Mike McCahill

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For 124 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 32% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 64% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 9.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mike McCahill's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 53
Highest review score: 80 Baahubali 2: The Conclusion
Lowest review score: 20 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 124
  2. Negative: 8 out of 124
124 movie reviews
    • 45 Metascore
    • 20 Mike McCahill
    The malfunctioning studio system has foisted many subprime ideas upon us recently, but this opportunistic, Trump-age hybrid of war-on-terror drama and YA fantasy numbers among the junkiest.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Mike McCahill
    Nobody lands the one knockout punchline to elevate matters above tolerable mediocrity.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Mike McCahill
    Railing against rising tides, Gore emerges as a cannier performer and a more compelling subject than he was in 2006; a message that sounded critical then has become no less urgent with time.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Mike McCahill
    For an action-comedy, its timing is lousy.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Mike McCahill
    It starts feeling fairly mechanised itself, every clank of those boysy Transformer knock-offs further drowning out its wistful heroine.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Mike McCahill
    The summer of inessential animation continues with this very middling sequel to 2014’s semi-forgotten squirrel-based timekiller.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Mike McCahill
    Hinds is a strong, wounded presence, but the laboured structure cuts insistently around him to get at a psychology mostly scrambled in translation. This Sea's just too choppy.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Mike McCahill
    We’re mostly watching Allam scowling at the eccentrics passing through his eyeline – but it’s still a pleasure, and often a joy, to watch the star measuring out and savouring Fry’s rich wordplay like fingers of scotch.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Mike McCahill
    Prolific sports documentarian James Erskine (Pantani, The Battle of the Sexes) here takes on his most ambitious project yet: a study of Sachin Tendulkar – the closest thing Indian cricket has to a living deity – played out over Test session duration to soaring AR Rahman compositions.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Mike McCahill
    Dead Men Tell No Tales moves at a faster rate of knots than any Pirates film; trouble is, nothing has really been added. It’s the same soggy ride, set to a marginally preferable speed.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Mike McCahill
    Baahubali demonstrates the pleasing, straight-ahead simplicity of certain videogames: whenever our hero accomplishes a task, some new challenge presents itself.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Mike McCahill
    This production’s triumph is the room it’s granted Rajamouli to head into the fields and dream up endlessly expressive ways to frame bodies in motion.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Mike McCahill
    A mixed bag, but one that comes good in its closing stretch, working its way towards a place of quiet power.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Mike McCahill
    The film achieves a functioning mediocrity we perhaps might have thought beyond this franchise, offering a modicum of diversion in return for the cash disappeared from your wallet.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Mike McCahill
    Post-Slumdog, Hollywood and Bollywood have repeatedly attempted to collaborate, with mixed results: here, they’ve produced a properly expansive and enthralling afternoon matinee.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 60 Mike McCahill
    This offshoot is essentially a well-produced, easily accessed B-movie. Still, it wouldn’t kill you to watch it, and it does more than expected to reinvent its particular wheel.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Mike McCahill
    It has tentacles and hot wheels, yes, but not the legs or bright ideas to sustain itself.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Mike McCahill
    Very solid, very sound entertainment, with thumpingly good Pritam songs that make Eye of the Tiger seem like pipsqueakery.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Mike McCahill
    What this exceptionally lucid film-survey reveals is what has to go on at ground level, and beneath the surface, in order to power a powerhouse.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Mike McCahill
    Raised up on the big screen, the victories look even easier and more jaw-droppingly elemental: flashes of lightning, allowing us to share in the pleasure of watching a fellow human doing something simple preternaturally well.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Mike McCahill
    Mark Waters wrings occasional snickers from a patchy script, but the whole feels tamely conventional: misanthropy passed through the usual Hollywood motions.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Mike McCahill
    This thoroughly emo body-swap fantasia, a sizable hit on home turf, demonstrates that [Makoto Shinkai] inherited much of his [Hayao Miyazaki's] artistry and charm, but not yet his narrative mastery – nor, crucially, that magic that distinguishes lasting artworks from well-drawn ’toons for teens.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Mike McCahill
    More meme than movie.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Mike McCahill
    What’s odd is that the movie itself turns out not to be some incendiary provocation, but squarely Bollywood trad, a globetrotting weepie unlikely to offend anyone but the most entrenched.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Mike McCahill
    It’s still no scarier than any branded content, and perhaps only the most lukewarm slumber party would truly need it. Yet if you were to ask whether Origin of Evil offers a better quality of timewasting than its predecessor, my finger would hover inexorably over YES.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Mike McCahill
    Each helter-skelter turn throws up story and design elements you’ll have seen better programmed elsewhere.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Mike McCahill
    If it’s far from bleeding edge – within days, it’ll look as dated as Tron and The Lawnmower Man do today – it’s a modest upgrade on all those killer-website movies that popped up a decade ago, keeping us at least semi-interested as to who stands and falls.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Mike McCahill
    Director Susanna White favours a generic spy-movie look: those chilly blue filters surely need resting now. Yet she works smartly with her actors: while Skarsgård wolfs down great handfuls of scenery, McGregor effectuates a thoughtful transformation from ineffectual tourist to man in the field.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 20 Mike McCahill
    It’s soon clear that OOTS follows the model of Bay’s Transformers sequels. Longer, louder and boasting even more hardware, it does everything to generate the illusion of bleeding-edge bang-per-buck, while cribbing shamelessly from 1991’s Secret of the Ooze.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 40 Mike McCahill
    These films were always down on women – Armstrong squanders the peerless Krysten Ritter as eye candy – but this slovenly runaround only exposes the low opinion they’ve harboured of their target male demographic. We’re meant to identify with them?

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