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 58% 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 49% 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 68% 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 85% 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 43% 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
3/4 44% Adult Beginners (2015) ""Adult Beginners" is one of those agreeable small-scale movies that doesn't seem particularly ambitious; its only goal is to charm, and it does so, irresistibly. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 30, 2015
2/4 29% Misery Loves Comedy (2014) "Are they miserable? No; everyone seems to be having a great time. Are they funny? Um, not so much. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 30, 2015
3/4 89% Clouds of Sils Maria (2015) "Binoche, on whom the camera affectionately lingers, makes herself achingly vulnerable. Though the film feels at times a bit cloudy and enigmatic, it's often fascinating in its juxtapositions. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 30, 2015
3/4 74% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) "As before, the greatest fun is in watching the original Avengers, all fine actors who've made the characters their own. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 30, 2015
3.5/4 80% Dior and I (2015) "We get to know the people - mostly women, but a few men - whose hands create these intricate, beautiful garments. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 23, 2015
4/4 88% The Tales of Hoffmann (1951) "Most if not all of these performers have since died; here, they live on. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 23, 2015
3/4 54% The Age of Adaline (2015) "Ultimately, you believe Lively as an old soul in a young body, carrying a heavy secret; you hope, somehow, that love will bring her a happy ending. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 23, 2015
2/4 33% Beyond The Reach (2015) "Ultimately, the take-away from "Beyond the Reach" is this: Don't go into the desert with a guy in a blazer. Even if he offers you a martini. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 17, 2015
3.5/4 92% The Hunting Ground (2015) "Important but devastating viewing. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 17, 2015
2.5/4 67% 5 to 7 (2015) "The Brian-and-Arielle story never quite feels believable; it plays more like a novel than a genuine love story, like a work in progress, rather than a beginning and, inevitably, an end. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 17, 2015
1.5/4 62% Unfriended (2015) "I kept hoping a power outage would hit their neighborhood, or some sort of natural disaster. Aren't the movies supposed to be a break from being online all the time? " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 16, 2015
2.5/4 84% While We're Young (2015) "For a while much of this contemporary comedy is great fun - until the party ends and you're ready for these people to go home. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 9, 2015
2/4 9% Kill Me Three Times (2015) "Pegg's a pleasure, but elsewhere "Kill Me Three Times" is never as clever as it wants to be. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 9, 2015
2/4 22% October Gale (2015) "A rather silly, unbelievable thriller. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 9, 2015
3/4 78% The Sisterhood Of Night (2015) "It's not quite The Crucible, but this Sisterhood works, creating a bit of poignant witchcraft of its own. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 9, 2015
2.5/4 78% Danny Collins (2015) "Like its hero, the movie is flawed, but hard to resist. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 2, 2015
2.5/4 42% Effie Gray (2015) "While it has some lovely moments, "Effie Gray" is a bit underwhelming; it's odd that an artist so acclaimed for her wit would produce a script so chilly, so dour. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 2, 2015
3/4 81% Furious 7 (2015) "Delivers the goods, and then some. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 2, 2015
3/4 52% Woman in Gold (2015) "After seeing the film's touching final title cards briefly describing the fates of the characters, I couldn't help wishing for a documentary version. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 1, 2015
3/4 84% Merchants Of Doubt (2015) "You leave "Merchants of Doubt," as you do any good muckraking documentary, both fascinated and enraged ... " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Mar 27, 2015
3.5/4 67% A Girl Like Her (2015) "Performed with unflinching honesty, it's a story that'll be familiar to countless teens, and the film could well have a long life as required, vivid viewing for high-schoolers, who'll have plenty to discuss after its poignant ending. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Mar 27, 2015
3/4 97% An Honest Liar (2015) "Randi's a sly charmer, and an engaging guide through the film ... " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Mar 20, 2015
