Todd McCarthy Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
93% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) The action here represents the mainstream cinema's version of extreme sports and these guys have staked their claim at the summit.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
87% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) This latest entry in the unstoppable Marvel Studios takeover of the world is probably the most amusing film the company has made since the Kevin Feige reign began a decade ago.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
64% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) Sicario: Day of the Soldado emerges as a dynamic action drama in its own right.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
94% Incredibles 2 (2018) Incredibles 2 certainly proves worth the wait, even if it hits the target but not the bull's eye in quite the way the first one did.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2018
94% Burning (Beoning) (2018) This slow burn cooks.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
No Score Yet Ingmar Bergman - Vermächtnis eines Jahrhundertgenies (2018) Reasonably engaging as far as it goes, Searching for Ingmar Bergman evinces great appreciation for the writer-director's legacy and offers the testimonies of numerous eminent enthusiasts, but it leaves a good deal to be desired...‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Lee's most flat-out entertaining film in quite a long time, as well as his most commercial.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
40% Buy Me a Gun (Cómprame un revolver) (2018) Trades on the perilous extremes of life in lawless territory that makes the Old West look tame, but the benign and shallow dramatic treatment increasingly drains viewer patience.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
84% Climax (2018) Noe has made a film that's seductive in its rhythms and bold visualization of his young dancers' sometimes beautiful, other times brutal somatic expressiveness.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
35% Fahrenheit 451 (2018) This new Fahrenheit 451 is a flame-out.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 13, 2018
76% The Image Book (Le livre d'image) (2018) As with his previous idiosyncratic, often inscrutable late works, this will be seen only by a highly select audience of dedicated Godardians, and genuinely liked by just a fraction of those; one can essentially name them.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
17% Sextape (A genoux les gars) (2018) A certain constituency may defend it on political grounds, but on a moment-to-moment basis the film is madly over the top, almost unbearably so at times, and hardly surprising in its point-of-view.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
No Score Yet The Eyes of Orson Welles (2018) Cousins makes a lively argument for the creative dynamo's abundant hand-drawn work as an integral part of his creative process, even if Welles never advertised himself publicly as a brushes-and-canvas man.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
83% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) With so many ingredients to stir into this overflowing pot, you have to hand it to the two experienced teams of Marvel collaborators who had a feel for how to pull this magnum opus off. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
26% Traffik (2018) While Patton almost single-handedly makes you want to take the film a little more seriously than is in any way warranted, it's impossible to do so on any level...‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
47% Paul, Apostle of Christ (2018) All this Italian-set melodrama feels hokey, cooked up and, in the end, not what we want to be seeing.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018
49% Tomb Raider (2018) Alicia Vikander gamely steps into the kick-ass role twice played by Angelina Jolie, but the derivative story and cardboard supporting characters are straight out of 1930s movie serials.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
40% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) Only the faintest glimmers of genuine, earned emotion pierce through the layers of intense calculation that encumber Ava DuVernay's A Wrinkle in Time. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
87% Annihilation (2018) Annihilation is a ferocious, feral, female-centric update of fearsome monster classics like The Thing and Alien.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2018
24% The 15:17 to Paris (2018) Mostly comprised of banal, drama-free, quotidian scenes that merely reinforce the men's status as regular Joes who, one day, had the opportunity for greatness thrust upon them.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2018
97% Black Panther (2018) With uncanny timing, Marvel takes its superheroes into a domain they've never inhabited before and is all the better for it in Black Panther.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2018
92% Dark Money (2018) A densely packed documentary that earnestly and obsessively addresses campaign finance reform, its history and vital importance.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2018
70% Never Goin' Back (2018) This is one of those films that, if shown overseas, could potentially make people think that the U.S. is going down the tubes even faster than imagined. Everyone in it - adolescents and grown-ups, too - is beyond stupid and content to remain that way.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2018
83% Holiday (2018) It's directly due to the dramatic somnolence of the first half that what comes after hits with such blunt force.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
100% A Boy. A Girl. A Dream. (2018) A film that's pleasurable to engage with, even if the latter stretch doesn't come close to realizing some of the early promise.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
95% Searching (2018) In all respects, what Chaganty and his team have pulled off here is something both novel and accomplished.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
75% Damsel (2018) A haywired second half cancels out a diverting first half in this comic Western.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018
42% Ophelia (2018) This vigorous, colorful and clever melodrama smartly rethinks both the play and the character, making her a far more proactive figure than Shakespeare did in addition to entirely re-imagining her fate.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2018
100% Hal (2018) A most welcome reassessment of one of the most important figures in 1970s Hollywood.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2018
50% Burden (2018) The writer-director's inexperience behind the camera is all too evident, as the painful but ultimately cathartic tale bumps along for more than two hours without ever finding an aesthetic form.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2018
81% I Think We're Alone Now (2018) This low-budget indie is somber and dreary on a moment-to-moment basis and leaves its talented cast stranded with few opportunities to alleviate the sense of stasis.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2018
85% American Animals (2018) A crackerjack real-life heist thriller.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2018
100% Wildlife (2018) Actor Paul Dano has made a small gem in Wildlife, his first film as a director.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2018
59% 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
90% 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
54% 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
91% 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
91% 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
87% 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
87% 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) (2018) 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
52% 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
50% Woman Walks Ahead (2018) 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
38% 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