Todd McCarthy
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For 1,417 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 51% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 47% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Todd McCarthy's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Youth
Lowest review score: 0 Showgirls
Score distribution:
1,417 movie reviews
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Nineteen years after their last adventure, director Steven Spielberg and star Harrison Ford have no trouble getting back in the groove with a story and style very much in keeping with what has made the series so perennially popular.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Inspirational on the face of it, Clint Eastwood's film has a predictable trajectory, but every scene brims with surprising details that accumulate into a rich fabric of history, cultural impressions and emotion.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    George Nofi pulls off a relative rarity in his feature film debut by creating a genuinely romantic fantasy suspense thriller.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Succeeds in capturing the book's essential themes and concerns, albeit in a hectic style that could not be more antithetical to that of the literary master of international intrigue.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Bright, glossy, grandly scaled and dramatically stolid, 79-year-old writer-director Jerzy Kawalerowicz's longtime dream project mixes earnest religiosity with the depraved cruelty of Nero's Rome in the classic De Mille tradition.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    An insightfully observed and exceptionally acted ensemble piece precisely about what the title suggests.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Dazzlingly nimble and light on its feet, this breezy but densely textured love letter to modern, multicultural Paris in the guise of a romantic suspenser returns its director to the vibrant vein of his pre-Oscar work in "Something Wild" and "Married to the Mob."
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    An impeccably made and genuinely moving account of how Scottish author J.M. Barrie came to write "Peter Pan."
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Genuinely spectacular and historically quite respectable, Ridley Scott's latest epic is at its strongest in conveying the savagery spawned by fanaticism.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Well-made and acted Coen Brothers remake lacks the humor and resonance that might have made it memorable.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Sad, compelling documentary leaves a few key questions frustratingly unanswered, but the raw materials here are sufficiently bracing.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Marked by some powerful scenes, fine performances and colorful dialogue, this talented directorial debut by actor-writer Billy Bob Thornton has its effectiveness diluted by serious overlength and a rather monotonous, unmodulated tone.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    This surprising collaboration between director Clint Eastwood and "Milk" screenwriter Dustin Lance Black tackles its trickiest challenges with plausibility and good sense, while serving up a simmeringly caustic view of its controversial subject's behavior, public and private.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    With Ledger onscreen more than might have been expected, the film possesses strong curiosity value bolstered by generally lively action and excellent visual effects.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Just as quirky and idiosyncratic as the Gotham-based writer-director's earlier efforts, this one pushes the spiky humor a bit more to the fore while unfolding a tale loaded with offbeat oppositions and odd character detailing.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Upstream Colors certainly is something to see if you’re into brilliant technique, expressive editing, oblique storytelling, obscuritanist speculative fiction or discovering a significant new actress.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    An entertainingly eccentric horror tale that envelopes the audience in a dreamy and bloody nightmare.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Fury is a good, solid World War II movie, nothing more and nothing less.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Exceedingly imaginative, beautifully realized animated epic adventure.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    A pleasurable throwback to the sort of gritty, low-tech international thriller that was a staple of the 1960s.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Audacious, confident and fueled by youthful energy.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Engaging, refreshingly human in its humor and becomingly modest in its aspirations, this hip look at being out of it announces some promising new talent and will play well with young audiences looking for comfortable entertainment that doesn't feel manufactured.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Underachieves in its own way by trapping an expansive, probing story in a brittle, highly artificial style that constricts character and emotional development.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    An unusually fresh-feeling indie with a nice sense of style. The potentially predictable story of a young man who undertakes an impromptu journey to resolve some unfinished family business emerges as an appealing tale of personal growth with hand-crafted contours.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Beautifully acted by a diverse ensemble, this Good Machine production is carefully crafted and deliberately paced.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Increasingly exhibits a desire to amuse and distract rather than go deep, which ultimately generates disappointment in light of its announced intentions.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Rough as can be in both content and style, Ghosts will be welcome everywhere tough, provocative docus are shown.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Planet Terror delivers only momentary kicks...while Tarantino's Death Proof is a juicy, delicious treat, its pleasures stem much less from the play with genre conventions than from great dialogue and electric performances.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    John Mathieson's widescreen cinematography is magnificent, and the pacing across 2½ hours is well modulated.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    A deliriously trashy, exuberantly vulgar, lavishly appointed exploitation picture, this weird combo of road-kill movie and martial-arts vampire gorefest is made to order for the stimulation of teenage boys.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Taking film noir material and turning it inside out visually and morally, The Deep End is an absorbing, beautifully made melodrama that succeeds on formal levels more than it does with suspense or emotion.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Serves up a judicious blend of showy action, political intrigue, ticking-clock suspense and intramural CIA one-upsmanship for mainstream entertainment.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    After building up a narrative head of steam, the film relaxes too much back into expository documentary form. What might have been thrilling is merely entirely engrossing.