Todd McCarthy

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For 1,513 reviews, this critic has graded:
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  • 48% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Todd McCarthy's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 L.A. Confidential
Lowest review score: 0 Being Human
Score distribution:
1513 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    There is absolutely no doubt about who wrote the elaborate, pungent, profane and often funny dialogue that a fine cast chews over and spits out with evident glee, nor as to who staged the ongoing bloodbath that becomes a gusher in the final stretch.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Magic Mike XXL is ridiculously entertaining.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    A sharply made, perfectly cast and unfailingly absorbing melodrama. But, like the director's adaptation of another publishing phenomenon, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, three years ago, it leaves you with a quietly lingering feeling of: “Is that all there is?”
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    The Legend of Tarzan isn't half-bad; actually, it's pretty good. Beautifully made and smartly set at the beginning of Belgian King Leopold II's rapacious colonization of the Congo in the 1880s, this is certainly the best live-action Tarzan film in many a decade (which, admittedly, isn't saying much) and offers a well-judged balance of vigorous action and engaging-enough drama.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    A short, funny and illuminating interview-based documentary that will leave theater and film mavens both satisfied and hungry for many additional courses.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Ever-youthful in his looks and energy, Bridges now stands as one of Hollywood's great old pros, incapable of making a false move.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Only Tarantino could come up with such a wild cross-cultural mash, a smorgasbord of ingredients stemming from spaghetti Westerns, German legend, historical slavery, modern rap music, proto-Ku Klux Klan fashion, an assembly of '60s and '70s character actors and a leading couple meant to be the distant forebears of blaxploitation hero John Shaft and make it not only digestible but actually pretty delicious.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    A near-perfect case study of the ways in which film is incapable of capturing certain crucial literary qualities, in this case the very things that elevate the book from being a merely insightful study of a deteriorating marriage into a remarkable one.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    The final stretch of The Battle of the Five Armies possesses a warm, amiable, sometimes rueful mood that proves ingratiating and manages to magnify the good and minimize the bad of the trilogy.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Snappy and unusually funny under fundamentally serious circumstances, without being contrived or sitcomy.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Coolly absorbing without being pulse-quickening.
    • 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.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Jason Reitman's new film skillfully navigates through the personal melodramas of many characters with a nice sense of balance and a sharp appreciation of generational differences.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    A superb, comically gifted cast helps writer-director Jim Strouse lift this quite a few cuts above his previous work as well as above the general run of films about modern life and relationships.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    "No Country for Young Kids" would be just as suitable a title for The Woman in Black, a hoot of an old-fashioned British horror film.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Lively, sometimes funny and, inevitably, provocative.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    The stylistic fun Stone has in dramatizing this crime of passion thoroughly revitalizes the well-worked genre.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    A beguiling romantic fantasy about the creative process and its potential to quite literally take on a life of its own, Ruby Sparks performs an imaginative high-wire act with finesse and charm.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Black and his co-screenwriter, first-timer Drew Pearce, have great fun reshuffling the deck, teasing about who might occupy what superhero suit and morphing the story along with identity revelations and expansions of the dramatic horizons; the well-chosen cast members respond in kind with virtually palpable glee.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    A genuinely ominous and suspenseful thriller.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Brolin's work is superlatively expressive of the inchoate impulses roiling inside his sorry character. But good as most of the cast is, the show belongs squarely to Penn.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    An effervescent entertainment that marks a welcome return for "Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert" director Stephan Elliott after a nine-year absence.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    The film rips right along and never relinquishes its grip.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Jolting, superbly acted film.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Fukunaga refrains from artificially amping up excitement for its own sake, maintaining an intimate, observational style that offers up a host of things to look at and think about.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Narrative complexity and momentum make this a true cinematic equivalent of an absorbing page-turner.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Closer to a straight-ahead medieval battle picture than the fantastical, other-worldly journey depicted in "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," this new entry is a bit darker, more conventional and more crisply made than its 2005 predecessor.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Cooler cars and more action follow Lightning and Mater as they mix it up with spies and Formula 1 racers in yet another Pixar winner.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    This nimble, bemused, culturally curious look at the married instigators of the kitschy “big eyes” paintings of the early 1960s exerts an enjoyably eccentric appeal while also painting a troubling picture of male dominance and female submissiveness a half-century ago.
    • 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."
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    With no through-story or strong continuity to hold it together, the film does go on a bit and becomes repetitive; it's hard to remain stimulated by the same techniques, however imaginative, at such length without some connective dramatic tissue.... Still, for cinephiles and aficionados of the singular, The Forbidden Room represents a very particular kind of feast.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Sophisticated, sexy and stylishly decked out, Rob Marshall's disciplined, tightly focused film impresses and amuses.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    A lively, sometimes very funny comedy.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Lee has made a brutal but sensitively observed film about the fringes of the Civil War.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    The best feature film directed by someone named Coppola in a number of years.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    [A] wryly poignant and potent comic drama about the bereft state of things in America’s oft-vaunted heartland.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    More than anything a fascinating portrait of how much New York has changed in 35 years, the film delivers the goods in excitement and big-star charisma.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Fascinating on personal, political and cinematic levels, the film resourcefully plumbs all sorts of resources, including secret tape recordings of Kim himself, but also omits certain aspects of the tale that would merely have added to its intrigue.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    The sheer quantity of often outrageous stunts should help overcome franchise mustiness to entertain.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    With its perilous central premise and gallery of individuals some of whom are destined not to make it, you could say Everest is a disaster movie in the old Hollywood sense of the term, but it doesn't feel like one. And that's a good thing.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Robert De Niro and writer-director Paul Weitz find the most congenial material either of them has had in quite some time in Being Flynn.
    • 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."
    • 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.

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