Todd McCarthy

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For 1,541 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 1.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Todd McCarthy's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Iron Man
Lowest review score: 0 Showgirls
Score distribution:
1541 movie reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    Crucially for such an elaborately dressed production, the characters all come thoroughly alive with their ready wits and pulsing emotions, overcoming the two-century gap with seeming effortlessness.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    The script is faithful, the actors are just right, the sets, costumes, makeup and effects match and sometimes exceed anything one could imagine.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    Truly beguiling romantic comedy.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    Uses first-person on-camera accounts of the adventure by Simpson and fellow climber Simon Yates to backdrop newly shot you-are-there footage that brings home the awesome and harrowing aspects of their feat.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    Considerable intelligence and strategic finesse have been brought to bear on this handsomely mounted adaptation of Michael Cunningham's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, which was hardly a natural for the bigscreen.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    As vivid and suspenseful as Roman Polanski has made this claustrophobic tale of a torture victim turning the tables on her putative tormentor, one is still left with a film in which each character represents a mouthpiece for an ideology.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    Lonergan layers and then layers some more, allows his characters to stew, not always disclose themselves and then come to decisions and changes naturally, or after due deliberation. And they can relapse and not always be ready for the breakthrough moment toward which the story seems to be pointing. The result is something that feels more akin to a full meal than the usual cinematic popcorn.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    This is not "E.T.," nor is it a kid's film nor even necessarily a major mass-audience film, although Spielberg's name, high public anticipation and the child-oriented campaign will make it perform like one.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    Lee takes a conventional, talking-heads-and-archival-clips approach to the material, but rewardingly establishes an intimate connection with his subjects by devoting considerable time to the personalities and families of the four victims.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    As carefully constructed, handsomely crafted and flavorsomely acted as a top-of-the-line production from Hollywood's classical studio era, Francis Ford Coppola's screen version of John Grisham's The Rainmaker would seem to represent just about all a filmmaker could do with the best-selling author's patented dramatic formulas without subverting them altogether.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    An astonishing work of studio artifice, A Little Princess is that rarest of creations, a children's film that plays equally well to kids and adults.
    • 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.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    A markedly better picture than Roberto Benigni's far more sentimental Oscar collector.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    Wang has made a dramatically confident move into the mainstream on his own terms with highly congenial material.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    This handsomely produced period piece is easily the most emotionally effective bigscreen melodrama since "The Joy Luck Club," as well as the most intelligent.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    This full-bodied adaptation of Dennis Lehane's involved and involving 2001 bestselling crime novel about old friends in Boston's working-class Irish neighborhood finds Clint Eastwood near the top of his directorial game with a cast of first-rate actors.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    Lightning strikes twice, but not as brilliantly as before, in Shrek 2. The welcome sequel to the monster 2001 Oscar winner about an ogre's unlikely romance with a beautiful princess successfully recycles many of the qualities that made the first one an instant animated classic and worldwide smash.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    There are some unsatisfactory elements–slow spots occur during the middle stretch, the mild anti-establishment stance is getting to be a bit cliche and one never knows whether E.T.’s mortal illness is physical or psychological in nature, or both. But, as with “Close Encounters,” the truly lovely and moving ending more than makes up for everything. Chalk up another smash for Spielberg.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    The first two Max features ran barely 90 minutes and it takes guts and real confidence to dare push a straight chase film with very little dialogue to two hours. But Miller has pulled it off by coming up with innumerable new elements to keep the action compelling.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    It's not really either an animal or a kids' film but rather a young adult drama that rings emotionally true.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    The connection between art and technology is explored in an entertaining and accessible way in Tim's Vermeer, a documentary that demonstrates how a savvy and dedicated amateur with sufficient resources was able to create a remarkable likeness of a great 17th century painting.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    A raucous insider documentary that invites the viewer to share a secret held exclusively by comics for untold generations.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Ray
    Bursting at the seams with music, Taylor Hackford's ambitious film provides a good sense of the pioneering entertainer's extraordinary journey and brings it to life with plenty of colorful detail.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    The somber tone and low-end production values may not be exactly in tune with young neo-noir enthusiasts, but more seasoned fans of the genre and the filmmaker will recognize and embrace Hill’s use of noir to play with and comment on topical issues in a deliciously subversive way, political correctness be damned.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    The film positively swills in its disreputability and all-around low-budgetness; sporting a healthy disregard for respectability, Schrader has just gone for it here with a highly focused recklessness that he turns to his creative advantage.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    A labor of love made over the course of seven years that crucially matches the energy and passion Langlois himself embodied, this deep-dish account of the life and times of the longtime head of the Cinematheque Francaise will enthrall buffs.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    An intensely scenic, refreshingly humanistic oater that dares to be sincere and open-hearted.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Consistently engrossing as an unusual character study and as a trip to the mysterious border-crossing between rarified brilliance and madness, this serious-minded but lively film is distinguished by an exceptional performance by Russell Crowe.

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