am grateful.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 20 Kathleen Maher
    Home Alone meets Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure and then visits Working Girl – none of it works.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 78 Kathleen Maher
    There are two powerful movies here, unfortunately, they don't coexist easily. Lee has to fight his way out and he opts for narrative stopping violence when perhaps he should have continued the dialogue. He's a man on a tightrope and it's hard not to watch him without worrying about him.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Kathleen Maher
    Producer Joel Silver and Willis keep trying to remake Die Hard. This time they call in Top Gun director Scott. The result is mildly interesting, but there are so many weird and gratuitous scenes of insane violence that the effect is drained of impact.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 89 Kathleen Maher
    1900 is a marvelous movie, Bertolucci is one of the best directors who has ever lived.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 0 Kathleen Maher
    One brother grows up to be a dashing smuggler, the other is a dork and it's a tribute to Van Damme's acting ability that it's frequently impossible to tell which one is which. I could go on, I'm having a pretty good time at this, but I think I'll save my usual rants about homophobia, racism, and generally insensitive stupidity for a movie that attracts an audience that reads film reviews.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Kathleen Maher
    What starts out promisingly enough continues considerably beyond the end of the world and wears out even the most determined Wenders fan.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 78 Kathleen Maher
    Homicide may not be Mamet's most accessible film, but it combines those elements of the playwright/director's work -- theatricality, stylization, rough poeticism -- that might be most off-putting to the typical movie audience with enough tension and mystery to keep them in their seats.

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