Maggie Lee

Maggie Lee

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

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

Movie Reviews Only

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review

Creepy (Kuripi: Itsuwari no rinjin) (2016)

"Kiyoshi Kurosawa's nail-biting thriller [is] dominated by a psychopath who exerts a malevolent hold on his neighbors." ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 18, 2016

Asura: The City of Madness (2016)

"Splattered with Korean aesthetics of troglodytic violence and blighted by irredeemable characters, Kim Sung-soo's Asura: The City of Madness is a stygian crime thriller that casts a jaundiced eye at South Korean regional politics." ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 10, 2016
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Long Excuses (The Long Excuse) (2016)

"Writer-director Miwa Nishikawa's somber reflection on the strains of marriage and parenthood is punctuated with beautiful existential undertones." ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 21, 2016
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The Last Princess (2016)

"A heart-rending lead performance by Son Ye-ji graces the heavily wrought melodrama with true pathos." ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 23, 2016

Cold War 2 (2016)

"Slow to heat up yet quick to burn out." ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 11, 2016
No Score Yet

A Bride for Rip Van Winkle (Rippu van winkuru no hanayome) (2016)

"A cruel yet riveting tale." ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 8, 2016
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3688 (2015)

"With a vivacious cast, especially singer-turned-actress Joi Chua, who delivers '70s Mandopop with verve, it's hard to dislike this cute little treat." ‐ Variety
Posted May 25, 2016

After the Storm (Umi yori mo mada fukaku) (2016)

"Keeps the melancholy tale of a broken family reunited briefly by a typhoon on a slow simmer until the last act, which is sprinkled with small epiphanies about our humble existence." ‐ Variety
Posted May 21, 2016

The Wailing (Goksung) (2016)

"Korean genre maestro Na Hong-jin turns his attention to a nonsensical yet entertaining supernatural thriller." ‐ Variety
Posted May 18, 2016

Ma' Rosa (2016)

"Boasting a simple, coherent plot shot with real-time, handheld verismo, it's a work of understated confidence ..." ‐ Variety
Posted May 18, 2016

Harmonium (Fuchi ni tatsu) (2016)

"A quietly combustible tale of punishment and crime set in motion when a family lets a mysterious man move in with them, "Harmonium" makes the viewer question neat causal equations of sin, retribution, and atonement." ‐ Variety
Posted May 15, 2016

Train to Busan (Bu-san-haeng) (2016)

""Train to Busan" pulses with relentless locomotive momentum." ‐ Variety
Posted May 15, 2016

The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016)

"Clever, heady and sensually lavish to a fault." ‐ Variety
Posted May 15, 2016

Ten Years (2015)

"Bristling with an "if not now, when?" thirst for change, this epic historical document of the city's political zeitgeist should explode at festivals and online platforms like a Molotov cocktail." ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 19, 2016

Don't Go Breaking My Heart (Daan gyun naam yu) (2011)

"Don't Go Breaking My Heart's Cinderella tale about an ordinary girl caught between two adamant admirers is VIP-class escapism." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 30, 2016
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Trap (Taklub) (2015)

"One is left with such a lingering sense of loss and helplessness that it begs the question of whether there's really "a time for everything" in such a troubled world." ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 23, 2016

Mei ren yu (The Mermaid) (2016)

"Like an ecological Lust, Caution, this contempo fairy tale about a mermaid who falls for the evil developer she's been sent to seduce and assassinate is strikingly relevant to China" ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 23, 2016
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From Vegas To Macau 3 (From Vegas To Macau Iii) (2016)

"The filmmakers have so mangled their material to suit mainland criteria that they're left with a string of moronic gags barely held together by cheapskate production values." ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 9, 2016

The Monkey King 2 (San Da Bai Gu Jing) (2014)

"Certainly less of a dud than the director's inane original, this follow-up is even more tyke-oriented, but at least it's a livelier yarn and boasts a slick upgrade in visual effects." ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 7, 2016

Ip Man 3 (2016)

"Less offensively nationalistic than the second installment but falling short of the glowing humanity, genial Cantonese humor and visual flair of the first, the pic is somewhat tarnished by its pedestrian plot and limp characterization." ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 28, 2016

Mojin - The Lost Legend (2015)

""Mojin: The Lost Legend" barrels forth with enough robust action and technical moxie to make audiences overlook its formulaic plotting and rote characterizations." ‐ Variety
Posted Dec 21, 2015

Point Break (2015)

"What weighs the characters down is not their parachutes or rock-climbing gear, but their sententious First World guilt and bland casting; gone is the free-spirited fun of Kathryn Bigelow's cult-hit original." ‐ Variety
Posted Dec 3, 2015

Yakuza Apocalypse (2015)

"A lazily executed dud padded out with infantile pranks, shambolic plot turns and knockabout action." ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 7, 2015

Coming Home (2015)

