Todd McCarthy

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For 1,500 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 Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Lowest review score: 0 Showgirls
Score distribution:
1500 movie reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    Director David Gordon Green has created some fresh, penetrating, beautifully drawn scenes of one-on-one intimacy…But some of what surrounds these interludes is variously misguided, fuzzy and borderline pretentious.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Apart from startling, out-there comic turns by Robert Downey Jr. and Tom Cruise, however, the antics here are pretty thin, redundant and one-note.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    Although the humor helps, the Groundhog Day-like repetition gets tedious; it makes you feel more like a hamster than a groundhog — or rather a hamster's wheel, going round and round, over and over again.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Director Spike Jonze's sharp instincts and vibrant visual style can't quite compensate for the lack of narrative eventfulness that increasingly bogs down this bright-minded picture.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Lacks narrative push...atmospheric drama that casts a minor but distinctive spell.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    A study of the urban dope-dealing culture and its toll on everyone who comes in contact with it, the picture has an insider's feel that is constantly undercut by the filmmaker's impulse to editorialize.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Holes will no doubt speak clearly and appealingly to its intended early teen audience.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    A witty and sometimes surreal sci-fi comedy, Men in Black is a wild knuckleball of a movie that keeps dancing in and out of the strike zone.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    Adds relatively little insight to the public understanding of wayward military behavior more incisively analyzed in "Taxi to the Dark Side."
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    A Judd Apatow clone that's one of the few recent R-rated raunch fests the ubiquitous auteur of larky crudeness actually had nothing to do with, I Love You, Man cranks out the kind of lowball humor that makes you gag on your own laughs.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    Oddly, too, the film is somewhat shortchanged by its great star, Johnny Depp, who disappointingly has chosen to play Dillinger as self-consciously cool rather than earthy and gregarious.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    That the film mostly falls flat has far more to do with the largely unconvincing material rather than with the co-stars, who are more than game for often clownish shenanigans Black and his co-writer Anthony Bagarozzi have concocted for them; in fit and starts, the actors display a buoyant comic rapport.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Todd McCarthy
    A coming-of-age piece that is slight to the point of anemia, Unstrung Heroes sports a willful eccentricity that almost immediately becomes annoying.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Deliberately unvarnished shock piece designed to give pause to anyone with a daughter approaching teenhood.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Todd McCarthy
    Achieves some glancing poetic effects during its first hour, but becomes gross and exploitative during the shooting rampage of the final act.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Butler is in no way a hot-headed or contentious piece of agit-prop, unlike so many other election year documentaries; like Kerry himself, the film speaks to the mind, not the emotions.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    There is unquestionably enough lively material here to snare one’s attention but, even at just 76 minutes, many will feel that this cruise has gone on plenty long enough.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    The film is offbeat, silly, disarming and loopy all at the same time, and viewers will decide to ride with that or just give up on it, according to mood and disposition.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    River of Grass works much better as a jokey , theoretical piece of genre revisionism than as a real movie.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Intelligent scripting, solid thesping and eye-catching location shooting aren't enough to make a compelling modern film of The Painted Veil.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    An unsuccessful attempt to get inside the head, under the skin or through the looking glass of Bush administration Secretary of Defense and Iraq War proponent Donald Rumsfeld.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    Malick's exalted visuals and isolated metaphysical epiphanies are ill-supported by a muddled, lurching narrative, resulting in a sprawling, unfocused account of an epochal historical moment.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    A balanced, evenhanded film about a subject who has always managed to provoke intemperate reactions.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    The pain feels cushioned and secondhand, the characters are not terribly sympathetic or interesting other than for their misfortune, and the film shows little interest in analyzing the situation other than to point fingers at greedy CEOs.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    Nowhere to be found is any dramatic surprise, heightening of the pulse or genuine pulling of heartstrings. Gary Winick's direction consists of button pushing, and the mechanics are palpable at every step.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Craig Zobel effectively sets all its surface parts in motion but, crucially, doesn’t sufficiently develop that turbulent undercurrents of tension and intrigue that are called for in the hothouse circumstances.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Garcia’s take, however beautiful physically, is intellectually opaque and creatively cautious, leaving the interested viewer, whether or not a believer, with much to wonder about but little to actually chew on.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Reasonably intelligent, well-crafted and dramatically understated.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Todd McCarthy
    This aggravatingly empty would-be suspense piece puts all its trust in its star to save the day, but even this compulsively watchable performer can’t elevate such a vapid, undeveloped screenplay.

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