John P. McCarthy

John P. McCarthy

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

John P. McCarthy's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
1.5/5 12%

In My Sleep (2010)

"Melrose Place meets imitation Hitchcock." ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Apr 16, 2010
2.5/5 81%

City Island (2010)

"Warm, broad and uneven, City Island almost thrives in the lite entertainment zone where ethnic family dramedy meets mildly raucous farce." ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Mar 24, 2010
2/5 74%

The Exploding Girl (2010)

"The glib response "Explode already!" stands, despite a few intriguingly tender moments within a narrative in which listlessness overwhelms incident." ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Mar 12, 2010
3/5 67%

The Yellow Handkerchief (2010)

"The romantic drama earns solid marks for atmosphere, moving shots of post-Katrina New Orleans and acting-few do sad-and-wise better than William Hurt-but each theme is hit a bit too hard and predictably." ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Feb 26, 2010
2/5 19%

Cop Out (2010)

"Kevin Smith's take on the interracial buddy-cop movie craps out, leaving Tracy Morgan waiting for the ideal big-screen vehicle and Bruce Willis treading water between the action-hero and character-role phases of his career." ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Feb 24, 2010

The Ghost Writer (2010)

"There's no shortage of wit and intelligence in the dialogue, but 'The Ghost Writer' is just too elementary and conventional." ‐ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Feb 18, 2010
2/5 29%

Dear John (2010)

"Given the comely and talented leads, it's disappointing how little carnal or emotional heat is actually generated." ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Feb 5, 2010

Edge of Darkness (2010)

"Somber with a supernatural dimension, this tense thriller doesn't catapult the viewer into the dark as brusquely as you might anticipate." ‐ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Jan 28, 2010

Extraordinary Measures (2010)

"With 'Extraordinary Measures,' Scottish-born director Tom Vaughan neatly calibrates the interplay between science, seed money, and sentimentality." ‐ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Jan 25, 2010

The Book of Eli (2010)

"The first major action film of 2010 is more pensive and lyrical than advertised." ‐ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Jan 13, 2010

Leap Year (2010)

"Erin Go Aagh! The Irish legend concerning leap-year proposals gets summarily tossed onto a peat fire, which is where the movie itself belongs." ‐ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Jan 7, 2010

Youth in Revolt (2010)

"The tone is sweetly raucous, the acting accomplished, and the directing occasionally inventive, but 'Youth in Revolt' contains few surprises." ‐ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Jan 7, 2010

It's Complicated (2009)

"Something's amiss in 'It's Complicated' when Steve Martin is never allowed to cut loose." ‐ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Dec 24, 2009

Sherlock Holmes (2009)

"The modern irony coursing through 'Sherlock Holmes' meshes well with its charms as an old-fashioned, Saturday afternoon serial." ‐ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Dec 23, 2009

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)

"What ifs and wherefores become irrelevant the minute you pass through Terry Gilliam's sparkly looking-glass." ‐ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Dec 22, 2009

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (2009)

"Perfunctorily cute, the only selling points of this squeakuel are its seamless mix of CGI and live-action, and that it goes by in a flash." ‐ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Dec 22, 2009

The Young Victoria (2009)

"Beautifully costumed, intelligent performers peering out from the film's glossy surface keep you involved." ‐ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Dec 18, 2009

Avatar (2009)

"James Cameron's visually spectacular opus has enough soul to escape being hoisted on its own mechanically sharpened petard." ‐ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Dec 17, 2009

Nine (2009)

"Director-choreographer Rob Marshall does for a lesser stage work what he did for 'Chicago.' 'Nine' scores a ten." ‐ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Dec 17, 2009

The Lovely Bones (2009)

"Ghost-story emphasis deflects from what made the book so powerful: earthbound melodrama surrounding grieving parents and tender insights into the arrested blossoming of a teenaged girl." ‐ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Dec 9, 2009

Up in the Air (2009)

"Topical, humorous, and moving, this savvy dramedy about corporate life in America should resonate across the classes..." ‐ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Dec 2, 2009
3/5 76%

Invictus (2009)

"Seasoned vet that he is, Eastwood simplifies things with one hand and milks them with the other. Much the way Nelson Mandela, for the sake of his country, made sure he squeezed every drop of inspiration he could out of the Springboks." ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Dec 1, 2009

The Road (2009)

"The ending rings false; and the overbearingly sentimental music can't compensate for the lack of even harsh lyricism." ‐ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Nov 24, 2009

Old Dogs (2009)

"Racist, juvenile and nonsensical." ‐ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Nov 24, 2009

Me and Orson Welles (2009)

"Set backstage at Welles' Mercury Theater in 1937, the fictional tussle is hardly fair or surprising, but we're reminded that an illusion needn't be deep to be effective" ‐ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Nov 24, 2009

