Todd McCarthy

Select another critic »
For 1,500 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 1.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Todd McCarthy's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 The Wrestler
Lowest review score: 0 Showgirls
Score distribution:
1500 movie reviews
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    With the combination of mobster characters and heavily R&B, hip-hop and disco/soul tune orientation of the soundtrack, pic has a more streetwise feel than most animated fare, which is not to say that it has street smarts.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Robinson's script is alive to the material's literary roots, although there is a sense that the brakes have been applied so as not to push into territory perceived as too esoteric for American teenagers.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Odd mixture of ultra-sleek visuals, psychological probing, "Paper Moon"-like father-daughter swindling, self-improvement efforts and abrupt tough-guy stuff keeps the picture percolating, even if it seems too artificial to genuinely convince on an emotional or dramatic level.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Craig Zobel effectively sets all its surface parts in motion but, crucially, doesn’t sufficiently develop that turbulent undercurrents of tension and intrigue that are called for in the hothouse circumstances.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Elaborate, sporadically amusing but awfully lightweight followup, which has close to the same tone as its predecessor but makes one realize that freshness had a lot to do with its impact.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Although The Postman conveys a thoroughly imagined vision of a future society, its basic concerns are actually far from those of traditional sci-fi, as it quickly comes to feel more like a Western than anything else.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Highlighted by a strong and sensual performance from Salma Hayek as the doomed heroine, elegant pic's muted quality and the central character's vexingly contrary behavior will keep auds from connecting with characters who themselves have trouble establishing bonds.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    This paean to youthful irresponsibility applies the right crude and rude 'tude to its bulging sack of gags to have the desired effect on its target audience.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    A heaping serving of metaphysical gobbledygook wrapped in a physically striking package.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    A minor affair, a confection based on dalliances and the way a set of sophisticated theater people handle them, that lacks true distinction.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    There is a trumped-up quality to the action climaxes that is disappointingly perfunctory, and the story's final revelation is simultaneously far-fetched and unsurprising.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Intelligent scripting, solid thesping and eye-catching location shooting aren't enough to make a compelling modern film of The Painted Veil.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Mildly engaging but very far from being for 50 Cent what "8 Mile" was for Eminem, this lurchingly structured story of survival against the odds looks to get off to a strong start thanks to the singer's large following.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Stories of resistance to oppression will never become obsolete, but this feels like a picture that should have been made a long time ago.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    After lightly going through the motions of a plot, it all ends up in the quarry, where assorted machinery provides the excuse for a parade of slapstick gags and amusement park-like predicaments that seem mostly lumbering.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    The mildly engaging silliness of its premise is never transformed into something more substantial, and the attempt at a fine-tuned "Clueless"-like tone is only sputteringly achieved.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    A desperately slight romantic comedy marked by contrived romance and little comedy.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Cheesy homage to a level of horniness Austin Powers could only imagine will be a dream movie for many a teenage boy.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    A purist's delight, something the millions of die-hard fans of his Lord of the Rings trilogy will gorge upon. In pure movie terms, however, it's also a bit of a slog, with an inordinate amount of exposition and lack of strong forward movement...There are elements in this new film that are as spectacular as much of the Rings trilogy was, but there is much that is flat-footed and tedious as well, especially in the early going.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    A creepy, well-acted story of contagious evil, Apt Pupil has more than enough chilling dramatic scenes to rivet the attention but suffers from some hokey contrivances and underlying insufficiencies of motivation.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Despite a sensationally attractive cast and an array of well-staged combat scenes presented on a vast scale, Wolfgang Petersen's highly telescoped rendition of the Trojan War lurches ahead in fits and starts for much of its hefty running time, to OK effect.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Jewish and academically inclined audiences worldwide will respond to numerous aspects of this unusual drama, although it is paradoxically both too broad and too esoteric for the general art house public.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    A witty and sometimes surreal sci-fi comedy, Men in Black is a wild knuckleball of a movie that keeps dancing in and out of the strike zone.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    A comprehensive, personal and surprisingly engaging look at how film crews routinely work hours far beyond anything that can be considered safe, healthy or conducive to a balanced life.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    The only problem is that the great majority of screen time is devoted to the kind of loutish, drunken, small-minded, confrontational macho posturing that, in assorted ethnic stripes, has been paraded across the screen innumerable times in recent years.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Although there is incident in the film's second half...it doesn't build to the level of compelling drama, leaving the film in a quiet, temperate realm that scarcely makes the pulse race.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Although uneven and too deliberately obscure in meaning to be entirely satisfying, result remains sufficiently intriguing and startling to bring many of Lynch's old fans back on board for this careening ride.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    It is far from unpleasant to watch an attractive cast led by Kirsten Dunst parading around Versailles accoutered in Milena Canonero's luxuriant costumes to the accompaniment of catchy pop tunes. But the writer-director's follow-up to her breakthrough second feature, "Lost in Translation," is no more nourishing than a bonbon.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    But the film also has its turgid, dialogue-heavy stretches, and the leading performances, if acceptable, are not everything they needed to be to fully flesh out these elegant immortals.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    From a sensory point of view, the film is a pleasure, the images having been manipulated in various ways to evocative effect, Anderson’s voiceovers proving more amusing than not, and the music taking mostly lively turns.

Top Trailers