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    A randy, irreverent, slice-of-life no-budgeter that's played for laughs and gets them.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Never really addresses why aspects of the ratings don't work, proposes concrete improvements or compares the system to those in other countries. Still, picture's bracing, hilarious and out-there elements make it a landmark.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    It's juicy, fascinating stuff, well orchestrated by Carion and finely thesped -- especially by Kusturica.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    A knockout documentary with a renegade personality ideally suited to its anarchic subject matter.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Tony Kushner's densely packed script has been directed by Spielberg in an efficient, unpretentious way that suggests Michael Curtiz at Warner Bros. in the 1940s, right down to the rogue's gallery of great character actors in a multitude of bewhiskered supporting roles backing up a first-rate leading performance by Daniel Day-Lewis.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    A well-observed and deftly performed examination of upper-middle-class emotional deep freeze, The Ice Storm is an intelligent, adult American film.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    As Oscar, Jordan at moments gives off vibes of a very young Denzel Washington in the way he combines gentleness and toughness; he effortlessly draws the viewer in toward him.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    An array of supporting craftspeople pull the viewer into a credible alternative world, even if the film itself is more prosaic than inspiring.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    A roundly entertaining romantic comedy, Love Actually is still nearly as cloying as it is funny…its cheeky wit, impossibly attractive cast and sure-handed professionalism are beguiling.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Directing himself for the first time, Redford has lavished his usual meticulous care on popular material that comes alive on the screen in ways that it never could on the page.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Like it or not, Wanted pretty much slams you to the back of your chair from the outset and scarcely lets up for the duration.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Hakonarson observes all this with the practiced eye of a good documentarian but, in the compositions, the rigorous timing of the editing and the performances of the two leads, he lifts the material beyond the observational to a modestly accomplished work that not only neatly observes an obscure lifestyle but brings to life a most peculiar sibling relationship.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    The final installment of the immortal Bella/Edward romance will give its breathlessly awaiting international audience just what it wants.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    One of Caine's meatiest roles, and he handles it with power, humanity and remarkable emotional fluidity; from the opening moments, an enormous amount comes through his eyes alone.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    A vital chapter of mid-century history is brought to life concisely, with intimacy and matter-of-fact artistry.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Best of all, von Sydow is absolutely wonderful, with the great veteran actor clearly relishing this very unusual role as he darts, skulks and, in a stealthy way, mugs across town. Without saying a thing, he dominates the middle part of the movie.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Cohen employs a comic range that ricochets between wicked political barbs and the lowest anatomical farce, to often funny and occasionally hilarious effect.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    A seamless, pulsating, dazzlingly visual revenge fantasy that stands as one of the most effective live-actioners ever derived from a comic strip.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Charlie Wilson's War is that rare Hollywood commodity these days: a smart, sophisticated entertainment for grownups.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Although marred by a couple of too-convenient plot contrivances, this often humorous drama lands firmly in the plus column among the Woodman's recent works.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    A funny and unexpectedly beguiling account of the outrageous humorist's unlikely rise to the pinnacle of radio celebrity.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Although Nava's screenplay hits the subject of every scene right on the head and doesn't ask for much subtlety or subtext, Lopez is wonderful to watch in the dramatic sequences as well as in the numerous musical interludes.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Viewers looking for old-fashioned movie thrills as a change of pace from the glut of alien and digital-oriented features might paradoxically enjoy the feeling of being back on terra firma with this airborne adventure.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    This is a Wes Anderson film -- more lightweight than some, possessing a stronger emotional undertow than others -- that will strike the uninitiated as conspicuously arch.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    In the spirit of the venture, the entire cast gets down and comes off all the better for it. Both Efron and McConaughey get very messed up physically, and both actors seem stimulated to be playing such flawed characters.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    In revisiting his darkly comic 1998 ensembler "Happiness," Todd Solondz may have made his best film with Life During Wartime.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Nearly as extravagant as the characters it depicts, Martin Scorsese's comic, operatically-scaled film is, on a moment-by-moment basis, often madly entertaining due to its live-wire energy, exuberant performances and the irresistible appeal of watching naughty boys doing very naughty things.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    The Whale is a thoughtful, philosophical, political and ultimately sad documentary that ponders the impulses behind, and advisability of, intense interaction between human beings and another smart species.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    A violent fairy tale, an increasingly entertaining fantasia in which the history of World War II is wildly reimagined so that the cinema can play the decisive role in destroying the Third Reich.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    This is Holofcener’s sweet spot, the depiction of the emotional confusions, self-deceptions, uncertainties and misguided decisions that can cloud and get the better of otherwise bright, aware people, especially the female characters she tends to specialize in.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Fassbender cuts a more prosaic, realistic figure as the tormented, romantic Rochester than did the screen's most celebrated performer of the role, Orson Welles, in the effective 1944 version.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    A wonderful, serious-minded romantic comedy-drama.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Feels lavish by normal documentary standards and will have great appeal in such F1 hotbeds as Europe and South America.