Todd McCarthy
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For 1,422 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 Brooklyn
Lowest review score: 0 Showgirls
Score distribution:
1,422 movie reviews
    • 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
    • 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
    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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    What starts as potentially interesting apocalyptic speculative fiction devolves into dreary sub-Hunger Games survivalism and banal teen romance.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Rodrigo Garcia's film only intermittently surmounts the limitations of the central character's parched emotional existence and restricted horizons, and the resolutions to some principal dramatic lines seem rather too easy.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    Some privileged nature footage from the African rain forest is dishonored by deeply silly narration in Chimpanzee.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    The characters and settings are attractively designed, and the vocal performances have real color and a sense of fun that gently undercuts the treacly sincerity of certain obligatory kid-pandering moments.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    Taymor makes the action clear and easy to follow with her bold physicalization of the story and forceful direction of an astutely chosen cast.
    • 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
    Chris Gorak grabs the viewer by the throat in the first few minutes, but quickly fritters away involvement by concentrating almost exclusively on two characters who are both annoying and boring.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    Mismatched marriage of offbeat character study and unimaginative horror riffs. Most compelling element by far is Bruce Campbell's inspired performance as a nursing home patient who insists he is the real Elvis Presley.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    A bold rethinking of a familiar old story and striking design elements are undercut by a draggy midsection and undeveloped characters in Snow White and the Huntsman.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    Moderately inspiring in the way such true-life stories of "the indomitable human spirit" are always constructed to be.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Todd McCarthy
    Cute and clever though the plot may be, everything is played out in the broadest possible terms without an iota of nuance or subtlety.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    Efficient, if ultimately rote, political thriller.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Todd McCarthy
    At nearly three hours, however, it rather overstays its welcome, trying the patience even as it sustains intrigue regarding its final revelations.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    Had the young Jack Nicholson played such a character during the height of the Vietnam War, it would have been easy to go along for the ride. But skilled as Phoenix is at pulling off the individual scenes of Elwood's shenanigans, the actor doesn't come across as embodying rebellion to the marrow of his bones, which renders his scams arbitrary and disagreeably irresponsible.

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