Todd McCarthy

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For 1,499 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 1.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Todd McCarthy's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 The Wrestler
Lowest review score: 0 Being Human
Score distribution:
1499 movie reviews
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    The few who saw the embalmed adaptation of "Snow Falling on Cedars" will recognize the same stifling approach brought to this more accessible material by director Scott Hicks.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    A melodramatic step backward for writer-director Victor Nunez after his last two pictures, the first-rate "Ruby in Paradise" and "Ulee's Gold."
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    A disappointingly pedestrian prison meller that falls between stools artistically and politically.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Although decked out with a legitimate star and handsome production carpentry, pic takes no greater interest in creating three-dimensional characters or fleshing out a credible storyline than does the run-of-the-mill straight-to-video thriller.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Still, there is an estimable integrity to the respect and fidelity with which the film regards its subjects, as well as an honesty in its attempt to illuminate the essences of these difficult people.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    An unabashedly old-fashioned entertainment loaded with traditional dancing and music.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    An exhaustingly elaborate romantic fantasy actioner.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Amusing and engaging yet lacking in snap and cohesion, this insider's look at the world of standup comics in contempo Los Angeles rings true in its view of the variously warped, stunted and narrow lives of its mostly male denizens.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Strikes some resonant chords but also hits notes that simply don't ring true and are borderline risible at times
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Despite an effectively low-key performance by Billy Bob Thornton in the leading role, pic is no more spiritually insightful or illuminating than Sunday School instructional story, and a lot less dramatically coherent.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Made up of synthetics rather than whole cloth, this lurid concoction superficially gets by thanks to a strong cast and jazzy period detail, but its cartoonish contrivances fail to convince and lack any of the depth, feeling or atmosphere of genre stand-bearers like "L.A. Confidential."
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Borderline dull to sit through, The Sixth Sense is actually rather interesting to think about afterward because of the revelation of its ending.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    There are certainly good laughs to be had. But the contrived script and bland direction prevent the film from ever developing a comic life of its own, leaving what fun there is seeming like the foundation to a rumpus room that's never finished.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    Director Ron Howard and screenwriter Akiva Goldsman have conspired to drain any sense of fun out of the melodrama, leaving expectant audiences with an oppressively talky film that isn't exactly dull but comes as close to it as one could imagine with such provocative material.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    Danny Boyle has great and plainly evident fun adding twists and curves and tunnels and endless style to his modern London noir Trance, but he makes so many left turns that the film turns in on itself rather than going anywhere.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    Despite its indie-flavored shooting style, first-rate visual effects, reasonable intensity factor, nihilistic attitude and post-9/11 anxiety overlay, this punchy sci-fier is, in the end, not much different from all the marauding creature features that have come before it.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    Harris' first directorial outing since his impressive and entirely different "Pollock" biopic bears echoes of many genre predecessors, especially Howard Hawks' "Rio Bravo" -- but echoes they remain.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    Impressively rendered but oddly uninviting adventure.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    The film represents the director in a more pensive, even philosophical vein, less interested in propulsive cinema and more reflective about what would seem to mean the most to him—dreams, and the ability to make them come true. This is what The BFG is about but, unfortunately, that is basically all it’s about and by a considerable measure too explicitly and single-mindedly so.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    A protracted parade of woefully familiar motifs from the Amerindie playbook, Happy Endings comes off like an undernourished Paul Thomas Anderson wannabe.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    Columbus' approach is intended to cloak such topics as mortality and human identity in the warm glow of greeting card sentiment, which renders the prescription palatable for mass consumption but hopelessly diluted.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    Desperately uncertain in tone and able to generate only sporadic laughs, pic decks out its meager story of revenge and comeuppance with a vulgar, flashy shimmer that will no doubt attract teenage girls, or the core "Clueless" audience.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    A compelling and little-known story of the Civil War period is studiously reduced to a dry and cautious history lesson in Free State of Jones.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    Like many action stars, Statham is good at cool brooding, but West's frantic style works against this.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    The season's first comet-targets-Earth special effects extravaganza is spectacular enough in its cataclysmic scenes of the planet being devastated by an unstoppable fireball, but proves far from thrilling in the down time spent with a largely dull assortment of troubled human beings.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    This first dramatic feature by "Hoop Dreams" director Steve James has one foot still squarely planted in the docu aesthetic and notably lacks any psychological interest or emotional depth.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    A nice looking but heavily formulaic DreamWorks animation entry.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    Surprisingly lacks a feeling of personal urgency and insight that would have made it a distinctive, even unique contribution to the considerable number of films that deal with the war in general and Holocaust in particular.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    Nothing about the project's execution inspires the feeling that this was ever intended as anything more than a lark, which would be fine if it were a good one. As it is, audience teeth-grinding sets in early and never lets up.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    Beautifully crafted and highlighted by an arresting change-of-pace perf by Meg Ryan as an English teacher erotically awakened by a homicide detective. But the story's unpalatable narrative holes and dramatic missteps will hold sway over the pic's better qualities.

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