For 53 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 22% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 75% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

John P. McCarthy's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 51
Highest review score: 80 Get Him to the Greek
Lowest review score: 10 Footprints
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 53
  2. Negative: 7 out of 53
53 movie reviews
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 John P. McCarthy
    Has a stirring elemental feel and constitutes filmmaking at its most basic and transfixing.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 John P. McCarthy
    With his (Herzog) idiosyncratic blend of serendipity, bluntness and mischievous irony, he's able to get at deep questions like no other documentarian.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 John P. McCarthy
    A beguiling cross between fiction and non-fiction, Alamar regards the relationship three Mexican males have with the sea.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 John P. McCarthy
    Cary Joji Fukunaga's romantic thriller Jane Eyre is to 19th-century literature what "Black Swan" is to ballet: a thoroughly cinematic, occasionally exhilarating reimagining of a repertoire standard.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 John P. McCarthy
    The Father of My Children is a protean charmer just like Grégoire Canvel, the title character modeled on the late Humbert Balsan.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 John P. McCarthy
    Ultimately rather opaque. It lacks sufficient emotional and psychological clarity to cut through our disaster fatigue.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 John P. McCarthy
    An entomologist's delight, Jessica Oreck's movie about Japan's insect mania is worth watching even if you're repulsed by creepy-crawlers.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 John P. McCarthy
    Listen closely, however, and amidst the zingers and world-weary chatter, Chekhov's generous humanism comes through loud and clear.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 John P. McCarthy
    The equally simple and profound take-away from One Lucky Elephant is that the best thing we can do is let Flora be Flora.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 John P. McCarthy
    Most of its truth (and any irony) is undercut by director Vikram Jayanti's fawning approach.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 John P. McCarthy
    Further exploration of this psychological question might have made for a more substantial, less enervating artfilm. One less liable to be experienced as an approximation of cinematic waterboarding.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 John P. McCarthy
    Leon Gast's profile of the photographer is not devoid of entertainment value or unhelpful in understanding the history of photojournalism, however, the movie is as ephemeral as one of Galella's snapshots of a coked out, B-list celeb exiting Studio 54 circa 1975.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 John P. McCarthy
    The overarching lesson is twofold: environmental issues are never as simple or as cut-and-dried as we would like, and the first order of business is to get the science right.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 John P. McCarthy
    Although its claims about Hildegard's modernity and relevancy should be taken with a grain of salt, one readily imagines Vision attracting a cross-section of the curious, not limited to feminist cinephiles and true believers.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 John P. McCarthy
    Warm, broad and uneven, City Island almost thrives in the lite entertainment zone where ethnic family dramedy meets mildly raucous farce.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 John P. McCarthy
    Gingerly pieced together, The Woman with the 5 Elephants has a delicacy and indirectness that's alluring and provocative at the same time.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 John P. McCarthy
    Carancho's noir vibe stems from the scenario itself, plus claustrophobic cinematography and art direction.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 John P. McCarthy
    What transpires gives fresh meaning to ‘sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll.'
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 John P. McCarthy
    A superficially provocative movie that tries way too hard to be memorable. Horror aficionados will be tantalized before walking away unsatisfied.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 John P. McCarthy
    It's difficult to imagine a more fascinating case of sociopathic, obsessive-compulsive behavior, or a more disciplined, engrossing study of it. And yet a vital ingredient is missing.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 John P. McCarthy
    Tirador ’s frenetic style and locale will remind many viewers of Fernando Meirelles’ much-admired City of God.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 John P. McCarthy
    A conventional portrait of an endearingly unconventional sister act-with roots in music halls and the dairy farm on which they were raised (and became expert yodelers)-The Topp Twins is a piece of hagiography.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 John P. McCarthy
    The romantic drama earns solid marks for atmosphere, moving shots of post-Katrina New Orleans and acting.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 John P. McCarthy
    The bright spot-and what saves Greenspan's debut feature from being nothing more than a long tedious draft of an ordinary craft brew-is James Liston's cinematography.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 John P. McCarthy
    Best Worst Movie is a must-see for students of film criticism and the philosophy of art.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 John P. McCarthy
    The absorbingly bittersweet result ranks as one of the best non-fiction films of the year.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 John P. McCarthy
    For all the innovative dishes we watch being concocted, the movie needs another ingredient or two for flavor enhancement and full satisfaction.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 John P. McCarthy
    Mr. Nice is hampered by tonal timidity and the inability to find a sufficiently entertaining through-line in Marks' life story.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 John P. McCarthy
    How often can you see Cheech Marin nailed to a cross or Lindsay Lohan in a threesome with Trejo and the actress playing her mother?
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 John P. McCarthy
    It has sufficient flavor to perform relatively well in markets with significant South Asian populations or amongst serious foodies who'll flock to anything remotely germane to their passion.