The Blind Side (2009)

"'The Blind Side' inspires despite average filmmaking that's incapable of probing deeply enough into the story's racial dynamics." ‐ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Nov 19, 2009
2.5/5 60%

Dare (2009)

"Quite good in brief stretches but not distinguishable enough overall, freshman director Adam Salky's picture evinces the coming of age confusion he's chronicling." ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Nov 13, 2009

Pirate Radio (The Boat That Rocked) (2009)

"Phony yet fun, thanks mostly to a marvelous soundtrack." ‐ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Nov 12, 2009

2012 (2009)

"Master of Disaster Roland Emmerich lives down to his reputation with what amounts to the biggest snuff film of all time." ‐ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Nov 12, 2009

Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

"Wes Anderson's idiosyncratic style and children's author Roald Dahl's cozy-yet-edgy imagination are a perfect fit in this enjoyable and altogether unusual movie experience." ‐ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Nov 10, 2009
1.5/5 45%

The Box (2009)

"Sci-fi lovers should find it risible, and those who devalue the genre will have their biases confirmed." ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Nov 5, 2009

The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009)

"Neither absurdist enough as a comedy nor trenchant enough as a war satire, this effort elicits a few chuckles but little else." ‐ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Nov 5, 2009

Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009)

"Sidibe and Mo'Nique deliver outstanding performances here. They compel the audience to cut through the hype and connect with their characters' plights." ‐ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Nov 4, 2009

Michael Jackson's This Is It (2009)

"This documentary movie can only help Jackson's artistic reputation, and the concerts, had he lived to perform them, would likely have done the same." ‐ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Nov 1, 2009
3/5 19%

Gentlemen Broncos (2009)

"Its quirkiness preceding and very nearly swallowing it whole, Gentlemen Broncos is less warped than it thinks it is yet still provides enough bizarre, painstakingly designed schlock to tickle the willing." ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Oct 29, 2009

Amelia (2009)

"Those expecting a stirring portrait of a feminist pioneer will be disappointed by the ethereal ambiguity of 'Amelia.'" ‐ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Oct 26, 2009
3.5/5 100%

Rembrandt's J'accuse (2008)

"What starts out as an audaciously polemical, radically inventive film project ultimately feels more like the most elaborate and earnest art history lecture ever delivered." ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Oct 23, 2009

Where the Wild Things Are (2009)

"There's no coddling going on in this immersive live-action film, which, like a dream, is both eerily matter-of-fact and fantastical." ‐ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Oct 15, 2009
2.5/5 20%

Ball Don't Lie (2008)

"Ball Don't Lie has what you might call an excess of street cred." ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Oct 9, 2009
3/5 31%

St. Trinian's (2007)

"St. Trinian's is a hoot, but it's thrown-together, haphazard feel will only grate on the sensibilities of cineastes or aesthetic and moral prudes bent on decrying "yoof" culture -- although it's only moderately rude by contemporary standards." ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Oct 9, 2009
1.5/5 11%

Couples Retreat (2009)

"At least Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau and their fellow cast and crewmates were able to spend time on a gorgeous tropical island while making this mirthless, half-hearted relationship comedy." ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Oct 9, 2009

Whip It (2009)

"There's poignant interaction between the generations, puppy-love lyricism, and just enough edginess to keep adolescents engaged." ‐ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Oct 1, 2009

The Invention of Lying (2009)

"Ultimately, the atheist gospel according to Ricky Gervais is too preachy for its own good." ‐ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Oct 1, 2009

Fame (2009)

"'Fame 2009' is the cinematic equivalent of Muzak and will leave many viewers longing for the next episode of TV's 'Glee.'" ‐ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Sep 29, 2009
2/5 47%

The Providence Effect (2009)

"Providence-St. Mel's achievements are truly laudable, but its inspirational lessons get watered down by the uncritical approach taken by director/producer Rollin Binzer." ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Sep 24, 2009
2/5 17%

If One Thing Matters: A Film About Wolfgang Tillmans (2009)

"Heiko Kalmbachâ(TM)s video portrait of the German-born, London-based photographer frustrates because of the way it hovers between the esoteric and the quotidian." ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Sep 24, 2009
1.5/5 33%

Blind Date (2009)

"Merely a depressing curiosity." ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Sep 24, 2009

Capitalism: A Love Story (2009)

"Michael Moore paints with too-wide a conceptual brush, which in turn explains why 'Capitalism: A Love Story' goes off point so often." ‐ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Sep 22, 2009

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (2009)

"While the mutated food on display isn't always appetizing, the animation is a veritable feast for the eyes." ‐ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Sep 17, 2009

Jennifer's Body (2009)

"More funny than scary, 'Jennifer's Body' is a bodacious tease." ‐ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Posted Sep 17, 2009