Todd McCarthy

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For 1,562 reviews, this critic has graded:
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On average, this critic grades 0.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Todd McCarthy's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Killing Them Softly
Lowest review score: 0 Being Human
Score distribution:
1562 movie reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Star Wars: The Force Awakens pumps new energy and life into a hallowed franchise in a way that both resurrects old pleasures and points in promising new directions.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    An ultra-smart-mouthed comedy about a planned adoption that goes weirdly awry.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    A feel-good Cold War melodrama, Bridge of Spies is an absorbing true-life espionage tale very smoothly handled by old pros who know what they're doing.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    More gentle and modestly insightful than it is exhilarating or revelatory.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    This unlikely collaboration between actors Stanley Tucci and Campbell Scott is extremely well directed, making for a smartly made, delightfully acted period piece whose sensibility neatly straddles art films and the mainstream.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    In the meaty bad guy role, Harrelson entertainingly goes all the way, putting him way out there on the ledge with any of your favorite loonies, psychos and unhinged nutjobs.
    • 80 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Performances are aces top to bottom
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Whedon and his cohorts have managed to stir all the personalities and ingredients together so that the resulting dish, however familiar, is irresistibly tasty again.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    So it's a fun, if not exhilarating, ride, one sped along with the help of a wonderfully assembled cast.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Offers potent romantic fantasy elements for men and women and a cast that should produce the best commercial returns for a Woody Allen film since "Match Point."
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    What fans will get here is loads of action, great effects, good comic relief, stunning locations (Iceland, Jordan and the Maldives) and some intriguing early glimpses of the Galactic Empire as it begins to flex its inter-galactic power.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Ted
    Not too many films serve up laughs that just keep on rolling with regularity from beginning to end, but Seth MacFarlane's directorial debut does so and without any feeling of strain.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    This odd, epic tale of a man who ages backwards is presented in an impeccable classical manner, every detail tended to with fastidious devotion.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    May or not be Robert Altman's best film in years, but it is certainly his most pleasurable.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl excel as, respectively, British wild man and hedonist James Hunt and Austrian by-the-books tactician Niki Lauda.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    This narrative directing debut by Sacha Gervasi remains absorbing and aptly droll despite a few dramatic ups and downs and, led by large performances by Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    All the meticulousness, intelligence, taste and superior This curious, cloistered piece... is continuously absorbing but lacks the emotional resonance that would have made it completely satisfying.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Although Ridley Scott's 3D visual feast is no classic, the oozing alien tentacles hit all the right sci-fi horror notes.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    The return of the legendary swordsman is well served by a grandly mounted production in the classical style.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    The film's style, paradoxically both precious and rough-hewn, positions this as the season's defiantly anti-CGI toon, and its retro charms will likely appeal more strongly to grown-ups than to moppets; it's a picture for people who would rather drive a 1953 Jaguar XK 120 than a new one.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Sympathetic, genial and exceedingly wholesome, it's a film that, once seen, will permanently and favorably influence the way viewers regard the characters' real-life counterparts.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Witty, thoughtful and illuminating.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Robert Altman takes an elegant, appealingly unemphatic look at the world of ballet.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Nicholson is outstanding as he gradually but tellingly sketches in aspects of a man driven by a mission that outstrips his instincts as a professional lawman.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Quai d’Orsay zips along at a good clip and benefits from the gruffly benevolent gravity of Arestrup, which offsets the machine-gun pace set by Lhermitte.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    The lively visuals, busy story, zippy pace and TV show running time will make this go down very easily with the target moppet audience.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    This intelligently made picture is artful but not arty, political without being didactic.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Ramping up his style to a more dynamic and elegant level than he’s achieved previously, Fuqua socks over the suspense and action but also takes the time for some quiet, even spare moments to emphasize the hero’s calm and apartness.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Solid middlebrow biographical fare in which meaty roles are acted to the hilt by a cast more than ready for the feast.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    A spectacularly gung-ho sci-fi epic that delivers two hours of good, nasty fun.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Their physical disparity notwithstanding, Gordon-Levitt and Willis both come across strongly, while Blunt effectively reveals Sara's tough and vulnerable sides.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    On balance, this is a meaty, strongly realized dramatic work of considerable accomplishment.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    A taut, vivid and sad account of the brief life of the most accomplished marksman in American military annals, American Sniper feels very much like a companion piece—in subject, theme and quality—to The Hurt Locker.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    A creepy-little-kid suspenser decked out with sufficient class to lend it a certain distinction.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Eastwood is vastly entertaining as an old-fashioned scout who disdains computers and fancy statistical charts in favor of his own time-tested instincts.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Walks a fine line between the rarefied and the immediately accessible as it explores new territory for animation, yet remains sufficiently crowd-pleasing.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    This beautifully crafted film intrigues as a story never told before and ratchets up dramatic interest through a succession of unexpected turns.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Well-observed and superbly cast picture is the filmmaker's best in quite a long time.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    A charming, if lightweight, Coen brothers escapade flecked by plenty of visual and performance grace notes.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Schroeder's first non-American film in 16 years feels like a rejuvenation; his adaptation of Fernando Vallejo's 1994 novel has a naturalistic freedom and ease that is both refreshing and direct in the way it tells a deeply disturbing story.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Swings, even if it doesn't always soar.