Nick McCarthy
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For 35 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 28% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 72% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Nick McCarthy's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 88 A Summer's Tale
Lowest review score: 25 Cavemen
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 35
  2. Negative: 9 out of 35
35 movie reviews
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Nick McCarthy
    A Summer's Tale's linear structure and sense of observation is simple yet inspired.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Nick McCarthy
    The research and elucidating synthesis on display effectively illuminate the pernicious aura of a lifestyle pursued by the yearning, lost souls of the time.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Nick McCarthy
    Brad Bernstein's documentary proves that Ungerer's legacy is as historically significant as it is artistically.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Nick McCarthy
    Chad Crawford Kinkle impressively imbues this supernatural world of backwoods mysticism with a plausible milieu while still staying committed to the film's own brewing insanity.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Nick McCarthy
    Treva Wurmfeld's documentary addresses, and acutely analyzes, the way friendship can bend, and occasionally snap, over time.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Nick McCarthy
    Paramount to molding a narrative of war and totalitarianism, however, is the inventive aesthetic in which Panh frames his memoir: a hypnotic hybrid of bleak archival footage, thoughtful voiceover, tone-dictating music, and—most significantly—homemade clay-figurine dioramas.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Nick McCarthy
    It does little to break free of the conventional talking-head documentary format, but thoughtful in how it prizes dialogue over acrimony and one-sided rhetoric.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Nick McCarthy
    It most potently strikes the tone of an elegy, pensively observing that beneath the bickering in museum boardrooms lies a massive treasure trove of art history that's being kept from the public's eye.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Nick McCarthy
    The particulars of Laos's historical conflicts are sometimes only obliquely confronted, but the torrid past of covered-up wars palpably echoes through the scarred yet majestic landscapes.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Nick McCarthy
    The patience in mercurially presenting the characters' backstories and desires is matched by the film's genuine curiosity about the healing power of sharing stories.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Nick McCarthy
    Like an astutely aching ballad, the film—aptly scored with sweet, strumming beats by Jean-Louis Aubert—is pleased to ambiguously infer the interior logic of its irresolute characters without pigeonholing their motivations.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Nick McCarthy
    This inventive animated feature about depression and familial roots suggests NPR's "The Moth" storytelling series by way of Persepolis, mixing mesmerizing memoir monologue with whimsical animation.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 63 Nick McCarthy
    One of Woody Allen's strongest and most pointed films in over a decade despite mildly falling victim to his recent propensity for clunky narrative development, cynicism, and stereotypical characterizations.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Nick McCarthy
    Pedro Almodóvar's diverting pop-art bauble firmly placing the "relief" in comic relief and the "cock" in cockpit.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 63 Nick McCarthy
    The film's highly calculated beauty suffocates rather than elevates the story's emotional underpinnings.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 Nick McCarthy
    This is less a portrait of an artist as a young woman than a psychological evaluation of a slippery subject.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Nick McCarthy
    Director Marielle Nitoslawaska's experimental approach sometimes wanders down uncontextualized paths and obfuscates the subject with filmic affectations.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Nick McCarthy
    The documentary is more interested in covering all its bases than making sure it fully has its foot on each base.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Nick McCarthy
    Unfortunate proof that the animation studio previously known for its brains is now resting a little too heavily on its nominal brawn.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Nick McCarthy
    Inflammatory talk-show host Morton Downey Jr. sparked, delighted, and quickly faded like a firecracker--not unlike the erratic, quick-fire presentation of his persona in this documentary.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Nick McCarthy
    Candy-colored to a potentially cavity-causing degree, the film is a bubbly regurgitation of retrograde romantic comedy tropes and reactionary sexual politics.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Nick McCarthy
    Despite the counter-culture subjects at its core, Daniel Algrant's film possesses a put-upon hipness that cannot mask its disarming dorkiness.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Nick McCarthy
    With its softened edges, bland aftertaste, and watered-down distillation of Raymond's life and career, Michael Winterbottom's film represents the house champagne of biographical cinema.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Nick McCarthy
    This safe, solemn tale of an aged artist whose vitality is briefly revived by a pretty young thing is unconvincing as an articulation of the potentially spiritual nature of the artist/model relationship.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Nick McCarthy
    What results is a lopsided, put-upon narrative of survival where humans, and not the animals themselves, are the ones to be celebrated.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 38 Nick McCarthy
    A tale of memory and redemption that does little to linger in the mind and even less to decry P.L. Travers's claim that Disney turns everything it touches into schmaltz.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 Nick McCarthy
    The film is reduced to a series of unfunny mockery laid out so Garlin can display his trademark deadpan reaction.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 38 Nick McCarthy
    Right up to its simplistic ending, the film is pleased to regurgitate the contrived tropes of the genre without ever honestly addressing the ethics of romantic boundaries.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Nick McCarthy
    Sal
    It functions under the delusion that subtext will magically appear if you linger on a character long enough, and the significance of most of its scenes is nothing if not inscrutable.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 38 Nick McCarthy
    An egregious entry into the pantheon of films about white Americans traveling to exotic lands in search of identity and soul-searching adventure.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 38 Nick McCarthy
    Nothing more than an absurdist soap-opera bauble.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 Nick McCarthy
    It ascribes to the falsehood that a rarefied milieu inherently infuses a film with intelligence, as if inept execution can be covered up by pretty lensing.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 25 Nick McCarthy
    Cavemen is an apt title considering how the sensibility and maturity of the film's characters don't seem to have developed beyond primal, alpha-man impulses.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Nick McCarthy
    It's attempt at conveying a candid portrait of contemporary hookup culture and the dishonesty of online dating profiles, but the film's sentiments are all past their expiration date.