Maitland McDonagh

Maitland McDonagh

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

Biography:
Maitland McDonagh is TV Guide Online's Senior Movie Editor, and has been writing about movies for more than 15 years. She is the author of three books on film: Broken Mirrors/Broken Minds: The Dark Dreams of Dario Argento, Filmmaking on the Fringe: The Good, the Bad and the Deviant Directors and The 50 Most Erotic Films of All Time, and has written for publications ranging from The New York Times to Paper and Time Out New York.
Publications:
AMCtv.com , Boxoffice Magazine , Film Comment Magazine , Film Journal International , Hollywood Reporter , Horror Hacker , Miss FlickChick , Time Out , Time Out New York , TV Guide's Movie Guide
Critics' Group:
New York Film Critics Online, Online Film Critics Society
Total Reviews:
2512
Location:
New York, USA

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
71% Oculus (2014) " If your taste in horror runs Saw-wise, it might seem a little tame, but if you prefer slow burn and a muted but suitably grim payoff, Oculus should be your cup of bitter tea." — Film Journal International
Posted Apr 10, 2014
30% Boys of Abu Ghraib (2014) " Moran's writing and directing debut is an admirably ambitious examination of the one-baby-step-at-a-time process that leads a fundamentally decent person to shut down his moral compass do things that are, by any objective standard, reprehensible." — Film Journal International
Posted Mar 28, 2014
14% Locker 13 (2014) " Despite boasting five directors, eight writers and more than a dozen producers, Locker 13 - partially financed with a Kickstarter campaign - hangs together better than many anthology pictures." — Film Journal International
Posted Mar 28, 2014
2/4 58% Blast from the Past (1999) " [A] bizarre hybrid of romantic comedy cliches and less-than-subtle social commentary." — TV Guide's Movie Guide
Posted Mar 21, 2014
65% U Want Me 2 Kill Him? (2014) " The bad news is that uwantme2killhim? is less engaging than the 2005 Vanity Fair article on which it's based. After the bizarre and sadly sordid details of the real-life story are smoothed away, what's left feels both familiar and simplistic." — Film Journal International
Posted Mar 13, 2014
10% The Bag Man (2014) " Destined for life on late-night cable TV, The Bag Man is the definition of a modest diversion, just the thing for the hours when thinking is too much effort and sleep is elusive." — Film Journal International
Posted Feb 27, 2014
34% Odd Thomas (2014) " Odd Thomas is not for every taste, and for many viewers it will rank somewhere on a scale that starts with twee and ratchets up to insufferable. Yet its resolute sweetness in the face of fairly credible horror has the potential to beguile..." — Film Journal International
Posted Feb 27, 2014
44% Almost Human (2014) " ...more than competent and less than inspired, [Almost Human] should find a nontheatrical niche among genre fans." — Film Journal International
Posted Feb 25, 2014
53% Easy Money: Hard to Kill (2014) " Its combination of grit and fatalism won't be to all tastes, but it's a refreshing alternative to the bigger-is-way-better swamp in which most Hollywood crime movies are mired." — Film Journal International
Posted Feb 13, 2014
5% The Outsider (2014) " A thoroughly generic action picture...The Outsider never rises above the clichés of an overpopulated genre." — Film Journal International
Posted Feb 7, 2014
88% A Field in England (2014) " Complaints that very little actually happens in A Field in England are misdirected, in that it's a movie in which everything that matters takes place between the ears, both before and after the 'shrooms begin working their mind-warping magic" — Film Journal International
Posted Feb 6, 2014
77% After the Dark (2014) " Movies that privilege ideas over action are rare enough that it's hard not to wish them well, and After the Dark gets off to a good start...But its surprise ending isn't quite as surprising as it ought to be" — Film Journal International
Posted Feb 6, 2014
3/4 75% Ransom (1996) " As is often the case, the scumbags are far more interesting than the good guys." — TV Guide's Movie Guide
Posted Jan 22, 2014
26% Jamesy Boy (2014) " Though based on the turbulent youth of co-producer James Burns, a minor-league drug user and dealer, Jamesy Boy nevertheless plays like a formulaic tale of tribulation and redemption." — Film Journal International
Posted Jan 16, 2014
