Moira MacDonald

Moira MacDonald

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

Moira MacDonald'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
3/4 57% Ten Thousand Saints (2015) "For a movie with extremely loud punk-rock music at its core, "Ten Thousand Saints" is a pleasantly low-key experience; it's a small-scale character drama about learning to live with loss. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 27, 2015
1.5/4 40% No Escape (2015) "If you've really been wanting to see endless shots of Owen Wilson running, sometimes while carrying a medium-sized child, the thriller "No Escape" might be just for you. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 26, 2015
3/4 97% Being Evel (2015) "It's ultimately a pretty sad story, and definitely not a flattering one. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 20, 2015
3.5/4 93% The Diary Of A Teenage Girl (2015) "Writer/director Marielle Heller, in her captivating debut film "The Diary of a Teenage Girl," hits exactly the right tone for a complicated balancing act, and for a film that could very easily have gone wrong. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 20, 2015
2/4 38% She's Funny That Way (2015) ""She's Funny That Way" is one of those movies that you want to like rather more than you actually do. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 20, 2015
3/4 76% People Places Things (2015) "As the movie progresses, Will learns, in his low-key way, that life is full of unexpected twists, that love is hard to put away, and that people who share children can never fully leave each other. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 13, 2015
3/4 78% Cop Car (2015) ""Cop Car" has two kids at its center, but don't mistake this taut, wicked little thriller for a children's film. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 13, 2015
3/4 94% Best Of Enemies (2015) "For better or for worse, we'll never again see television quite like that documented in the compelling "Best of Enemies" ... " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 13, 2015
3.5/4 92% The End Of The Tour (2015) "What Segel does, from his opening minutes on screen to the movie's end, is craft a portrait of what feels like an utterly real person, not an actor's portrayal of one. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 6, 2015
3/4 61% Ricki And The Flash (2015) "Streep's performance, like lightning, jolts everything. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 6, 2015
3.5/4 99% Shaun the Sheep (2015) "Come back to the big city - and the big screen - anytime, Shaun. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 4, 2015
2.5/4 40% Irrational Man (2015) "It works, more or less; the three central actors are all terrific, particularly Posey, who finds something vulnerable and touching in Rita. But you watch it thinking of other, better Allen movies ... " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 30, 2015
3/4 53% A LEGO Brickumentary (2015) ""A LEGO Brickumentary" is great fun, for AFOLs (Adult Fan of LEGO) or otherwise. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 30, 2015
3/4 93% Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) "The Intense Tom Cruise Face - you know the expression I mean, where he looks like he's about to explode and/or start yelling, but doesn't - makes frequent appearances, as does the trademark arm-chopping Tom Cruise Run. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 30, 2015
3/4 67% Unexpected (2015) "Smulders and Bean, with gentle and honest performances, sell it beautifully, and the tone is both warmhearted and realistic. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 23, 2015
2.5/4 55% Paper Towns (2015) "Fantasy is the currency in which adolescent movies deal (why else, in teen movies, would everyone's hair always be perfect?), and "Paper Towns" putters along agreeably enough. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 23, 2015
1.5/4 17% Pixels (2015) "Theoretically, this could have been a lot of fun, particular for those with fond memories of '80s video gamery. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 23, 2015
3/4 87% Mr. Holmes (2015) "It's a gentle examining of life near its end. And with McKellen at its center, his face as gloriously long and complex as a Sir Arthur Conan Doyle plot, it's also a master class in acting. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 16, 2015
3/4 80% Infinitely Polar Bear (2015) "Forbes' sweetness of tone and wise casting makes "Infinitely Polar Bear" irresistible. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 16, 2015
2.5/4 75% A Murder In The Park (2015) ""A Murder in the Park," with a whopper of a twist near the end, is often mesmerizing, even as its story remains unfinished. Justice, in this case, seems to remain elusive. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 16, 2015
3/4 85% Trainwreck (2015) "There's nothing remotely fresh about this plotline (or the way Apatow, true to form, makes the movie 20 minutes longer than it should be), but "Trainwreck" works as comedy more often than it doesn't - and that's rare enough. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 16, 2015
3/4 35% Strangerland (2015) ""Strangerland" is an uneven but often mesmerizing film with a mood of quiet dread; you sense that something's lurking behind that dust, but you don't know what. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 9, 2015
3.5/4 81% Testament Of Youth (2015) "Though the movie at times feels oddly unfinished (you wonder what Miranda Richardson, in a tiny role as an Oxford professor, is there for), it's artful and moving. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 9, 2015
1.5/4 16% The Gallows (2015) "Too quickly, it's all just blurry camera work and noise - with neither scares nor drama. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 9, 2015
2/4 20% Self/less (2015) ""Self/Less" soon turns into an attractively shot yet pointless action film ... " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 9, 2015
