Todd McCarthy

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For 1,429 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 2.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Todd McCarthy's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Particle Fever
Lowest review score: 0 Being Human
Score distribution:
1,429 movie reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Todd McCarthy
    The Usual Suspects is an ironic, bang-up thriller about the wages of crime. A terrific cast of exciting actors socks over this absorbingly complicated yarn that's been spun in a seductively slick fashion by director Bryan Singer.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Entertaining in a very showbizzy way.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Fukunaga refrains from artificially amping up excitement for its own sake, maintaining an intimate, observational style that offers up a host of things to look at and think about.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Todd McCarthy
    For American viewers of an intellectual/historical persuasion, there could scarcely be any documentary more enticing, scintillating and downright fascinating than Best of Enemies.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Planet Terror delivers only momentary kicks...while Tarantino's Death Proof is a juicy, delicious treat, its pleasures stem much less from the play with genre conventions than from great dialogue and electric performances.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Enhanced by a splendidly atmospheric recreation of the Lower East Side, the intimately focused work is anchored by another superior performance by Marion Cotillard.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    Outstandingly realized on all levels.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Mike Leigh has made one of his most modest pictures, although one that offers quite a few laughs and other quirky pleasures.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Breezy, often self-mocking tone proves fresh and invigorating.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    A rather ordinary account of youthful summer misadventures that goes down easily thanks to a sparky cast, more than 40 pop tunes that anchor the action in the late '80s and characters who get high both on and off their jobs at a tacky amusement park.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    A flashy cast, clever script and vibrant showcasing of New York City as the ultimate melting pot are strong plusses for Spike Lee's most mainstream studio venture.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    An intermittently compelling and occasionally hilarious road movie.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    The psychological dimensions of the story remain underrealized, but the loaded central premise and intimate focus the film sustains combine for a very involving and dramatic piece of crime lore.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Exceedingly imaginative, beautifully realized animated epic adventure.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Warm and borderline sentimental...also brimming with true and privileged moments, as well as an optimism in the face of tough circumstances that serves as a corrective to some of the more fashionably grim modern accounts of similar stories.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    James Mangold's remake walks a fine line in retaining many of the original's qualities while smartly shaking things up a bit.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Fassbender cuts a more prosaic, realistic figure as the tormented, romantic Rochester than did the screen's most celebrated performer of the role, Orson Welles, in the effective 1944 version.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    A weighty and deeply intriguing look at the many-tentacled beast that is the international oil industry. Wide-ranging and restlessly probing, Stephen Gaghan's second directorial effort uses the same mosaic storytelling technique as in his Oscar-winning screenplay for "Traffic."
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Todd McCarthy
    Stunningly made and incisively acted by a large and terrific cast, Michael Mann's ambitious study of the relativity of good and evil stands apart from other films of its type by virtue of its extraordinarily rich characterizations and its thoughtful, deeply melancholy take on modern life.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    The film has nothing if not great vitality and an active creative spirit, but it has all been channeled here in a way that comes off as erratic and sometimes ill-judged.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    This absorbing drama provides Denzel Washington with one of his meatiest, most complex roles, and he flies with it.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Bisset throws herself into what is by far the most emotionally demanding role of her career and emerges honorably.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Martin Scorsese’s energetic account of a Stones concert at Gotham’s Beacon Theater in fall 2006 takes full advantage of heavy camera coverage and top-notch sound to create an invigorating musical trip down memory lane, as well as to provoke gentle musings on the wages of aging and the passage of time.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Solid middlebrow biographical fare in which meaty roles are acted to the hilt by a cast more than ready for the feast.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Technically and in his work with actors, Philip represents a great leap forward for Perry; a subsequent jump might involve presenting a central character with whom viewers could legitimately engage.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    [A] mostly engaging but only fitfully inspired serio-comedy.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Boy gets girl and boy loses girl in convoluted, sometimes cloying but ultimately winning fashion in 500 Days of Summer.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Director Alan Rudolph achieves fresh as well as humorous insights into family life and strategies for keeping a damaged relationship from expiring. But a tiresome final act proves trying.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Raunchy humor laced with gradually revealed vulnerability makes for a winning combination in Obvious Child, a wildly funny and appealing female-centric comedy that launches very promising talent on both sides of the camera.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    Whit Stillman's stiff directorial approach ill suits the sensual ambiance of the club scene so intently depicted, and the mostly self-conscious, uptight characters seem to have made a left turn out of "Metropolitan" and walked through the wrong door to turn up in this flamboyant druggie scene.

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