Todd McCarthy Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
83% American Animals (2018) A crackerjack real-life heist thriller.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2018
No Score Yet Wildlife (2017) Actor Paul Dano has made a small gem in Wildlife, his first film as a director.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2018
No Score Yet Juliet, Naked (2018) Juliet, Naked never truly achieves comic lift-off. Instead, it bumps around from one mild laugh, awkward encounter and bewildering decision to another without ever building up an exhilarating head of steam.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2018
79% Blindspotting (2018) Estrada's debut feature brandishes a brash exuberance and stilted storytelling tropes in roughly equal measure, yielding a final result that stimulates just as it cheapens itself dramatically.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
53% 12 Strong (2018) It's virtually all Hemsworth's show and he's entirely up to the task of carrying the film on his broad shoulders: He's charismatic, fearless, confident, jokey and a good old Kentucky boy who just wants to get the job done ...‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2018
77% All the Money in the World (2017) It's a true-life yarn loaded with extremes, of wealth, personal eccentricities, grief, tension, daring, criminal means to political ends, maternal drive and luck, both bad and good.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
90% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Loaded with action and satisfying in the ways its loyal audience wants it to be ... generally pleasing even as it sometimes strains to find useful and/or interesting things for some of its characters to do.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
92% Phantom Thread (2018) While there is precious little overt "drama" per se, before you know it you've become happily ensconced in a peculiar world you've never visited or even imagined before.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
88% The Post (2018) Spielberg is now 70 but has scarcely lost a step; The Post possesses the same energy and vigor as the films he made decades ago.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
40% Justice League (2017) This hodgepodge throws a bunch of superheroes into a mix that neither congeals nor particularly makes you want to see more of them in future. Plainly put, it's simply not fun.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
57% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) Given the confined nature of the material as well as its period-specific aspects, this is a yarn that does not exactly invite radical reinterpretation. As such, its appeal is confined to the traditional niceties of being a clever tale well told.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
88% Only the Brave (2017) An engaging account of a tragic real-life story.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) A voluptuous mood bath that's impressively sustained from beginning to end.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
83% Marshall (2017) It's interesting enough, but that's not usually sufficient recommendation to get audiences out to a theater.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
No Score Yet The Captain (Der Hauptmann) (2017) The central premise is arresting, as is the style, but there's a lot more that could have been done with it than just show how one ill-defined individual instantly opts to join his country's lowest form of life.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
No Score Yet Love Means Zero (2017) A Svengali of the tennis world gets his close-up in the diabolically well-titled Love Means Zero, an on-its-toes documentary about the legendary and/or notorious tennis teacher and coach Nick Bollettieri.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
51% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) Considerable shrewdness is applied to the conception and execution of nearly every scene to make this old spy stuff feel fresh, which it mostly does.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
43% Woman Walks Ahead (2017) Despite the estimable talent on hand both behind and in front of the camera, the story never comes to convincing life and doesn't, in the end, have anywhere particularly surprising or interesting to go.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
39% I Love You, Daddy (2017) Largely a comedy, one with quite a few strong laughs, many sharp perspectives and not a few things to say about adult foibles.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
64% Chappaquiddick (2018) Everything is methodical, it covers most of the bases, but passion and vitality are crucially missing from director John Curran's treatment.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
100% Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood (2017) A nicely filled-out look at different eras, one secrecy-ridden and dedicated to the preservation of illusion, the other wide open and blasé about personal predilections.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2017
100% My Days of Mercy (2017) Exerts a certain pull due to its unblinking evocation of bare-bones working class American life and the slow-burn relationship sensitively etched by Ellen Page and Kate Mara.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2017
81% Molly's Game (2018) In his overdue directorial debut, Sorkin both entertains and makes you lean in to absorb every detail of this wild tale, which boasts a stellar cast to help tell it.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2017
99% Lady Bird (2017) Snappy, spirited and shot through with the pangs and pleasures of leaving childhood behind, Lady Bird is a sharp-witted solo first feature by actress and now writer-director Greta Gerwig.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
69% mother! (2017) A very Rosemary's Baby-like intimate horror tale that definitely grabs your attention and eventually soars well over the top to make the bold concluding statement that, for some creators, art is more important than life.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2017
