Todd McCarthy

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For 1,569 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 0.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Todd McCarthy's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Sicario
Lowest review score: 0 Being Human
Score distribution:
1569 movie reviews
    • 95 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Walks a fine line between the rarefied and the immediately accessible as it explores new territory for animation, yet remains sufficiently crowd-pleasing.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    This ostensible gay Western is marked by a heightened degree of sensitivity and tact, as well as an outstanding performance from Heath Ledger.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    This beautifully crafted film intrigues as a story never told before and ratchets up dramatic interest through a succession of unexpected turns.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Well-observed and superbly cast picture is the filmmaker's best in quite a long time.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    A charming, if lightweight, Coen brothers escapade flecked by plenty of visual and performance grace notes.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Schroeder's first non-American film in 16 years feels like a rejuvenation; his adaptation of Fernando Vallejo's 1994 novel has a naturalistic freedom and ease that is both refreshing and direct in the way it tells a deeply disturbing story.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    One of the very best directed animated films on record. Not surprisingly from the force behind the "Babe" movies, the attention to detail is phenomenal, the humor ample.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    If an age produces the renditions of classic stories that reflect those times, then The Passion of the Christ, which is violent, contentious, emotional, extreme and highly proficient, must be the Jesus movie for this era.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Swings, even if it doesn't always soar.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    The antithesis of “let’s-put-on-a-show” fluff, Whiplash...is about the wages of all-out sacrifice and commitment.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    With its exceptional multicamera coverage and dynamic editing, pic provides an amazing ride across the dusty roads and stunningly varied terrain of what could be the world's most demanding vehicle race.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Stars Chris Diamantopoulos, Will Sasso and Sean Hayes are on the money as Moe, Curly and Larry in a film containing more plot and sentiment than the boys' shorts ever had.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Snappy, nasty, deftly acted and perhaps the fastest paced film ever directed by a 78-year-old, this adaptation of Yasmina Reza's award-winning play God of Carnage fully delivers the laughs and savagery of the stage piece.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    At once entirely frank and downright cuddly in the way it deals with the seldom-visited subject of the sex lives of people with disabilities, this well-acted and constructed film will, at the very least, turn the spotlight on this unusual topic.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Given the intelligent restraint of the treatment, this is about as fine an adaptation of this material as one could hope for, although there is still something of a gap between the impressive skill of the filmmaking and the ultimately irredeemable aspects of the source.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    The Devil's Own is neither the best nor the worst $90 million-$100 million-area budgeted picture ever made, but it must be the one in which the cost is least evident on the screen.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Ultimately, the pic will be noted and remembered not for any inherent drama or analysis but for its simply having so thoroughly documented a strange place most people have never seen and never knew existed.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    An offbeat, middleweight charmer that is lent a measure of substance by its astute performances and observational insight.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Little kids will enjoy it all, while parents, when not checking their cell phones, will be thankful for the thoughtfully brief running time.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Has visual splendor galore, but is a cold work lacking in the requisite tension and suspense.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Amiable and constantly amusing rather than uproarious, this mangy tale of a ne'er-do-well's fitful assault on personal and professional respectability benefits greatly from Kevin Costner's ingratiatingly comic star turn, his most appealing work in years.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Summer of Sam is never less than absorbing but feels just a bit like yesterday's news, both narratively and cinematically.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    In the end, though, it's Crowe who must carry the most freight, which he does with another characterization to relish. Still bulky, although not as much so as in "Body of Lies," long-tressed and somewhat grizzled, he finds the gist of the affable eccentricity, natural obsessiveness and mainstream contrarianism that marks many professional journalists.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Preposterous whimsy that sort of gets by thanks to lustrous settings, slick production values and, especially, its ultra-attractive stars.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Like "In the Bedroom," Little Children, at well over two hours, is somewhat long for an intense, intimate drama, and arguments could run many ways concerning what could be tightened or excised.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Most disappointingly, the dancers never get their close-ups; whether by choice or by some enforced arrangement, Wiseman doesn't approach the gorgeous women to give them the chance to tell their side of what it's like to work at the Crazy Horse.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Nichols has delivered a timely drama that, unlike most films of its type, doesn’t want to clobber you with its importance. It just tells its story in a modest, even discreet way that well suits the nature of its principal characters.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    This is a fitfully funny quasi-farce that takes off promisingly, loses its way mid-flight and comes in for a bumpy but safe landing.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Whatever its missteps, this is a film that kids, middle-aged adults and grandparents can all see -- together or separately -- and get something out of in their own ways. There are precious few films that fit this description today and hats off to Spielberg for making one.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Some years from now, Starred Up, a rough, violent and, to American ears, half-indecipherable British prison drama, will be remembered as the film that announced a new star, Jack O’Connell.

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