Todd McCarthy
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For 1,381 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 Ordinary People
Lowest review score: 0 Showgirls
Score distribution:
1,381 movie reviews
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    (Stone's) most accessible and purely enjoyable film in years.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    It's close to a no-win situation dramatically, culturally and politically, and Kaplan deals with it plausibly enough by concentrating on the performances and the interior conflicts they reveal.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    So lunatic that it creates as much puzzled disbelief as it does carefree delight.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    The characters in The Thomas Crown Affair are cool -- too cool, in fact, for the film to develop much of a pulse.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Lacks an edge of danger or excitement that might have brought the subject alive in more than a cerebral way.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    The disparate but highly skilled leading trio of Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton and Cate Blanchett keeps this road movie engaging even when it veers giddily onto the shoulder.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    The lack of a plausible leading lady is enough to sink what is otherwise an eye-catching, although heavily '90s-style, telling of one of history's most frequently filmed stories.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    A perfectly respectable kid-friendly family offering.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    A pretty skillfully handled domestic thriller about a criminal activity that, while always upsetting, is especially noxious now due to the too many recent tragic and highly publicized instances of it.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Builds and sustains considerable interest through its unexpected characterizations, unusual milieu and atmospheric style.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Has a jaunty, cosmopolitan air that proves appealing for considerable stretches, and Chin's love of cinema and mostly humorous approach to weighty themes will win points with buffs who have seen the same films the director has.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    A modern immorality tale with a keen, observant edge.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Nunez achieves a rare, and rarely earned, emotional depth that rewards the moderate demands he makes on contemporary viewers' short attention spans.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Possesses sufficient intrigue to hook audiences and keep them on board much of the way.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Careens from decade to decade, and from relative dramatic realism to frequent hilarity, in often-winning fashion.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
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    An overly calculated concoction that nonetheless delivers a pretty good rush.
    • Variety
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Artfully evokes the physical realities of Irish poverty, but mostly misses the humor, lyricism and emotional charge of Frank McCourt's magical and magnificent memoir
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Much of the dialogue is good, and Smith does a decent job of presenting the emotional fallout from every major participant's p.o.v.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Walks the line between conviction and camp with a not entirely steady step.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Preposterous whimsy that sort of gets by thanks to lustrous settings, slick production values and, especially, its ultra-attractive stars.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    A zippy, frothy confection that emerges as agreeable middle-range Woody.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Director Alan Rudolph achieves fresh as well as humorous insights into family life and strategies for keeping a damaged relationship from expiring. But a tiresome final act proves trying.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Clever and jokey in a vaudeville sort of way, but lacks the heart and sheer imagination of the company's best work for Disney, "Toy Story 2" and "A Bug's Life."
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Succeeds far more often than not in delivering a credible, kaleidoscopic portrait of creative, and often famous, individuals.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Crudely made, somewhat overlong and larded with plenty of things that don't work, pic stands as proof positive that a comedy can be far from perfect and still hit the bull's-eye if it delivers when it counts in its big scenes.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Scorsese has met most of the challenges inherent in tackling such a formidable period piece, but the material remains cloaked by the very propriety, stiff manners and emotional starchiness the picture delineates in such copious detail.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Generates tension from the get-go, albeit of an increasingly unpleasant variety, on its way to a disappointingly generic climax.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Moppet appeal of the present feature rests in three can't-miss concepts -- cool gadgets, the desire to see grownups disappear and space travel. Pic delivers on all three points and doesn't have to do a whole lot more.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Audiences looking for something fresh and different, not to mention a head trip, will find it in Waking Life.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    A borderline pretentious, overly inflated picture.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    An intermittently powerful and meticulously crafted drama that falls short of its full potential due to considerable over-length and some shopworn, simplistic notions at its center.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    A fine cast further illuminates a felicitous script.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Everything about the film suggests that its makers consider it a deep, emotionally probing drama, but it's merely a soap opera with elevated production values and a sterling cast.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    An impudently comic, stylistically aggressive and, finally, very thoughtful manner.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    A lighthearted yarn designed to stand out by virtue of its intricate structure and trippy time-travel element. But the fanciful material wears thin pretty quickly, the air leaking out of the balloon long before party's over.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    The whole picture may be hokey, but the first part is agreeably so, the second part not. At the very least, one comes away with a new appreciation of the difficulty of inner-office romance at the CIA.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Spiked with wonderfully funny sequences and some brilliantly original notions, The Big Lebowski, a pseudo-mystery thriller with a keen eye and ear for societal mores and modern figures of speech, nonetheless adds up to considerably less than the sum of its often scintillating parts.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    The psychological dimensions of the story remain underrealized, but the loaded central premise and intimate focus the film sustains combine for a very involving and dramatic piece of crime lore.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    A self-described abstinence comedy that is funny, sexy and silly in equal measure.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Baker does an amazingly sensitive job with the ticklish part and is joined in this by Read, who is superlative as his inquisitive young son.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Schrader directs with a very smooth hand, providing a good-natured and frequently amusing spin to eventually grim material that aptly reflects the protagonist's almost unfailing good humor.