40% The Private Life of a Modern Woman (2017) The Private Life of a Modern Woman shrewdly investigates how an accidental incident upends the equilibrium of a young woman who seems to have everything going for her.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2017
73% Hostiles (2018) A mournful, sorrowful, persistently powerful Western set in a world of beauty, tears and blood.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2017
86% Battle of the Sexes (2017) It's game, set and match for Battle of the Sexes, a massively entertaining account of the momentous 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs that also deftly deals with the numerous social issues inherent in the carnival-like contest.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2017
86% Darkest Hour (2017) A snappy and straightforward crowd-pleaser that focuses on new Prime Minister Winston Churchill's mighty efforts to rise to the occasion of rescuing his country from the appeasers and defeatists in Parliament and stirring the public to defiance of Hitler.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2017
95% First Reformed (2017) There's not quite enough oomph or style in the filmmaking to make you forget about the schematic nature of the dramatic construct.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2017
50% Downsizing (2017) Captivating, funny and possessed of a surprise-filled zig-zag structure that makes it impossible to anticipate where it's headed, this is a deeply humane film that, like the best Hollywood classics, feels both entirely of its moment and timeless.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2017
92% Logan Lucky (2017) This is a good-times film that doesn't put on airs, dress to impress or pretend to be something it isn't. It just aims to please and does a pretty good job of it.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2017
84% Detroit (2017) Intense and physically powerful in the way it conveys its atrocious events, the film nonetheless remains short on complexity, as if it were enough simply to provoke and outrage the audience. It's a grim tale with no catharsis.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2017
92% Dunkirk (2017) Dunkirk is an impressionist masterpiece.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2017
49% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) The Razzies don't need to wait until the end of the year to anoint a winner for 2017. The Golden Turkey Awards should be republished with a new cover.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2017
93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) Almost as rare as winning the Triple Crown in horse racing is to make a film trilogy that clicks from beginning to end, but Fox has pretty much pulled it off with its refurbished Planet of the Apes trio. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
81% The Square (2017) A potent, disturbing work that explores the boundaries of political correctness, artistic liberty and free speech in provocative ways.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2017
89% Closeness (Tesnota) (2017) A grim view of post-Soviet-era life enlivened by a compelling actress.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2017
80% Becoming Cary Grant (2017) Any documentary loaded with clips of Grant's work has half the battle won right there - few stars have ever appeared in nearly as many first-rate films as this actor did over the course of his 34-year career.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2017
78% The Beguiled (2017) Other than to place slightly more emphasis on the female empowerment angle ... it's hard to detect a strong raison d'etre behind Sofia Coppola's slow-to-develop melodrama.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
55% Redoubtable (Le redoutable) (2017) Serious cinephiles will likely reject it as glib and disrespectful, while more mainstream viewers could be amused but not that interested.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 22, 2017
51% War Machine (2017) War Machine has trouble maintaining a steady tone, but its climactic, sobering assault ultimately hits the target.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 22, 2017
97% The Rider (2018) Beautifully captures the way a handful of people stoically deal with the meager hands life has dealt them.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 22, 2017
92% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) More conventionally conceived than some of [Baumbach's] best work but benefits from sterling turns from a wonderful cast, most notably Dustin Hoffman and, no kidding, Adam Sandler.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 21, 2017
100% Faces Places (Visages, villages) (2017) A lovely addition to the long line of personal documentaries about French life at ground level that Agnes Varda has been making throughout her entire career.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 21, 2017
46% Paris Can Wait (Bonjour Anne) (2017) Slight but charming.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
68% Alien: Covenant (2017) This entry feels vital, freshly thought out and keen to keep us on our toes right up to the concluding scene.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 9, 2017
29% King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) Loud, bombastic and thuddingly obvious, this is a vulgar movie for vulgar times.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 9, 2017
100% Mom and Me (2017) There is no real wisdom imparted in these stories, only evidence of the weird variety of humankind and the imperishability of that most essential and elemental of human relationships, between a mother and child.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 1, 2017
67% The Wall (2017) Possesses an intensely realized physicality, but tedium outweighs suspense by a very large margin ...‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2017