Todd McCarthy

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For 1,621 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 48% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Todd McCarthy's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Shrek
Lowest review score: 0 Showgirls
Score distribution:
1621 movie reviews
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    007 is undone by villainous scripting and misguided casting and acting in a couple of key secondary roles.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Remains exciting as long as it stays on the mountains.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Absorbing in a low-key way but more dramatic where its secondary characters are concerned than its leads, and capped by climactic incidents that are less than entirely convincing.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Achieves a certain poignancy through its sensitivity to mortality in a context where illness and death are often thought of primarily in terms of gossip, blown deals and lost money.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Elaborate, sporadically amusing but awfully lightweight followup, which has close to the same tone as its predecessor but makes one realize that freshness had a lot to do with its impact.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    An oddly schizophrenic fantasy thriller that ultimately succumbs to a fatal case of sentimentality.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Sheer energy and audience allure to burn, even if numerous speed bumps cause many of the comic possibilities to go tumbling overboard.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    The opposition of the two dramas winds up in gratifyingly moral and philosophical territory.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    It's good to see Schwarzenegger doing his thing again after what, for him, was a long sabbatical.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    A crudely funny farce that covers no new ground but sees its talented players running some surefire plays.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Reasonably intelligent, well-crafted and dramatically understated.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    The pervasive chill, ugly feelings and downward spiral of the narrative make this a work that requires an equally sober, serious-minded attitude on the part of the viewer.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    A disappointingly pedestrian prison meller that falls between stools artistically and politically.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    More palatable than most pictures of its ilk due to its keen awareness of its own preposterousness, a self-knowledge exuberantly expressed by a mostly live-wire cast.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Some fancy footwork in the writing and directing can't disguise the hoary "Ten Little Indians" origins of Identity.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Despite an effectively low-key performance by Billy Bob Thornton in the leading role, pic is no more spiritually insightful or illuminating than Sunday School instructional story, and a lot less dramatically coherent.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Callahan mostly overcomes its grungy technical quality with entertaining dialogue, nervy confrontation scenes, decent thesping and some truly spectacular shooting on the green velvet.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Deliberately unvarnished shock piece designed to give pause to anyone with a daughter approaching teenhood.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    A mostly standard-issue latter-day Arnold Schwarzenegger actioner spiked with a creepily plausible cloning angle.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    This is one of those pictures that unavoidably becomes part of the zeitgeist due to its coincidental arrival at a precise moment in history when its themes play into current events.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    A sporadically funny romantic comedy with all the dramatic plausibility and tonal consistency of a TV variety show.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    All smoke and mirrors. With his third straight excursion into the supernatural, M. Night Shyamalan has begun revealing the hand that works his spooky tricks so much that the lack of substance is plainly seen.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    A potentially provocative idea is played out to diminishing returns.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Max
    The film is ultimately too glib in its suggestion that Hitler's discovering his career path was a matter of sheerest chance, even an accident.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Misses its comic targets as often as it hits them but is endearing all the same for the good-natured cheer with which it skewers the eminently skewerable.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Although decked out with a legitimate star and handsome production carpentry, pic takes no greater interest in creating three-dimensional characters or fleshing out a credible storyline than does the run-of-the-mill straight-to-video thriller.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    The antics here are strained, graceless and tiresomely crude, the sorts of things audiences feel they're supposed to laugh at rather than well-developed situations that generate genuine amusement.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    LaBute has had middling success at best, having come up with a passably engaging time-jumping romantic melodrama that at least grapples seriously with one of the novel's most potent themes.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Crucially, the teaming of standup favorite and "Martin" star Lawrence and "Fresh Prince" Smith clicks from the outset, with both right at home handling action and comedy on the bigscreen. Even when it's not particularly funny, their interplay is engaging, and their lively, raucous personalities keep the proceedings punchy and watchable for the slightly overlong running time.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    The mildly engaging silliness of its premise is never transformed into something more substantial, and the attempt at a fine-tuned "Clueless"-like tone is only sputteringly achieved.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Most of the action is played for broad laughs, and Hogan demonstrates the ability to generate them, even if the humor is very base and often cruel, making fun of people's looks and ineptitude.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    This entertaining confection possesses the substance of the TV show, the pacing of a Hong Kong actioner and the production values of a James Bond thriller.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    A desperately slight romantic comedy marked by contrived romance and little comedy.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    As computer game-derived features go, it sure beats "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider."
