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.

Movie Reviews Only

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 92%

Certain Women (2016)

"On this wintry landscape, with its endless plains and biting wind, it seems as if everyone - even the quietest - has a story, if you take the time to listen to it." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Oct 19, 2016
3/4 78%

Denial (2016)

"Ultimately "Denial' works, thanks to its strong cast - particularly Spall, who gives Irving a slightly mad gleefulness, and Weisz, whose smart, tough Deborah chafes against the quiet acquiescence expected of her." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Oct 12, 2016
3/4 74%

The Birth of a Nation (2016)

"It tells, unquestionably, an important story that needs to be heard." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Oct 6, 2016
3/4 43%

The Girl on the Train (2016)

"There's a lot to recommend it, most notably a quavering, magnetic central performance by Emily Blunt." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Oct 5, 2016
3/4 64%

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016)

"Burton, though his output lately has been bumpy (let's all agree to forget about "Dark Shadows," shall we?), is one of those rare filmmakers with a clear, distinctive style, and it's well suited to this material." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Sep 27, 2016
3.5/4 92%

Queen of Katwe (2016)

"Just try to resist the charms of Mira Nair's "Queen of Katwe," a triumph-of-the-human-spirit movie that's ultimately, well, triumphant." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Sep 21, 2016
3.5/4 81%

Author: The JT LeRoy Story (2016)

"Feuerzeig lets us put together the puzzle pieces of Albert's story. The film's final five minutes - a punch to the heart - make it all clear." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Sep 14, 2016
3/4 77%

Bridget Jones's Baby (2016)

"The verdict, in a Bridget Jones-ian nutshell: not v. good, but v. enjoyable." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Sep 14, 2016
3.5/4 96%

Hooligan Sparrow (2016)

"The searing documentary "Hooligan Sparrow" is a portrait of courage." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Sep 8, 2016
3.5/4 82%

Sully (2016)

"If Tom Hanks hadn't existed to play the title role, Eastwood would have had to invent him: This is one of those cases where movie-star persona and real-life legend blend perfectly." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Sep 6, 2016
2.5/4 48%

Complete Unknown (2016)

"The film is never less than interesting. But this story of a cipher, ultimately, is a cipher itself." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 31, 2016
3/4 81%

Equity (2016)

""Equity" is that rare thing: a Wall Street-set movie that focuses on women. (It's also directed and written by women, also still rare.)" ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 24, 2016
3.5/4 79%

The Intervention (2016)

""The Intervention" feels confident and accomplished: The cast immediately seems to bond as a group, with each playing a distinctive, recognizable character." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 24, 2016
3.5/4 92%

Southside With You (2016)

"It's a sweet-natured, gentle film that might remind more than a few watchers of a special date in their own life, long ago." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 23, 2016
3.5/4 98%

Little Men (2016)

"A heartfelt drama that has a lot to say." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 18, 2016
3.5/4 97%

Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

""Kubo" takes LAIKA's trademark stop-motion animation to a new level, using Japanese origami techniques to create a breathtaking fantasy world." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 17, 2016
3/4 86%

Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)

"It is, as so many Streep movies seem to be these days, a wonderful performance in a movie that isn't quite as good as she is." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 11, 2016
3/4 86%

Pete's Dragon (2016)

"My mini-focus group - Fiona, Joe and Iris - was rapt." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 11, 2016
3/4 81%

Indignation (2016)

""Indignation" is an elegant debut for longtime producer Schamus; a visit to the past, with both sunshine and darkness." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 11, 2016
3.5/4 93%

Our Little Sister (Umimachi Diary) (2016)

"It's a movie that, by its serene final scene, changes its viewer. You leave happier, honored to have been, for two hours, part of this family." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 11, 2016
3.5/4 98%

Hell or High Water (2016)

"In this bleak West Texas landscape where everyone seems to be struggling, you find yourself rooting, inexplicably, for all of them against a clear villain: the faceless, predatory bank." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 10, 2016
2/4 60%

Roseanne for President! (2016)

"There really isn't much of a campaign to document - Barr, who says she doesn't like shaking hands and meeting people, mostly Skypes from her Hawaii home - and it's hard to tell exactly what to make of it all." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 4, 2016
3.5/4 99%

Don't Think Twice (2016)

"A smart, wistful and very funny movie in which six friends weather difficult times but ultimately realize that they do, indeed, have each other's back, for always." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 4, 2016
3.5/4 94%

The Innocents (Les innocentes) (2016)

"Shot in artful, quiet light (many of the frames look like elegant paintings), "The Innocents" is beautifully performed by its nearly all-female cast; each nun, even those unnamed, is given her own personality and story." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 28, 2016
3.5/4 96%

Gleason (2016)

"Watch it not just with your eyes but with your heart." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 28, 2016
4/4 94%

Black Girl (La noire de...) (1966)

"A remarkable personal-is-political drama, set in barely postcolonial Senegal and France." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 28, 2016
3/4 60%

