For 1,345 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 2.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Todd McCarthy's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Lowest review score: 0 Being Human
Score distribution:
1,345 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    It stands as a unique film-within-a-film, of significance for the historical value of the raw images, the memories they spur and internal evidence of how the Nazis staged scenes long assumed to be real.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    The thoughts may not be profound, but they are profoundly true to life,and the writer-director’s approach to young people’s concerns is remarkably universal and timeless.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    The best blue collar action movie in who knows how long, this tense, narrowly focused thriller about a runaway freight train has a lean and pure simplicity to it that is satisfying in and of itself.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    Darius Khondji's cinematography evokes to the hilt the gorgeously inviting Paris of so many people's imaginations (while conveniently ignoring the rest), and the film has the concision and snappy pace of Allen's best work.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    Brandishing an ambition it's likely no film, including this one, could entirely fulfill, The Tree of Life is nonetheless a singular work, an impressionistic metaphysical inquiry into mankind's place in the grand scheme of things that releases waves of insights amid its narrative imprecisions.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    It all moves along briskly, with a degree of visual grace and a solid feel for 3D.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    Artist evinces unlimited love for the look and ethos of the 1920s as well for the style of the movies. The filmmakers clearly did their homework and took great pleasure in doing so, an enjoyment that is passed along in ample doses to any viewer game for their nifty little conceit.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    Argo is a crackerjack political thriller told with intelligence, great period detail and a surprising amount of nutty humor for a serious look at the Iran hostage crisis of 1979-81.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    Its sharp writing and essential credibility make this small, intimate tale fresh and involving.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    Dramatically gripping while still brandishing a droll undercurrent of humor, this beautifully made film will certainly be embraced as one of the best Bonds by loyal fans worldwide and leaves you wanting the next one to turn up sooner than four years from now.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    This absorbing drama provides Denzel Washington with one of his meatiest, most complex roles, and he flies with it.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    Nutty, arcane and jaw-dropping in equal measure, this is a head-first plunge down the rabbit hole of Kubrickiana from which, for some, there is evidently no return.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    The director mixes moods with a playfulness that is both brazen and carefree and yet precisely modulated, yielding results that amplify the specific content of the screenplay. This makes for a film that, however cheap it was to make, is incredibly rich to watch.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    Perhaps the nature of the story is such that the film can’t help but be obvious and quite melodramatic at times, but it gets better as it goes along and builds to a moving finish.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    Reitman keeps a strong grip on all the aspects of the story to prevent it from becoming corny, unduly melodramatic or obvious.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    Her
    This is a probing, inquisitive work of a very high order, although it goes a bit slack in the final third and concludes rather conventionally compared to much that has come before.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    I Origins is a bracingly venturesome, exploratory work that achieves an exceptional balance between the emotional and intellectual aspects of its unusual story.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    James has done a wonderful job of telling a colorful life story.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    Darren Aronofsky wrestles one of scripture's most primal stories to the ground and extracts something vital and audacious, while also pushing some aggressive environmentalism, in Noah.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    The main performances are powerful, the visuals are bold and vivid, the final effect one of the gut having been punched and the mind stirred.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    The central idea is quite clever and appealing, and that the charm meter is turned up all the way.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Nicholson is outstanding as he gradually but tellingly sketches in aspects of a man driven by a mission that outstrips his instincts as a professional lawman.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    An eye-popping visual spectacle that serves up a vivid picture of what the planet might have looked like when reptiles ruled the Earth.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    The lively visuals, busy story, zippy pace and TV show running time will make this go down very easily with the target moppet audience.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    An intelligent, insidiously plotted Hitchcockian thriller directed in souped-up, modern expressionistic style.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Snappy and unusually funny under fundamentally serious circumstances, without being contrived or sitcomy.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Taking film noir material and turning it inside out visually and morally, The Deep End is an absorbing, beautifully made melodrama that succeeds on formal levels more than it does with suspense or emotion.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Bright, glossy, grandly scaled and dramatically stolid, 79-year-old writer-director Jerzy Kawalerowicz's longtime dream project mixes earnest religiosity with the depraved cruelty of Nero's Rome in the classic De Mille tradition.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    An intermittently compelling and occasionally hilarious road movie.