Moira Macdonald

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For 461 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 72% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 26% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 8.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Moira Macdonald's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 Manchester by the Sea
Lowest review score: 25 Fifty Shades Darker
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 29 out of 461
461 movie reviews
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 Moira Macdonald
    Ultimately, this “Fantastic Beasts” has some moments of charm and energy, but falls prey to the same problem the two previous movies did: a story that’s both too complicated and unintriguing; in short, not well told.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Moira Macdonald
    The night after I saw Everything Everywhere All At Once I had a dream, in which I took a journey that was chaotic and messy and strangely beautiful. I suspect that dream was heavily flavored by the movie I had just seen, which also fit that description. The dream quickly faded, as dreams do, but the movie is staying with me, turning over and over in my head like stones in a kaleidoscope, ever-shifting.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Moira Macdonald
    Bullock and Tatum take hold of the material and turn it into an enchanted screwball.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Moira Macdonald
    Rylance (“Bridge of Spies”) anchors it all, creating a character with unexpected layers, like a suit with an elegant silk lining you didn’t realize was there.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Moira Macdonald
    Shi and screenwriter Julia Cho present a sweet, graceful ode to growing up.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Moira Macdonald
    I don’t know about you, but this particular time in history does not seem like the moment for a movie that will leave you a) miserable and b) wondering why nobody in Gotham City seems to have heard of light bulbs. Your mileage may vary, but for me — who loved both the Tim Burton and the Christopher Nolan “Batman” universes — this one feels like an earnest but bloated misfire.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Moira Macdonald
    Dinklage isn’t a strong singer, but it doesn’t matter a whit: his swaggering but vulnerable Cyrano, reveling in words but aching with love, will break your heart
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Moira Macdonald
    As you have probably seen a movie or two before, you know where this is going. But Lopez’s glossy sweetness and Wilson’s dad-jokes charm blend amiably together, and Marry Me glides along smoothly, full of pop songs and earnestness and very expensive-looking hair.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Moira Macdonald
    While Poirot is always witty, few of the other characters are. Michael Green’s screenplay often feels weirdly detached, like we missed some crucial early scenes that tell us why we should care about these people. All that said, it’s no great hardship to watch Death on the Nile; it looks pretty, feels pleasantly old-school and is over within shouting distance of the two-hour mark.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Moira Macdonald
    Almodóvar fills the movie with eloquent touches — scenes softly fading to black, music twisting like vines, an old house whose stories whisper in every corner, a baby’s watchful eyes, a past that informs a future. Generations pass, this wise movie tells us; family endures.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Moira Macdonald
    Filmed in black-and-white shadow, Coen’s version of Shakespeare’s taut tale of murder and consequences in murky Scotland here seems so creepily ethereal it practically floats in the air, with gorgeous language gliding by on the cold wind.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Moira Macdonald
    Gyllenhaal here shows herself as a natural storyteller; The Lost Daughter flows like water as its characters navigate territory not often explored in film.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Moira Macdonald
    The movie isn’t terrible, but too often it feels Hollywood-bland; a missed opportunity, served neat.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Moira Macdonald
    This is how superhero movies are supposed to be: thrilling and funny and moving and full of popcorn-fueled joy.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Moira Macdonald
    Cooper, carrying the movie from start to finish, has a final, devastating close-up that’ll haunt you for quite a while. Darkness has enveloped this man; he won’t wake from his own nightmare.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Moira Macdonald
    Sometimes, miscasting can be very interesting, in the hands of an actor who knows what she’s doing — and Kidman is definitely that. Here, she creates a nuanced and believable version of Ball (and of “Lucy,” the character Ball played on her sitcom “I Love Lucy,” though we don’t see much of her), meticulously introducing us to a serious, thoughtful woman obsessed with the details of comedy, who understood what it meant to have power at a time when few women did.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Moira Macdonald
    And the 89-year-old Moreno, creating an effortless bridge between this movie and the previous one, gives us a gift late in the film that had me reduced to tears; it’s a deeply touching choice that I won’t spoil.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Moira Macdonald
    House of Gucci is no masterpiece, but it’s often crazy good fun.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Moira Macdonald
    It’s a unique ride of a movie, beautiful and disturbing and haunting — in other words, it’s a Jane Campion film.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Moira Macdonald
    King Richard, though perhaps a tad overlong, is as irresistible as the young legends at its center; you watch with pleasure, thinking of the many future champions it might inspire.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Moira Macdonald
    Shot in soft black-and-white, with color occasionally peering in at the movie houses where Buddy spends rapt hours, Belfast is brief, tidy and lovely; a heartfelt story of family and home, and how where the former is, the latter resides.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Moira Macdonald
    You watch wishing this story, in the real world, could have had a different ending; and marveling at how Stewart finds new, close-to-the-bone layers in a character we thought we already knew.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Moira Macdonald
    It’s a long sit, but a day later I find myself still thinking about Chan’s quiet, mesmerizing presence at the film’s center, and how Zhao had the confidence to let that performance speak so softly. It’s a different kind of superhero movie; not to everyone’s taste, but made for us all.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Moira Macdonald
    The plot doesn’t matter in the slightest; young and old fans of the first movie will be lining up for the wit, for the inventiveness of the characters, for the breathtaking visuals — and just the sheer fun of it all.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Moira Macdonald
    Though Wright can’t quite sustain the tension through the final half-hour, Last Night in Soho is full of dark pleasures.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Moira Macdonald
    Ultimately, The Electrical Life of Louis Wain is made enjoyable by its human and feline actors, despite the sadness of the material, and it left me wanting to know more about its subject, which I suppose is the point.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Moira Macdonald
    The French Dispatch is an elegant ode to good writing, and to those who quietly stand behind the words.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 63 Moira Macdonald
    No Time to Die has moments of pleasure, lots of them, but ultimately it feels heavy in a way a Bond movie shouldn’t; its pacing is off and it can’t quite sell the earnestness and even sentimentality of much of its storyline.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Moira Macdonald
    In the film, we’re able to see Ailey during the Kennedy Center honors, watching intently as “Revelations” is performed; he looks like he’s carefully checking it, making sure it’s perfect, wondering if it could be better — the artist watching the art. You leave Ailey hoping that, somewhere, he’s watching still.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Moira Macdonald
    It’s a nice message, told with charm aplenty. And as always, the Pixar magicians create a wonderfully populated world.

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