Todd McCarthy

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For 1,581 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 0.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Todd McCarthy's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Downsizing
Lowest review score: 0 Showgirls
Score distribution:
1581 movie reviews
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Todd McCarthy
    It's something you'd think only the crassest of Hollywood producers would come up with - injecting sex appeal into an event as ghastly at the Nanjing massacre - but it's an element central to The Flowers of War, a contrived and unpersuasive look at an oft-dramatized historical moment.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Todd McCarthy
    Despite a couple of unconvincingly upbeat tacked-on moments at the end, Project X basically reads as nihilistic, as not believing in or standing for anything. Not even fun.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Todd McCarthy
    A creaky haunted house that, once the big twist is revealed, makes very little sense at all.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Todd McCarthy
    Embalming the simple and simplistic yarn in an amber glow that is all but suffocating and banishing from it any traces of humor and spontaneity, director Scott Hicks serves up this treacly tale with absolutely no trace of self-consciousness about the material's cliches or simple-mindedness.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 30 Todd McCarthy
    Unfortunately, John Moore has directed these sequences in a way that makes the incidents look so far-fetched and essentially unsurvivable that you can only laugh.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 Todd McCarthy
    A film that seems drained of life and ideas rather than sustained by them.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 30 Todd McCarthy
    Crude, repetitive and rigorously single-minded, the popular actor’s writing and directing debut lays it all on a bit thick, as the few points the film has to make are underscored time and time again.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 30 Todd McCarthy
    Basically the film consists of a bunch of techies in white shirts and glasses laboriously discussing their views, exchanges you get the feeling the filmmaker thought would come off as humorous.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Todd McCarthy
    The ‘70s recreation is reasonable -- there are plenty of vintage cars and pop tunes of the moment -- but the characters never register beyond the surfaces of the scenes despite being equipped with long-festering resentments and grudges.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Todd McCarthy
    It’s impossible to buy into the film’s plea to be taken seriously at the end, just as the upbeat finale feels false.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Todd McCarthy
    Far from the renegade, boundary-pushing, sexually explicit sensation that its makers have been suggesting, The Canyons is a lame, one-dimensional and ultimately dreary look at peripheral Hollywood types not worth anyone's time either onscreen or in real life.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Todd McCarthy
    What's actually up onscreen in this vaguely ambitious but tawdry melodrama falls into an in-between no-man's-land that endows it with no distinction whatsoever, a work lacking both style and insight into the netherworld it seeks to reveal.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Todd McCarthy
    They just don't make 'em like this anymore, and it's a good thing, too.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Todd McCarthy
    Despite its scaldingly hot cast and formidable writer/director combination, The Counselor is simply not a very likable or gratifying film. In fact, it's a bummer.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 30 Todd McCarthy
    An admirable idea in theory proves to be a real slog to sit through in Everyday.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Todd McCarthy
    Homefront is sufficiently silly and low-down to be entertaining on a certain marginal level, but it wouldn't appear that those involved, with the possible exception of Franco, approached this with the idea that they might be making good trash; it looks too elaborate and costly for that and the script exhibits no self-aware humor.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Todd McCarthy
    Aspiring transcendent love stories don't come much more claptrappy and unconvincing than Winter's Tale.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Todd McCarthy
    It’s a waste of a good cast as well as a serious trip-wire for McCarthy, who may know what’s best for her talents but, on the evidence, needs a deft-handed outsider to make sure she’s maximizing them.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Todd McCarthy
    Sex Tape is sexcruciating.
    • 9 Metascore
    • 30 Todd McCarthy
    Has there ever been a Hollywood adaptation of a major novel as faithful and yet so misguided and downright strange as the three-part version of Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged that now comes to a conclusion with the third installment?
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Todd McCarthy
    With unappealing one-note characters, retread concepts and implausible motivations, Chappie is a further downward step for director Neill Blomkamp.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Todd McCarthy
    Just as the basic plot points are hard to swallow, even the most rudimentary aspects of the characters' interactions feel forced, artificial and unspontaneous.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Todd McCarthy
    The film is essentially nothing but little and ineffectual bits of recycled shtick with no sense of freshness of invention. And the women never bond in even the most rote or superficial way that's expected in this sort of claptrap.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 30 Todd McCarthy
    Gus Van Sant’s sticky, gooey side — previously on display in the likes of Finding Forrester and especially in the 2011 Restless — oozes out once more in the woefully sentimental and maudlin The Sea of Trees.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Todd McCarthy
    Action scenes are accumulated as if mandated by a stop-watch and almost invariably seem like warmed-over versions of stuff we've seen before, in Terminator entries and elsewhere.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Todd McCarthy
    Pan
    What fun there is falls to Jackman, who gives the grand old man of pirate characters plenty of fresh and unusual wrinkles and emerges better than the others simply by virtue of playing a two-dimensional, rather than one-dimensional, figure.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Todd McCarthy
    Misguided, diminished and dismally done in every way, this late-summer afterthought will richly earn the distinction of becoming the first Ben-Hur in any form to flop.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 20 Todd McCarthy
    Director Jon Turteltaub's insistence upon hammering every point home with giant closeups and relentless musical underlining makes this insufferably cloying and sickly sweet.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 20 Todd McCarthy
    Viewers who sit through Exit Wounds should at least do themselves the favor of staying for the end credits, which feature some truly funny off-color banter between Anderson and Arnold on the latter's ostensible talkshow.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 20 Todd McCarthy
    A useless remake of Mike Hodges' 1971 British gangland cult classic.

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