"Heartbreaking in its depiction of ordinary lives affected by political upheaval, this ode to the fundamental values that survive even under such dire circumstances has an epic gravity that recalls another great historical romance, Doctor Zhivago." ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 1, 2015

Journey To The Shore (Kishibe No Tabi) (2015)

"Fans of Kurosawa's earlier psycho-thrillers may desire more eeriness and visual panache, but those who've accepted the helmer's conscious change of tune and pace should be gently touched." ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 15, 2015

Wolf Totem (2015)

"Despite its magnificent natural vistas and some pulse-pounding action in stunning 3D, Wolf Totem boils down to a familiar environmentalist allegory that doesn't move or provoke too deeply." ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 9, 2015

Memories of the Sword (2015)

"Not even A-list stars Jeon Do-yeon and Lee Byung-hun can save this plodding Korean martial-arts epic." ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 2, 2015

Dohee-ya (A Girl at My Door) (2015)

"The pic is ultimately held together by the mesmerizing presence of Bae Doo-na in the title role and an equally bracing performance by teen thesp Kim Sae-ron." ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 25, 2015
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To The Fore (2015)

"For all the film's upbeat, motivational feel, the three protags' conflict between camaraderie and personal glory comes off as formulaic." ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 6, 2015

Monster Hunt (2016)

"Its technical wizardry and zippy, Hollywood-influenced storytelling smarts dwarf any brand of tyke-skewing entertainment China has ever come up with." ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 28, 2015

Our Little Sister (Umimachi Diary) (2016)

"Hirokazu Kore-eda's latest fractured-family drama is a graceful yet somewhat emotionally muffled portrait of four siblings." ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 20, 2015

A Hard Day (2015)

"A South Korean police thriller that finds helmer-scribe Kim Seong-hung handling a taut yet elaborately plotted narrative with poise, control and near-faultless technical execution." ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 15, 2015
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Hollywood Adventures (2015)

"The catchphrase "In Hollywood, nothing is impossible" is repeated so many times that it begins to sound like an excuse for the film's farfetched plotting and inconsistent human behavior." ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 28, 2015
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Wolf Warrior (2015)

"To a layperson's eyes, the military exercise does look authentic, and the cross-country skirmishes are ruggedly watchable on an acrobatic level. Yet it's impossible to overlook the inanity of the plotting ..." ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 28, 2015

Dragon Blade (Tian jiang xiong shi) (2015)

"An unparalleled meeting of Eastern and Western talent, writer-director Daniel Lee's historical blockbuster is entertainment on a grand scale." ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 26, 2015
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Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal (2015)

"CGI excess often overwhelms the romantic spark in this Chinese fantasy-actioner." ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 23, 2015
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Back In Time (2014)

"Zhang Yibai knows how to reshuffle winning elements from other hits, but comes up short in terms of evoking anything vibrant, sensuous or heart-tugging." ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 5, 2015

The Taking of Tiger Mountain (2015)

"This account of the People's Liberation Army's strategic ambush of a bandits' lair delivers sinewy battles and twisty espionage with a husky northern flavor." ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 1, 2015

Taken 3 (2015)

"The third and presumably final installment of the Liam Neeson action franchise is a mind-numbing, crash-bang misfire." ‐ Variety
Posted Dec 31, 2014
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Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story (2014)

"Filmmakers Grant Baldwin and Jenny Rustemeyer turn themselves into test subjects in this hugely entertaining study of America's culture of excess." ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 20, 2014
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The Furthest End Awaits (2014)

"Brims with warmth and gentle optimism." ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 12, 2014

Haemoo (Sea Fog) (2015)

"Adeptly transferring a stage play to th escreen, Shim achieves a highly cinematic effect despite the confined mise-en-scene ..." ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 10, 2014

14 Blades (2014)

"Its stylishly retro touch and flashy sets and stunts makes a nice package." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 21, 2014
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The BreakUp Guru (2014)

"This stage-to-screen romantic comedy hits a new low with its racist and homophobic humor." ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 30, 2014

Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

"Who cares if the human characters are even more dispensable and the plot even more scattershot than usual?" ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 22, 2014

Futatsume no mado (Still the Water) (2014)

"A soporific drama devoted to thrashing out the meaning of love, life and death." ‐ Variety
Posted May 20, 2014
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The Truth About Beauty (2014)

"No amount of nipping and tucking can save this screenplay from its tonal inconsistencies and mixed messages." ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 22, 2014

Ilo Ilo (2014)

"The film sketches a genuinely moving portrait of Keng Teck, a failed breadwinner with a wounded ego, whose good nature is revealed in tiny gestures of solidarity with Terry." ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 31, 2014

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2014)

"Isao Takahata's retelling of the oldest recorded Japanese narrative is a visionary tour de force." ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 23, 2014
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Kano (2014)

"Masatoshi Nagase gives a masterful performance as a baseball coach in this lengthy but big-hearted 1930s sports saga." ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 4, 2014
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