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Summer of Sam is never less than absorbing but feels just a bit like yesterday's news, both narratively and cinematically.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    The teasing tale is told with such dispatch it will carry willing audiences along; genre staples of action, macho attitude and corruption through the ranks are delivered intact.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Those who see it at fests, and in carefully tailored specialized release, will be struck by the adroitness with which it addresses touchy issues, as well as by the outstanding performance of Ryan Gosling in the difficult leading role.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Chick agreeably captures the feel and flow of on-the-move young professionals in New York.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    It’s technically striking filmmaking, to be sure, but what it’s presenting is nothing that many people will want to look at.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    A consistently amusing action romp.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Virtually bursts with visual goodies, and writer-director Stephen Sommers scarcely allows the actors, or the audience, a moment to take a breath during the nonstop action of the final hour.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Pic's happiest surprise is Tobey Maguire in the title role, as the young actor provides an emotional openness and vulnerability that gives this $120 million production its most distinctive flavor.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Todd Louiso's directorial debut emerges at once as compelling and as a bit of a specimen due to the entirely singular nature of the protagonist's behavior.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    An eye-popping but incoherent extravaganza of morphing and superhuman martial arts.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Has a casual, freewheeling nature in contrast to the creeping grandiosity of some of Disney's A-list animated titles.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    This impeccably crafted piece of megabuck fantasy storytelling aims to pull off the tricky feat of significantly reworking the superhero format while still providing the expected tentpole-type entertainment thrills for the international masses.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    An unusual film that intelligently avoids numerous potential pitfalls even if its central earnestness is ultimately inescapable.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    The picture has vitality, a fine cast and excellent craft
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Gussied up with a host of filmmaking tricks in an attempt to keep things lively, this intensely acted little exercise just doesn't have enough going for it, with the exception of gradually growing interest in lead Colin Farrell.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Respectable when it should be thrilling, honorable when it should be rough and ready.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    At this stage, Pritikin shows considerably more aptitude for writing than for directing, and the exuberant eruptions of humor lead one to suspect he should try for outright comedy next time and forget the sentiment.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    A well-acted and crafted character piece that's a bit too calculated and cutesy for its own good.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    A strange, fun and densely textured work that gets better as it goes along.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Unquestionably too long, and lacking the snap and audaciousness of the pictures that made him the talk of the town, this narratively faithful but conceptually imaginative adaptation of Elmore Leonard's novel "Rum Punch" nonetheless offers an abundance of pleasures, especially in the realm of characterization and atmosphere.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    With the standard Grisham formula having grown stale after so many books and film versions, Jury introduces ingredients that add zest to the old recipe and, in cinematic terms, open up increased possibilities for intrigue and narrative layering.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Credibly and absorbingly relates the tale of journalistic fraud perpetrated by young writer Stephen Glass at the New Republic five years back.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Ron Howard has never before made a picture this raw and alive. At the same time, this tale of the desperate pursuit of the kidnappers of young women makes for a fundamentally grim and unpleasant experience.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Warm and borderline sentimental...also brimming with true and privileged moments, as well as an optimism in the face of tough circumstances that serves as a corrective to some of the more fashionably grim modern accounts of similar stories.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    By turns disarmingly amusing and dramatically blunt.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Alive to cinematic ideas, generous to its actors and peppered with unexpected humor, this ultimately sweet-natured low-budgeter is nonetheless riddled with enough off-putting and digressive material.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Entertaining in a very showbizzy way.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Breezy, often self-mocking tone proves fresh and invigorating.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Tells an old-fashioned boys' adventure yarn in an equally old-fashioned way.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Eastwood is in good, sly form, once again delighting in a character's splendid solitude and singular skill at what he does.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Tries to mix the messy realities of mismatched relationships with the structural neatness of a musical-comedy view of the world, with mild, occasionally diverting results.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    An unusually sober and serious-minded telling of Alexandre Dumas' classic tale, this handsome costumer is routinely made and comes up rather short in boisterous excitement.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    A constantly imaginative, stylistically lively but dramatically inert chronicle of cultural and sexual rebellion.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    A rich dramatic tapestry lightly stained by some strained comedy, rigorous political correctness and perhaps more adherence to Disney formula than should have been the case in one of the studio's most adventurous and serious animated features.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    But it doesn't quite all come together here as it did onstage, and relentless scabrousness, heavy claustrophobia and a vaguely dated feel are among the elements that will keep mainstream audiences away.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    A disarmingly pulpy, eye-popping disaster movie during its first half, and an increasingly dull survival melodrama during its second.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Another theme park ride of a movie without an ounce of emotional credibility to it, Twister succeeds on its own terms by taking the audience somewhere it has never been before: into a tornado's funnel.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    An absurdist piece about a rural community of clueless cretins who careen through life like poorly played pinballs, Napoleon Dynamite represents the definition of the comedy of condescension and ridicule.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Sprinkled with just enough laughs, close shaves and compromising positions to keep audiences mildly interested, this old-fashioned popcorn picture is agreeably breezy and colorful, but lacks the pizzazz and star chemistry of a genre ancestor such as "Romancing the Stone."
