Todd McCarthy
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For 1,351 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 2.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Todd McCarthy's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Boyhood
Lowest review score: 0 Showgirls
Score distribution:
1,351 movie reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Lack of depth, complexity or strangeness make this a relatively routine entry for the director.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    A genuinely ominous and suspenseful thriller.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    An ultra-smart-mouthed comedy about a planned adoption that goes weirdly awry.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    On balance, this is a meaty, strongly realized dramatic work of considerable accomplishment.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    Truly beguiling romantic comedy.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Todd McCarthy
    Rare proof that a gigantic production in contemporary Hollywood can possess a distinctive personality and its own approach to storytelling, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World proves as bracing as a stiff wind on the open sea.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    A well-acted and crafted character piece that's a bit too calculated and cutesy for its own good.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    Breaking through any period-piece mustiness with piercing insight into the emotions and behavior of her characters, the writer-director examines the final years in the short life of 19th-century romantic poet John Keats through the eyes of his beloved, Fanny Brawne, played by Abbie Cornish in an outstanding performance.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Only Tarantino could come up with such a wild cross-cultural mash, a smorgasbord of ingredients stemming from spaghetti Westerns, German legend, historical slavery, modern rap music, proto-Ku Klux Klan fashion, an assembly of '60s and '70s character actors and a leading couple meant to be the distant forebears of blaxploitation hero John Shaft and make it not only digestible but actually pretty delicious.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    Dramatically gripping while still brandishing a droll undercurrent of humor, this beautifully made film will certainly be embraced as one of the best Bonds by loyal fans worldwide and leaves you wanting the next one to turn up sooner than four years from now.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Baker does an amazingly sensitive job with the ticklish part and is joined in this by Read, who is superlative as his inquisitive young son.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Todd McCarthy
    Rourke creates a galvanizing, humorous, deeply moving portrait that instantly takes its place among the great, iconic screen performances. An elemental story simply and brilliantly told, Darren Aronofsky's fourth feature is a winner from every possible angle.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Upstream Colors certainly is something to see if you’re into brilliant technique, expressive editing, oblique storytelling, obscuritanist speculative fiction or discovering a significant new actress.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    Last year's "The Prisoner of Azkaban" seemed dark, but this excellent fourth film derived from J.K. Rowling's books is the darkest "Potter" yet, intense enough to warrant a PG-13 rating.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    An intensely imaginative piece of conceptual filmmaking that also delivers the goods as a dread-drenched horror movie.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    Almost too much of a good thing, Peter Jackson's remake of the film that made him want to make movies is a super-sized version of a yarn that was big to begin with, a stupendous adventure that maximizes, and sometimes oversells, its dazzling wares.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Craig comes closer to the author's original conception of this exceptionally long-lived male fantasy figure than anyone since early Sean Connery.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    Darius Khondji's cinematography evokes to the hilt the gorgeously inviting Paris of so many people's imaginations (while conveniently ignoring the rest), and the film has the concision and snappy pace of Allen's best work.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    A seductively structured and superbly acted suspenser that breathtakingly piles swindle upon scam without giving away the game until the very end.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    A "GoodFellas" with heart, A Bronx Tale represents a wonderfully vivid snapshot of a colorful place and time, as well as a very satisfying directorial debut by Robert De Niro. Overflowing with behavioral riches and the flavor of a deep-dyed New York Italian neighborhood, the film also trades intelligently in pertinent moral and social issues that raise it above the level of nostalgia or the mere memoir.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Well-made and acted Coen Brothers remake lacks the humor and resonance that might have made it memorable.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    This unlikely collaboration between actors Stanley Tucci and Campbell Scott is extremely well directed, making for a smartly made, delightfully acted period piece whose sensibility neatly straddles art films and the mainstream.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Montenegro carries the film su-perbly with her portrait of gritty strength being worn down to a state of tattered vulnerability, while newcomer de Oliveira, a shoeshine boy who won the role over 1,500 other aspirants, is engagingly natural and happily doesn't beg for viewer sympathy.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    Nutty, arcane and jaw-dropping in equal measure, this is a head-first plunge down the rabbit hole of Kubrickiana from which, for some, there is evidently no return.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    But it doesn't quite all come together here as it did onstage, and relentless scabrousness, heavy claustrophobia and a vaguely dated feel are among the elements that will keep mainstream audiences away.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    A vital chapter of mid-century history is brought to life concisely, with intimacy and matter-of-fact artistry.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Frank Langella's meticulous performance will generate the sort of attention that will attract serious filmgoers.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    May be a shade too serious and contemplative to completely enchant the thrill-seeking masses, while simultaneously seeming too mainstream-minded and genre-bound to be entirely embraced by highbrows.