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 Hoop Dreams
Lowest review score: 0 Showgirls
Score distribution:
1,421 movie reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    Manages the difficult feat of being an intimate, even delicate tale played with an appealingly light touch against an epic backdrop.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Ordinary in some ways and extraordinary in others, The Spectacular Now benefits from an exceptional feel for its main characters on the parts of the director and lead actors.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Jewish and academically inclined audiences worldwide will respond to numerous aspects of this unusual drama, although it is paradoxically both too broad and too esoteric for the general art house public.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    Immaculately crafted in beautiful black-and-white and entirely absorbing through its longish running time, Michael Haneke’s The White Ribbon nonetheless proves a difficult film to entirely embrace.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    An impudently comic, stylistically aggressive and, finally, very thoughtful manner.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    Uses first-person on-camera accounts of the adventure by Simpson and fellow climber Simon Yates to backdrop newly shot you-are-there footage that brings home the awesome and harrowing aspects of their feat.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Audiences looking for something fresh and different, not to mention a head trip, will find it in Waking Life.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    A superbly wrought yarn set in the milieu of first-generation Russian mobsters in London that is simultaneously tough-minded and compassionate about the human condition, Eastern Promises instantly takes its place among David Cronenberg's very best films.
    • 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
    • 100 Todd McCarthy
    Mesmerizing in its incremental layering of a bizarre, tragic and thoroughly warped character study, Foxcatcher sees director Bennett Miller well surpassing even the fine work he did in his previous two films, Capote and Moneyball.
    • 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
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    The ultimate effect of [Östlund's] studied techniques is more restricting than beneficial, which, combined with a protracted running time, faintly self-righteous air and a perplexing, misguided coda, produces a sense of letdown at the end despite the strength of much that has come before.
    • 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
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Only fitfully does the film manage the kind of lift-off as that achieved by Pynchon's often riotous 2009 novel and, most disappointingly, it offers only a pale and narrow physical recreation of such a vibrant place and time.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Some years from now, Starred Up, a rough, violent and, to American ears, half-indecipherable British prison drama, will be remembered as the film that announced a new star, Jack O’Connell.

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