Moira Macdonald

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For 300 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 69% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 27% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 8.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Moira Macdonald's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 Carol
Lowest review score: 25 Fifty Shades Darker
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 23 out of 300
300 movie reviews
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Moira Macdonald
    Its honesty and power makes it feel large; you live among these characters in their weary trailer park, aching for them.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Moira Macdonald
    What Bradley Cooper’s beguiling A Star Is Born is very, very good at is showing us how a song can transform a person, or a moment, and how that transformation just might make us fall in love with the person singing it, for a moment or for longer.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Moira Macdonald
    Here, the focus is on Knightley, who delivers some of her best work.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Moira Macdonald
    Happy anniversary, Little Women, but I think I prefer you back in the 19th century; dreamy professors aside.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Moira Macdonald
    There’s no happy ending to this story, but it’s a pleasure to spend just a bit of time with Radner again.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Moira Macdonald
    Every dog in this sweetly earnest movie seems to have a strong sense of responsibility.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Moira Macdonald
    One of the great pleasures of moviegoing is seeing an actor perfectly cast, in a role that takes all of the performer’s trademarks and quirks and transforms them into something we haven’t seen before. Such a performance is at the center of Paul Feig’s sly thriller/comedy A Simple Favor, and the actor is Anna Kendrick.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Moira Macdonald
    Close owns this movie, from beginning to end; it’s a performance of such intelligence and subtlety that only when the movie is long over do you start wondering about whether the plot holds up.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Moira Macdonald
    A charming, moving and over-too-soon portrait of a country, and of what it means to have a longer than expected life.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Moira Macdonald
    As rom-coms go, it’s pretty much everything you want, even if it’s not quite distinctive enough to linger.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Moira Macdonald
    The Little Stranger is a haunted-house movie, but not one with cheap scares. In fact there are few scares at all — it’s mostly just an atmosphere of lingering, musty dread — and horror-movie fans should be warned that it’s all quite subtle. But it’s haunting, in its quiet way.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Moira Macdonald
    “Scotty” the documentary, entertaining as it is, leaves its hero’s surface mostly unscratched; his life seems a story still not fully written.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Moira Macdonald
    Is it as good as the book? No. Did it make me happy? Oh yes, and how nice to be reminded what a gift a joyful rom-com can be.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Moira Macdonald
    It’s all good, goofy fun; make it an air-conditioned double feature with “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” and you might just have the very definition of “summer movies.”
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Moira Macdonald
    BlacKkKlansman manages that tricky balance of being both entertaining (some of the performances are quite comedic, particularly Paul Walker Hauser as a mouth-breathing Klansman) and devastating.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 88 Moira Macdonald
    As sweet as honey but without the stickiness, Christopher Robin is a gentle delight — for children, and for former children.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Moira Macdonald
    Mission: Impossible — Fallout is definitely everything we expected, and more. You might need to go lie down afterward, in a good way.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Moira Macdonald
    Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again doesn’t pretend to be anything more than what it is: sweet, silly, sun-splashed absurdity, with a thumping disco beat. The world is a mess these days; some of us might just need this movie.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Moira Macdonald
    The film is over quickly, before I’d seen quite enough of Westwood’s fanciful clothing, or heard quite enough of her voice.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Moira Macdonald
    Skyscraper, which lacks the lunkheaded charm of “Rampage,” isn’t the ideal vehicle — its special effects are murky (I saw it in 2D; it’s probably even muddier in 3D), and a bit of wit wouldn’t have been unwelcome. Nobody in this film has a personality; they’re just evil, stoic, mildly badass (particularly Neve Campbell, as Will’s resourceful wife) or The Rock.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Moira Macdonald
    Burnham, in his debut film, makes some funny observations about growing up in the tech era.... But mostly, with glorious support from Fisher’s symphony of awkward poignancy, he makes all of us remember what it’s like to be 13.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Moira Macdonald
    Isabelle is complicated, in a way that movie women often aren’t; Binoche makes her an intriguing puzzle to solve.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Moira Macdonald
    It’s hard to watch young Whitney, knowing what lies ahead, but it seems important to do as the film does: take a moment, and just listen to her sing.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Moira Macdonald
    Despite an unnecessary reliance on blurry re-enactment scenes early in the film, Wardle makes Three Identical Strangers as spellbinding as a great psychological thriller.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Moira Macdonald
    Dark fare indeed, and you won’t shake it off easily.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Moira Macdonald
    The Gospel According to André leaves you wishing you knew a little more about this complex, elegant gentleman and his lifelong love affair with style.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Moira Macdonald
    Even the heavenly chorus that’s working overtime on the soundtrack can’t drown out the lack of chemistry between Howard and Pratt. And the movie too often defaults to people running around screaming — which is, to be fair, the backbone of this franchise, but it gets awfully old here.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Moira Macdonald
    Tag
    The cast is a likable bunch, and I can see how Tag might go down nicely with a couple of beers beforehand; it’s definitely funny in spots, in a we’re-making-this-up-as-we-go-along sort of way.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Moira Macdonald
    Despite this rich emotional material (not to mention some gloriously shabby drawing rooms), the film feels surprisingly dull and conventional — two things its heroine most definitely was not.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 88 Moira Macdonald
    Casting a dramatic film with nonactors is always a risky proposition; the fresh, natural presence of “real people” is sometimes outweighed by awkwardness when they have to deliver scripted dialogue. But Chloé Zhao’s dreamlike Western The Rider is one of those happy exceptions.

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