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 Inside Llewyn Davis
Lowest review score: 0 Being Human
Score distribution:
1,421 movie reviews
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    A credibly drawn central character is trapped inside a half-cooked dramatic stew in Hello I Must Be Going.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    The significant potential of its premise is squandered by an increasing reliance on teen movie cliches, silly plotting and the urge to be upbeat rather than to communicate life lessons.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    Director Christine Jeffs, who previously helmed "Rain" and "Sylvia," tries to strike a balance between the yarn's dark currents and offbeat comedy, but the result is often uneasy, with the humor receding as things progress.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Odd mixture of ultra-sleek visuals, psychological probing, "Paper Moon"-like father-daughter swindling, self-improvement efforts and abrupt tough-guy stuff keeps the picture percolating, even if it seems too artificial to genuinely convince on an emotional or dramatic level.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    Like his previous efforts, Jarmusch's sidelong take on Western conventions relies upon quirky tone, hipsterish performances and a highly refined visual style to put it over.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    Has moments of power and imagination, but the overworked style and heavy socially conscious bent exude an off-putting sense of self-importance, making for a picture that's more of a chore than a pleasure to sit through.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    Anthony and Joe Russo place too much faith in the ability of their talented thesps to carry the day over precariously thin material.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Misses its comic targets as often as it hits them but is endearing all the same for the good-natured cheer with which it skewers the eminently skewerable.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    No matter how silly and outlandish the action gets — and it does become ridiculous — it also delivers the goods its audience expects.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    Eccentric, misguided and occasionally charming and sweet, this curiosity item with Sean Penn in one of his nuttier performances is unlikely to be embraced critically or commercially.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    The repetitive storyline about successive heists during a Muppets European tour grows tiresome and the fun is intermittent.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    Danny Boyle has great and plainly evident fun adding twists and curves and tunnels and endless style to his modern London noir Trance, but he makes so many left turns that the film turns in on itself rather than going anywhere.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    The same tone and look are maintained, but the visceral excitement is muffled by familiarity, an insufficiently conceived lead character and the sheer weight of backstory and multiple layers of deception.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Todd McCarthy
    All the interest and good will built up by the sharply conceived preliminaries is washed away in a succession of scenes that feel crushingly routine and generic, not to mentioned guided by ideological urges.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    The gradual dilution of fresh humor is further undercut by a queasy sense that the picture, in the end, is quietly endorsing all the psychoanalytical mumbo jumbo that it has been poking fun at all along.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    Unfortunately, after a relatively promising warmup, pic actually proceeds to flatten out the characters in the latter sections and to make them less dimensional and interesting than they initially seemed.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Amusing and engaging yet lacking in snap and cohesion, this insider's look at the world of standup comics in contempo Los Angeles rings true in its view of the variously warped, stunted and narrow lives of its mostly male denizens.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    9
    Design aspects are arresting and the filmmaker's abilities are obvious, but the basic survival story remains slight, just as the general setting, no matter how artfully imagined, is by now pretty familiar.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Brandishes physical verisimilitude and intelligent seriousness but proves unable to really get inside its chameleon-like central character.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    A potentially fun premise soon turns into no fun at all in Cop Car, a seriously imagination-challenged low-end action thriller.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    Falls somewhere in between standing on its own feet as a real movie worth the price of a ticket and merely being a glorified TV episode refitted for theaters.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    It is unfortunate when such a difficult, ambitious film doesn't quite pay off after building up so much solid credit, but that is the case here. It is possible that the nature of the history under consideration is as responsible for this as any other single factor.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    Although arresting in spots, it falls far short of bringing out the full values of the play, and doesn't approach the emotional resonance of Franco Zeffirelli's immensely popular 1968 screen version.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    Yes, it's a cartoon, but it's conspicuously unmodulated, with the volume set on high and the pacing all but pushed to fast-forward.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    Like a light buffet of tasty morsels rather than a full and satisfying meal; all the episodes are more or less agreeable, but as a whole it lacks a knockout punch, one dynamite sequence that will galvanize viewers.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    The yarn's emotional undercurrents never take hold, resulting in a picture that leaves one thinking less about the fates of the characters than about how the actors had to spend most of their working days soaking wet.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    Despite numerous surface pleasures, including a beguiling pop soundtrack and presence of rising star Cillian Murphy in the lead role, dramatic shortcomings spell a mixed overall reception.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    A sense of strain envelops the proceedings this time around. One can feel the effort required to suit up one more time, come up with fresh variations on a winning formula and inject urgency into a format that basically needs to be repeated and, due to audience expectations, can't be toyed with or deepened very much.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    Well-wrought individual scenes and sharply focused acting provide Rebecca Miller's third feature with a measure of gravity, but too much abrupt, even melodramatic behavior and undigested psychological matter leave nagging dissatisfactions.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    But the film also has its turgid, dialogue-heavy stretches, and the leading performances, if acceptable, are not everything they needed to be to fully flesh out these elegant immortals.

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