Todd McCarthy

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For 1,543 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 1.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Todd McCarthy's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Traffic
Lowest review score: 0 Being Human
Score distribution:
1543 movie reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    The ultimate effect of [Östlund's] studied techniques is more restricting than beneficial, which, combined with a protracted running time, faintly self-righteous air and a perplexing, misguided coda, produces a sense of letdown at the end despite the strength of much that has come before.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    A frothy, lightweight romantic comedy that strives to seem richer and more complex than it really is.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    300
    A blustery, bombastic, visually arresting account of the Battle of Thermopylae as channeled through the rabid imagination of graphic novelist Frank Miller.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    After impressing well enough in his previous big screen directorial outings, Abrams works in a narrower, less imaginative mode here; there's little sense of style, no grace notes or flights of imagination. One feels the dedication of a young musician at a recital determined not to make any mistakes, but there's no hint of creative interpretation, personal feelings or the spreading of artistic wings.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Red State is cleverly contrarian enough to get a rise out of almost any audience.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    This reflection on the past, love and death through the prism of layers of theatrical endeavor is both serious and frisky, engaging on a refined level but frustratingly limited in its complexity and depth.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Cronenberg assumes a distinctly clinical approach to the emotional, social and business shenanigans on display here, a perspective that has brilliantly served some of his overtly psychological, horror and sci-fi pieces but gives this one a brittle and airless feel.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Just two weeks after successfully targeting boys with "Holes," Disney is giving girls something they want with this mild, quasi-romantic romp.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    A blatant commodity designed to illustrate what a splendid influence the hit television show has been on the world at large, if the series' creators don't mind saying so themselves.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Reasonably intelligent, well-crafted and dramatically understated.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Misses its comic targets as often as it hits them but is endearing all the same for the good-natured cheer with which it skewers the eminently skewerable.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    An immediately involving yarn of an ace Marine sharpshooter set up to take the fall for an attempted presidential assassination, picture saddles itself with stereotypical villains, hokey contrivances and too-expedient crisis solutions.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    007 is undone by villainous scripting and misguided casting and acting in a couple of key secondary roles.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    While rambunctious and passably humorous, this offspring isn't nearly as imaginative and nimble-minded as the forerunner that spawned it.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Sheer energy and audience allure to burn, even if numerous speed bumps cause many of the comic possibilities to go tumbling overboard.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Holes will no doubt speak clearly and appealingly to its intended early teen audience.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    It's a film of myriad minor pleasures but scant compelling qualities.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Crucially, the teaming of standup favorite and "Martin" star Lawrence and "Fresh Prince" Smith clicks from the outset, with both right at home handling action and comedy on the bigscreen. Even when it's not particularly funny, their interplay is engaging, and their lively, raucous personalities keep the proceedings punchy and watchable for the slightly overlong running time.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    So determinedly old-fashioned it makes a strong claim to being the best film musical of 1959.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Undeniably fascinating as a visit to a world you'd never have wanted to have come near in real life -- that of the Hussein family's inner sanctum -- the film falls crucially short by not providing a window into the mind of the man who was coerced into acting as his double.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    More intriguing on paper than when it actually unspools onscreen. Kevin Willmott's small-scaled but ambitious picture is well-researched, sometimes amusing and not unintelligent.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    This is a dish that has been prepared over a low heat for a long time, which makes for some pretty slow-going early on.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    This decorous look at the great man's five years as ambassador to France in the period leading up to the French Revolution touches upon much significant history, incident and emotion but, ironically, lacks the intrigue and drama of great fiction.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    A live-wire performance by Benicio Del Toro sparks an otherwise morose study of loss, addiction and catharsis.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Although the story dynamics are fundamentally silly and the family stuff, with its parallel father-daughter melodrama, is elemental button-pushing, a good cast led by a winning Paul Rudd puts the nonsense over in reasonably disarming fashion.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    A potentially provocative idea is played out to diminishing returns.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    A sporadically funny romantic comedy with all the dramatic plausibility and tonal consistency of a TV variety show.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Rodrigo Garcia's film only intermittently surmounts the limitations of the central character's parched emotional existence and restricted horizons, and the resolutions to some principal dramatic lines seem rather too easy.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Feels too piecemeal and ultimately inconsequential.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    A psychotic seizure of a performance by Christian Bale dominates Harsh Times, the directorial debut of David Ayer that channels "Taxi Driver."

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