Todd McCarthy

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For 1,591 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 0.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Todd McCarthy's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 The Crying Game
Lowest review score: 0 Showgirls
Score distribution:
1591 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Displaying a girth that will give hope to overweight romantics everywhere, Hoffman knows his character inside and out and invites the viewer close to this limited, good-hearted fellow.
    • 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."
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Oblivion is an absolutely gorgeous film dramatically caught between its aspirations for poetic romanticism and the demands of heavy sci-fi action. After a captivating beginning brimming with mystery and evident ambition, the air gradually seeps out of the balloon that keeps this thinly populated tale aloft, leaving the ultimate impression of a nice try that falls somewhat short of the mark.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    A vibrantly crafted evocation of a convulsive moment in 20th century American history, Chicago 10 is far less interested in offering a fresh, probing look at what took place on the streets during the 1968 Democratic National Convention and the circus trial that followed than it is in celebrating the stars of the anti-war movement and rallying the current generation to follow their examples.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Go
    An overly calculated concoction that nonetheless delivers a pretty good rush.
    • Variety
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Result is a kidpic long on invention but short on likability.
    • 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.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    The predicable, overlong romantic farce has enough sass and sex appeal to appease fans of stars Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Respectable piece of work is reasonably involving if not compelling.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    After exhibiting an almost craven fidelity to his source material the first time out, Jackson gets the drama in gear here from the outset with a sense of storytelling that possesses palpable energy and purpose.
    • 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."
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    It's exceedingly linear structure, while unavoidable, renders it rather methodical and shallow in characterization.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    With the help of his stunt and special effects teams, Harlin delivers more than enough goods to satisfy genre fans, so main question is whether a female action hero, and Davis in particular, is ready to be embraced by the huge public the film is clearly targeting.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Director Andrew Stanton's Disney extravaganza is a rather charming pastiche.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Handsomely mounted and amiably performed but leisurely and without much dramatic urgency.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    A great true story is telescoped down to a merely good one in Unbroken. After a dynamite first half-hour, Angelina Jolie's accomplished second outing as a director slowly looses steam.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Highlighted by the star's vastly entertaining performance, this funny, broad but ultimately serious-minded drama about an old-timer driven to put things right in his deteriorating neighborhood looks to be a big audience-pleaser.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Possesses charm, as well as visual and musical appeal, on the bigscreen. But as with many short-form TV entities when sextupled in length, "SpongeBob" proves more palatable as scrumptious fast food than full-scale repast.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    This study of a disastrous reunion of two sisters feels more like a collection of arresting scenes than a fully conceived and developed drama.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    There's little facetious comedy a la the "Pirates of the Caribbean" series. It's all traditional stuff, done well but without an original spark.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    The lineup of fine actors keenly registers minute details about the passage of time with humor, wisdom and a sharp sense of how moments of rash or just misguided behavior can forever dictate a life's path.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Despite its shortcomings as a plausible, compelling story, The Merry Gentleman, Michael Keaton's directorial debut, exhibits genuine promise behind the camera.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Superbly made but burdened by some dull human characters enacted by an interesting international cast who can't do much with them, this new Godzilla is smart, self-aware, eye-popping and arguably in need of a double shot of cheeky wit.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    The film offers up more than enough in terms of intelligence, insight, historical research and religious nuance as to not at all be considered a missed opportunity.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Engaging, intermittently insightful but too glib to wring full value out of its subject matter.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    A flashy cast, clever script and vibrant showcasing of New York City as the ultimate melting pot are strong plusses for Spike Lee's most mainstream studio venture.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Removing a live audience from the equation, Soderbergh becomes a bold participant in the storytelling. The backdrop keeps changing, from a brick wall to drapes, windows and assorted landscapes. The lighting is in constant flux, often punctuating the text on cue.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Gibson has the closest thing to a John Wayne part that anyone's played since the Duke himself rode into the sunset, and he plays it damn well.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    McDormand's performance slowly builds a solid integrity, and contrasts well with Adams' more flamboyant turn.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Awash with ripe, voluptuous summertime imagery and brimming with aborning adolescent female sexuality, The Summer of Sangaile is an appealingly simple, poetically conceived teen coming-of-age tale.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    The mother of all secular humanists fights a losing battle against freshly minted religious zealots in Agora, a visually imposing, high-minded epic that ambitiously puts one of the pivotal moments in Western history onscreen for the first time.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    "Big Night" meets "The Sopranos" in Dinner Rush.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Like an old airplane (or spacecraft) jerry-rigged from scrap pieces and made air-worthy again, Super 8 has been patched together with 30-year-old spare parts to provide an enjoyable ride of its own.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    A zippy, frothy confection that emerges as agreeable middle-range Woody.