Moira Macdonald

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For 311 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 69% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 28% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 8.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Moira Macdonald's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 Apocalypse Now Redux
Lowest review score: 25 Fifty Shades Darker
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 23 out of 311
311 movie reviews
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Moira Macdonald
    While the first “Grinch” I will always adore It’s possible that there’s still room for one more. Hearing the Who’s sing their songs to the skies — It’s still movie magic, whatever the size.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Moira Macdonald
    It’s Hedges who owns the film, who lets us see Jared’s pain and confusion on his tightly clenched face — and who, in a gentle epilogue, gives us a lovely, wordless demonstration of freedom.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Moira Macdonald
    Pike shows us both the strength and the quietly growing fear, as Marie becomes a jittery shadow, her voice getting thicker, more desperate.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Moira Macdonald
    You don’t really watch Suspiria, you endure it.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 63 Moira Macdonald
    An enjoyably nutty more-is-more family holiday extravaganza.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Moira Macdonald
    Except for its songs, Bohemian Rhapsody too quickly becomes forgettable; something the real-life man at its center, who died of AIDS-related illness in 1991 at the age of 45, never was. Watch the real footage; you’ll see.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Moira Macdonald
    Diego Garcia’s cinematography plays a key role, showing us lavender sunsets, endless plains and fire spreading down a hill like melting butter. Amid this beauty, Dano’s direction is restrained, letting us focus on the pain in Mulligan’s darting eyes.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Moira Macdonald
    The movie lets Israel have the last laugh, deliciously so.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Moira Macdonald
    Florid but warmhearted — much like the man at its center — The Happy Prince is a haunting portrait of the aftermath of betrayal; of how the master of comedy became a tragedy.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Moira Macdonald
    In between all of these delights is an awful lot of filler
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Moira Macdonald
    Political satire is one of the trickiest of genres; this one, running out of steam and nerve, ultimately becomes a too-familiar example of another genre: the 93-minute movie that feels way, way too long.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Moira Macdonald
    Its honesty and power makes it feel large; you live among these characters in their weary trailer park, aching for them.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Moira Macdonald
    What Bradley Cooper’s beguiling A Star Is Born is very, very good at is showing us how a song can transform a person, or a moment, and how that transformation just might make us fall in love with the person singing it, for a moment or for longer.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Moira Macdonald
    Here, the focus is on Knightley, who delivers some of her best work.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Moira Macdonald
    Happy anniversary, Little Women, but I think I prefer you back in the 19th century; dreamy professors aside.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Moira Macdonald
    There’s no happy ending to this story, but it’s a pleasure to spend just a bit of time with Radner again.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Moira Macdonald
    Every dog in this sweetly earnest movie seems to have a strong sense of responsibility.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Moira Macdonald
    One of the great pleasures of moviegoing is seeing an actor perfectly cast, in a role that takes all of the performer’s trademarks and quirks and transforms them into something we haven’t seen before. Such a performance is at the center of Paul Feig’s sly thriller/comedy A Simple Favor, and the actor is Anna Kendrick.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Moira Macdonald
    Close owns this movie, from beginning to end; it’s a performance of such intelligence and subtlety that only when the movie is long over do you start wondering about whether the plot holds up.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Moira Macdonald
    A charming, moving and over-too-soon portrait of a country, and of what it means to have a longer than expected life.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Moira Macdonald
    As rom-coms go, it’s pretty much everything you want, even if it’s not quite distinctive enough to linger.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Moira Macdonald
    The Little Stranger is a haunted-house movie, but not one with cheap scares. In fact there are few scares at all — it’s mostly just an atmosphere of lingering, musty dread — and horror-movie fans should be warned that it’s all quite subtle. But it’s haunting, in its quiet way.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Moira Macdonald
    “Scotty” the documentary, entertaining as it is, leaves its hero’s surface mostly unscratched; his life seems a story still not fully written.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Moira Macdonald
    Is it as good as the book? No. Did it make me happy? Oh yes, and how nice to be reminded what a gift a joyful rom-com can be.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Moira Macdonald
    It’s all good, goofy fun; make it an air-conditioned double feature with “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” and you might just have the very definition of “summer movies.”
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Moira Macdonald
    BlacKkKlansman manages that tricky balance of being both entertaining (some of the performances are quite comedic, particularly Paul Walker Hauser as a mouth-breathing Klansman) and devastating.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 88 Moira Macdonald
    As sweet as honey but without the stickiness, Christopher Robin is a gentle delight — for children, and for former children.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Moira Macdonald
    Mission: Impossible — Fallout is definitely everything we expected, and more. You might need to go lie down afterward, in a good way.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Moira Macdonald
    Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again doesn’t pretend to be anything more than what it is: sweet, silly, sun-splashed absurdity, with a thumping disco beat. The world is a mess these days; some of us might just need this movie.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Moira Macdonald
    The film is over quickly, before I’d seen quite enough of Westwood’s fanciful clothing, or heard quite enough of her voice.

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