Todd McCarthy
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For 1,399 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 2.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Todd McCarthy's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Brooklyn
Lowest review score: 0 Showgirls
Score distribution:
1,399 movie reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Opulently produced, fittingly enough, and quite entertaining as a surface ride through the up, down and somewhat up again life of one of the New Hollywood's most colorful characters.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    An intensely scenic, refreshingly humanistic oater that dares to be sincere and open-hearted.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    An entertainingly eccentric horror tale that envelopes the audience in a dreamy and bloody nightmare.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    The Coen brothers tread into James M. Cain territory with The Man Who Wasn't There, but with less tasty results than either Cain or the Coens themselves at their best.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    The return of the legendary swordsman is well served by a grandly mounted production in the classical style.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    In a very demanding role demanding a vast emotional range from clueless innocent to confident role player and emotional adventurer, Gyllenhaal is outstanding.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    This refitting of Claude Chabrol's 1968 classic "La Femme Infidele" is less concerned with suspense and dramatic fireworks than is the usual American "erotic thriller," and much more devoted to nuances and the minutiae of how men and women behave, pretend and lie in duplicitous situations.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Like a Rousseau painting splattered with carnage of warfare.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    More gentle and modestly insightful than it is exhilarating or revelatory.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Beautifully acted by a diverse ensemble, this Good Machine production is carefully crafted and deliberately paced.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Breezy, enjoyable romp gratifyingly zigzags in directions that aren't apparent at the outset and features some intriguingly personal subtext for longtime Woody watchers.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Like a trot around the track for the thoroughbreds involved, and one of the results is that it takes them far too long to get to the finish line.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Jolting, superbly acted film.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    A genuinely ominous and suspenseful thriller.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Performances are aces top to bottom
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    About twice as good as the original...bigger and more ambitious in every respect, from its action and visceral qualities to its themes.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    John Mathieson's widescreen cinematography is magnificent, and the pacing across 2½ hours is well modulated.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    May be a shade too serious and contemplative to completely enchant the thrill-seeking masses, while simultaneously seeming too mainstream-minded and genre-bound to be entirely embraced by highbrows.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    This immaculately made first feature from noted musicvid and commercials director Mark Romanek provides Robin Williams with one of his creepiest, atypical roles, and the comic star responds with an unusually restrained performance that is, in the end, quite moving.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    A gritty and gratifying cheap thrill, Rob Cohen's high-octane hot-car meller is a true rarity these days, a really good exploitationer, the sort of thing that would rule at drive-ins if they still existed.
    • 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
    Montenegro carries the film su-perbly with her portrait of gritty strength being worn down to a state of tattered vulnerability, while newcomer de Oliveira, a shoeshine boy who won the role over 1,500 other aspirants, is engagingly natural and happily doesn't beg for viewer sympathy.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    The continuing saga of one of contemporary literature and cinema's most fascinating villains, as played once again with exquisite taste and riveting force by Anthony Hopkins.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Consistently engrossing as an unusual character study and as a trip to the mysterious border-crossing between rarified brilliance and madness, this serious-minded but lively film is distinguished by an exceptional performance by Russell Crowe.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Exceedingly imaginative, beautifully realized animated epic adventure.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    A pleasurable throwback to the sort of gritty, low-tech international thriller that was a staple of the 1960s.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Lin's nicely turned out picture is sometimes both predictable and a bit far-fetched narratively, but still provides a generally absorbing look at a slice of society normally taken for granted, both in life and onscreen.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Very clever and imaginative indeed, and its pictures are so gorgeous that they alone could warrant a second viewing.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    A grim picaresque odyssey across a beautiful scarred landscape laced together by private romantic longing. Handsomely made and vividly acted.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Robert Altman takes an elegant, appealingly unemphatic look at the world of ballet.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    If an age produces the renditions of classic stories that reflect those times, then The Passion of the Christ, which is violent, contentious, emotional, extreme and highly proficient, must be the Jesus movie for this era.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Low on plot but high on charm and personality, Next Stop Wonderland is a sly, hand-crafted indie that is very alive and attentive to its characters' feelings and foibles.
    • 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.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    A somber, absorbing thriller that treads familiar psycho serial killer terrain with style. Elegantly made and comparatively restrained in cramming sick and grisly stuff down the audience's throat.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    A spectacularly gung-ho sci-fi epic that delivers two hours of good, nasty fun.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Witty, thoughtful and illuminating.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    This intelligently made picture is artful but not arty, political without being didactic.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    A funny and unexpectedly beguiling account of the outrageous humorist's unlikely rise to the pinnacle of radio celebrity.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Ray
    Bursting at the seams with music, Taylor Hackford's ambitious film provides a good sense of the pioneering entertainer's extraordinary journey and brings it to life with plenty of colorful detail.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    An impeccably made and genuinely moving account of how Scottish author J.M. Barrie came to write "Peter Pan."
