Todd McCarthy

Todd McCarthy
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T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet The Battle at Lake Changjin (2021) Anyone into big-time action cinema on the largest possible screen will more than get their money's worth, even if the film is simplistic and entirely predictable in its goals, both as action and politics. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2021
81% Antlers (2021) Even though it's nominally a genre item, the film most strongly registers in conveying the dispossessed and sidelined members of society as being at a virtual loss to cope with their problems, both material and psychological. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2021
73% The Many Saints of Newark (2021) Chase's characters and this material always satisfy just as they leave you ready for more. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2021
No Score Yet River (2021) A visually majestic, significantly airborne journey over a wide variety of rivers around the world. It is, on a moment-to-moment basis, stunning to behold, and there are ecological messages to be received by the receptive. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2021
63% Encounter (2021) The excitement and good will so effectively built up in the first hour are distressingly dissipated thereafter; given the material, the film is 20 minutes too long for its own good, a programmer artificially inflated to grade-A status. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2021
90% C'mon C'mon (2021) No matter how far they travel, the dramatic trajectory never leads anywhere particularly interesting, remaining in a self-regarding bubble the entire time. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2021
21% The Starling (2021) An astonishingly treacly film that's meant to be inspirational but is something close to agony to sit through. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2021
No Score Yet The Same Storm (2021) A grab bag that mostly engages your attention and sticks in the mind as a vivid slap-dash portrait of a city and, by extension, a world under siege. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2021
97% The Rescue (2021) The suspense and unique character of the widely followed story guarantees vast international viewer interest in this cogently reported National Geographic offering. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2021
83% Bitterbrush (2021) Mahdavian does little to draw the young women out, missing a chance to explore why they chose this life and what they're made of. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2021
100% Becoming Cousteau (Cousteau) (2021) Becoming Cousteau will well serve as a reminder and clarifier for those who remember him from their youth, and an invigorating introduction for those meeting him for the first time. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2021
95% King Richard (2021) Will Smith hits a winner with King Richard. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2021
86% The Card Counter (2021) Schrader here plays the long game, winning as often as not by studying patterns, conservatively abiding by carefully calculated odds and not acting on impulse. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2021
91% The Power of the Dog (2021) A complex and probing adaptation of the late Thomas Savage's superb 1967 novel about two very different Montana rancher brothers caught in a twisted emotional bind. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2021
86% Who You Think I Am (Celle que vous croyez) (2021) Juliette Binoche has a field day and then some in Who You Think I Am, an insidiously smart, multi-layered yarn. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2021
87% The Night House (2021) We've been down this dark and woodsy path so many times that, no matter how many scares and shock cuts can be squeezed out of this crafty little thriller, this is a tree that's long since been shorn of most of its leaves. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2021
86% Nitram (2021) Caleb Landry Jones, with some extra weight on him, nails the kind of over-friendly, manically aggressive type people want to avoid. The performance certainly will accrue him fresh admiration and attention. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2021
94% Vortex (2021) The prolonged period spent with these two does provide a bracing, depressing, realistic and altogether sobering insight into what your grandparents, parents and, one day, you will have to face if you live long enough. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2021
87% Petrov's Flu (2021) Watching the tumultuous and punishing Russian extravaganza Petrov's Flu is like suffering a physical assault in a dark alley, or having a load of garbage jammed down your throat and piled on top of you until you just can't take it anymore. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2021
58% The Divide (La fracture) (2021) It's not on the level of M*A*S*H or The Hospital, but The Divide (La Fracture) keeps you on your toes with its frenetic look at a besieged Paris emergency room hospital staff. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2021
42% Three Floors (Tre piani) (2021) One never become deeply invested in the characters, the tone is relatively monotonous and the lack of any mention of world events to frame matters keep everything rather one-dimensional. It's a disappointing outing all around. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2021
91% Memoria (2021) Memoria is high-minded titillation of a sort that happened to find favor with artistic sophisticates. But it still feels like a cute little game calculated to captivate a special few. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2021
75% Blue Bayou (2021) Artless, unconversant with nuance or subtlety and fond of hitting every nail right on the head, Blue Bayou nonetheless gets to the nitty-gritty and some of the most vexing emotional issues surrounding immigration. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2021
91% Red Rocket (2021) Red Rocket feels hand-tooled, made from the ground up, enterprisingly cast and untampered with by executives or marketing types. It feels as creatively pure as a novel by a kid just out of college. May it stay that way for Baker as long as he wants it to. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2021
62% JFK Revisited: Through the Looking Glass (2021) Stone's indefatigable efforts at unearthing evidence and holding it up to the light for intensive examination properly keeps the case for the prosecution alive, rather than letting it sink forever and unchanged into the archives. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2021
59% Paris, 13th District (Les Olympiades) (2021) It's an oddly segmented affair that involves a great deal of sex, is shot predominantly in black-and-white and seems more like tasty samplings from a smorgasbord rather than a full meal. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2021
