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 Traffic
Lowest review score: 0 Being Human
Score distribution:
1500 movie reviews
    • 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
    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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    The film's slender conceit is given some weight by its 11-year-old leading lady Sydney Aguirre, whose portrait of a flinty, instinctively mischievous tomboy growing up without benefit of parental guidance provides gratification even when there's not much going on.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Highlighted by a strong and sensual performance from Salma Hayek as the doomed heroine, elegant pic's muted quality and the central character's vexingly contrary behavior will keep auds from connecting with characters who themselves have trouble establishing bonds.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    A purist's delight, something the millions of die-hard fans of his Lord of the Rings trilogy will gorge upon. In pure movie terms, however, it's also a bit of a slog, with an inordinate amount of exposition and lack of strong forward movement...There are elements in this new film that are as spectacular as much of the Rings trilogy was, but there is much that is flat-footed and tedious as well, especially in the early going.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Cheesy homage to a level of horniness Austin Powers could only imagine will be a dream movie for many a teenage boy.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Even as a quasi-experimental work of subjective surrealism, Escape From Tomorrow is massively erratic and isn't particularly original. But it must also be said that its take on Disney World, as well as many of its individual images, are indelible and won’t be easily forgotten.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Todd McCarthy
    Unfortunately, the film never begins to reveal what's really going on inside Joe Albany.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    Entombs its characters so thoroughly in a prison of palpably predestined tragedy that one knows from the outset that the very worst that can happen most certainly will.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Todd McCarthy
    Spielberg is such a talented director it’s a shame to see him lose all sense of subtlety and nuance.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    Towelhead is transgressive without being effectively subversive, gutsy to no particular end. It simply lacks style, which counts for so much in this sort of thing.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    Comes across in muted fashion, with uninvolving characters and lack of genuine excitement or fright creating a second-rate, second-hand feel.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    007 is undone by villainous scripting and misguided casting and acting in a couple of key secondary roles.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Francis Ford Coppola's take on the Dracula legend is a bloody visual feast. Both the most extravagant screen telling of the oft-filmed story and the one most faithful to its literary source, this rendition sets grand romantic goals for itself that aren't fulfilled emotionally, and it is gory without being at all scary.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    It's hard to dislike a movie this light-hearted, but there's something terribly ephemeral about it as well; it's a film of complete weightlessness.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    A mostly formulaic approach that becomes more disappointing as the yarn unwinds.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    A game, disarming lead performance from Jess Weixler, who won a jury acting prize at Sundance, goes some way toward making palatable this mish-mash, whose provocative nature could carve out a certain commercial niche.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    A protracted parade of woefully familiar motifs from the Amerindie playbook, Happy Endings comes off like an undernourished Paul Thomas Anderson wannabe.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    For Altman, this is a major statement about American hypocrisy and society’s haves and have-nots, in line with many of his films, but issued in a kind of offhand way that delivers only glancing emotional impact.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    An intriguingly plotted mystery that unfortunately forgets to put the noir in film noir. A drab, pale-looking affair without a trace of visual style, this cross-country pursuit yarn fights a losing battle to sustain viewer attention via narrative alone, so much does it flounder for lack of imagistic flair.

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