John P. McCarthy

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For 53 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 22% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 75% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 11.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

John P. McCarthy's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 52
Highest review score: 80 Alamar (To the Sea)
Lowest review score: 10 Footprints
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 53
  2. Negative: 7 out of 53
53 movie reviews
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 John P. McCarthy
    For all the innovative dishes we watch being concocted, the movie needs another ingredient or two for flavor enhancement and full satisfaction.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 John P. McCarthy
    Gingerly pieced together, The Woman with the 5 Elephants has a delicacy and indirectness that's alluring and provocative at the same time.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 John P. McCarthy
    Trapped inside the German film Vincent Wants to Sea there's an affecting father-son drama, an amusing road movie, a quirky romantic comedy and a non-patronizing take on mental illness. What we actually get - a homogenized movie-of-the-week set against the Alps and punctuated by anodyne English-language pop songs - brought out the cynic in me.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 30 John P. McCarthy
    All you need to know about this low-budget farce is that Amy Sedaris costars (yippee!) and New York pol Anthony Weiner would feel right at home with the sexting subplot (eeeuw!).
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 John P. McCarthy
    The equally simple and profound take-away from One Lucky Elephant is that the best thing we can do is let Flora be Flora.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 John P. McCarthy
    This ho-hum offshoot of Megan McDonald's book series earns negative "thrill points" as it chronicles the mirthless backyard shenanigans of a suburban Pippi Longstocking.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 John P. McCarthy
    Mr. Nice is hampered by tonal timidity and the inability to find a sufficiently entertaining through-line in Marks' life story.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 John P. McCarthy
    The price for an invite to Stu's (Ed Helms) Thai nuptials is fewer laughs and an air of menace and mystery that won't endear Part II to escapist-hungry audiences.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 John P. McCarthy
    A conventional portrait of an endearingly unconventional sister act-with roots in music halls and the dairy farm on which they were raised (and became expert yodelers)-The Topp Twins is a piece of hagiography.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 John P. McCarthy
    Even given narrative license, South African-born screenwriter Ann Peacock has trouble cobbling together a truly compelling plot that deals with Kenyan history, including tribalism, in a detailed way.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 John P. McCarthy
    It's difficult to imagine a more fascinating case of sociopathic, obsessive-compulsive behavior, or a more disciplined, engrossing study of it. And yet a vital ingredient is missing.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 John P. McCarthy
    With his (Herzog) idiosyncratic blend of serendipity, bluntness and mischievous irony, he's able to get at deep questions like no other documentarian.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 70 John P. McCarthy
    It's easy to get depressed by much of the behavior depicted in Phillip the Fossil, yet the talents behind the picture are a cause for optimism. The last thing they appear to be is hypocritical.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 10 John P. McCarthy
    The barely coherent Footprints seems bent on erasing any nostalgia one might have for Hollywood's heyday.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 John P. McCarthy
    The bright spot-and what saves Greenspan's debut feature from being nothing more than a long tedious draft of an ordinary craft brew-is James Liston's cinematography.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 John P. McCarthy
    Has a stirring elemental feel and constitutes filmmaking at its most basic and transfixing.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 John P. McCarthy
    Cary Joji Fukunaga's romantic thriller Jane Eyre is to 19th-century literature what "Black Swan" is to ballet: a thoroughly cinematic, occasionally exhilarating reimagining of a repertoire standard.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 10 John P. McCarthy
    Starved of humor and energy, the interminable Big Mommas: Life Father, Like Son could force Lawrence and co-star Brandon T. Jackson undercover for real.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 John P. McCarthy
    A superficially provocative movie that tries way too hard to be memorable. Horror aficionados will be tantalized before walking away unsatisfied.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 John P. McCarthy
    Carancho's noir vibe stems from the scenario itself, plus claustrophobic cinematography and art direction.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 30 John P. McCarthy
    What's most memorable about this plodding thriller are the copious amounts of foundation and lip gloss.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 John P. McCarthy
    The profundity to tedium ratio is around 1 to 3. Not bad for a micro-release slated to screen seven times in a museum (NY's Rubin Museum of Art) but it's a film more interesting in theory than reality.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 John P. McCarthy
    Not quite the yuk-fest one was hoping for or as perversely alienating as "Observe and Report," Due Date shares the schizophrenic quality, though not the numbing length, of another Seth Rogen movie, "Funny People."
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 John P. McCarthy
    Compact if not cohesive, this is an Age of Aquarius-meets-"Mamma Mia"! distillation of The Tempest.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 John P. McCarthy
    It has sufficient flavor to perform relatively well in markets with significant South Asian populations or amongst serious foodies who'll flock to anything remotely germane to their passion.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 John P. McCarthy
    The absorbingly bittersweet result ranks as one of the best non-fiction films of the year.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 John P. McCarthy
    Although its claims about Hildegard's modernity and relevancy should be taken with a grain of salt, one readily imagines Vision attracting a cross-section of the curious, not limited to feminist cinephiles and true believers.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 John P. McCarthy
    Serves as both a sequel and a prequel, and the team Oren Peli has assembled deserves credit for beefing up and rounding out his original narrative without letting it mutate into something unrecognizable.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 20 John P. McCarthy
    Kalamity is a real klunker.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 John P. McCarthy
    With a premise better suited to comedy than drama, The Freebie is more somber and less stimulating than expected.

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