78% The Banshee Chapter (2014) " Ultimately, Banshee Chapter isn't a game-changer, but it's a tight, neatly constructed little shocker that delivers what it promises -- would that many bigger films could say the same." — Film Journal International
Posted Jan 9, 2014
41% Here Comes the Devil (2013) " But once it becomes clear that the children really are possessed -- cue the flickering lights and late-night levitation -- Here Comes the Devil settles into an all-too familiar groove." — Film Journal International
Posted Dec 11, 2013
31% Crave (2013) " [The actors are] all undermined by not just the clichéd story but director/co-writer Charles de Lauzirika's misguided tone, which veers from straight-up impotent fury to a clunky humor that's just not funny in the story's overall context. " — Film Journal International
Posted Dec 5, 2013
88% The Baby (1973) " There's a master's thesis on The Baby waiting to be written and I'll be first in line to read it, but not because I expect to find the film's provocations tamed or its utter bizarreness gently folded into the seething swamp of things that make us go hmm." — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Nov 12, 2013
2/4 45% Eden (1999) " The New Age meets the Age of Aquarius in this odd tale about a frustrated housewife with multiple sclerosis who begins having out-of-body experiences." — TV Guide's Movie Guide
Posted Oct 22, 2013
49% Carrie (2013) " Where Sissy Spacek's Carrie was a frightened fawn...Moretz's is a whipped dog, beaten but not completely whipped. When she finally bites back, it's in an almost ecstatic rage that's both disturbingly sensual and genuinely frightening" — Film Journal International
Posted Oct 18, 2013
69% The Institute (2013) " All of which is genuinely interesting, even if you find incomprehensible the idea of devoting significant portions of your waking time and energy to what is, more than anything, an elaborate scavenger hunt." — Film Journal International
Posted Oct 17, 2013
11% Argento's Dracula 3D (2013) " In the grand scheme of Argento's films, Dracula will never be more than a footnote...But fans of horror all'Italia won't want to miss it." — Film Journal International
Posted Oct 14, 2013
9% Runner Runner (2013) " Runner Runner gives both [Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck] room to show what they can do, and rather than pump up the volume, they play it close to the vest, as good gamblers would." — Film Journal International
Posted Oct 14, 2013
16% The Colony (2013) " Formulaic post-apocalyptic thriller...when you don't especially care who lives and who dies, all the skull-crunching action doesn't amount to a hill of beans. " — Film Journal International
Posted Sep 20, 2013
38% Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013) " Horror buffs looking for an old-fashioned scare will find one or two here, but filmmakers Leigh Whannell and James Wan are spreading their brand thin." — Film Journal International
Posted Sep 12, 2013
0% Mission Park (2013) " Four young men from a rough neighborhood are bound together by an ugly secret that continues to haunt them long after they've taken different paths to adulthood... Feel free to stop us if you've heard this story, oh, about a hundred times before." — Film Journal International
Posted Sep 6, 2013
56% Bounty Killer (2013) " Imagine a cross between The Road Warrior and Death Race 2000 and you'll have an idea what this sometimes clever and always action-packed post-apocalyptic romp is up to." — Film Journal International
Posted Sep 6, 2013
50% Drew: The Man Behind The Poster (2013) " This star-studded documentary about poster artist Drew Struzan would never play as fiction: His rags-to-riches journey from poverty to Hollywood acclaim is straight out a '30s movie." — Film Journal International
Posted Aug 16, 2013
—— Abandoned Mine (2013) " ...it delivers a handful of creepy moments and the opening-credits montage of old newspaper accounts of the Jarvis family's fate is genuinely disturbing. " — Film Journal International
Posted Aug 15, 2013
25% Absence (2013) " The lives of a small-town couple eagerly anticipating the birth of their first child are shattered when they lose the baby under suspicious circumstances in this creepy psychological thriller that plays out very differently than its early scenes suggest." — Film Journal International
Posted Jul 3, 2013
