Todd McCarthy

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For 1,470 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 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 The Truman Show
Lowest review score: 0 Showgirls
Score distribution:
1470 movie reviews
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Volume two gets down in ways the first half doesn't, although anything resembling real sensuality remains MIA.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    An intelligent, insidiously plotted Hitchcockian thriller directed in souped-up, modern expressionistic style.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Like a Rousseau painting splattered with carnage of warfare.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Very clever and imaginative indeed, and its pictures are so gorgeous that they alone could warrant a second viewing.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Magic Mike XXL is ridiculously entertaining.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Smartly plotted, convincingly acted and brilliantly executed technically, this engrossing thriller adds some clever modern wrinkles to the time-tested formula of sinister intruders threatening innocents in their home.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Even when it's clear Scorsese has decided to employ fakery and allow it to be obvious, it's done with elegance and beauty.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Ordinary in some ways and extraordinary in others, The Spectacular Now benefits from an exceptional feel for its main characters on the parts of the director and lead actors.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Both sharp and fleet, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street proves a satisfying screen version of Stephen Sondheim’s landmark 1979 theatrical musical.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Tom Cruise is in fine form as mysterious tough guy Jack Reacher finally reaches the big screen.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Films exist for different reasons, and the indisputable raison d'etre for About Schmidt is to showcase Jack Nicholson giving a master class in the art of screen acting.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    The Coen brothers tread into James M. Cain territory with The Man Who Wasn't There, but with less tasty results than either Cain or the Coens themselves at their best.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Lin's nicely turned out picture is sometimes both predictable and a bit far-fetched narratively, but still provides a generally absorbing look at a slice of society normally taken for granted, both in life and onscreen.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Lucid and engaging, Sketches of Frank Gehry provides the enormously gratifying opportunity to spend an hour-and-a-half with an artistic giant.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    A sharply made, perfectly cast and unfailingly absorbing melodrama. But, like the director's adaptation of another publishing phenomenon, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, three years ago, it leaves you with a quietly lingering feeling of: “Is that all there is?”
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Low on plot but high on charm and personality, Next Stop Wonderland is a sly, hand-crafted indie that is very alive and attentive to its characters' feelings and foibles.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    May be a shade too serious and contemplative to completely enchant the thrill-seeking masses, while simultaneously seeming too mainstream-minded and genre-bound to be entirely embraced by highbrows.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    About twice as good as the original...bigger and more ambitious in every respect, from its action and visceral qualities to its themes.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Ever-youthful in his looks and energy, Bridges now stands as one of Hollywood's great old pros, incapable of making a false move.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Only Tarantino could come up with such a wild cross-cultural mash, a smorgasbord of ingredients stemming from spaghetti Westerns, German legend, historical slavery, modern rap music, proto-Ku Klux Klan fashion, an assembly of '60s and '70s character actors and a leading couple meant to be the distant forebears of blaxploitation hero John Shaft and make it not only digestible but actually pretty delicious.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    This immaculately made first feature from noted musicvid and commercials director Mark Romanek provides Robin Williams with one of his creepiest, atypical roles, and the comic star responds with an unusually restrained performance that is, in the end, quite moving.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    A near-perfect case study of the ways in which film is incapable of capturing certain crucial literary qualities, in this case the very things that elevate the book from being a merely insightful study of a deteriorating marriage into a remarkable one.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    The final stretch of The Battle of the Five Armies possesses a warm, amiable, sometimes rueful mood that proves ingratiating and manages to magnify the good and minimize the bad of the trilogy.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Snappy and unusually funny under fundamentally serious circumstances, without being contrived or sitcomy.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Coolly absorbing without being pulse-quickening.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    First-time helmer Jan De Bont, the ace lenser of most of Paul Verhoeven's films as well as "Die Hard" and numerous other large-scale pix, handles the action with great nimbleness and dexterity; film can hardly be faulted for its visual presentation of very complex action.

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