John P. McCarthy

John P. McCarthy
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
92% Into The Abyss (2011) Werner Herzog has a well-deserved reputation for tackling difficult, risky subjects. It took courage to enter the Lone Star State and wade into the mire of capital punishment. - America Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2015
90% The Imitation Game (2014) Cumberbatch brings his immense talent and intelligence -- and not too much glamour -- to the socially awkward, notoriously disheveled protagonist. - America Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2015
83% Ivory Tower (2014) All in all, Ivory Tower is balanced and comprehensive. - America Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2015
95% 12 Years a Slave (2013) Ejiofor's low-key, naturalistic acting mode is ideal for conveying Northup's self-control and intelligence. And Fassbender avoids turning the malevolent Epps into a one-note nemesis. - America Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2014
21% Copperhead (2013) Maxwell and Kauffman merit praise for acknowledging historical complexity, but the film's moral and aesthetic limitations keep Copperhead from entering this realm. - America Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2014
68% Wuthering Heights (2012) Intense and imagistic, sensual and rather salacious, this is a wild, fascinatingly bleak adaptation that seizes on the book's more lurid motifs. - America Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2014
91% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) Watching Wes Anderson quietly and unsentimentally make Zero the hero of The Grand Budapest Hotel should win over some of the director's detractors. - America Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2014
32% The Oranges (2012) There's not enough tension for the humor to diffuse. What we're left with is a bland dramedy featuring a strong cast. - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2012
3/5 59% El Bulli: Cooking In Progress (2011) You can't help but appreciate the food's visual beauty -- and the physical, mental and emotional energy that went into creating it -- but you don't come away feeling you have to taste any of Adrià's food before you die. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2011
1.5/5 26% The Best and the Brightest (2011) Strictly bush league, save for a few bravura performances. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2011
2/5 19% Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer (2011) 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. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2011
2.5/5 33% The Hangover Part II (2011) Its sense of fun-loving camaraderie feels forced and tinged with buzz-killing danger. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2011
2.5/5 61% The First Grader (2011) Guilt and glossiness form the foundation of the slick production, which, despite the best intentions of all those working under director Justin Chadwick, exudes a mildly patronizing vapor that dampens the emotional affect and any historical incisiveness. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2011
3.5/5 96% Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2011) Is any filmmaker more comfortable moving between the didactic and the lyrical, between quotidian facts and profound speculation? - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2011
0.5/5 41% Footprints (2011) The barely coherent Footprints seems bent on erasing any nostalgia one might have for Hollywood's heyday. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2011
3.5/5 84% Jane Eyre (2011) Cary Joji Fukunaga's romantic thriller Jane Eyre is to19th-century literature what Black Swan is to ballet: a thoroughly cinematic, occasionally exhilarating reimagining of a repertoire standard. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2011
2/5 72% We Are What We Are (2011) We Are What We Are is a superficially provocative movie that tries way too hard to be memorable. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2011
0.5/5 5% Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son (2011) Big Momma has laid a gigantic egg. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2011
3/5 87% Carancho (2011) Without resorting to sensationalism, gratuitous gore, false spirituality, or any extraneous artificiality, Trapero has fashioned an emotionally involving picture. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2011
1.5/5 4% The Roommate (2011) What's most memorable about this plodding thriller are the copious amounts of foundation and lip gloss. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2011
3/5 67% Ward No. 6 (2010) The movie's profundity shines through because it gestures at something that might counter its aura of futility and despair. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2010
3/5 100% Con Artist (2010) [Director Michael Sladek] lets Kostabi hang himself and the auto-execution is fully effected about halfway through. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2010
2/5 81% Today's Special (2010) Those with even modestly adventuresome cinematic palates will have their appetites whetted before exiting unsatisfied. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2010
2.5/5 40% Due Date (2010) With its premise so easily established, Due Date is able to be modestly raucous as well as character-driven, which is how it goes astray since it tries to evoke complex moods and feelings that are beyond its ken. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2010
2.5/5 30% The Tempest (2010) The result is cacophonous. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2010
4/5 59% The Kids Grow Up (2010) Ranks as one of the best non-fiction films of the year. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2010
3/5 59% Paranormal Activity 2 (2010) As semi-spooky and splatter-free as its predecessor. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2010
1/5 No Score Yet Kalamity (2010) Kalamity is a real klunker. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2010
3.5/5 81% Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen (2010) 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. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2010
3/5 52% Devil (2010) A Sunday school parable wrapped in an adequately nail-biting supernatural thriller, Devil uses its triteness to its advantage. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2010
2/5 57% The Freebie (2010) - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2010
2/5 85% Our Beloved Month of August (2010) Elliptical and episodic, the hybrid blends music, documentary and narrative elements into an intriguing but frustratingly vague whole. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2010
3.5/5 No Score Yet Honeymoons (Medeni mesec) (2010) You don't want Honeymoons to be over quite so soon, but you know it must end at some point. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2010
3.5/5 72% Machete (2010) How often can you see Cheech Marin nailed to a cross or Lindsay Lohan in a threesome with Trejo and the actress playing her mother? - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2010
3/5 No Score Yet - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2010
2.5/5 81% Smash His Camera (2010) - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2010
3/5 100% DDR/DDR (2010) - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2010
4/5 100% Enemies of the People (2010) As if the subject matter weren't disconcerting enough, Daniel Pemberton's music is positively eerie. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2010
2/5 46% Spoken Word (2010) It takes the Mexican-American melodrama Spoken Word a long time to express myriad sentiments that we've heard uttered many times before in many ethnic settings. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2010
4/5 91% Alamar (To the Sea) (2010) It's Natan's good fortune to have a father from one place on earth, hence one background, and a mother from a very different set of circumstances. It's our good fortune to catch glimpses of both. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2010
3/5 95% Best Worst Movie (2010) Stephenson acknowledges that, from the cast's perspective at least, this is not a story about delayed success but about disappointment and dashed hopes. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2010
2/5 79% The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector (2010) Brown's gushing, awkwardly presented liner notes discredit any attempt at objectivity without doing justice to Spector's achievements. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2010
1/5 10% Killers (2010) After this bomb, Katherine Heigl and Ashton Kutcher may qualify as two of the most attractive and prematurely washed-up screen actors Hollywood has ever produced. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2010
4/5 72% Get Him to the Greek (2010) The Forgetting Sarah Marshall crew-and yes, that includes producer Judd Apatow-have a follow-up gig that's not to be missed. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2010
3.5/5 90% The Father of My Children (Le pere de mes enfants) (2010) The idea that movies are a trifle when compared to real life is dangled then shattered by The Father of My Children. Grà (C)goire's love of film lives on, and ours is deepened. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2010
3.5/5 91% Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo (2009) An entomologist's delight, Jessica Oreck's movie about Japan's insect mania is worth watching even if you're repulsed by creepy-crawlers. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2010
3/5 50% The Living Wake (2010) An alienating experience up until the final fifteen minutes when, during the titular ceremony, it suddenly seems loveable-like an annoyingly oafish pup that won't stop nuzzling until you break down and scratch its belly. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2010
3/5 91% Ghost Bird (2009) A story about wish fulfillment and judgment being clouded by hope. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2010
2/5 43% Mercy (2010) Caan's decision to cast real-life pals such as Jane Fonda's son Garity, McDermott and John Boyd (as a blabbering lovesick friend)--not to mention his father--makes sense, but the decision to leave out the heart of his narrative doesn't. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2010
3.5/5 81% Anton Chekhov's The Duel (2010) Dover Koshashvili's ambling, eminently accessible film captures the spirit of Chekhov's novella without being overly taxing. - Boxoffice Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2010