96% Lingui: The Sacred Bonds (2021) Veteran Chadian director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun lays out the tale in a steady manner that maintains an appealing natural rhythm rather than an imposed melodramatic one. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2021
83% Compartment No. 6 (2021) You can't really say you begin rooting for them to become a couple, but the emotional movement over the course of their time together is considerable, subtle and credible. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2021
85% Benedetta (2021) Verhoeven once again pushes all the buttons that will titillate, provoke, excite, offend and -- a quality he's maintained throughout the decades -- mix impudent and outrageous conceits with serious smarts. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2021
86% Bergman Island (2021) Lazy, unimaginative and incapable of expressing admiration for Bergman in any meaningful way, this story of a couple who make a pilgrimage to Faro Island to soak in the man's influence, is a very poor excuse for an homage except as a travelogue. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2021
79% The French Dispatch (2021) This is Anderson in full flower, one that only grows in a rarified altitude. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2021
100% The Worst Person In The World (Verdens Verste Menneske) (2021) A sharp and poignant look at how one's supposedly best years pass by so quickly you barely realize it, The Worst Person in the World is loaded with freshly observed intimate moments that make up the things of life. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2021
93% Everything Went Fine (Tout s'est bien passé) (2021) Although the subject of euthanasia does not normally suggest a good time at the movies, French director François Ozon serves one up anyway with the help of a raft of crafty and appealing veteran actors. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2021
73% Ahed's Knee (Le genou d'Ahed) (2021) This new film feels like the work of someone who is flailing around, angry at everything and everyone and unwilling to take a step back and assess his thoughts, feelings and priorities in the interests of good drama. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2021
33% Bo Gia (Dad, I'm Sorry) (2021) All of this discord is back-grounded by the most miserably manipulative laugh-track-style musical score you can imagine; every joke is punctuated by a silly, emphatic musical outburst. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2021
96% Riders of Justice (2021) There are bizarre and sometimes awkward bumps along the way, but the way Jensen has bent his narrative to serve deeply serio-comic purposes reveals a bold and adventurous storytelling confidence. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2021
88% Oxygen (2021) A locked-in-a-box conceptual thriller that more or less succeeds almost entirely due to Mélanie Laurent's resourceful performance as a woman who has no idea why she's become trapped in a tiny cryogenic pod. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2021
No Score Yet V2. Escape From Hell (2021) Visually, thanks to ever-advancing CGI, this is a pretty convincing display of vintage aeronautic action that would have been very tough to recreate today using actual planes. War story and gamer aviation fanatics should eat this up. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2021
92% Limbo (2021) [Writer-director Ben Sharrock] knows how to effectively goose the proceedings from naturalism into the forlornly humorous, a tone he maintains with welcome discipline most of the time. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2021
90% Moffie (2019) The film lifts the lid on same-sex desire just enough to stir the pot but refuses to indulge in any unrealistic wish fulfillment when depicting a time when discovered transgressions provoked the most extreme consequences. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2021
71% Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021) For all its longueurs, Zack Snyder's Justice League possesses its own kind of integrity. The possessive nomenclature of the title is deserved. I'm glad the clamorous fanboys agitated and made enough noise to see their dreams come true. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2021
100% Quo Vadis, Aida? (2021) It's a despairing, nay, devastating piece of work that leaves one drained, exhausted, appalled and admiring, which is the desired and only plausible reaction. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2021
91% The Man Who Sold His Skin (2021) A real original, made by adventurous artists in a small North African industry that's never attracted much serious attention. But Ben Hania and her team have really come up with something fresh and dynamic here. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2021
96% Petite Maman (2021) This is an arrestingly original and alive creation that offers acute observations and unexpected grace notes. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2021
96% Language Lessons (2021) This exceedingly modest tale of a Spanish-language instructor and pupil who meet online becomes more genially engaging as it goes along, although it never aims very high other than as a technical experiment that more or less succeeds. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2021
43% The Colony (Tides) (2021) A soupy, post-apocalyptic Europudding that needed more action, greater imagination and a star of some magnitude in the leading role... [Tides] is all dark, grim and clammy. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2021
81% Introduction (2021) Even if Introduction feels like just that, an appetizer, it still offers up more to chew on than some full meals. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2021
63% Next Door (2021) This sharp-minded and engrossing drama of wits and secrets succeeds both in keeping the audience keen to know what's really going on here and achieving lift-off for Bruhl's directorial career if he seeks one. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2021
98% Hope (Håp) (2021) Given the autobiographical nature of the piece, it's bracing to see a life-or-death story handled with this combination of intimate emotion and stoic detachment. This plays right into Skarsgard's wheelhouse, while Hovig gets to do most of the emoting. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2021
95% Sun Children (Khorshid) (2021) Majid Majidi has been making sensitive and trenchant films about kids in Iran for three decades and he's still doing it in Sun Children (Khorshid), a shrewdly observed humanistic drama. - Deadline Hollywood Daily EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2021