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    The antithesis of “let’s-put-on-a-show” fluff, Whiplash...is about the wages of all-out sacrifice and commitment.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Stars Chris Diamantopoulos, Will Sasso and Sean Hayes are on the money as Moe, Curly and Larry in a film containing more plot and sentiment than the boys' shorts ever had.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Snappy, nasty, deftly acted and perhaps the fastest paced film ever directed by a 78-year-old, this adaptation of Yasmina Reza's award-winning play God of Carnage fully delivers the laughs and savagery of the stage piece.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    At once entirely frank and downright cuddly in the way it deals with the seldom-visited subject of the sex lives of people with disabilities, this well-acted and constructed film will, at the very least, turn the spotlight on this unusual topic.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Given the intelligent restraint of the treatment, this is about as fine an adaptation of this material as one could hope for, although there is still something of a gap between the impressive skill of the filmmaking and the ultimately irredeemable aspects of the source.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    The Devil's Own is neither the best nor the worst $90 million-$100 million-area budgeted picture ever made, but it must be the one in which the cost is least evident on the screen.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Ultimately, the pic will be noted and remembered not for any inherent drama or analysis but for its simply having so thoroughly documented a strange place most people have never seen and never knew existed.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    An offbeat, middleweight charmer that is lent a measure of substance by its astute performances and observational insight.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Little kids will enjoy it all, while parents, when not checking their cell phones, will be thankful for the thoughtfully brief running time.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Has visual splendor galore, but is a cold work lacking in the requisite tension and suspense.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Amiable and constantly amusing rather than uproarious, this mangy tale of a ne'er-do-well's fitful assault on personal and professional respectability benefits greatly from Kevin Costner's ingratiatingly comic star turn, his most appealing work in years.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    In the end, though, it's Crowe who must carry the most freight, which he does with another characterization to relish. Still bulky, although not as much so as in "Body of Lies," long-tressed and somewhat grizzled, he finds the gist of the affable eccentricity, natural obsessiveness and mainstream contrarianism that marks many professional journalists.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Like "In the Bedroom," Little Children, at well over two hours, is somewhat long for an intense, intimate drama, and arguments could run many ways concerning what could be tightened or excised.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Most disappointingly, the dancers never get their close-ups; whether by choice or by some enforced arrangement, Wiseman doesn't approach the gorgeous women to give them the chance to tell their side of what it's like to work at the Crazy Horse.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Nichols has delivered a timely drama that, unlike most films of its type, doesn’t want to clobber you with its importance. It just tells its story in a modest, even discreet way that well suits the nature of its principal characters.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    This is a fitfully funny quasi-farce that takes off promisingly, loses its way mid-flight and comes in for a bumpy but safe landing.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Whatever its missteps, this is a film that kids, middle-aged adults and grandparents can all see -- together or separately -- and get something out of in their own ways. There are precious few films that fit this description today and hats off to Spielberg for making one.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Some years from now, Starred Up, a rough, violent and, to American ears, half-indecipherable British prison drama, will be remembered as the film that announced a new star, Jack O’Connell.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    A fairly entertaining supernatural potboiler that finally bubbles over with a nearly operatic sense of absurdity and excess.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    So lunatic that it creates as much puzzled disbelief as it does carefree delight.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Sometimes becomes too self-consciously clever, and it doesn't entirely resolve its own central dilemma. But it remains inventive and funny to the end, features fine performances from Will Ferrell and especially Emma Thompson.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Technically and in his work with actors, Philip represents a great leap forward for Perry; a subsequent jump might involve presenting a central character with whom viewers could legitimately engage.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Considerably grimmer and grittier than the previous pictures.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Joy
    That the film itself is nearly as chaotic as the clan it examines can either be regarded as an admirable artistic correlative or a crippling defect, but the splendidly dextrous cast ensures that this goofy success story, which could just easily be titled American Hustle 2, keeps firing on all cylinders in the manner of the writer-director's previous few outings.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    The film's scabrous, sometimes arch, other times spot-on critique ultimately comes together in an effective finale that retroactively puts a better light on the entire film than might have seemed possible during some of the earlier, rougher moments.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    The story is a jigsaw puzzle in which all the pieces are of an indistinguishable gray, making fitting them together a tricky matter.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Has some emotional pull and isn't stuffy and dull.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    The tone, casting and material form a less-than-perfect match in Married Life, a period domestic drama that never quite decides if it wants to be a credible marital study, a noirish meller or a sly comedy.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Mike Leigh has made one of his most modest pictures, although one that offers quite a few laughs and other quirky pleasures.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Character-driven to a fault, Heavy proceeds in such leisurely fashion that there are times one wishes it would shed a few minutes in order to get on with its business.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    A compelling and disturbing drama about some elemental male issues.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Breezy, often self-mocking tone proves fresh and invigorating.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Ritchie has never worked on a scale anything approaching this before and, while some of the directorial affectations are distracting, he keeps the action humming.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    The prospects, advisability and potential methods of prolonging human life are examined in an engagingly multifaceted manner in How to Live Forever.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    A respectable literary adaptation but lacks dramatic urgency and intriguing undercurrents.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    It's a small, peculiar film, one unlikely to appeal much to women, non-sports fans and mainstreamers, but its uncomfortable comic insights should win it a loyal following.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Sometimes shticky biopic overcomes its cornball conventionality to become a genial entertainment, thanks to Anthony Hopkins' exceptionally engaging performance.

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