Todd McCarthy
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For 1,417 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 51% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 47% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Todd McCarthy's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Youth
Lowest review score: 0 Showgirls
Score distribution:
1,417 movie reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Todd McCarthy
    Dawn of the Planet of the Apes manages to do at least three things exceptionally well that are hard enough to pull off individually: Maintain a simmering level of tension without let-up for two hours, seriously improve on a very good first entry in a franchise and produce a powerful humanistic statement using a significantly simian cast of characters.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Todd McCarthy
    Youth is a voluptuary’s feast, a full-body immersion in the sensory pleasures of the cinema.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Todd McCarthy
    Rourke creates a galvanizing, humorous, deeply moving portrait that instantly takes its place among the great, iconic screen performances. An elemental story simply and brilliantly told, Darren Aronofsky's fourth feature is a winner from every possible angle.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Todd McCarthy
    A career high point for Ralph Fiennes as both an actor and director, this unfussy and emotionally penetrating work also provides lead actress Felicity Jones with the prime role in which she abundantly fulfills the promise suggested in some of her earlier small films.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Todd McCarthy
    The violence of the inter-American drug trade has served as the backdrop for any number of films for more than three decades, but few have been as powerful and superbly made as Sicario.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Todd McCarthy
    A prodigious achievement that conveys the fabric of modern American life, aspirations and incidentally, sports, in close-up and at length, Hoop Dreams is a documentary slam dunk.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Todd McCarthy
    Stunningly made and incisively acted by a large and terrific cast, Michael Mann's ambitious study of the relativity of good and evil stands apart from other films of its type by virtue of its extraordinarily rich characterizations and its thoughtful, deeply melancholy take on modern life.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Todd McCarthy
    An enormously entertaining slice of biographical drama, The Aviator flies like one of Howard Hughes' record-setting speed airplanes.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Todd McCarthy
    Up
    A captivating odd-couple adventure that becomes funnier and more exciting as it flies along.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Todd McCarthy
    It's the selective but cumulative use of seemingly arbitrary but significant experiences that gives Boyhood its distinctive character and impressive weight.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Todd McCarthy
    This spirited and often very funny lark accomplishes something that most films in the bygone Hollywood studio era used to do but is remarkably rare in today's world of niche markets: It offers entertainment equally to viewers from 4 to 104.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Todd McCarthy
    Classily and classically crafted in the best sense by director John Crowley and screenwriter Nick Hornby, this superbly acted romantic drama is set in the early 1950s and provides the feeling of being lifted into a different world altogether, so transporting is the film’s sense of time and place and social mores.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Todd McCarthy
    Ever-eclectic director Jon Favreau, who briefly pops up onscreen as a Stark minion, maintains a brisk but not frantic pace, and, in concert with lenser Matthew Libatique, production designer J. Michael Riva and the first-rate visual effects team, has made an unusually elegant looking film for the genre.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Todd McCarthy
    At once the most realistic and beautifully choreographed film ever set in space, Gravity is a thrillingly realized survival story spiked with interludes of breath-catching tension and startling surprise.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Todd McCarthy
    Originally conceived as one film, the two-parter that has finally emerged can now be seen as a truly epic work.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Todd McCarthy
    As deliriously smart escapist fare, The Incredibles is practically nonpareil.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Todd McCarthy
    Represents that filmmaking rarity -- a third part of a trilogy that is decisively the best of the lot. With epic conflict, staggering battles, striking landscapes and effects, and resolved character arcs all leading to a dramatic conclusion to more than nine hours of masterful storytelling.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Todd McCarthy
    An astonishingly good and daring film that richly develops several intertwined thematic lines, The Crying Game takes giant risks that are stunningly rewarded.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Todd McCarthy
    Two things stand out: the extraordinary command of cinematic technique, which alone is nearly enough to keep a connoisseur on the edge of his seat the entire time, and the tremendous portrayals by Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman of two entirely antithetical men
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Todd McCarthy
    A searingly visceral combat picture, Steven Spielberg’s third World War II drama is arguably second to none as a vivid, realistic and bloody portrait of armed conflict.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Todd McCarthy
    A powerfully intimate domestic drama, Ordinary People represents the height of craftsmanship across the board.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Todd McCarthy
    A gemlike picture crafted with rare and immaculate precision.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Todd McCarthy
    A fabulous and passionate love letter to the cinema and its preservation framed by the strenuous adventures of two orphans in 1930s Paris.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Todd McCarthy
    Driven by a brilliant, ferocious performance by Michael Fassbender, Shame is a real walk on the wild side, a scorching look at a case of sexual addiction that's as all-encompassing as a craving for drugs.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Todd McCarthy
    A scorching blast of tense genre filmmaking shot through with rich veins of melancholy, down-home philosophy and dark, dark humor, No Country for Old Men reps a superior match of source material and filmmaking talent.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Todd McCarthy
    Fully justifying the decision, once thought purely mercenary, of splitting J.K. Rowling's final book into two parts, this is an exciting and, to put it mildly, massively eventful finale that will grip and greatly please anyone who has been at all a fan of the series up to now.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Todd McCarthy
    Meticulous care is evident in every aspect of the film. All three actors playing Pi are outstanding.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 100 Todd McCarthy
    Emotionally powerful and stylistically sure-handed, this true story-inspired drama begins small with the disappearance of a young boy, only to gradually fan out to become a comprehensive critique of the entire power structure of Los Angeles, circa 1928.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Todd McCarthy
    King of the Hill has all the rich satisfactions of a fine novel.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Todd McCarthy
    This is a gorgeously made character study leavened with surrealistic dimensions both comic and dark, an unsparing look at a young man who, unlike some of his contemporaries, can’t transcend his abundant character flaws and remake himself as someone else.

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