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Benefits greatly from Kevin Kline's outstanding performance as the ultra-sophisticated songwriter whose resilient marriage anchored a complicated double life.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Classy, decorous and well acted, directorial debut by Hollywood producer Pieter Jan BruggePieter Jan Brugge is nicely crafted but too buttoned up to generate more than polite interest, much less the urgent excitement a kidnapping story might be expected to trigger.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Impressively made and well acted by an exceedingly attractive cast, this dark tale of ceaseless conflict is adult entertainment and will likely disappoint viewers expecting a "Camelot"-like love triangle.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    As sensitively written, fluidly directed and expertly acted as it is, and as elemental as its dramatic conflicts may be, One True Thing has trouble breaking free of its limitations as a small-scale, modestly aimed family drama.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Genial middle-brow fare that coasts a long way on the charm of its two stars
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    The action is confusing at first and the hyperventilated editing style at times goes beyond the pale, so pic ultimately emerges as an erratic but not unworthy sequel to its gritty, genre-invigorating predecessor.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    An outstanding lean film trapped in a fat film's body.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    The increasingly broad strokes with which the story is painted serve to simplify rather than deepen it, and to make it seem more artificially constructed than need be.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    There is plenty of bang-bang but very little kiss-kiss in Tomorrow Never Dies, a solid but somewhat by-the-numbers entry in the James Bond cycle.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Beautifully crafted and legitimately involving once it locks onto a dramatic track, film benefits from remaining mysterious about how far it intends to go in pursuing its themes, but also suffers from long-windedness and preachy final-reel explicitness as to its message.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    The film itself is limited by the material's nature as a brainy exercise and by its narrow focus; individual response will depend upon how tantalized one is by puzzles and games, as well as upon how off-putting one finds the central character, who is center-stage throughout.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Tony literary material, a fine cast and intelligent script and direction.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Aside from Dillon, who brightens every scene he's in, the delightful surprise here is Selleck, who brings wonderfully mischievous, energizing and self-deprecating qualities to the role of the dirt-digging but ultimately on-the-level broadcaster.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Intelligently conceived and well- acted, this compact, straightforward drama about two ordinary people caught in the ongoing political crossfire packs enough punch to command audience interest, but won't light up critics or the B.O. to the extent achieved by the team's previous outings, "My Left Foot" and "In the Name of the Father."
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Apart from not knowing to quit while it's ahead, Con Air provides quite an exciting flight prior to its crash and burn.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Proficiently written and directed by newcomer Bart Freundlich, handsome pic brandishes traditional qualities in the areas of acting, character revelation and middlebrow seriousness, but operates within a familiar and narrow emotional range that provides little surprise or excitement.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Arresting at first but gradually trails off under the weight of its hyper-derivativeness and anxiety to please.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    A fairly entertaining supernatural potboiler that finally bubbles over with a nearly operatic sense of absurdity and excess.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Friday Night Lights is the "Black Hawk Down" of high school football movies. As exclusively as Ridley Scott's picture was about combat, this film concerns football and nothing but.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    An intense, precision-controlled psychological mystery built around a very creepy lead performance by Christian Bale.

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