Todd McCarthy

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For 1,533 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 1.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Todd McCarthy's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Hoop Dreams
Lowest review score: 0 Showgirls
Score distribution:
1533 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Has visual splendor galore, but is a cold work lacking in the requisite tension and suspense.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Amiable and constantly amusing rather than uproarious, this mangy tale of a ne'er-do-well's fitful assault on personal and professional respectability benefits greatly from Kevin Costner's ingratiatingly comic star turn, his most appealing work in years.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Summer of Sam is never less than absorbing but feels just a bit like yesterday's news, both narratively and cinematically.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    In the end, though, it's Crowe who must carry the most freight, which he does with another characterization to relish. Still bulky, although not as much so as in "Body of Lies," long-tressed and somewhat grizzled, he finds the gist of the affable eccentricity, natural obsessiveness and mainstream contrarianism that marks many professional journalists.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Preposterous whimsy that sort of gets by thanks to lustrous settings, slick production values and, especially, its ultra-attractive stars.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Most disappointingly, the dancers never get their close-ups; whether by choice or by some enforced arrangement, Wiseman doesn't approach the gorgeous women to give them the chance to tell their side of what it's like to work at the Crazy Horse.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Nichols has delivered a timely drama that, unlike most films of its type, doesn’t want to clobber you with its importance. It just tells its story in a modest, even discreet way that well suits the nature of its principal characters.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    This is a fitfully funny quasi-farce that takes off promisingly, loses its way mid-flight and comes in for a bumpy but safe landing.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Whatever its missteps, this is a film that kids, middle-aged adults and grandparents can all see -- together or separately -- and get something out of in their own ways. There are precious few films that fit this description today and hats off to Spielberg for making one.
    • 81 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    A fairly entertaining supernatural potboiler that finally bubbles over with a nearly operatic sense of absurdity and excess.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    So lunatic that it creates as much puzzled disbelief as it does carefree delight.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Sometimes becomes too self-consciously clever, and it doesn't entirely resolve its own central dilemma. But it remains inventive and funny to the end, features fine performances from Will Ferrell and especially Emma Thompson.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Technically and in his work with actors, Philip represents a great leap forward for Perry; a subsequent jump might involve presenting a central character with whom viewers could legitimately engage.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Eastwood is in good, sly form, once again delighting in a character's splendid solitude and singular skill at what he does.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Benefits greatly from Kevin Kline's outstanding performance as the ultra-sophisticated songwriter whose resilient marriage anchored a complicated double life.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Considerably grimmer and grittier than the previous pictures.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Joy
    That the film itself is nearly as chaotic as the clan it examines can either be regarded as an admirable artistic correlative or a crippling defect, but the splendidly dextrous cast ensures that this goofy success story, which could just easily be titled American Hustle 2, keeps firing on all cylinders in the manner of the writer-director's previous few outings.
    • 73 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Has some emotional pull and isn't stuffy and dull.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    The tone, casting and material form a less-than-perfect match in Married Life, a period domestic drama that never quite decides if it wants to be a credible marital study, a noirish meller or a sly comedy.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    A compelling and disturbing drama about some elemental male issues.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    It’s technically striking filmmaking, to be sure, but what it’s presenting is nothing that many people will want to look at.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Breezy, often self-mocking tone proves fresh and invigorating.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Ritchie has never worked on a scale anything approaching this before and, while some of the directorial affectations are distracting, he keeps the action humming.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    The prospects, advisability and potential methods of prolonging human life are examined in an engagingly multifaceted manner in How to Live Forever.

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