Bad Moms (2016)

"Despite its name, this is a fluffy cupcake of a movie - and sometimes, a cupcake is just what you want." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 27, 2016
2.5/4 56%

Jason Bourne (2016)

"The movie gets lost in its focus on flash and speed, and forgets about the man - and the fine, quiet actor - at its center." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 27, 2016
2/4 64%

Nerve (2016)

"Franco grins diabolically throughout, and Roberts sounds a bit like a junior version of Sarah Jessica Parker's "Sex and the City" character ... otherwise, they're awfully bland, and it's hard to get too invested in their fate." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 26, 2016
2/4 69%

Café Society (2016)

"Maybe Woody Allen waited too long to make "Café Society"; it seems, weirdly, to be an uninspired remake of itself." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 22, 2016
3/4 100%

Older Than Ireland (2016)

"A charming, moving and over-too-soon portrait of a country, and of what it means to have a longer than expected life." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 21, 2016
3/4 85%

Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You (2016)

"The film is at its most compelling when we hear Lear's voice - or just watch him, seated on a theatrically lit but empty stage, thumbing through scrapbooks and smiling or wincing at memories." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 21, 2016
3/4 92%

The Measure of a Man (La loi du marché) (2016)

"Stéphane Brizé's "The Measure of a Man" feels so real, you're almost startled when it's over - it seems as if this French drama about a middle-aged husband and father facing unemployment should just go on, as life tends to do." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 21, 2016
2.5/4 77%

Lights Out (2016)

""Lights Out" is an effective, tidy little chiller; basically the same sneak-up-in-the-dark scare over and over. But hey, as we've learned through decades of horror movies, that stuff works." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 21, 2016
2/4 60%

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016)

"Like so many small-screen-to-big-screen efforts, "Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie" isn't really a movie, just a stretched-out TV episode with a parade of cameos and boatloads of Champagne." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 21, 2016
3.5/4 82%

Captain Fantastic (2016)

"Ross lets the story take its time, but "Captain Fantastic" never feels slow. This family, right down to the smallest child, are detailed and interesting, with individually crafted personalities." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 13, 2016
3.5/4 94%

Life, Animated (2016)

"A vivid and warmhearted portrait of coming-of-age, differently." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 13, 2016
3/4 72%

Ghostbusters (2016)

"Crucial to [the] fun: McKinnon, who steals the movie with her mad-scientist grin, eyes that gleam like a laser pointer and unexpected random weirdness." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 11, 2016
3.5/4 97%

The Fits (2016)

"It's a curious world that Toni is entering, and Hightower's quiet watchfulness takes it all in." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 7, 2016
2.5/4 75%

The Secret Life of Pets (2016)

"There's a funny, offbeat movie lurking in the details here." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 6, 2016
2/4 36%

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016)

"Like a lot of weddings: sporadically fun, draggy in spots, ultimately forgettable." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 6, 2016
3/4 72%

Our Kind of Traitor (2016)

"Smooth, smart entertainment, from its swirling music to its moody cinematography to its fine performances." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jun 30, 2016
3/4 75%

The BFG (2016)

"Rylance, digitally rendered from motion-capture performance, finds a charming, gentle rapport with his young co-star, and his lilting wordplay (a television is a "telly telly bunkum box"; language is "a twitch-tickling problem") creates its own music." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jun 29, 2016
3.5/4 84%

The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble (2016)

"An irresistible kaleidoscope of music and good fellowship ..." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jun 23, 2016
2/4 49%

Genius (2016)

"If you squint, you can see the thoughtful prestige drama that screenwriter John Logan and director Michael Grandage were trying to make, but it's lost in a thicket of stereotypes and metaphors." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jun 16, 2016
3.5/4 81%

Sunset Song (2016)

"It blooms with moments of astonishing beauty: a yellow frenzy of springtime trees; a still room where the light slants in the window like a reaching hand; a desolate landscape, impossibly green." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jun 16, 2016
2/4 69%

Central Intelligence (2016)

"The blend of Johnson's laid-back hero-dudeness and Hart's whippet-fast comic timing should have been good fun. But somebody, alas, had an idea, though not a good one: Make Johnson the comedian and Hart the straight man." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jun 15, 2016
3.5/4 94%

Finding Dory (2016)

"For all the witty voices and great escapes (maybe one too many of the latter), "Finding Dory" is ultimately a character story, and DeGeneres' lovable, brave Dory swims right into our hearts." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jun 15, 2016
3.5/4 86%

Maggie's Plan (2016)

"It's a sweet, faintly screwball, faintly Shakespearean look at love, families and what happens when a well-made plan goes just a bit awry." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jun 8, 2016
1.5/4 No Score Yet

Blackway (2016)

"People keep suggesting to Lillian that she just move away and never come back, which seems like a fine idea. If only Blackway - and "Blackway" - would do the same." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jun 8, 2016
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