Todd McCarthy

Todd McCarthy

Agrees with the Tomatometer 74% of the time.

Publications:
Film Comment Magazine , Hollywood Reporter , indieWIRE , Reuters , Variety
Critics' Group:
Los Angeles Film Critics Association, National Society of Film Critics
Total Reviews:
1669

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
62% Draft Day (2014) " An entirely conventional serio-comic sports world melodrama that pushes its buttons with undeniable professional finesse." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 10, 2014
76% The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came To Eden (2014) " A bizarre real-life drama of the 1930s is well told in this resourceful documentary." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 31, 2014
77% Noah (2014) " Darren Aronofsky wrestles one of scripture's most primal stories to the ground and extracts something vital and audacious, while also pushing some aggressive environmentalism, in Noah." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 21, 2014
89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) " Takes the bold (for Marvel) step of reducing CGI spectacle to a relative minimum in favor of reviving the pleasures of hard-driving old-school action, surprising character development and intriguing suspense." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 20, 2014
63% The French Minister (2014) " A snappy, sharp-witted, graphic novel-inspired satire on the doings at the French Foreign Ministry." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 18, 2014
79% Muppets Most Wanted (2014) " An oddly off-key follow-up to the generally amusing 2011 feature that marked Disney's relaunch of the late Jim Henson's 1970s-'80s childhood favorites." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 13, 2014
95% Particle Fever (2014) " A timely and fascinating look at physicists' search for the Higgs boson." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 3, 2014
42% 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) " Although Gerard Butler's star has significantly fallen due to the 17 mediocre films he's made since 300, it must be admitted that he's missed here ..." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 3, 2014
22% Son Of God (2014) " A film that is almost invariably heavy-handed and obvious from beginning to end ..." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 27, 2014
60% Non-Stop (2014) " A jerry-rigged terror-on-a-plane thriller with a premise so far-fetched as to create a degree of suspense over how the writers will wriggle out of the knot of their own making." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 26, 2014
15% Endless Love (2014) " A blah 1981 film becomes a bland one 33 years later in Endless Love." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 13, 2014
13% Winter's Tale (2014) " An ineffectual account of an eternal love." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 12, 2014
92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) " In a very appealing if outre way, its sensibility and concerns are very much those of an earlier, more elegant era, meaning that the film's deepest intentions will fly far over the heads of most modern filmgoers." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 6, 2014
33% The Monuments Men (2014) " Too much of the time, The Monuments Men falls into a compromised middle zone, not urgent and only mildly amusing." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 29, 2014
100% Listen Up Philip " [An] indisputably talented work for its risk-taking, dark humor and barbed portraiture of creative individuals ..." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 29, 2014
88% Tim's Vermeer (2014) " A captivating look at a high-tech inventor who presumes to replicate the work of a great painter." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 27, 2014
100% Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter " A work of rigorously disciplined eccentricity, Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter is at once entirely accessible and yet appealing only to a rarified crowd ready to key into its narrow-bandwidth sense of humor." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 24, 2014
80% The One I Love (2014) " On a moment-to-moment basis, this smoothly made film can be incredibly trying, even annoying, to watch, due to the grueling repetitiveness of the scenes and dialogue and the claustrophobia of the paradoxically beautiful setting." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 24, 2014
40% Low Down (2014) " As the wages of addiction are awfully familiar, as well as sadly tedious to watch, there is little new the film has to say on the subject, leaving this obvious labor of love with a real struggle ahead to find much of an audience." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 22, 2014
100% Boyhood (2014) " Perhaps never has the long arc of the journey from childhood to college been portrayed as cohesively and convincingly as Richard Linklater has done in a film that can be plain on a moment-to-moment basis but is something quite special in its entirety." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 21, 2014
100% Life Itself (2014) " A fulsome appreciation of the life and work of the world's most famous film critic." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 21, 2014
91% A Most Wanted Man (2014) " This admirably textured thriller rooted in Eastern immigrant-laden Hamburg will prove absorbing to attentive audiences internationally who don't need everything spelled out to them ..." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 20, 2014
45% I Origins (2014) " A bold, original and exceptionally fine second feature from former Sundance award-winner Mike Cahill." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 19, 2014
94% Whiplash " Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons go toe-to-toe in a potent drama about an ambitious young drummer and his abusive teacher." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 17, 2014
56% Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) " Instead of embracing dramatic complexities and setbacks, all the better to make the most of them creatively, screenwriters Adam Cozad and David Koepp are intent upon steamrolling right over them, to uninvolving effect." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 15, 2014
95% Blue Ruin (2014) " Odd revenge genre low-budgeter keeps the tradition of revenge killing all too alive." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 14, 2014
3% The Legend of Hercules (2014) " If The Legend of Hercules were just a little more inept or over-the-top, it might have been ridiculous fun. ...Unfortunately, Harlin embraces the mediocrity of the screenplay with a dour straight face, draining it of any enjoyably camp possibilities." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 10, 2014
77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) " The wages of greed and excess portrayed in grand, operatic, often very funny style." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 17, 2013
76% Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014) " This smorgasbord of talk and sex constitutes a very full meal." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 17, 2013
75% Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) " It's bawdy, on-target in its take on what's become of TV news, and packed with wacky performers." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 16, 2013
98% Starred Up (2014) " Young actor Jack O'Connell is the main attraction in this tough British drama." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 11, 2013
74% The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013) " Nearly everything about The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug represents an improvement over the first installment of Peter Jackson's three-part adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's beloved creation." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 6, 2013
42% Homefront (2013) " Jason Statham squares off against poor white trash in an old Sylvester Stallone script that should have stayed on the shelf." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 21, 2013
71% Everyday (2013) " An admirable idea in theory proves to be a real slog to sit through." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 18, 2013
76% Lone Survivor (2014) " An intense look at 19 American deaths and one survival in a vividly re-created chapter of the fighting in Afghanistan." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 15, 2013
89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) " A safe, serviceable, carefully crafted action drama in which the subversive seeds planted in the first story take welcome root." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 12, 2013
52% Out of the Furnace (2013) " A solid, well-acted tale about how the bad steps in when jobs fall away in the Rust Belt." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 11, 2013
89% Frozen (2013) " This smartly dressed package injects a traditional fairy tale, Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen, with enough contemporary attitudes and female empowerment touches to please both little girls and their moms. " — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 5, 2013
47% Last Vegas (2013) " A royal flush of actors delivers a winning hand for this likable seriocomedy." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 28, 2013
34% The Counselor (2013) " Despite its scaldingly hot cast and formidable writer/director combination, The Counselor is simply not a very likable or gratifying film. In fact, it's a bummer." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 24, 2013
49% Escape Plan (2013) " They just don't make 'em like this anymore, and it's a good thing, too." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 16, 2013
94% Her (2014) " This is a probing, inquisitive work of a very high order, although it goes a bit slack in the final third and concludes rather conventionally compared to much that has come before." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 14, 2013
22% Romeo and Juliet (2013) " The grown-ups outshine the kids in this handsome, romantically anemic rendering of Shakespeare's perennial." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 11, 2013
57% Escape From Tomorrow (2013) " A one-of-a-kind piece of subversive surrealism filmed clandestinely at Disney World is far too haphazard, but offers images that will long stick in the mind." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 8, 2013
9% Runner Runner (2013) " An uncompelling, sketchy telling of an intriguing crime story." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 25, 2013
81% Don Jon (2013) " Crude, repetitive and rigorously single-minded, the popular actor's writing and directing debut lays it all on a bit thick, as the few points the film has to make are underscored time and time again." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 24, 2013
89% Prodigal Sons (2010) " A film that will fascinate inquisitive viewers on multiple levels." — Variety
Posted Sep 16, 2013
86% Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) " Almost nothing happens in this minor-key drift through a desolate, imperiled modern world, and yet it is the perennial downtown filmmaker's best work in many years, probably since 1995's Dead Man." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 13, 2013
76% The Invisible Woman (2013) " A first-rate portrait of Charles Dickens's secret affair with a young actress." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 13, 2013
83% The Unknown Known (2014) " Morris tediously recycles points he already made in his 2008 look at the Abu Ghraib prison scandal in Standard Operating Procedure." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 13, 2013
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