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    A frothy, lightweight romantic comedy that strives to seem richer and more complex than it really is.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Lacks narrative push...atmospheric drama that casts a minor but distinctive spell.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    A fine group of comic performers manages to keep the screen worth looking at despite the obsessively one-note nature of this curious matchup between MTV Films and producer Scott Rudin.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Phantom is easily consumable eye candy, but it contains no nutrients for the heart or mind.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Cheesy homage to a level of horniness Austin Powers could only imagine will be a dream movie for many a teenage boy.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Egoyan's pedantic, lecturing approach makes the film a bit of a slog, although the basic material has an intrinsic interest that makes one at least want to know more about the historical events.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Outrageously grungy and whacked-out walk on the wild side.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Just two weeks after successfully targeting boys with "Holes," Disney is giving girls something they want with this mild, quasi-romantic romp.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    The few who saw the embalmed adaptation of "Snow Falling on Cedars" will recognize the same stifling approach brought to this more accessible material by director Scott Hicks.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    An intensely whimsical shaggy-dog crime story that ricochets between goofy violence and some endearing personal moments.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Holes will no doubt speak clearly and appealingly to its intended early teen audience.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Borderline dull to sit through, The Sixth Sense is actually rather interesting to think about afterward because of the revelation of its ending.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    The picture is lacking in the uproarious humor that might well have ensued from the material, which instead inspires occasional laughs but, much more often, bemused fascination and wonderment at the bizarre imaginations and impressive skill of the filmmakers.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    A picture that, even more than the previous two, feels like a bunch of gags tossed together. The laughs are here, to be sure, although even some of the best of them are retreads and the Swinging '60s recycling act is now feeling a bit past its zeitgeist prime.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Engrossing but psychologically shallow tale.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    It's hard to dislike a movie this light-hearted, but there's something terribly ephemeral about it as well; it's a film of complete weightlessness.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    While this John Singleton-directed sequel provides a breezy enough joyride, it lacks the unassuming freshness and appealing neighborhood feel of the economy-priced original.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Robinson's script is alive to the material's literary roots, although there is a sense that the brakes have been applied so as not to push into territory perceived as too esoteric for American teenagers.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    There are certainly good laughs to be had. But the contrived script and bland direction prevent the film from ever developing a comic life of its own, leaving what fun there is seeming like the foundation to a rumpus room that's never finished.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    The picture's constant forward movement and breezy sense of amusement about itself provide a certain mild sort of diversion.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Odd mixture of ultra-sleek visuals, psychological probing, "Paper Moon"-like father-daughter swindling, self-improvement efforts and abrupt tough-guy stuff keeps the picture percolating, even if it seems too artificial to genuinely convince on an emotional or dramatic level.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    A tasty if wildly far-fetched thriller, Out of Time proves far stronger in its characterizations than in developing genuine suspense.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Still, there is an estimable integrity to the respect and fidelity with which the film regards its subjects, as well as an honesty in its attempt to illuminate the essences of these difficult people.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    A very mild animated entry from Disney with a distinctly recycled feel.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    A creepy, well-acted story of contagious evil, Apt Pupil has more than enough chilling dramatic scenes to rivet the attention but suffers from some hokey contrivances and underlying insufficiencies of motivation.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    There is a trumped-up quality to the action climaxes that is disappointingly perfunctory, and the story's final revelation is simultaneously far-fetched and unsurprising.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Often a gutsy, intelligent writer, Toback has yet to prove himself decisively as a director, and this, his first fictional effort behind the camera in a decade, shows his talents to be as variable as ever.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    A heaping serving of metaphysical gobbledygook wrapped in a physically striking package.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Refreshingly revisionist in the sense that it takes a relatively clear-eyed view of the messy lives and equivocal circumstances of many of the key participants.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    One of the more absorbing and palatable entries in the rather disreputable "Death Wish"-style self-appointed vigilante sub-genre.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    The sense of evil overkill is entirely representative of the picture itself, which repeatedly looks ready to blow all its fuses due to sensory overload.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Despite a sensationally attractive cast and an array of well-staged combat scenes presented on a vast scale, Wolfgang Petersen's highly telescoped rendition of the Trojan War lurches ahead in fits and starts for much of its hefty running time, to OK effect.
