Todd McCarthy

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For 10 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 60% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 40% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 12.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Todd McCarthy's Scores

Average review score: 80
Highest review score: 100 Behind the Candelabra
Lowest review score: 40 Fahrenheit 451
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
10 tv reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Todd McCarthy
    Ferguson here introduces a new technique for him, staged re-enactments of select bits from Nixon's secret Oval Office tape recordings, with actors playing the famous participants. While there is an undeniable interest in watching these conversations unfold in all their venal and sometimes illegal intent, beholding actors playing such well-known figures while also seeing the real men themselves in clips from the time represents an impossible task even the best actors would fail to meet. ... That said, for old-timers who welcome a trip down this particularly unsavory lane of American history, as well as for news junkies, there is plenty to relish here in the first-hand accounts offered up by the couple of dozen witnesses called upon by Ferguson.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Todd McCarthy
    After a potent start, director/co-writer Ramin Bahrani’s updated take on Bradbury’s cautionary tale becomes less credible as it develops and ultimately suffers from some fundamental creative missteps that leave it unconvincing in the final stretch.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    As the vice tightens through the elder Olson’s death and the aftermath, both the narrative drama and, even more, the story of the survivors’ quest for the truth accelerate, making the power of Morris’ distinctive approach fully felt; having come this far, it will be hard for viewers to pull themselves away during the second half of this epic.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Todd McCarthy
    Perfectly decent as an appreciative account of the great star's life and career, Mark Kidel's film aspires to something more. ... But it falls far short of the fascination of the 2010 Vanity Fair article that revealed all this in the first place, “Cary in the Sky With Diamonds” by Judy Balaban (who is interviewed onscreen here) and Cari Beauchamp.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Todd McCarthy
    With its sharp writing, superior cast, evocative locations, seductively seamy subject matter and delicious performances, Top of the Lake is decidedly back in a major way. After these two appetizers, you want the rest of the meal right away.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    A somewhat choppy but unavoidably fascinating documentary about five major Hollywood directors. ... Each modern helmer was assigned one of the five veterans, a ploy that succeeds more often than not by virtue of the professional expertise and personal sympathy brought to bear on what their forerunners went through.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Todd McCarthy
    There have been many great war films, and any number that have vividly evoked the tension, tragedy and terror of battle. But due to the exceptional amount of time lavished on this story, the fluid manner in which men come and go and the drastic changes that mark them, it's doubtful that any film or TV venture has ever come close to "Brothers" in presenting "What Men Went Through" over the long haul. [4 Sept 2001, p.6]
    • Variety
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Todd McCarthy
    Superbly scripted, brilliantly directed, smart but never smarmy and led by a lead performance by Michael Douglas so good you often forget you’re watching an actor rather than the famous character he’s playing, this is a rarity, a fully realized biographical drama shot through with real feeling and an abundance of sly humor.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Todd McCarthy
    Top of the Lake presents a dire portrait of the human condition, very much in line with many of the other most popular crime-and-family-driven television series of recent years. It’s also right up there with the best of them.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Todd McCarthy
    A dynamic, vivid, well-acted look at two major 20th century writers who shared wars on the battlefront and at home.

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