Todd McCarthy
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For 1,376 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 2.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Todd McCarthy's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Lowest review score: 0 Showgirls
Score distribution:
1,376 movie reviews
    • 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
    • 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
    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
    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
    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.
    • 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.

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