For 1,345 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 2.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Todd McCarthy's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 A Dangerous Method
Lowest review score: 0 Showgirls
Score distribution:
1,345 movie reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Underachieves in its own way by trapping an expansive, probing story in a brittle, highly artificial style that constricts character and emotional development.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    Lightning strikes twice, but not as brilliantly as before, in Shrek 2. The welcome sequel to the monster 2001 Oscar winner about an ogre's unlikely romance with a beautiful princess successfully recycles many of the qualities that made the first one an instant animated classic and worldwide smash.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    This intelligently made picture is artful but not arty, political without being didactic.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Like "In the Bedroom," Little Children, at well over two hours, is somewhat long for an intense, intimate drama, and arguments could run many ways concerning what could be tightened or excised.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    This is a safe, serviceable, carefully crafted action drama in which the subversive seeds planted in the first story take welcome root.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Nearly as extravagant as the characters it depicts, Martin Scorsese's comic, operatically-scaled film is, on a moment-by-moment basis, often madly entertaining due to its live-wire energy, exuberant performances and the irresistible appeal of watching naughty boys doing very naughty things.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Opulently produced, fittingly enough, and quite entertaining as a surface ride through the up, down and somewhat up again life of one of the New Hollywood's most colorful characters.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    Barry Levinson goes deep with Liberty Heights, and the result is a grand slam.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    In trying to merge this alarmist theme with an old-fashioned murder mystery, the filmmakers throw at least one plot-twist sucker-punch too many, leaving the viewer with an “Oh, come on” reaction to the entire film.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    Rib-ticklingly funny at times and genial as all get-out.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Those who see it at fests, and in carefully tailored specialized release, will be struck by the adroitness with which it addresses touchy issues, as well as by the outstanding performance of Ryan Gosling in the difficult leading role.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Never really addresses why aspects of the ratings don't work, proposes concrete improvements or compares the system to those in other countries. Still, picture's bracing, hilarious and out-there elements make it a landmark.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Sad, compelling documentary leaves a few key questions frustratingly unanswered, but the raw materials here are sufficiently bracing.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    It is nonetheless imaginative in a highly familiar and ultimately tedious way.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Todd McCarthy
    Goes down like stiff medicine, leaving one feeling exhausted relief when it's finally over.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    A visually mangy but frequently hilarious low-budgeter.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Result is a kidpic long on invention but short on likability.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 30 Todd McCarthy
    Basically the film consists of a bunch of techies in white shirts and glasses laboriously discussing their views, exchanges you get the feeling the filmmaker thought would come off as humorous.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    In the end, The Last King of Scotland is much better when it plays it cool and amusing than when it tries to ramp up outrage and indignation.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    It's juicy, fascinating stuff, well orchestrated by Carion and finely thesped -- especially by Kusturica.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    An all-star remake of the all-star original, Ocean's Eleven is a lark for everybody concerned, including the audience. Breezy, nonchalant and without a thing on its mind except having a little fun.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    A muted but nicely observed study of a Russian woman's gradual estrangement from her domineering Memphis music-legend husband.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Little kids will enjoy it all, while parents, when not checking their cell phones, will be thankful for the thoughtfully brief running time.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Beautifully made pic will spur newsy media coverage and possible consternation on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian divide, but members of the general public will be glancing at their watches rather than having epiphanies about world peace.
    • 74 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    A spectacular demonstration of what modern technology can contribute to dramatic storytelling.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    What neophyte scripterscripter Jeff Maguire's plot comes down to, however, is the cat-and-mouse game between Horrigan and Leary, and the craftiness and strategies involved on both sides, while not exactly ingenious, are tantalizing enough to compel interest.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    The story is a jigsaw puzzle in which all the pieces are of an indistinguishable gray, making fitting them together a tricky matter.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Narrative complexity and momentum make this a true cinematic equivalent of an absorbing page-turner.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Duplass and Moss are put to the test to carry the film entirely on their shoulders and unquestionably carry it off... On the other hand, viewers will have widely disparate reactions to spending 90 uninterrupted minutes with these characters.