Todd McCarthy
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For 1,360 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 Star Trek
Lowest review score: 0 Showgirls
Score distribution:
1,360 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Todd McCarthy
    Meticulous care is evident in every aspect of the film. All three actors playing Pi are outstanding.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Todd McCarthy
    This is one vintage film that fully lives up to its classic status and should play with outstanding success to contemporary audiences of all ages.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Todd McCarthy
    Makes everything in the rival Marvel universe look thoroughly silly and childish. Entirely enveloping and at times unnerving in a relevant way one would never have imagined, as a cohesive whole this ranks as the best of Nolan's trio, even if it lacks -- how could it not? -- an element as unique as Heath Ledger's immortal turn in The Dark Knight. It's a blockbuster by any standard.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Todd McCarthy
    The film's power steadily and relentlessly builds over its long course, to a point that is terrifically imposing and unshakable.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 Todd McCarthy
    The film is terribly smart in every respect, with ne'er-a-false note performances and superb craft work from top to bottom.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Todd McCarthy
    It's very much an art piece, to be sure, but it feels like a genuine one that, while meditated, speaks fluently and truly for the place, people and culture it so indelibly depicts.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Todd McCarthy
    This is one hot, provocative, revelatory and astonishing documentary, one sure to provoke enthralled interest and controversy wherever it is shown worldwide.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Todd McCarthy
    King of the Hill has all the rich satisfactions of a fine novel.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Todd McCarthy
    A powerfully intimate domestic drama, Ordinary People represents the height of craftsmanship across the board.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Todd McCarthy
    Mesmerizing in its incremental layering of a bizarre, tragic and thoroughly warped character study, Foxcatcher sees director Bennett Miller well surpassing even the fine work he did in his previous two films, Capote and Moneyball.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Todd McCarthy
    The film's exhilarating originality, black comedy and tone that is at once empathetic and acidic will surely strike a strong chord with audiences looking for something fresh that will take them somewhere they haven't been before.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Todd McCarthy
    Particle Fever succeeds on every level, but none more important than in making the normally intimidating and arcane world of genius-level physics at least conceptually comprehensible and even friendly to the lay viewer.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Todd McCarthy
    Ida
    Frame by frame, Ida looks resplendently bleak, its stunning monochromes combining with the inevitable gloomy Polish weather and communist-era deprivations to create a harsh, unforgiving environment.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    Avatar is all-enveloping and transporting, with Cameron & Co.'s years of R&D paying off with a film that, as his work has done before, raises the technical bar and throws down a challenge for the many other filmmakers toiling in the sci-fi/fantasy realm.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    The timing in the Clooney-Farmiga scenes is like splendid tennis, with each player surprising the other with shots but keeping the rally going to breathtaking duration.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    Immaculately crafted in beautiful black-and-white and entirely absorbing through its longish running time, Michael Haneke’s The White Ribbon nonetheless proves a difficult film to entirely embrace.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    A beautifully observed, small-scale study of personal foibles, romantic uncertainty and two sides of the sadly predictable male animal.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    Breaking through any period-piece mustiness with piercing insight into the emotions and behavior of her characters, the writer-director examines the final years in the short life of 19th-century romantic poet John Keats through the eyes of his beloved, Fanny Brawne, played by Abbie Cornish in an outstanding performance.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    Driven by fantastic energy and a torrent of vivid images of India old and new, Slumdog Millionaire is a blast.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    This reworking of a popular Hong Kong picture pulses with energy, tangy dialogue and crackling performances from a fine cast.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    Taken together, "Flags" and "Letters" represent a genuinely imposing achievement, one that looks at war unflinchingly -- that does not deny its necessity but above all laments the human loss it entails.