Todd McCarthy

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For 1,569 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 0.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Todd McCarthy's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 The Revenant
Lowest review score: 0 Showgirls
Score distribution:
1569 movie reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Todd McCarthy
    Mesmerizing in its incremental layering of a bizarre, tragic and thoroughly warped character study, Foxcatcher sees director Bennett Miller well surpassing even the fine work he did in his previous two films, Capote and Moneyball.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Todd McCarthy
    Enormously ambitious and masterfully made, Traffic represents docudrama-style storytelling at a very high level.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    A gritty, intense and supremely accomplished sci-fier.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    Avatar is all-enveloping and transporting, with Cameron & Co.'s years of R&D paying off with a film that, as his work has done before, raises the technical bar and throws down a challenge for the many other filmmakers toiling in the sci-fi/fantasy realm.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    Exploding Raymond Carver's spare stories and minimally drawn characters onto the screen with startling imagination, Robert Altman has made his most complex and full-bodied human comedy since "Nashville."
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    Sam Mendes' much-anticipated second effort after his Oscar-winning "American Beauty" finds him working in a very different key while displaying an even more pronounced attentiveness to tone, genre variations and artistic niceties.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    A seductively structured and superbly acted suspenser that breathtakingly piles swindle upon scam without giving away the game until the very end.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    Driven by fantastic energy and a torrent of vivid images of India old and new, Slumdog Millionaire is a blast.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    A riveting, thematically probing, richly atmospheric and just occasionally troublesome work, a deeply inquisitive consideration of the extent of trust and mutual knowledge possible between a man and a woman.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    Brilliance of the action and effects are supplemented by a consistently superior and resourceful score by Tan Dun.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    After examining the rarefied world of debutante socialites with wit and obvious expertise in “Metropolitan,” Stillman opens up his artistic universe a bit more here and displays an increased ease with filmmaking craf
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    A beautifully observed, small-scale study of personal foibles, romantic uncertainty and two sides of the sadly predictable male animal.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    Ominously atmospheric study of police corruption dangles danger and sinister motives at every turn.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    The unstated angst, desire, suspicion, frustration and emotional turmoil is almost entirely expressed by Keegan DeWitt’s extraordinary musical score, which runs like an underground river through this elegant and supremely expressive gem of a film.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    One of the best Westerns of the 1970s, which represents the highest possible praise. It's a magnificent throwback to a time when filmmakers found all sorts of ways to refashion Hollywood's oldest and most durable genre.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    Performed with matchless aplomb and made with plush professionalism, pic serves up pure pleasure from beginning to end.
    • 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.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    The two creators hit it off famously and collaborate with great ease on a journey driven by mutual curiosity and creative application.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    Toy Story 2 is to "Toy Story" what "The Empire Strikes Back" was to its predecessor, a richer, more satisfying film in every respect.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    A frank, intimate look at a phenomenal popular artist and his extraordinarily dysfunctional family, Crumb is an excellent countercultural documentary.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    An enthrallingly intimate look at the brilliant, troubled and always charismatic screen legend.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    Expert story construction and compelling thesping and direction make all the narrative elements pay off as if calculated by a precision instrument in which all the parts are working perfectly.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    Barry Levinson goes deep with Liberty Heights, and the result is a grand slam.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    Although the story is built around the automatically emotional situation of an imperiled kid, scripters Richard Price (who appears briefly as an uncomfortably handcuffed victim of Sinise in the early going) and Alexander Ignon and director Ron Howard largely steer clear of milking the easy melodrama.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    Gripping, highly dramatic thriller that more than confirms the distinctive talent of young Brit helmer Christopher Nolan.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    Brandishing an ambition it's likely no film, including this one, could entirely fulfill, The Tree of Life is nonetheless a singular work, an impressionistic metaphysical inquiry into mankind's place in the grand scheme of things that releases waves of insights amid its narrative imprecisions.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    A very entertaining get-tough fantasy with political and feminist underpinnings.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    This reworking of a popular Hong Kong picture pulses with energy, tangy dialogue and crackling performances from a fine cast.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    Smartly shaped and vigorously told by prolific documentarian John Scheinfeld (Who Is Harry Nilsson, The U.S. vs. John Lennon), the film bulges with insights offered by everyone from family members and close collaborators to the likes of Cornel West and Bill Clinton.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    Last year's "The Prisoner of Azkaban" seemed dark, but this excellent fourth film derived from J.K. Rowling's books is the darkest "Potter" yet, intense enough to warrant a PG-13 rating.

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