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Lively, sometimes funny and, inevitably, provocative.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    A knockout documentary with a renegade personality ideally suited to its anarchic subject matter.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    The stylistic fun Stone has in dramatizing this crime of passion thoroughly revitalizes the well-worked genre.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Narrative complexity and momentum make this a true cinematic equivalent of an absorbing page-turner.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    For geeks, action freaks and sensation-seeking teenage boys of all ages, the price of admission will provide a one-way ticket to hard-boiled heaven.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    With its exceptional multicamera coverage and dynamic editing, pic provides an amazing ride across the dusty roads and stunningly varied terrain of what could be the world's most demanding vehicle race.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Coolly absorbing without being pulse-quickening.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    A raucous insider documentary that invites the viewer to share a secret held exclusively by comics for untold generations.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Working in his typically idiosyncratic and episodic vein, Jim Jarmusch has nonetheless pitched the film slightly more toward mainstream tastes than usual for him, using excellent thesps in the service of accessible material.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    A vital chapter of mid-century history is brought to life concisely, with intimacy and matter-of-fact artistry.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    While skillfully crafted to maximize visual excitement and dramatic fireworks through the first hour, relentlessly paced pic sports a fancy new package for a rather shopworn doomsday scenario that unravels to increasingly familiar effect as the finale breathlessly approaches.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Most crucially, Brosnan makes the grade as 007. He handles the action capably and gets the standard quips out in a commendably straightforward way that's wry but not dismissive.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    A labor of love made over the course of seven years that crucially matches the energy and passion Langlois himself embodied, this deep-dish account of the life and times of the longtime head of the Cinematheque Francaise will enthrall buffs.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Where the film misses its biggest bet, however, is in depriving the animals of the voices they had in the animated version.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    A weighty and deeply intriguing look at the many-tentacled beast that is the international oil industry. Wide-ranging and restlessly probing, Stephen Gaghan's second directorial effort uses the same mosaic storytelling technique as in his Oscar-winning screenplay for "Traffic."
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    From a filmmaking point of view, this is a work that the old Hollywood moguls themselves would have been proud to present.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    This ostensible gay Western is marked by a heightened degree of sensitivity and tact, as well as an outstanding performance from Heath Ledger.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Well-observed and superbly cast picture is the filmmaker's best in quite a long time.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    What neophyte scripterscripter Jeff Maguire's plot comes down to, however, is the cat-and-mouse game between Horrigan and Leary, and the craftiness and strategies involved on both sides, while not exactly ingenious, are tantalizing enough to compel interest.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    First-time helmer Jan De Bont, the ace lenser of most of Paul Verhoeven's films as well as "Die Hard" and numerous other large-scale pix, handles the action with great nimbleness and dexterity; film can hardly be faulted for its visual presentation of very complex action.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Lucid and engaging, Sketches of Frank Gehry provides the enormously gratifying opportunity to spend an hour-and-a-half with an artistic giant.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Craig comes closer to the author's original conception of this exceptionally long-lived male fantasy figure than anyone since early Sean Connery.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    One of the very best directed animated films on record. Not surprisingly from the force behind the "Babe" movies, the attention to detail is phenomenal, the humor ample.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    On a scene-by-scene basis, in terms of performance and the grave issues under consideration, the film is quite absorbing.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    A sharp-minded, plenty entertaining toon that will keep children of all ages wide-eyed and on their toes.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    As smooth as a good mojito, as stylish as an Armani suit and as meaningful in the grand scheme of things as yesterday's Las Vegas betting odds, Ocean's Thirteen"continues the breezy good times of the first two series entries without missing a beat.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    The sheer quantity of often outrageous stunts should help overcome franchise mustiness to entertain.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Rough as can be in both content and style, Ghosts will be welcome everywhere tough, provocative docus are shown.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    A creepy-little-kid suspenser decked out with sufficient class to lend it a certain distinction.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    James Mangold's remake walks a fine line in retaining many of the original's qualities while smartly shaking things up a bit.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    The excitement, majesty and extraordinary human accomplishment of the American lunar program of the '60s and early '70s is rousingly captured in In the Shadow of the Moon.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    An ultra-smart-mouthed comedy about a planned adoption that goes weirdly awry.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Charlie Wilson's War is that rare Hollywood commodity these days: a smart, sophisticated entertainment for grownups.
    • 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.

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