Todd McCarthy

Todd McCarthy
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T-Meter Title | Year
54% The Hunt (2020) [An] exceedingly violent, conspiratorially charged and guiltily engaging action melodrama... - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
76% The Banker (2020) Despite the recognizably daunting challenges in telling this long-arc story in an entirely coherent way, The Banker spins a surprising and engaging yarn pinned to central elements that made it hard to tell. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2020
83% The Way Back (2020) It's meant as a firm compliment to say that The Way Back looks and feels like a film that could have been made at any time between the early 1970s and right now. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2020
91% The Invisible Man (2020) [A]s stressed, and distressed, as Cecilia is most of the time, Moss provides a core of inner strength that invites investment in her abilities and, ultimately, belief in her survival. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020
No Score Yet Charter (2020) A gutsy, discomforting look at some imperfect mothering. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2020
100% Into the Deep (2020) A knockout doc. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2020
86% Nine Days (2020) Not for everyone, but one of the striking directorial debuts of recent years. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
80% Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind (2020) A solid documentary about a full but tragically truncated life. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
100% The Father (2020) The Father takes a bracingly insightful, subtle and nuanced look at encroaching dementia and the toll it takes on those in close proximity to the afflicted. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2020
100% Minari (2020) Modest and winning. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
39% Wendy (2020) Every frame of the film is excitingly alive and freshly conceived, making it something very much worth seeing on the big screen. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
93% Promising Young Woman (2020) Fennell's film could be called a polemic, but dramatically it's so sharply and boldly laid out that its narrative shocks rule the day. It's jolting to witness how it refuses to let anyone off the hook. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
100% Dick Johnson Is Dead (2020) A uniquely wonderful film about family, film, life and death. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
97% Shirley (2020) This sort of inebriated, one-location yak-fest is hardly the fashion these days, but there's much for audiences of a certain ilk to relish here amid the refined noxiousness of manipulative goings-on among the educated class. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2020
100% The Dissident (2020) Fogel's investigation is vigorous, deep and comprehensive. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
100% The Painter and the Thief (2020) An engrossing Norwegian documentary born of the unlikely but resilient bond between a young female artist and a career criminal who stole two of her large canvases. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
59% The Last Full Measure (2020) Todd Robinson... has managed to turn this tribute to a verifiable hero into a plodding, somnolent snooze. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2020
15% Dolittle (2020) No doctor can cure what ails this Dolittle. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
77% Bad Boys for Life (2020) Decisively the best of the trio; it actually has a heart, or what passes for one in a gigantic, slam-bang industrial enterprise like this. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) If anything, the director has overcompensated, practically tripping over himself in a mad-dash effort to deliver the expected goods and then some. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
75% Spies in Disguise (2019) Antic and frantic, Spies is very much a one-joke affair, which is fine for a short but woefully insufficient for a 101-minute feature. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2019
70% Bombshell (2019) A smart, snappy depiction of the Fox News ogre getting his comeuppance. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
89% 1917 (2020) [T]his is a protean display of virtuoso filmmaking, one that film aesthetes will wallow in but that even ordinary audiences will note and appreciate. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
76% Richard Jewell (2019) Another fine Eastwood film about a man with greatness thrust upon him. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
52% 21 Bridges (2019) Unlikely, far-fetched and downright preposterous events duke it out for bragging rights in 21 Bridges, 104 minutes of nocturnal big-city crime action that's amped up to a borderline ridiculous level of nearly uninterrupted violence. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
77% Frozen II (2019) Unfortunately, if you stop to notice you can readily sense the efforts of the many cooks in the kitchen, recommending a bit more sugar here, a pinch of spice over there, bake this a little longer, put some extra frosting on just for good measure. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
90% Dark Waters (2019) It's a sad but honest view of the meager amount many people can expect from life. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
77% Doctor Sleep (2019) Just when things threaten to slow to a stall, you can count on Ferguson to roar to the occasion to shake you; when she's around, she's the whole show, threatening, cajoling, erotically boiling when prey is at hand. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) A sequel that feels programmed to within an inch of its life. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
100% Those Who Remained (Akik maradtak) (2020) A finely tuned post-Holocaust tale. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
90% 1982 (2019) On a minute-to-minute basis it's mundane and cinematically ordinary. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
22% Lucy in the Sky (2019) A film that initially seemed to be aiming in the direction of a female-oriented companion piece to the presently arriving Ad Astra instead contents itself to live in the normal world of sexual jealousies and revenge. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) A full-bodied and exciting true-life story in which the men behind the wheels are just as dynamic as the machines they drive. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Just as it was easy to like 1999 multiple Oscar winner Life Is Beautiful, it was even easier to dislike it, and the same holds true for Jojo Rabbit... - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
24% The Goldfinch (2019) Unlike the tiny painting that gave the book its name, the film deserves a more expansive canvas. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
86% Devil Between the Legs (El Diablo entre las piernas) (2019) A startling, confident, complex and entirely bold dive into the compulsions behind senescent eroticism that's nearly as explicit as the Bertolucci and perhaps more psychologically penetrating. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
96% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Marielle Heller's film itself, however, is a rather more modest achievement, sympathetic and yet entirely predictable in its dramatic trajectory of making a believer of an angry, cynical journalist. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
57% Hope Gap (2020) The issue is that there is no subtext or undertones, the suggestion of nuance and complexities. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
No Score Yet Coup 53 (2019) Obsessive and yet bracingly clear-minded, albeit anything but tidy, the film will enthrall documentary and history geeks. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
72% The Aeronauts (2019) The Aeronauts achieves impressive elevation as a bracing and sympathetic account of two early and very different aviators who together reached literal new heights in a perilous field of endeavor. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
90% The Assistant (2020) The Assistant stands as an insightful, if after-the-fact look at long-tolerated behavior. It's a reminder of how things were until very, very recently. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
42% The Laundromat (2019) Despite the filmmaker's obvious smarts and oft-proven skills, there's a kind of off-putting effrontery about Soderbergh's approach here that rather sours the whole experience. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
97% The Kingmaker (2019) An engaging, appalling but inevitably partial portrait of a woman who has navigated through countless political and personal squalls but remains irretrievably drawn to the flame of power. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
62% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) An overdone epic of socio-political venality with clear designs on being viewed as an East Coast Chinatown. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
92% Uncut Gems (2019) Uncut Gems emerges as real gem itself, a sparkling comedy-drama about a compulsive gambler and risk-taker who never knows when to quit. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
80% The Human Factor (2019) A riveting look at a missed opportunity. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) You begin to think you're bearing witness to the reincarnation of Hal Needham. It's all utterly preposterous, and yet Waugh handles the big scenes pretty well... - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
49% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Becomes compelling in its final act, but before that too often appears tonally addled and dramatically dawdling. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) The two leads' highly competitive shtick is more amusing than not - the insults fly hot and heavy - as are the outrageously adverse predicaments over which they invariably manage to gain an upper hand. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
84% Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Imparting the air of having been highly sanitized and thoroughly rinsed, this late summer Paramount release is squeaky clean and unhip to an unusual degree, its commercial success resting all but exclusively on a built-in fan base. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2019