Todd McCarthy

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For 1,543 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 The Gatekeepers
Lowest review score: 0 Being Human
Score distribution:
1543 movie reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    The clear-eyed film dedicates itself to breaking through the debris of cliched, one-dimensional public impressions of vets, bikers, immigrant wives and kids and trailer-park lifestyles as it fashions an involving portrait of a deeply scarred man sustained by certain rituals and an unextinguished sense of empathy for others’s problems.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    A vital chapter of mid-century history is brought to life concisely, with intimacy and matter-of-fact artistry.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Geremy Jasper’s dynamic debut crackles with energy and grassroots authenticity. But it wouldn’t have worked at all without the right leading lady, which it found in Danielle Macdonald, whose rapping seems convincingly born of her character’s rough life experience.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Best of all, von Sydow is absolutely wonderful, with the great veteran actor clearly relishing this very unusual role as he darts, skulks and, in a stealthy way, mugs across town. Without saying a thing, he dominates the middle part of the movie.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Cohen employs a comic range that ricochets between wicked political barbs and the lowest anatomical farce, to often funny and occasionally hilarious effect.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    A seamless, pulsating, dazzlingly visual revenge fantasy that stands as one of the most effective live-actioners ever derived from a comic strip.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Charlie Wilson's War is that rare Hollywood commodity these days: a smart, sophisticated entertainment for grownups.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Although marred by a couple of too-convenient plot contrivances, this often humorous drama lands firmly in the plus column among the Woodman's recent works.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    A funny and unexpectedly beguiling account of the outrageous humorist's unlikely rise to the pinnacle of radio celebrity.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Although Nava's screenplay hits the subject of every scene right on the head and doesn't ask for much subtlety or subtext, Lopez is wonderful to watch in the dramatic sequences as well as in the numerous musical interludes.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Viewers looking for old-fashioned movie thrills as a change of pace from the glut of alien and digital-oriented features might paradoxically enjoy the feeling of being back on terra firma with this airborne adventure.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    This is a Wes Anderson film -- more lightweight than some, possessing a stronger emotional undertow than others -- that will strike the uninitiated as conspicuously arch.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    To his credit, director Scott Derrickson...navigates through the different zones with a fair degree of actual coherence, and delivers the entire package with evident ease and some flair.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    In the spirit of the venture, the entire cast gets down and comes off all the better for it. Both Efron and McConaughey get very messed up physically, and both actors seem stimulated to be playing such flawed characters.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    In revisiting his darkly comic 1998 ensembler "Happiness," Todd Solondz may have made his best film with Life During Wartime.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    The Whale is a thoughtful, philosophical, political and ultimately sad documentary that ponders the impulses behind, and advisability of, intense interaction between human beings and another smart species.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    A violent fairy tale, an increasingly entertaining fantasia in which the history of World War II is wildly reimagined so that the cinema can play the decisive role in destroying the Third Reich.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    This is Holofcener’s sweet spot, the depiction of the emotional confusions, self-deceptions, uncertainties and misguided decisions that can cloud and get the better of otherwise bright, aware people, especially the female characters she tends to specialize in.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Fassbender cuts a more prosaic, realistic figure as the tormented, romantic Rochester than did the screen's most celebrated performer of the role, Orson Welles, in the effective 1944 version.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    A wonderful, serious-minded romantic comedy-drama.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Feels lavish by normal documentary standards and will have great appeal in such F1 hotbeds as Europe and South America.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    It is never boring and does provoke and stimulate, although not as a turn-on, not remotely.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    Carey Mulligan shines in a captivating performance.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    It’s an impressive debut, an ambitious project pulled off with confidence.

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