Todd McCarthy
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For 1,421 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 51% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 47% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Todd McCarthy's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Spider-Man 2
Lowest review score: 0 Being Human
Score distribution:
1,421 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    Handsome, respectable and well cast, elaborate production lacks the excitement and magic that would elevate the film to beloved status, and sheer abundance of CGI work weighs on it too heavily.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Unquestionably the most sexually graphic American narrative feature ever made outside the realm of the porn industry, John Cameron Mitchell's ambitious attempt to merge his characters' active sexual lives with more conventional emotional content is playfully and provocatively entertaining for roughly the first half, but loses staying power thereafter when investment in the uncompelling characters' problems is requested.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    Unfortunately, Mockingjay — Part 1 has all the personality of an industrial film. There's not a drop of insolence, insubordination or insurrection running through its veins; it feels like a manufactured product through and through, ironic and sad given its revolutionary theme.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    A tasty if wildly far-fetched thriller, Out of Time proves far stronger in its characterizations than in developing genuine suspense.
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    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Compensating for the technical faults is the writer-director's unmistakable and undiluted need to express the issues he feels are at the heart of his community.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    Dazzlingly designed and staged in a theatrical setting so as to suggest that the characters are enacting assigned roles in life, this tight and pacy telling of a 900 page-plus novel touches a number of its important bases but lacks emotional depth, moral resonance and the simple ability to allow its rich characters to experience and drink deeply of life.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Although it will most readily appeal to cinephiles…offers sufficient reality-based incident and ponderable cultural issues to attract curious audiences.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    As the enduring success of this property has shown, there are large, emotionally susceptible segments of the population ready to swallow this sort of thing, but that doesn't mean it's good.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    The picture's constant forward movement and breezy sense of amusement about itself provide a certain mild sort of diversion.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Ambition markedly outstrips achievement in The Congress, a visionary piece of speculative fiction that drops the ball after a fine set-up.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    Once Damon's one-man truth squad goes off the reservation and starts behaving too much like Jason Bourne for comfort, the film begins not only spilling more blood but also leaking crucial credibility.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    Penn's magnetism and hesitant line delivery create what interest there is, although the whole picture suffers from a central figure who can never get it together on any level.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Most of the action is played for broad laughs, and Hogan demonstrates the ability to generate them, even if the humor is very base and often cruel, making fun of people's looks and ineptitude.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    A live-wire performance by Benicio Del Toro sparks an otherwise morose study of loss, addiction and catharsis.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Brad Pitt delivers a capable performance in an immersive apocalyptic spectacle about a global zombie uprising.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    A game and winning performance by Melinda Page Hamilton is the only saving grace.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    First-time scripter Paul Bernbaum's framing story, designed to stir up suspicion that George Reeves was a murder victim rather than a suicide, unfortunately proves far less intriguing than does the melancholy tale of a limited actor reaching the end of the line during a transitional period in Hollywood.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    42
    Pretty when it should be gritty and grandiosely noble instead of just telling it like it was, 42 needlessly trumps up but still can't entirely spoil one of the great American 20th century true-life stories, the breaking of major league baseball's color line by Jackie Robinson.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Stories of resistance to oppression will never become obsolete, but this feels like a picture that should have been made a long time ago.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Todd McCarthy
    A very vulgar pro-faith comedy rather than a sacrilegious goof, Dogma is an extraordinarily uneven film.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    A picture that, even more than the previous two, feels like a bunch of gags tossed together. The laughs are here, to be sure, although even some of the best of them are retreads and the Swinging '60s recycling act is now feeling a bit past its zeitgeist prime.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    The battle of the sexes is restaged to clever but inconsequential effect in Conversations With Other Women. Very much a case of old wine in a new bottle.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    Aside from spasms of brutal violence, however, there's nothing rousing or new here.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    More intriguing on paper than when it actually unspools onscreen. Kevin Willmott's small-scaled but ambitious picture is well-researched, sometimes amusing and not unintelligent.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    More evident than ever the film is inherently a deeply flawed work that was far from fully realized in both script and shooting.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Todd McCarthy
    Bug
    A ranting, claustrophobic drama that trades in shopworn paranoid notions, William Friedkin's overwrought screen version of Tracy Letts' play assaults the viewer with aggressive thesping and over-the-top notions of shocking incident, all to intensely alienating effect.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Todd McCarthy
    Kasdan's direction here is even less energized than his writing.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Egoyan's pedantic, lecturing approach makes the film a bit of a slog, although the basic material has an intrinsic interest that makes one at least want to know more about the historical events.

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