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
39% 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
89% 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 (1998) "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
48% 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
71% 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
14% 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
8% 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
58% 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
No Score Yet 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
57% 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
35% 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
69% 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 and 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
No Score Yet Happy New Year (2012) "Dark, funny, and deeply affecting " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Nov 16, 2012
77% The Bay (2012) "The micro-budget horror movie pulls off the harder-than-it-looks feat of tucking food for thought inside a very scary wrapper. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Nov 5, 2012
66% Cloud Atlas (2012) "Cloud Atlas is consistently entertaining and surprisingly effective, as well as the shortest three hours most moviegoers will ever spend in a theatre...and that's no small recommendation. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Oct 23, 2012
55% Citadel (2012) "This taut thriller wrings maximum suspense from all-too ordinary, real-life terrors while gradually edging into full-blown horror territory. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Oct 19, 2012
0% Trade of Innocents (2012) "A message movie whose only subtlety is found in the portrayal of Adderly, a sexual predator who actually believes in some twisted way that he loves the children whose childhoods he's destroys. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Oct 12, 2012
62% Sinister (2012) "Genuinely creepy horror movie, which suggests more than it shows but shows enough to make non-genre fans watch from between closed fingers. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Oct 12, 2012
15% Special Forces (2012) " Imagine Saving Private Ryan relocated to Afghanistan and Pakistan and you have the gist of first-time feature filmmaker Stéphane Rybojad's actioner about the rescue of a French journalist marked for death by the Taliban. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Oct 12, 2012
100% A Whisper To A Roar (2012) "Ben Moses' documentary argues that even thwarted and deeply flawed elections are empowering because they engage ordinary citizens in the political process and challenge the self-defeating apathy engendered by opting out of the process. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Oct 12, 2012
100% Wake in Fright (2012) "Unlike many "lost" treasures, Wake in Fright lives up to its nightmarish reputation. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Oct 4, 2012
55% V/H/S (2012) " Reports of the found-footage movie's death have been greatly exaggerated, if this sly and often very creepy horror anthology about four lowlifes who agree to steal a mysterious videocassette is anything by which to judge. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Oct 4, 2012
78% Dredd (2012) "A dystopian sci-fi action thriller shot in 3D and 50 shades of gray, this adaptation of the bleakly satirical comic-book series plays its story of future justice at gunpoint straight and dull. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Sep 24, 2012
10% House at the End of the Street (2012) "Clearly designed as a downbeat, character-driven psychological thriller, not a shock machine...but it never really pays off, in part because it relies too often on the very clichés it aspires to avoid. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Sep 24, 2012
85% End of Watch (2012) "A series of snapshots from the working life of two hot-dogging but fundamentally decent L.A. police officers... lifts it above cop-movie clichés. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Sep 24, 2012
No Score Yet Raaz 3: The Third Dimension 3D (2012) "Raaz 3 delivers some effective gore (including the grisly fate of Sanjana's maid and a ripped-off head) as well as lots of steamy make-out scenes. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Sep 14, 2012
68% Paranormal Activity 3 (2011) "Paranormal Activity 3 delivers, and does it without gore or "look at me!" special effects. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Sep 11, 2012
39% [REC] 3 Genesis (2012) "Something of a disappointment, but serious genre fans and anyone who thrills to the idea of seeing cannibal zombies ruin a perfectly lovely wedding will check it out anyway " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Sep 7, 2012
No Score Yet Desperate Endeavors (2012) "Earnest drama about an Indian immigrant who learns the hard way that the streets of 1973 New York aren't paved with gold has some effective moments despite its reliance on clichés and stereotypes. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Sep 6, 2012
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