Todd McCarthy
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For 1,426 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 Youth
Lowest review score: 0 Showgirls
Score distribution:
1,426 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Todd McCarthy
    The story keeps everyone in motion all night long, and frantically so, to the point that it could easily have been titled Non-Stop 2.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    All smoke and mirrors. With his third straight excursion into the supernatural, M. Night Shyamalan has begun revealing the hand that works his spooky tricks so much that the lack of substance is plainly seen.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    The cutting-edge perfection of effects in Cameron and Spielberg films is replaced here by work that looks more homemade, particularly toward the end in some faintly cheesy composite shots.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    The mildly engaging silliness of its premise is never transformed into something more substantial, and the attempt at a fine-tuned "Clueless"-like tone is only sputteringly achieved.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    A frothy, lightweight romantic comedy that strives to seem richer and more complex than it really is.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    Desperately uncertain in tone and able to generate only sporadic laughs, pic decks out its meager story of revenge and comeuppance with a vulgar, flashy shimmer that will no doubt attract teenage girls, or the core "Clueless" audience.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    The demoralizing slide of the relationship between Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard, from artistic comrades-in-arms during the thrilling creation of the nouvelle vague to name-calling enemies from the early '70s onward, is charted in overly academic and constricted fashion in Two in the Wave.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Intensely self-conscious of its status as a cultural commodity even as it devotedly follows the requisite playbook for mass-audience blockbuster fare, Jurassic World can reasonably lay claim to the number two position among the four series entries, as it goes down quite a bit easier than the previous two sequels.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Todd McCarthy
    Possessed of another outstanding wall-to-wall score by Philip Glass but rather fuzzy in its message, entry differs from its predecessors in that roughly 80% of its images are derived from existing sources and have been "tortured and recontextualized" to unusual and sometimes extreme effect.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Todd McCarthy
    A generally old-fashioned costumer that runs out of gas even faster than does the tempestuous love affair between writer George Sand and poet Alfred de Musset that it so devotedly recounts.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    A less raucous and more serious-minded neighborhood comedy than its entertaining predecessor.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    Lacks the special creative spark needed to lift it to an uncommon imaginative level.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    A humans vs. robots saga that feels machine-made, I, Robot looks to have been assembled from the spare parts of dozens of previous sci-fi pictures.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    007 is undone by villainous scripting and misguided casting and acting in a couple of key secondary roles.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Todd McCarthy
    An artistically experimental, ideologically apocalyptic blast at American values that is as obvious in intent as it is murky in aesthetic achievement.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    The sensitive macho Schoenaerts is pretty much center-screen throughout this sleekly made suspense piece based on a script more loaded with holes than the numerous bad guys he either shoots or stabs to death.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Largely set in two of the least appetizing locations imaginable, a concentration camp and an insane asylum, this is a rigorously made film that does almost nothing to invite the viewer into its world.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Part absurdist drama, part personal observational commentary and part hormonal explosion, all seen through the filter of previous war pics, Sam Mendes' third feature has numerous arresting moments but never achieves a confident, consistent or sufficiently audacious tone.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Todd McCarthy
    After a strong run of films during the past decade, David Cronenberg blows a tire with Cosmopolis.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    The new film may also serve a purpose by showcasing a dynamic and attractive new actor, Kenny Wormald but, otherwise, this is a by-the-numbers affair.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    Stephen Daldry's film is sensitively realized and dramatically absorbing, but comes across as an essentially cerebral experience without gut impact.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    A potentially exceptional story is told in a flatly unexceptional manner.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    A tad crasser and pushier than its predecessor, Ice Age: The Meltdown is still an entirely serviceable follow-up to the 2002 hit that will thoroughly amuse kids and get a rise or two out of parents as well.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    As eye and ear candy, pic has its modest pleasures, beginning with the attractive Diggs and Lathan.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    Malick's most distinctive ambition here is his attempt to create an almost pointilistic portrait of a man by evoking acute moments of his past and present, and this sustains real interest for a while, as you wait to see how it all might come together. But as the film just keeps offering more of the same...it doesn't build or pay off with what it seems designed to do, which is to provide either a dramatic or philosophical apotheosis.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    An attractively designed but narratively challenged, one-note film.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Todd McCarthy
    The spectacle of a dissolute hedonist suddenly acquiring a heart and a conscience late in life is shamelessly, and shamefully, contrived in its emotional trajectory.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    Staccato, Mamet-style dialogue exchanges, breathless pacing and remarkably healthy, well-fed-looking actors create a cumulative sense of artificiality that seriously undercuts the devastating effect clearly being sought.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    The imaginatively illustrated but precariously precious film offers up a string of minor pleasures but never becomes more than moderately amusing or involving.

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