Moira Macdonald

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For 358 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 71% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 26% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 8.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Moira Macdonald's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 Amazing Grace
Lowest review score: 25 Fifty Shades Darker
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 25 out of 358
358 movie reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Moira Macdonald
    Olivia Wilde’s raunchy yet adorable high-school comedy Booksmart understands a basic truth: For so many former teenage girls, your first love is your high-school best friend.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Moira Macdonald
    It’s all quite wistfully romantic, and mostly winningly so, despite the sometimes wise-way-beyond-their-years dialogue and not always plausible plot.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Moira Macdonald
    It’s a haunting, heartbreaking story, told by a movie that never quite makes a case for itself to exist.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 Moira Macdonald
    Hathaway and Wilson, instead of exuding odd-couple comic chemistry, seem to barely be in the same movie; they don’t click, with each other or with a bland Alex Sharp as their tech-bro mark.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Moira Macdonald
    It’s a movie full of small pleasures.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Moira Macdonald
    It’s a raunchy comedy, with a plot that ends up hinging on a very R-rated video. And, most surprising of all, it’s also a conventional and rather sweet rom-com.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Moira Macdonald
    There’s exactly one good jump-scare, which probably would have caused me to drop my popcorn if I hadn’t finished it already; otherwise it’s fairly uninspired. But something about Quaid’s delivery had me giggling throughout — or, at least, until things got rather too dark in the final minutes.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 63 Moira Macdonald
    You sense that this woman has spent a lifetime not saying things, and that all she wants is to quietly be allowed to fade away.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Moira Macdonald
    Oh yes indeed. Avengers: Endgame brought it...This film had an insanely difficult job to do — to gracefully and tidily wrap up a 22-movie Marvel Comics cycle with a cast list bigger than the Hulk, and to do so with both poignancy and hold-your-breath action — and it delivers.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Moira Macdonald
    Watching Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu’s multilayered “Birdman” is like unfolding a piece of intricate origami; it keeps opening in unexpected directions.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Moira Macdonald
    Fascinating.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Moira Macdonald
    It’s a quick, funny movie.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Moira Macdonald
    But Martin — who at age 10 came up with and pitched the idea for this movie (she’s now 14) — carries this movie on her small, resolute shoulders.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Moira Macdonald
    Painstakingly reassembled by producer Alan Elliott (Pollack, who never gave up hope on the project, died in 2008), Amazing Grace shows us an artist at the peak of her powers.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Moira Macdonald
    A rare charmer from the DC Comics universe.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Moira Macdonald
    Us
    In only his second movie as a director, Peele is already a master of tone, and Us is full of memorable, vivid touches.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Moira Macdonald
    Moore lets us see, through her quietly shining performance, that Gloria believes in love, in the way an old song can make you feel a little younger, and in the power of dressing up and hitting a dance floor by yourself, moving as if in a trance, letting the music take you to a better place.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Moira Macdonald
    In other words: yes, it’s fun.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Moira Macdonald
    There’s a lovely sense, throughout the film, of how real life sometimes interrupts things, the way a child’s prattling disrupts the pretty wedding ceremony, or how even in the midst of grief breakfast must be made.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Moira Macdonald
    Greta is a disappointment from Jordan, who’s made far better movies (“The Crying Game,” “The End of the Affair” and, more recently, the elegant vampire film “Byzantium”), but Huppert seizes hold of the film and chills it, in a way that’s both shiver-inducing and bracing.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Moira Macdonald
    Take “Billy Elliot,” trade the refined world of ballet for the “soap opera in spandex” of professional wrestling, swap the preteen boy for a young woman, throw in The Rock — because every movie is better with The Rock, right? — and you’ve got Fighting With My Family, a shaggily likable underdog tale.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Moira Macdonald
    Isn’t It Romantic both spoofs rom-com conventions and embraces them; it’s a tricky balance, but it doesn’t fall off the wire.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Moira Macdonald
    If tense man-against-nature arm-wrestling is your jam (think Robert Redford in “All Is Lost,” but with snow and Mads Mikkelsen) this film makes for a compelling hour and a half; you know where it’s going, but you never quite believe it’ll actually get there.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Moira Macdonald
    It’s a bunch of plastic blocks that have an adventure, and it’s basically insane; not quite as pleasantly so as the first movie (the element of astonished surprise isn’t there), but hey, that’s a high bar. Everything is … oh, damn it, there I go again.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Moira Macdonald
    What we have here is mostly a straight-up, mildly raunchy rom-com, where everyone learns lessons and gets a happy ending. But Shankman gives it all an agreeable bounce, and Henson (better known for dramatic roles, in “Hidden Figures,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” and TV’s “Empire”) zestfully dives into the comedy.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Moira Macdonald
    Rodriguez does just enough to keep things mildly interesting.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Moira Macdonald
    Its primary tone is wistful; a slow, reluctant goodbye, not just to an act but to an era. By its end, all you want is to see that dance, just one more time.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 Moira Macdonald
    Let’s just say that things aren’t always what they seem, and that there is not enough popcorn in the world to make this particular twist go down.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Moira Macdonald
    Cold War seduces its viewer, in its brief running time. You might find, in the quiet of its poignant ending, that it has left its mark on your heart.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 50 Moira Macdonald
    The Aspern Papers, brief as it is, needed more of a lightness of touch; if you weigh down melodrama too much, it dies.

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