Todd McCarthy

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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 1.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Todd McCarthy's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Million Dollar Baby
Lowest review score: 0 Being Human
Score distribution:
1500 movie reviews
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    An intensely whimsical shaggy-dog crime story that ricochets between goofy violence and some endearing personal moments.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Outrageously grungy and whacked-out walk on the wild side.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Engrossing but psychologically shallow tale.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Absorbing in a low-key way but more dramatic where its secondary characters are concerned than its leads, and capped by climactic incidents that are less than entirely convincing.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Director Spike Jonze's sharp instincts and vibrant visual style can't quite compensate for the lack of narrative eventfulness that increasingly bogs down this bright-minded picture.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Che
    If the director has gone out of his way to avoid the usual Hollywood biopic conventions, he has also withheld any suggestion of why the charismatic doctor, fighter, diplomat, diarist and intellectual theorist became and remains such a legendary figure; if anything, Che seems diminished by the way he's portrayed here.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Deliberately unvarnished shock piece designed to give pause to anyone with a daughter approaching teenhood.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    The characters and settings are attractively designed, and the vocal performances have real color and a sense of fun that gently undercuts the treacly sincerity of certain obligatory kid-pandering moments.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    The battle of the sexes is restaged to clever but inconsequential effect in Conversations With Other Women. Very much a case of old wine in a new bottle.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Unquestionably the most sexually graphic American narrative feature ever made outside the realm of the porn industry, John Cameron Mitchell's ambitious attempt to merge his characters' active sexual lives with more conventional emotional content is playfully and provocatively entertaining for roughly the first half, but loses staying power thereafter when investment in the uncompelling characters' problems is requested.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Coppola’s attitude toward her subject seems equivocal, uncertain; there is perhaps a smidgen of social commentary, but she seems far too at home in the world she depicts to offer a rewarding critique of it.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Inspiring if not inspired, Lee Daniels' The Butler is a sort of Readers' Digest overview of the 20th century American civil rights movement centered on an ordinary individual with an extraordinary perspective.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Life may be as unfair and arbitrary as Solondz portrays it, but it is arguably more diverse in its moods and its ups and downs. The pic may not be a dog, but nor is it likely to become anyone’s best friend.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Duplass and Moss are put to the test to carry the film entirely on their shoulders and unquestionably carry it off... On the other hand, viewers will have widely disparate reactions to spending 90 uninterrupted minutes with these characters.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Some fancy footwork in the writing and directing can't disguise the hoary "Ten Little Indians" origins of Identity.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Atom Egoyan's most mainstream and genre-oriented picture in his 20-year career applies a thick noir lacquer to a jumbled, time-jumping tale of a young female journalist prying the facts out of the aging entertainers and their cronies.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Once the pieces are all in their places, the deliberate set-up begins to pay some dividends to those who relish the form.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    While not nearly as elaborate, nor as visually sophisticated as the last Mission: Impossible outing or the most recent Bonds, London Has Fallen is actually more plausible at its core, if not in its details, which is partly why it succeeds in laying claim to an audience's attention for the entirety of its swift running time.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Butler is in no way a hot-headed or contentious piece of agit-prop, unlike so many other election year documentaries; like Kerry himself, the film speaks to the mind, not the emotions.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Ambition markedly outstrips achievement in The Congress, a visionary piece of speculative fiction that drops the ball after a fine set-up.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    On its own terms, the plotting of "Devil" is absorbing, and the pieces actually fit together pretty decently. On the other hand, when scenes directly call to mind similar ones in "Chinatown," this effort's stepchild relationship to the classic is forcibly demonstrated.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    The antics here are strained, graceless and tiresomely crude, the sorts of things audiences feel they're supposed to laugh at rather than well-developed situations that generate genuine amusement.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    The pervasive chill, ugly feelings and downward spiral of the narrative make this a work that requires an equally sober, serious-minded attitude on the part of the viewer.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    After the accomplished smoothness of "Match Point," it's back to more ragged form in Scoop, despite the almost identical posh settings, and the return of Scarlett Johansson as leading lady.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Watching a bunch of people take a drug trip is seldom either entertaining or edifying, but Chilean director Sebastian Silva manages to make it at least tolerably amusing.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Reserved, careful and largely predictable in the way it plays out its wrenching emotional crises.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Although it will most readily appeal to cinephiles…offers sufficient reality-based incident and ponderable cultural issues to attract curious audiences.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    The lead role of a working class former smuggler who dirties his hands again to save his family fits Mark Wahlberg like a glove.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    The performances are all sincere and solid and the situation is easy to respond to emotionally. But as a case history in the annals of political repression, it feels like a bit of a side show.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Phantom is easily consumable eye candy, but it contains no nutrients for the heart or mind.

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