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 Youth
Lowest review score: 0 Showgirls
Score distribution:
1,421 movie reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Todd McCarthy
    Precise, lucid and thrillingly disciplined, this story of boundary-testing in the early days of psychoanalysis is brought to vivid life by the outstanding lead performances of Keira Knightley, Viggo Mortensen and Michael Fassbender.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Absorbing, exciting at times and undeniably entertaining, and is poised to be a major commercial hit. But great it's not.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    The bawdy jokes score big points, but it's the rueful acknowledgement of adolescent embarrassment and humiliation that most distinguishes Superbad, another ultra-raunchy and commercial sex comedy from the Judd Apatow laugh factory.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Like a trot around the track for the thoroughbreds involved, and one of the results is that it takes them far too long to get to the finish line.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Performances are aces top to bottom
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    Structurally and thematically similar to John Frankenheimer's original but entirely different in style, feel and nuance, this political thriller about a brainwashed soldier being positioned for the White House provides a delectable network of dramatic tripwires that teases the mind and quickens the pulse. This is brainy popcorn fare.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    As a study of stasis and of people conscious of not living the lives they had imagined for themselves, the picture offers a bracing undertow of seriousness beneath the deceptively casual, dramatically offhand surface.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    An array of supporting craftspeople pull the viewer into a credible alternative world, even if the film itself is more prosaic than inspiring.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Walks the line between conviction and camp with a not entirely steady step.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 40 Todd McCarthy
    The mash-up of elements combine with a singularly unpleasant roster of characters to create a work of genuinely off-putting quirkiness.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    An uncommonly smart, sharp and irreverent American picture.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl excel as, respectively, British wild man and hedonist James Hunt and Austrian by-the-books tactician Niki Lauda.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Character-driven to a fault, Heavy proceeds in such leisurely fashion that there are times one wishes it would shed a few minutes in order to get on with its business.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Engaging, intermittently insightful but too glib to wring full value out of its subject matter.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Intelligently conceived and well- acted, this compact, straightforward drama about two ordinary people caught in the ongoing political crossfire packs enough punch to command audience interest, but won't light up critics or the B.O. to the extent achieved by the team's previous outings, "My Left Foot" and "In the Name of the Father."
    • 75 Metascore
    • 40 Todd McCarthy
    As usual, there are only fragments of thoughts, nothing is developed, and it will be left only to the tiny band of die-hard Godardians to try to make any meaningful sense of the disparate fragments stitched together here.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    More than the film that surrounds him, Jack Black is worth the price of admission in Bernie, an oddball May-December true life crime story that would have profited from being a whole lot darker and full-bodied than it is.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    For longtime Wiig fans, this uneven, overlong, emotionally involving and discreetly ambitious film will represent a welcome and overdue step up from her popular sketch work on "Saturday Night Live" to something sustained and searching, not to mention pretty funny.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Todd McCarthy
    A career high point for Ralph Fiennes as both an actor and director, this unfussy and emotionally penetrating work also provides lead actress Felicity Jones with the prime role in which she abundantly fulfills the promise suggested in some of her earlier small films.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    A breezy, keen-to-please attitudes prevails, and director James Bobin (The Flight of the Conchords, Da Ali G Show for TV) moves things along with good cheer.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    An exemplary and dynamic work that goes about as far as a narrative film can in both analyzing a complex personality and portraying a cultural scene.
    • 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
    A full-blown musical that commutes between Disney's patented cartoon universe and the "real" world with cleverness and grace, this splashy production reminds one of nothing in the Disney canon so much as "Mary Poppins," not least due to the "star is born" aura that surrounds Amy Adams here, just as it did Julie Andrews 43 years ago.
    • 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
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    Barry Levinson goes deep with Liberty Heights, and the result is a grand slam.
    • 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.

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