Moira MacDonald

Moira MacDonald

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% 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
1.5/4 61% 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 83% 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 79% 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 53% 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 85% 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 64% 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 84% Ballet 422 (2015) "It's filled with delicious moments, particularly for dance fans ... " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Mar 12, 2015
3/4 85% 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 99% 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 72% 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 10% 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 97% 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
4/4 99% Selma (2015) "History becomes breathtaking drama in "Selma"; there's an urgent realism in the storytelling, as if we're seeing this just in time. And indeed we are ... " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jan 8, 2015
2/4 46% The Gambler (2014) "A dull, self-consciously arty wallow in the messed-up life of a character we don't care about. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Dec 25, 2014
3/4 71% Into the Woods (2014) "Does it work as a movie? Thanks to a few cast members, the answer is - yes, and for the most part quite nicely. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Dec 24, 2014
2.5/4 51% Unbroken (2014) "You find yourself happy that this film exists, but wishing it were better. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Dec 24, 2014
3.5/4 89% The Imitation Game (2014) ""The Imitation Game" is both an education and a pleasure - and another chance to revel in what Cumberbatch can convey in eloquent silence. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Dec 24, 2014
2.5/4 72% Big Eyes (2014) "Visually inventive, as are all of Burton's movies, "Big Eyes" is pleasant enough to watch; you just wish there were more to it. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Dec 24, 2014
3/4 88% Foxcatcher (2014) "Watch this film for the performances: Tatum and Ruffalo finding new ground in familiar personas; Carell immersing himself into the mindset of a troubled man ... " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Dec 18, 2014
2.5/4 27% Annie (2014) "Musical purists should stay away, but little girls should have fun here, and the movie's full of goofball touches that help pass the time for the grown-ups bringing them. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Dec 18, 2014
1.5/4 41% Comet (2014) "Watching a not-very-interesting couple break up is one thing; watching them break up and get back together numerous times in different universes and dimensions is, well ... to paraphrase "Jaws," I'm going to need a bigger popcorn bag. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Dec 11, 2014
3/4 90% Wild (2014) ""Wild" for the most part works just fine, and should serve as a terrific career boost for Reese Witherspoon, who's a producer of the film as well as its star. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Dec 11, 2014
3/4 86% Top Five (2014) "Rock's fast-talking rhythms are all over this movie, and they lift it up; it's like dropping in on a party full of funny people, and leaving before the evening fades. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Dec 11, 2014
3.5/4 96% National Gallery (2014) "Though Wiseman's now well into his 80s, his eye's as sharp as ever. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Dec 4, 2014
3/4 98% The Babadook (2014) "Shot in chilly shades of blue, "The Babadook" will haunt anyone who's ever heard a cry in the night - or wondered what was under the bed, in the dark. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Dec 4, 2014
3/4 82% The Homesman (2014) "Swank and Streep are big stars with famous faces, and yet disappear into their roles; these characters convey both quiet strength and gentle kindness. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Nov 28, 2014
3/4 95% Pelican Dreams (2014) "The film is basically 80 minutes of bird-watching, but Irving has a knack for storytelling that makes the time, like those birds, fly away effortlessly. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Nov 28, 2014
3/4 85% Antarctica: A Year on Ice (2014) "A documentary that's essentially a tribute to a hardy group of people who've made a life on the ice. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Nov 28, 2014
1.5/4 35% Horrible Bosses 2 (2014) "Lots of gags fly by, many of them in questionable taste (some downright offensive) and most of them unfunny. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Nov 25, 2014
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