Maitland McDonagh

Maitland McDonagh

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

Maitland McDonagh's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
40% 6 Ways To Die (2015) "A neat little diversion filled with familiar faces, especially if you have a little thing for '90s genre movies. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jul 30, 2015
100% Two Step (2015) "Sharply written, unusually well-acted and well worth a look that it will be lucky to get. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jul 30, 2015
17% The Vatican Tapes (2015) "It's hard to imagine how this tedious rehash of exorcism-movie clichés secured a theatrical release. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jul 24, 2015
44% Dark Was The Night (2015) "Consistently favors relationships over special effects and overall features characters who don't act like complete morons. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jul 23, 2015
7% Safelight (2015) "There's just not much room to work with [the abundance of] clichés. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jul 16, 2015
76% The Suicide Theory (2015) "Though the set-up sounds insufferably gimmicky [...] Michael Kospiah's screenplay for The Suicide Theory is a tight, thoughtful piece of work. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jul 10, 2015
0% Mad Women (2015) "[Mad Women] all too often feels as smug and self-satisfied as [its main characters], all of whom feel less like characters than wacky improv exercises. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jul 9, 2015
14% The Gallows (2015) "Formulaic horror movie benefits from unusual setting but will still feel all-too-familiar to the genre fans who constitute its primary audience. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jul 9, 2015
55% Stung (2015) "Kudos to the special-effects team, who relied less on CGI and more on practical effects. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jul 1, 2015
26% Terminator Genisys (2015) "All three human leads-Courtney and the two Clarkes-fall somewhere on the spectrum of weak to terrible. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jun 30, 2015
74% Big Game (2015) "...plays out like a dumb but surprisingly entertaining action movie, but it's laced with bits of business and dialogue that make it clear the film isn't dumb at all. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jun 25, 2015
30% Into The Grizzly Maze (2015) "Lacks the go-for-the-gut sense of grizzlies as hairy great white sharks that could have made it into a landlocked Jaws. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jun 25, 2015
No Score Yet Anarchy Parlor (2015) "Anarchy Parlor is little more than a variation on the Hostel theme, which, however exploitative, does contain a nugget of wisdom. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jun 17, 2015
22% The Stranger (2015) "The Stranger is far from a perfect film, but it's admirably eerie and remarkably restrained. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jun 11, 2015
60% Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015) "Genuinely spooky ghost story continues to favor atmosphere over gross-out shocks. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jun 4, 2015
92% We Are Still Here (2015) "Pays tribute to a wide range of films, old and new, while staking out its own distinctive territory, one that's equal parts melancholic family drama and supernatural shocker. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jun 3, 2015
67% Sunset Edge (2015) "Like the sort of sleepy slasher film it vaguely resembles, Sunset Edge [...] is ultimately all about the sins of the fathers being visited on the next generation. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted May 28, 2015
0% Any Day (2015) "Any Day falls into the painfully crowded trough between not-bad and seriously not-good movies. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Apr 30, 2015
33% Laugh Killer Laugh (2015) "Too grim for the average fan of crime pictures, and too brutal for many viewers who might appreciate its matter-of-fact portrayal of the lives of many PTSD sufferers. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Apr 23, 2015
44% 1915 (2015) "1915 is sadly dull and didactic, even within the parameters of a film whose primary purpose is to educate rather than entertain. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Apr 16, 2015
79% The Sisterhood Of Night (2015) "...a sadly obvious and pedantic exercise in making a classic story "relevant" to modern audiences. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Apr 10, 2015
No Score Yet Ghoul (2015) "[Ghoul] is remarkably creepy, even if it's hard to work up a lot of initial sympathy for the callow, smug young filmmakers [at its core]. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Mar 19, 2015
66% Zombeavers (2015) "Kkudos to the filmmakers for opting to use practical effects rather than 100% CGI, which would have been easier to do but also easier for viewers to dismiss out of hand. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Mar 19, 2015
5% Home Sweet Hell (2015) "[Home Sweet Hell is] nothing more or less than a toothless satire of suburban conformity that might have felt a little more dangerous six decades ago. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Mar 16, 2015
