Moira Macdonald

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For 392 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 8.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Moira Macdonald's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 Dunkirk
Lowest review score: 25 Fifty Shades Darker
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 27 out of 392
392 movie reviews
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Moira Macdonald
    As a movie, The Good Liar is just so-so, but as a master class in performance and star quality, it’s a pleasure.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Moira Macdonald
    Whether you care about motorsports or not, Ford v Ferrari is a kick: both a rollicking true story well told, and a moving depiction of male friendship.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 88 Moira Macdonald
    The Irishman is long, to be sure, but it’s never less than compelling — Scorsese, De Niro, Pacino and Pesci, all in their mid-to-late-70s, are each carrying a lifetime of work, with practiced ease.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Moira Macdonald
    The gorgeous, perfect final shot of Pain and Glory — I might have gasped out loud — will make you feel glad to be alive, and in a movie theater.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Moira Macdonald
    Its central characters never find much chemistry — Clarke’s Kate is a one-note character, which is one note more than Golding’s character gets — and I left Last Christmas with many, many questions, none of which I can share here without giving away too much. The elf costume, though? Just right.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Moira Macdonald
    Motherless Brooklyn is lovely to look at — the cast, in addition to their acting talents, all look great in ’50s styles — and I enjoyed the noir-y jazz of the dialogue. (“Everybody looks like everybody to me,” a bartender tells Lionel, who’s looking for someone in the shadows of a club.) But it’s easily half an hour longer than it needs to be, and it’s full of moments that don’t go anywhere.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Moira Macdonald
    Harriet is a handsome and surprisingly quiet film, taking the time to honor the main character’s deep religious faith.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Moira Macdonald
    You’ll watch knowing you’re in the hands of a master filmmaker; only wondering when it’s over how certain effects were achieved.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 63 Moira Macdonald
    The fun of this movie — aside from the glorious and very velvet-forward costumes, by Ellen Mirojnick — is the performances of the two Hollywood pros at its center, both perfectly cast.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Moira Macdonald
    While Portman’s performance is skilled, she doesn’t have enough to work with — the character, as written, just isn’t there.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 63 Moira Macdonald
    Gemini Man is full of the expected action and bullets, none of which is especially thrilling, but you leave thinking about those two faces — and about how movie magic keeps finding new tricks.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Moira Macdonald
    While Phoenix is always more than watchable (his scary-Fred-Astaire dance moves, born from Arthur’s habit of watching old movies with his mother, are both mesmerizing and disturbing), “Joker” really has nowhere to go. Its characters are one-note cartoony, but fun is the last thing on this movie’s mind; it’s all despair, from its opening scenes on downward.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Moira Macdonald
    What’s most appealing about Zellweger’s portrayal is the brightness that peeps out from the clouds: her deep love for her children, her sly wit.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Moira Macdonald
    This isn’t really a movie, but a delicious wallow, and regular movie rules don’t apply.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Moira Macdonald
    An odd combination of space adventure, psychological thriller and moody tone poem, it stops just short of dazzlement; instead Ad Astra, like an astronaut lost in space, slowly and majestically floats away.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Moira Macdonald
    Not all of Hustlers is beautiful, to be sure, but it’s always a kick.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Moira Macdonald
    It’s a good story, well told, though you have to forgive Hood for indulging in a little journalistic cliché.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Moira Macdonald
    The Goldfinch feels like a series of often-elegant moments, in service to a story that never quite comes into focus.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Moira Macdonald
    The film’s better than you’d expect from a late-summer offering, mostly due to a strong cast led by the great Oyelowo.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Moira Macdonald
    Is After the Wedding a great movie? No, not especially. Are these two women treasures of cinema? Absolutely.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Moira Macdonald
    Like Bernadette, the movie’s lost; you’ll need to read the book to truly find her.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Moira Macdonald
    If “golden retriever voiced by Kevin Costner” rings any alarm bells for you, steer clear.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Moira Macdonald
    All of this silliness is actually great fun, particularly the bantering chemistry between Johnson and Statham, who spend much of the movie squabbling and calling each other names.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Moira Macdonald
    "The Farewell" is so unexpectedly and deliciously funny that watching it feels like a tonic — an immersion in love and art.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Moira Macdonald
    A taut, gripping documentary about one young woman’s dream ... Maiden is wonderfully suspenseful — especially if you, like me, have no idea how the race turned out.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Moira Macdonald
    Ultimately, despite Nanjiani’s best efforts, it’s a disposable fast-car summer movie, neither terrible or good, for those biding their time before the next “Fast & Furious” installment.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Moira Macdonald
    This film celebrates Halston’s work but shows more interest in the man — and the unexpected corporate drama — behind it.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Moira Macdonald
    Much of the film’s pleasure is in hearing Morrison speak.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Moira Macdonald
    Sometimes, a movie can just make you feel better, and that’s no small gift.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Moira Macdonald
    None of these stories feel monumental, and all of them resolve themselves neatly in a quarter-hour or so. But they have a kindness to them; a way of seeing people as they are, with their flaws and their goodness.

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