22% Rushlights (2013) " A lackluster neo-noir thriller set deep in the dark heart of Texas, Rushlights delivers plot twists galore. If only the protagonists, a pair of hard-luck L.A. teens, were interesting enough to make audiences care what becomes of them." — Film Journal International
Posted Jun 21, 2013
83% Berberian Sound Studio (2013) " As IFC clearly realizes, Berberian Sound Studio is a niche item, but a niche item whose target audience should embrace it with a hearty Ciao, bella! " — Film Journal International
Posted Jun 17, 2013
56% American Mary (2013) " American Mary is the newest addition to a long list of horror films about disturbed and disturbing doctors,and it's a worthy one." — Film Journal International
Posted May 31, 2013
85% Sightseers (2013) " Director Ben Wheatley is capable of simultaneously embracing both the awkward comedy and creeping horror of Chris and Tina's voyage into darkness." — Film Journal International
Posted May 10, 2013
71% Dead Man's Burden (2013) " Oddly lifeless, despite the clearly devoted efforts of the cast and crew: It's admirable without being particularly engaging, so respectful of its cinematic predecessors that its own voice is strangled." — Film Journal International
Posted May 3, 2013
1.5/4 31% Hugo Pool (1997) " A series of strenuously oddball vignettes masquerading as a movie." — TV Guide's Movie Guide
Posted May 1, 2013
45% The Lords of Salem (2013) " Shock rocker turned filmmaker Rob Zombie pits an emotionally fragile radio personality against a coven of undead witches in his fifth feature. The result is genuinely creepy if not jump-out-of-your-seat scary." — Film Journal International
Posted Apr 19, 2013
56% Eddie The Sleepwalking Cannibal (2013) " A dark comedy driven by spot-on digs at academia, cutthroat art-world competition and the quest for inspiration." — Film Journal International
Posted Apr 5, 2013
8% The Host (2013) " Even by the standard of paranormal teen romances, The Host is ridiculous stuff, and derivative too." — Film Journal International
Posted Apr 1, 2013
36% The ABCs of Death (2013) " Short, sharp shockers about death in all its infinite variety, one for each letter of the alphabet. " — Film Journal International
Posted Mar 8, 2013
68% Stoker (2013) " A dreamy, claustrophobic thriller about family secrets and lies, alternates between genuine creepiness and a disconcerting goofiness that undermines its atmospheric chills." — Film Journal International
Posted Mar 1, 2013
89% Our School (2013) " This documentary unfolds in Romania, but its depiction of multi-generational poverty perpetuated in part by substandard schooling could as easily have been set in dozens of other countries." — Film Journal International
Posted Jan 18, 2013
3/4 63% Kurt & Courtney (1998) " UK shockumentarian Nick Broomfield's investigation into the death of rock idol Kurt Cobain exudes a near-irresistible freak-show fascination." — TV Guide's Movie Guide
Posted Jan 14, 2013
8% A Dark Truth (2013) " There are many roads to hell, and A Dark Truth travels the one paved with well-intentioned efforts to wrap complicated social/political issues in genre movie clichés." — Film Journal International
Posted Jan 10, 2013
18% Allegiance (2012) " Allegiance's commitment to shades of gray translates into excellent opportunities for its cast, and they take full advantage." — Film Journal International
Posted Dec 31, 2012
44% Bad Kids Go to Hell (2012) " A cute cast enlivens this body-count picture set in a snooty high school, but once you get past the formulaic clichés, there's nothing there but more clichés." — Film Journal International
Posted Dec 14, 2012
19% Lay the Favorite (2012) " This shaggy-dog story based on the improbable real-life adventures of exotic dancer-turned-bookie-turned-journalist Beth Raymer is never quite as amusing as it thinks it is, despite a charming performance by Rebecca Hall." — Film Journal International
Posted Dec 7, 2012
75% Killing Them Softly (2012) " A black comedy at its most stygian, a parade of sad-sacks, no-hopers, sellouts, screw-ups and basket cases: " — Film Journal International
Posted Nov 29, 2012
12% Red Dawn (2012) " The new Red Dawn is polished to a high Hollywood gloss and stripped of nuance and moral ambiguity, while flamboyant man's-man Milius' version dares to accord the invaders a measure of humanity." — Film Journal International
Posted Nov 20, 2012
—— Happy New Year (2012) " Dark, funny, and deeply affecting" — Film Journal International
Posted Nov 16, 2012
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