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    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Compensating for the technical faults is the writer-director's unmistakable and undiluted need to express the issues he feels are at the heart of his community.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    While pic remains sympathetic and appealing, the endless dialogue and repetitive settings become wearing through the couple's one long night together, and the artifice of the premise may contribute to the difficulty the film has in coming to romantic life.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    A balanced, evenhanded film about a subject who has always managed to provoke intemperate reactions.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Takes plenty of liberties with the material and never generates much genuine excitement, but provides an agreeable ride without overloading it with contemporary filmmaking mannerisms.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Feels too piecemeal and ultimately inconsequential.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Replete with smart, capable characters and crimes so bizarre that they lend the film a suspiciously lurid nature, this tony suspenser is hampered by the presence of a villain who is all too obvious from the very beginning.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Nair's approach never entirely convinces, and the adaptation of the 900-plus-page book becomes increasingly episodic, making this Vanity Fair more a collection of intermittent pleasures than a satisfying emotional repast.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    With the combination of mobster characters and heavily R&B, hip-hop and disco/soul tune orientation of the soundtrack, pic has a more streetwise feel than most animated fare, which is not to say that it has street smarts.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Butler is in no way a hot-headed or contentious piece of agit-prop, unlike so many other election year documentaries; like Kerry himself, the film speaks to the mind, not the emotions.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    An unabashedly old-fashioned entertainment loaded with traditional dancing and music.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    A minor affair, a confection based on dalliances and the way a set of sophisticated theater people handle them, that lacks true distinction.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Although The Postman conveys a thoroughly imagined vision of a future society, its basic concerns are actually far from those of traditional sci-fi, as it quickly comes to feel more like a Western than anything else.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Although uneven and too deliberately obscure in meaning to be entirely satisfying, result remains sufficiently intriguing and startling to bring many of Lynch's old fans back on board for this careening ride.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    A generic suspenser that doesn't taste bad at first bite but becomes increasingly hard to swallow, The Saint comes off more as a pallid imitation of Paramount's Eurothriller "Mission: Impossible" than as anything resembling the further adventures of Leslie Charteris' charming rogue.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    It's a film of myriad minor pleasures but scant compelling qualities.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    A not-bad futuristic actioner with three or four astounding sequences, an unusual hero, a nifty villain and less mythic and romantic resonance than might be desired.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    A witty and sometimes surreal sci-fi comedy, Men in Black is a wild knuckleball of a movie that keeps dancing in and out of the strike zone.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    An exhaustingly elaborate romantic fantasy actioner.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Although it will most readily appeal to cinephiles…offers sufficient reality-based incident and ponderable cultural issues to attract curious audiences.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Atom Egoyan's most mainstream and genre-oriented picture in his 20-year career applies a thick noir lacquer to a jumbled, time-jumping tale of a young female journalist prying the facts out of the aging entertainers and their cronies.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Part absurdist drama, part personal observational commentary and part hormonal explosion, all seen through the filter of previous war pics, Sam Mendes' third feature has numerous arresting moments but never achieves a confident, consistent or sufficiently audacious tone.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Mildly engaging but very far from being for 50 Cent what "8 Mile" was for Eminem, this lurchingly structured story of survival against the odds looks to get off to a strong start thanks to the singer's large following.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Beautifully made pic will spur newsy media coverage and possible consternation on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian divide, but members of the general public will be glancing at their watches rather than having epiphanies about world peace.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    So determinedly old-fashioned it makes a strong claim to being the best film musical of 1959.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    But the film also has its turgid, dialogue-heavy stretches, and the leading performances, if acceptable, are not everything they needed to be to fully flesh out these elegant immortals.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    After lightly going through the motions of a plot, it all ends up in the quarry, where assorted machinery provides the excuse for a parade of slapstick gags and amusement park-like predicaments that seem mostly lumbering.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    More intriguing on paper than when it actually unspools onscreen. Kevin Willmott's small-scaled but ambitious picture is well-researched, sometimes amusing and not unintelligent.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    The only problem is that the great majority of screen time is devoted to the kind of loutish, drunken, small-minded, confrontational macho posturing that, in assorted ethnic stripes, has been paraded across the screen innumerable times in recent years.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    It is unfortunate when such a difficult, ambitious film doesn't quite pay off after building up so much solid credit, but that is the case here. It is possible that the nature of the history under consideration is as responsible for this as any other single factor.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Eventually, the impression is created of notes for good scenes full of pungent observations and sharp asides, but without fully developed drama or emotion, leaving a sketchy, wispy feeling when all is said and done.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Highlighted by a strong and sensual performance from Salma Hayek as the doomed heroine, elegant pic's muted quality and the central character's vexingly contrary behavior will keep auds from connecting with characters who themselves have trouble establishing bonds.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Strikes some resonant chords but also hits notes that simply don't ring true and are borderline risible at times
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    A tad crasser and pushier than its predecessor, Ice Age: The Meltdown is still an entirely serviceable follow-up to the 2002 hit that will thoroughly amuse kids and get a rise or two out of parents as well.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Despite a sprinkling of laughs and eye-catching moments, this adaptation of a popular comicstrip reps a middling effort from the house that "Shrek" built, a rather narrowly conceived tale that makes only modest hay from the overworked conflict between wildlife and encroaching humans.

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