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    It is never boring and does provoke and stimulate, although not as a turn-on, not remotely.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    A full-blown musical that commutes between Disney's patented cartoon universe and the "real" world with cleverness and grace, this splashy production reminds one of nothing in the Disney canon so much as "Mary Poppins," not least due to the "star is born" aura that surrounds Amy Adams here, just as it did Julie Andrews 43 years ago.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Carey Mulligan shines in a captivating performance.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    It’s an impressive debut, an ambitious project pulled off with confidence.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    An intermittently compelling and occasionally hilarious road movie.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Ending is on the conventional side, more so than anything else in the picture , but script by Ann Biderman and David Madsen keeps the tart surprises coming throughout most of the picture with only occasional lapses into red herrings and artificial manipulation.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    An eye-popping visual spectacle that serves up a vivid picture of what the planet might have looked like when reptiles ruled the Earth.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Eastwood's latest picture boasts tight storytelling, sharp acting and an eye for unexpected, enlivening detail.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Strong action, special effects and by far the most credible ape "performances" yet seen will spell box office to inspire chest-thumping in all markets.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Darker and more dramatic, this account of Harry's troubled second year at Hogwarts may be a bit overlong and unmodulated in pacing, but it possesses a confidence and intermittent flair that begin to give it a life of its own apart of the literary franchise, something the initial picture never achieved.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Pleasantly involving and sometimes annoying throughout most of its running time, this is also a vibrant, thoughtful piece about modern life in a very particular gentrified neighborhood.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Dramatically powerful, surprising in its strong narrative differences from previous cinematic tellings of "the greatest story" and bold in the extent to which it presents Jesus as a confrontational and threatening figure in the Judean context of the time.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Occupying a dramatic, philosophical and sensory twilight zone that casts a considerable spell, this intensely focused piece soars not only on the director's precision-tooled style but also on the outstanding interplay between leads Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    A sharp-minded, plenty entertaining toon that will keep children of all ages wide-eyed and on their toes.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    An absorbing, shades-of-gray look at home-front intrigue in Nazi-occupied Denmark during World War II. Ole Christian Madsen’s accomplished fourth feature plays out on a much larger canvas than he’s used previously and offers nuance and ambiguity in equal measure with violence and tragedy.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Endlessly stimulating and provoking, Ivory Tower presents a solid overview of an urgent problem that some claim is about to implode and others believe can be worked through with the intelligent application of fresh ideas.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    An engagingly up-to-date melodrama steeped in local color and steered by a treacherous sense of morality.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    This story of suffering and almost inadvertent humanitarianism is harrowing, engrossing, claustrophobic and sometimes literally hard to watch.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Dominating it all is Cumberbatch, whose charisma, tellingly modulated and naturalistic array of eccentricities, Sherlockian talent at indicating a mind never at rest and knack for simultaneously portraying physical oddness and attractiveness combine to create an entirely credible portrait of genius at work.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    After a buoyantly funny first half-hour, stylish animated comedy takes a breather before ramping it up again for a rambunctious, girrrl-power finale that provides a convenient springboard for further adventures to come.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    A tour de force of artifice, a dazzling pastiche of musical and visual elements at the service of a blatantly artificial story.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Volume two gets down in ways the first half doesn't, although anything resembling real sensuality remains MIA.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    An intelligent, insidiously plotted Hitchcockian thriller directed in souped-up, modern expressionistic style.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Like a Rousseau painting splattered with carnage of warfare.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Very clever and imaginative indeed, and its pictures are so gorgeous that they alone could warrant a second viewing.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Absorbing, exciting at times and undeniably entertaining, and is poised to be a major commercial hit. But great it's not.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Smartly plotted, convincingly acted and brilliantly executed technically, this engrossing thriller adds some clever modern wrinkles to the time-tested formula of sinister intruders threatening innocents in their home.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Even when it's clear Scorsese has decided to employ fakery and allow it to be obvious, it's done with elegance and beauty.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Raunchy humor laced with gradually revealed vulnerability makes for a winning combination in Obvious Child, a wildly funny and appealing female-centric comedy that launches very promising talent on both sides of the camera.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Ordinary in some ways and extraordinary in others, The Spectacular Now benefits from an exceptional feel for its main characters on the parts of the director and lead actors.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Both sharp and fleet, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street proves a satisfying screen version of Stephen Sondheim’s landmark 1979 theatrical musical.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Tom Cruise is in fine form as mysterious tough guy Jack Reacher finally reaches the big screen.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Films exist for different reasons, and the indisputable raison d'etre for About Schmidt is to showcase Jack Nicholson giving a master class in the art of screen acting.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    An all-star remake of the all-star original, Ocean's Eleven is a lark for everybody concerned, including the audience. Breezy, nonchalant and without a thing on its mind except having a little fun.

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