Todd McCarthy

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For 1,503 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 1.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Todd McCarthy's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Heat
Lowest review score: 0 Showgirls
Score distribution:
1503 movie reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    More pictorially arresting than intellectually coherent.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Todd McCarthy
    Makes everything in the rival Marvel universe look thoroughly silly and childish. Entirely enveloping and at times unnerving in a relevant way one would never have imagined, as a cohesive whole this ranks as the best of Nolan's trio, even if it lacks -- how could it not? -- an element as unique as Heath Ledger's immortal turn in The Dark Knight. It's a blockbuster by any standard.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    On its own terms, the plotting of "Devil" is absorbing, and the pieces actually fit together pretty decently. On the other hand, when scenes directly call to mind similar ones in "Chinatown," this effort's stepchild relationship to the classic is forcibly demonstrated.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    Dazzlingly well made and perhaps deliberately less fanciful than the previous entries, this one is played in a mode closer to palpable life-or-death drama than any of the others and is quite effective as such.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    Gripping, highly dramatic thriller that more than confirms the distinctive talent of young Brit helmer Christopher Nolan.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    Conveying an astonishing array of information across a long narrative arc while still maintaining dramatic rhythm and tension, this adaptation of Robert Graysmith's bestseller reps by far director David Fincher's most mature and accomplished work.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    The film offers up more than enough in terms of intelligence, insight, historical research and religious nuance as to not at all be considered a missed opportunity.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Todd McCarthy
    An enormously entertaining slice of biographical drama, The Aviator flies like one of Howard Hughes' record-setting speed airplanes.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    While rambunctious and passably humorous, this offspring isn't nearly as imaginative and nimble-minded as the forerunner that spawned it.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Blue Ruin is a talented but sophomoric low-budgeter that straddles the divide between genre thriller and art piece with mixed results.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    One of the very best directed animated films on record. Not surprisingly from the force behind the "Babe" movies, the attention to detail is phenomenal, the humor ample.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    It's exceedingly linear structure, while unavoidable, renders it rather methodical and shallow in characterization.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    While pic remains sympathetic and appealing, the endless dialogue and repetitive settings become wearing through the couple's one long night together, and the artifice of the premise may contribute to the difficulty the film has in coming to romantic life.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    A pictorially unusual but dramatically listless tale.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Nunez achieves a rare, and rarely earned, emotional depth that rewards the moderate demands he makes on contemporary viewers' short attention spans.
    • 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
    An exceptionally tasty contempo comedic romance.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    The rough power, as well as the humor and sensitivity, of pop phenom Eminem is delivered intact in 8 Mile.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Even as the drama and its treatment become increasingly conventional and familiar as the film moves toward its patly (and arguably overly) audience-pleasing wrap-up, the exceptional visual quality and lifelike animal renditions remain stunning throughout.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Even if the now-veteran director lays everything on a bit thick, repeatedly makes many of the same points and lets things go on too long, he's still found a lively and legitimate way to tackle urgent subject matter that other filmmakers have found excuses to avoid.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Entertaining in a very showbizzy way.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    [A] mostly engaging but only fitfully inspired serio-comedy.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Herzog's quick visit to the front lines represents an appealing, scattershot, easily digestible progress report aimed at a general audience that's now becoming vaguely aware that we're all living at the beginning of some kind of new world that could be brave or extraordinarily homogeneous. Or both.
    • 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.

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