Todd McCarthy
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For 1,408 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 The Great Museum
Lowest review score: 0 Showgirls
Score distribution:
1,408 movie reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Pleasantly involving and sometimes annoying throughout most of its running time, this is also a vibrant, thoughtful piece about modern life in a very particular gentrified neighborhood.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Dramatically powerful, surprising in its strong narrative differences from previous cinematic tellings of "the greatest story" and bold in the extent to which it presents Jesus as a confrontational and threatening figure in the Judean context of the time.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Occupying a dramatic, philosophical and sensory twilight zone that casts a considerable spell, this intensely focused piece soars not only on the director's precision-tooled style but also on the outstanding interplay between leads Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    A sharp-minded, plenty entertaining toon that will keep children of all ages wide-eyed and on their toes.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    An absorbing, shades-of-gray look at home-front intrigue in Nazi-occupied Denmark during World War II. Ole Christian Madsen’s accomplished fourth feature plays out on a much larger canvas than he’s used previously and offers nuance and ambiguity in equal measure with violence and tragedy.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Endlessly stimulating and provoking, Ivory Tower presents a solid overview of an urgent problem that some claim is about to implode and others believe can be worked through with the intelligent application of fresh ideas.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    An engagingly up-to-date melodrama steeped in local color and steered by a treacherous sense of morality.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    This story of suffering and almost inadvertent humanitarianism is harrowing, engrossing, claustrophobic and sometimes literally hard to watch.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Dominating it all is Cumberbatch, whose charisma, tellingly modulated and naturalistic array of eccentricities, Sherlockian talent at indicating a mind never at rest and knack for simultaneously portraying physical oddness and attractiveness combine to create an entirely credible portrait of genius at work.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    After a buoyantly funny first half-hour, stylish animated comedy takes a breather before ramping it up again for a rambunctious, girrrl-power finale that provides a convenient springboard for further adventures to come.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    A tour de force of artifice, a dazzling pastiche of musical and visual elements at the service of a blatantly artificial story.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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