Todd McCarthy

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For 1,623 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 0.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Todd McCarthy's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Up
Lowest review score: 0 Showgirls
Score distribution:
1623 movie reviews
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    Heineman offers up a double portrait of devastation, of a truly destroyed city and of partially decimated survivors, leaving the viewer with an empathetic sense of deep sorrow.
    • 91 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.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    Cedar impressively creates a complex and intricately detailed portrait of the web of political, financial, social and religious affiliations that has everything to do with how the world works.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    Disturbing because it is so believable, Kids goes well beyond any previous American film in frankly describing the lives of at least a certain group of modern teenagers.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    Rebounding from his biggest career flopflop with "Havana," Sydney Pollack has done an ultra-pro job in giving spit and polish to this star-driven, sure-fire commercial project.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    No matter one's personal stance about what Snowden did, this revelatory work is fascinating and thought-provoking, if, at the same time, oddly lacking in tension; unlike the provocations of Michael Moore or Oliver Stone, the temperature of this film is very cool.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    Silence, more successfully than not, artfully addresses the core issue of its maker's lifelong religious struggle.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    Bears all the earmarks of a magnum opus for Martin Scorsese: Fascinating and fresh material about his beloved New York City, an epic reach, an equally epic gestation period, a dynamic criminal element, combustible socio-political-religious elements, outstanding actors and sophisticated allusions to cinema history that inform and enrich the experience.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    All hands on both sides of the camera do outstanding work. Clooney seems to be enjoying himself thoroughly as the old grump whose creative flame hasn’t been entirely extinguished, but it falls more to Robertson to carry the film, which she does with great energy and appeal.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    The rough power, as well as the humor and sensitivity, of pop phenom Eminem is delivered intact in 8 Mile.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    It's a true-life yarn loaded with extremes, of wealth, personal eccentricities, grief, tension, daring, criminal means to political ends, maternal drive and luck, both bad and good. It is also a peek into a rarefied world where money knows no bounds and yet means everything.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    Wickedly funny.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    Errol Morris delivers a compelling, thoughtful and entirely involving documentary in The Fog of War.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    A flat-out hilarious mainstream comedy.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    A first-rate thriller with grit and intrigue to spare.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    Racing in high gear from start to finish, Danny Boyle’s electric direction tempermentally complements Sorkin’s highly theatrical three-act study.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    A smart sex comedy that successfully swims upstream to spawn and score.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    Outstandingly realized on all levels.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    It's a dramatic tale loaded with all manner of dynamics, political and personal, and Spielberg charges out of the gate at a brisk clip, extends his hand and all but enjoins the viewer to grab hold and be swept along for the ride.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    Brandishes the sort of intelligent wit and bracing nastiness that will make it more appealing to discerning adults than to teens who just want to have fun.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    The drama flows gorgeously and, unlike in many other franchises in which entries keep getting longer every time out, this one is served up without an ounce of fat. It provides all the tension and action the mainstream audience could want, along with a good deal more.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    George Lucas has reached deep into the trove of his self-generated mythological world to produce a grand entertainment that offers a satisfying balance among the series' epic, narrative, technological and emotional qualities.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    Technically superb and witty in an old-fashioned, veddy British way that will delight many adults but will sail over the heads of young audiences.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    Wonderfully acted and slickly mad. Acutely written with an eye to the motivations and ambiguities involved on both sides in such a relationship.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    A superbly wrought yarn set in the milieu of first-generation Russian mobsters in London that is simultaneously tough-minded and compassionate about the human condition, Eastern Promises instantly takes its place among David Cronenberg's very best films.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    Smart, droll and dazzling to look at and listen to, writer-director Tony Gilroy's effervescent, intricately plotted puzzler proves in every way superior to his 2007 success "Michael Clayton."
    • 96 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    A dazzling delight.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    Artistically on a plane with or near the vet filmmaker's best work, this period drama about a woman slowly discovering her metier is an artisanal creation par excellence.

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