2/4 13% Aloft (2015) "Connelly, with her signature brand of serene toughness, does tragedy very well, but she doesn't really have a character to play here; just an endless series of tight close-ups and troubled expressions. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 2, 2015
4/4 100% The Third Man (1949) "Reed and screenwriter Graham Greene let the story unfold slowly and deliberately, like the cigarette smoke that floats around the characters, and keep us guessing at every step. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 2, 2015
2.5/4 65% Magic Mike XXL (2015) "Tatum's dancing (at one point, he exits a room doing a head roll and a suave little twirl) keeps things bright. Somebody needs to cast this guy in a musical - he'd be magic. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jun 30, 2015
3/4 89% Fresh Dressed (2015) "[A] lively documentary about the rise of hip-hop fashion ... " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jun 25, 2015
2.5/4 40% A Little Chaos (2015) "Oh, this one should have been a charmer. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jun 25, 2015
2/4 82% The Overnight (2015) "As clothes are shed and secrets come to light, it all becomes ... alas, a very odd combination of squirm-inducing and dull. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jun 25, 2015
3/4 84% I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story (2015) "Though its gooey, sentimental soundtrack is a misstep - this story is quite sweet enough already - "I Am Big Bird" is mesmerizing for anyone (and that's a lot of us) who grew up with "Sesame Street." " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jun 18, 2015
3/4 86% The Wolfpack (2015) "A strange and fascinating experience; you feel like you've been given entry into a mysterious world, where no one else is permitted. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jun 18, 2015
3/4 68% Marie's Story (2015) "This film is beautiful in its dappled-sunshine light, and powerful in the story of transformation that it tells. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jun 18, 2015
4/4 98% Inside Out (2015) ""Inside Out" movingly but casually plays with our emotions, like a baby walking her fingers across a parent's face; it leaves you changed, entertained, nostalgic, dazzled. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jun 18, 2015
3/4 51% Saint Laurent (2015) "It captures the tense flavor of a particularly heady time in Saint Laurent's life, during which he struggled with addiction and illness and juggled relationships ... " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jun 11, 2015
3/4 43% Madame Bovary (2015) "This "Madame Bovary" may not quite be Flaubert's, but it's lovely to look at all the same. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jun 11, 2015
2.5/4 71% Jurassic World (2015) "Tune out the screenplay, enjoy the silly chase scenes and swooping camera work, and wonder if this franchise has finally reached its end. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jun 11, 2015
3/4 81% Results (2015) "Not a whole lot happens, but you get to know an interesting trio, and leave them feeling satisfied that it was time well spent. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jun 4, 2015
3/4 93% An Open Secret (2015) "Berg's most shocking moment comes late in the film, when a veteran child-talent agent is himself accused of abuse on camera, and doesn't deny it. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jun 4, 2015
3/4 94% Spy (2015) ""Spy," plus popcorn, feels just right. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jun 4, 2015
1.5/4 19% Aloha (2015) "The result is a movie that's well-meaning but nearly unwatchable. Stay home and watch a better Crowe movie instead, and ponder what went wrong. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted May 28, 2015
2.5/4 50% San Andreas (2015) "The movie nicely delivers the computer-generated goods - the destruction of the Golden Gate Bridge is pretty spectacular - and if Johnson doesn't quite make it sing, at least it growls suspensefully. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted May 28, 2015
3.5/4 52% Gemma Bovery (2015) "The scenery's lovely and the bread-kneading surprisingly erotic. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted May 27, 2015
3/4 52% In the Name of My Daughter (2015) "It's a pleasure to take in the lush settings, to hear the delicately ominous score (by Benjamin Biolay) and to watch these actors circling each other. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted May 21, 2015
2.5/4 50% Tomorrowland (2015) "Though it's made with great energy and inventiveness, there's something ultimately muddy about "Tomorrowland"; it's as if director Brad Bird got so caught up in the sets and effects and whooshing editing that the story somehow slipped away. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted May 21, 2015
2/4 26% Every Secret Thing (2015) "It's a movie so well-cast and meticulous that you want it to be better than it is, but you're left shaking your head, wondering where things went wrong. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted May 14, 2015
2.5/4 67% Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) "As before, it's great fun to hear the singing, watch the choreography ... and enjoy the camaraderie of the extremely well-coiffed Bellas, all of whom are first-rate at bantering and hair-flipping. Next time, though, can we try another key? " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted May 14, 2015
3.5/4 84% Far From the Madding Crowd (2015) "You can smell the faintly salty air, hear the sheep's insistent bleating, sense the coolness of a spring dew, feel the sharpness of the wind as the seasons change. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted May 7, 2015
2.5/4 44% The D Train (2015) "Writer/directors Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel let the movie run out of steam a bit before its ending (things get weirdly gooey), but Black keeps us hanging on as "The D Train" swerves; you hope that, somehow, he'll get through the journey safely. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted May 7, 2015
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