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Both in the writing and performance, China is a finely wrought creation, a young lady of manners and a degree of taste but who has been given no guidance, rules, motivation or a stern hand.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Richard Linklater's rough-hewn tapestry of assorted lives that feed off of and into the American meat industry is both rangy and mangy; it remains appealing for its subversive motives and revelations even as one wishes its knife would have been sharper.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    The caustic wit and brute force of Patrick Marber's acclaimed play come across with a softened edge in Mike Nichols' bigscreen version of Closer.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    In the end, The Last King of Scotland is much better when it plays it cool and amusing than when it tries to ramp up outrage and indignation.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    It's all sufficiently well done and amusing enough to satisfy the appetites of fans who mainline this sort of thing, but it also sports a concocted, second-hand feel common to this sort of throwback homage.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Savages represents at least a partial resurrection of the director's more hallucinatory, violent, sexual and, in a word, savage side.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    You laugh in spite of yourself in This Is Where I Leave You, a potty-mouthed comedy with enough exasperation, aggravations, long-standing grievances and get-me-outta-here moments of family stress to strike a chord with anyone who’s ever had to endure large clan gatherings that might have lasted a bit too long.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    A clever twist on superpowers and hand-held filmmaking that stumbles before the ending.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    By turns disarmingly amusing and dramatically blunt.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Boy gets girl and boy loses girl in convoluted, sometimes cloying but ultimately winning fashion in 500 Days of Summer.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Awfully funny at times.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Possesses sufficient intrigue to hook audiences and keep them on board much of the way.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Even with all its ups and downs, there are more than enough bawdy laughs and truthful emotional moments to put this over as a mainstream audience pleaser during a holiday season short on good comedies.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Bisset throws herself into what is by far the most emotionally demanding role of her career and emerges honorably.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    In his most effective full star turn in perhaps a decade, Kevin Costner dominates as the greenhorn general manager of the beleaguered Cleveland Browns.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    A bizarre story of intrigue, magic and murder in turn-of-the-century Vienna casts a considerable spell in The Illusionist.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Writer-director Robert Eggers' debut feature impresses on several fronts, notably in the performances, historical feel and visual precision, but the overall effect is relatively subdued and muted, probably too much so for mainstream scare fans.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    It would be too much to say that what Smith has come up with here is inspired, but it is pretty funny and very energetic.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    A perfectly respectable kid-friendly family offering.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Although clearly coming from an antiwar perspective, the story's emotional effectiveness and family grounding give the film a real shot at connecting with general audiences across the political spectrum.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    A decidedly specialized affair that will appeal only to certain tastes, but there's plenty to appreciate if you let it seep in.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Jolie deserves significant credit for creating such a powerfully oppressive atmosphere and staging the ghastly events so credibly, even if it is these very strengths that will make people not want to watch what's onscreen.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Entertaining in a very showbizzy way.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    A passably entertaining hodgepodge of old and new animation techniques, mixed sensibilities and hedged commercial calculations.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    A muted but nicely observed study of a Russian woman's gradual estrangement from her domineering Memphis music-legend husband.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    The film has nothing if not great vitality and an active creative spirit, but it has all been channeled here in a way that comes off as erratic and sometimes ill-judged.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Adequately acted and flecked with the required quota of action to satisfy genre fans, pic recalls numerous good police dramas of the 1970s, but mostly in superficial ways that bring nothing new to the table.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Redford, who can’t avoid exuding charisma, plays this role with utter naturalism and lack of histrionics or self-regard.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Hardly inexperienced at playing belligerent, outrageous and offensive a-holes, Hill offers a definitive account of one here, to which Teller can only play the blander, if useful, second fiddle who has to try, and try again, to stand up to the gruff bully.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Although too devoted to matters literary, theatrical, operatic and sexually outre to make it with general audiences, this adaptation of Jonathan Ames' novel exudes the sort of smarts and sophisticated charm specialized audiences seek.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Audiences looking for something fresh and different, not to mention a head trip, will find it in Waking Life.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Put together by Tucker and his co-director/editor wife Petra Epperlein without a hint of artifice, docu offers up its sounds and images bluntly, and they are very much sounds and images worth having as part of the record.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Director Craig Brewer has given his second feature film a vibrant pulse amplified by an outstanding cast led by Terrence Howard.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Once again making a diverting but insubstantial movie look better than it is, Downey, with haggard charm to burn, is winning all the way. Kilmer is riotous at times as an impeccably groomed, businesslike guy keen to assert his orientation at every opportunity.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Franco, employing diverse cinematic techniques from split screen (mostly early on) to direct-to-camera address, makes the Bundrens’ time of trial more immediately coherent than it is on the page without disrespecting Faulkner’s oblique style.

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