79% These Final Hours (2015) "Imagine 'Mad Max' populated by suburban morons crossed with 'On the Beach' through the eyes of people who just want to get messed up. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Mar 6, 2015
13% The Lazarus Effect (2015) "Unfortunately, the film ultimately peters out rather than coming to a satisfactorily disquieting conclusion. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Feb 27, 2015
28% Out Of The Dark (2015) "While not a breakout feature, Out of the Dark should appeal to genre fans looking for fare beyond the usual slasher movies and creature pictures. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Feb 26, 2015
53% Digging Up the Marrow (2015) "A meta-variation on Clive Barker's Nightbreed, Digging Up the Marrow tackles all the same questions [...] with considerably less grace and intelligence. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Feb 20, 2015
70% Girl House (2015) "For all its au courant posturing, Girl House doesn't even cut it as old wine in a new bottle. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Feb 12, 2015
25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) "[A] supremely silly film. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Feb 12, 2015
23% Enter the Dangerous Mind (2015) "[Enter the Dangerous Mind] lacks the depth and resonance required to keep it from being merely unpleasant. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Feb 6, 2015
15% Alien Outpost (2015) " Though well-executed, [Alien Outpost is] ultimately overly familiar and predictable. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jan 29, 2015
No Score Yet The Phoenix Project (2015) "[The Phoenix Project boasts a] slow build, subtle characterizations and a story that toys with genre expectations without betraying them. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jan 15, 2015
No Score Yet I (2015) "For viewers fond of Indian movies, this delirious Tamil melodrama [...] makes surprisingly short work of its three-and-a-half-hour running time. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jan 15, 2015
29% Dark Summer (2015) "Dark Summer falls short of knock-your-socks-off greatness: It's creepy and intelligent, but never leaps off the screen and into your nightmares. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jan 8, 2015
64% Preservation (2015) "Fans of backwoods horror won't be disappointed by Preservation, but more mainstream audiences are likely to be a hard sell. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jan 8, 2015
18% Free the Nipple (2014) "Free the Nipple is ... a silly little bit of fluff and, worse, a painfully amateurish piece of filmmaking. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Dec 12, 2014
No Score Yet Theon Talo (2014) "Ultimately, Theo's House is less preciously obscure than it sounds... But it's slow going nonetheless, and ultimately painfully obvious. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Dec 11, 2014
44% Poker Night (2014) "Poker Night is a clever little piece of filmmaking. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Dec 10, 2014
9% Dying of the Light (2014) "Whatever Dying of the Light was intended to be, the end result is feature-length sleeping pill with car chases. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Dec 4, 2014
32% Extraterrestrial (2014) "A good, old-fashioned alien-encounter picture. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Nov 20, 2014
64% Late Phases (2014) "[Late Phases is] a sly, rueful rarity that plays its monster-movie tropes straight, but gives them a poignant little twist. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Nov 20, 2014
82% Bad Turn Worse (2014) "First-time feature directors Zeke and Simon Hawkins deliver a smart, polished feature from a twisty, tightly constricted script. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Nov 11, 2014
84% Why Don't You Play in Hell? (2014) "[Why Don't You Play in Hell? isn't] for everyone-it's not even for every diehard movie buff-but for fans of Asian shock cinema it's a treat. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Nov 6, 2014
20% The Lookalike (2014) "Fans of neo-noir thrillers could do worse than to give The Lookalike a look. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Nov 6, 2014
14% Hangar 10 (2015) "[Hangar 10] breaks no new ground but delivers some creepy moments. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Nov 6, 2014
0% Viktor (2015) "Depardieu lumbers through the film looking as though he's tormented by indigestion rather than a lust for vengeance. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Oct 24, 2014
30% Exists (2014) "Jamie Nash's script travels the road less taken; far from a gentle giant that just wants to be left in peace, his Sasquatch is a natural born killer with enough brains to outsmart underprepared interlopers on its home turf. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Oct 24, 2014
52% Stonehearst Asylum (2014) "While the film lacks the macabre humor of the original story, it does an excellent job of conveying the creeping horror of Victorian medicine. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Oct 24, 2014
3/4 No Score Yet Desecration (1999) "A wildly ambitious first feature whose lush visuals belie the fact that it was shot on 16mm for a mere $150,000. " ‐ TV Guide's Movie Guide
Posted Oct 9, 2014
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