3/4 86% Ballet 422 (2015) "It's filled with delicious moments, particularly for dance fans ... " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Mar 12, 2015
3/4 84% Cinderella (2015) "Cinderella and her Prince get a bit lost in all the flounces and flouncing, but they don't seem to mind -- you, and legions of tiara-clad little girls, quite possibly won't either. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Mar 12, 2015
3.5/4 98% Song Of The Sea (2014) ""Song of the Sea" creates a magical world, one that pulls you in and leaves you, when it's over, feeling changed by the journey. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Feb 26, 2015
2/4 61% Maps to the Stars (2015) "The acting is often as flat as the L.A. sunshine looks in this movie, and the whole thing just has a too-obvious feel to it; as if the makers watched "The Player" a few too many times. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Feb 26, 2015
1.5/4 56% Focus (2015) "Smith and Robbie, both going through the motions, don't click at all, and Robbie in particular has nothing to play. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Feb 26, 2015
3/4 96% What We Do In The Shadows (2015) "It's good bloody fun just hanging out with the vamps at their house, listening to them squabble, watching them make pottery ... " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Feb 19, 2015
2.5/4 71% The DUFF (2015) "It works, but just barely. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Feb 19, 2015
2.5/4 64% The Rewrite (2015) "That "The Rewrite," an entirely unsurprising romantic comedy, works as well as it does is entirely due to one factor: Hugh Grant. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Feb 12, 2015
1.5/4 25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) ""Fifty Shades of Grey" the movie, for the record, is not quite as bad as "Fifty Shades of Grey" the book. But that's not saying much. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Feb 12, 2015
2/4 26% Love, Rosie (2015) "The problem isn't that Rosie and Alex aren't charming; in fact, they're both thoroughly nice and endearing and attractive, so much so that I lost interest in them pretty quickly. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Feb 5, 2015
3/4 90% Mommy (2015) "The movie's overlong, underpopulated and often devastating to watch. But it's told with an uncanny realism, and when it's over you feel shaken and a little sick - and realize that you can finally exhale. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Feb 5, 2015
3.5/4 89% Still Alice (2015) "While it's no surprise that Moore is so good, "Still Alice" has an unexpected trick up its sleeve: the sweetly gentle performance of Kristen Stewart, as Alice's actress daughter Lydia. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jan 29, 2015
3/4 82% Black Sea (2015) "A sturdy little adventure, even when it goes enjoyably off-kilter in its last half-hour. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jan 29, 2015
2/4 76% Match (2015) "When a play is adapted for the screen, too often you can see the stitches. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jan 29, 2015
3.5/4 97% Two Days, One Night (2014) "A dilemma so simple and so timely, it barely feels like fiction. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jan 29, 2015
3.5/4 90% A Most Violent Year (2015) "Chandor, who previously wrote and directed "Margin Call" and "All Is Lost," is already a master storyteller, and "A Most Violent Year" unfolds with beautifully controlled tension. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jan 22, 2015
3.5/4 98% Mr. Turner (2014) "You leave "Mr. Turner," as with all good fact-based films, wanting to know more about this man and his work - and remembering that beautiful, almost touchable light, on the canvas and on the screen. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jan 22, 2015
3/4 49% Cake (2015) ""Cake" gives us an interesting character and a fine performance, nestled into a movie that doesn't really work. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jan 22, 2015
1/4 11% The Boy Next Door (2015) "By the end, it's not much fun at all, but at least it's over. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jan 22, 2015
3/4 96% She's Beautiful When She's Angry (2014) "A few awkward re-enactments mar the effect, but they're over quickly, while the narrators' voices and plentiful historical footage create a rich mosaic. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jan 15, 2015
3/4 98% Paddington (2015) ""Paddington" is, ultimately, about how a newcomer can become part of a family, and about how good manners and marmalade can get you out of any tricky situation - delightful messages, at any age. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jan 15, 2015
1.5/4 34% Blackhat (2015) "An interminably long and not very thrilling cyberthriller whose high point is an arty blue-lit shot of Chris Hemsworth wearing nothing but an electronic ankle monitor. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jan 15, 2015
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