Todd McCarthy Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
67% All Is True (2018) A serviceable take on the Bard's latter days.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
64% Vice (2018) Through wit, surprise and an irrepressible ballsiness comes a scorching humor that neither curdles nor becomes exhausted.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
67% The Mule (2018) Less cranky and inciting than Gran Torino but persuasively expressive in conveying an old man's regrets along with his desire to improve himself even in late age, The Mule shows that Eastwood's still got it, both as a director and actor.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
64% Aquaman (2018) The majority of the time the action set pieces seem quite arbitrary... This saddles the overlong film with a ponderous, grinding feel, one driven by a sense of obligation more than the glee of inspiration.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
26% Mortal Engines (2018) Certainly lavish and expensive looking but never thoroughly locks in to capture the imagination or sweep you off to a new world where you particularly want to spend time.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) A free-wheeling, fast-and-loose, strikingly animated addition to one of the biggest library of films in the Marvel collection.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
16% Robin Hood (2018) In a just world, everyone involved in this mess would be required to perform some sort of public penance.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
83% Creed II (2018) Nothing here has been freshly thought out, nor is there a drop of surprise as to the story's trajectory, forcing the viewer to tolerate conventional emotional beats and stale plot contrivances.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
62% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Director Rourke exhibits confidence and enthusiasm in dealing with such juicy material in the company of her two outstanding young actresses.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
62% Bird Box (2018) A wannabe shocker with a clever premise that doesn't really get down and dirty or betray the base instincts of a born horror filmmaker.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
71% On the Basis of Sex (2019) The conventional connect-the-dots approach and less-than-ideal casting of the leading role keep the film from being something more than a proficient but ordinary account of an extraordinary career.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
70% Dead Man (1995) The film's pleasures are simply too elusive and mild to make up for a lack of narrative propulsion.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
42% Someone Like You (2001) Inevitability of the plotting and lack of modulated rhythm make the 97-minute running time feel longer than it is.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
45% The Portrait of a Lady (1996) This is a film that appeals to the head far more than to the heart, making for a portrait that seems somewhat less than complete.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
48% Far and Away (1992) A little irreverence and some revisionist strokes would have lent some welcome spice to this bland meat-and-potatoes serving of U.S. history.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
93% Stan & Ollie (2018) Even if it only occasionally provokes big laughs, this sweet, small film makes you smile most of the way through, which may be a more uncommon feat.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2018
29% Venom (2018) A significant problem in a film full of them is that Eddie comes off as a dope, an eager dufus hardly convincing as a boundary-pushing journo or someone who can out-think a titan of technology.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
90% Float Like a Butterfly (2018) Strongly evokes a rural world stuck mid-way between restrictive age-old traditions and budding modern tendencies.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
81% Green Book (2018) Distinctive and amusing turns by Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali make Peter Farrelly's first solo feature outing a lively and likable diversion.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
89% Maria By Callas (2018) At the very least, it will send many viewers back to the recordings, some of them superior to the renditions heard here, with a more vivid picture of the extraordinary woman who made them.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
No Score Yet The Biggest Little Farm (2019) Once the film drops its initial idealization of back-to-the-land fantasies in favor of a more realistic assessment of the challenges involved, it becomes genuinely involving and heartening.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
50% The Wedding Guest (2019) The director's original screenplay feels like a rough draft and the characters' attitudes are almost constantly sour.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
82% Her Smell (2018) Truly a painful sit for the first 80 minutes, after which a measure of redemption arrives. But it's too little far too late.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
91% Widows (2018) An absorbing, sociologically loaded crime drama.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
50% ANIARA (2019) Never establishes a coherent intellectual vantage point from which to contemplate the monumentality of the eternal void. It's a film that wants to be visionary but isn't.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
68% Beautiful Boy (2018) As enacted here by unquestionably fine actors, this story does not emerge as compelling or convincing, and the film is aggravatingly narrow-minded in its interests.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
No Score Yet There is plenty to relish here in the first-hand accounts offered up by the couple of dozen witnesses called upon by Ferguson.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
No Score Yet The Ghost of Peter Sellers (2018) The director has made a documentary that's both a mea culpa for his role in a botched enterprise that left no one looking good and an affecting attempt to define a life's turning point.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
50% The White Crow (2018) The narrative bounces all over the place trying to cover too much ground when concentrating on the core drama would have far better served the desired end.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
No Score Yet Trial by Fire (2018) Without flair or fresh insights into its chosen subject, this just seems like spinning more wheels about on oft-discussed subject.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2018
No Score Yet Hugh Hefner's After Dark: Speaking Out in America (2018) An illuminating glimpse at a time when Hugh Hefner was on the cultural cutting edge.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2018
100% What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael (2018) A star critic gets the spotlight in an absorbing doc.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2018
71% Destroyer (2018) Ultimately feels affected in its aspirations toward making some profound statement about self-abasement and sacrifice, making one feel like rejecting the whole thing despite some striking individual moments.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2018
85% The Sisters Brothers (2018) A pleasing, lovingly crafted Western from a surprising source.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2018
92% They'll Love Me When I'm Dead (2018) A fascinating account of an agonizing creative process.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2018
92% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) If this sounds a bit like Hollywood glamorization of a career criminal, so be it, especially when the old man is played by Redford, whose full head of hair, alert mental antenna and nimbleness would put to shame many men decades his junior. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
92% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Despite the snark and irreverence, genre specialists will eat up the devotion to detail here, from the relish the Coens take in writing colorful 19th century Western vernacular to the musical choices and the lovely between-acts artwork.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
82% The Other Side of the Wind (2018) From this perspective, it well surpasses what was widely thought to be possible and in no way feels like a transgression or a betrayal. Which is saying a lot.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
96% Roma (2018) An immersive bath in some of the most luxuriantly beautiful black-and-white images you've ever seen, this is the work of a great filmmaker who exhibits absolute control and confidence in what he's doing.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
92% The Great Buster: A Celebration (2018) A wonderful appreciation of a great American comic and filmmaker.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
23% Mile 22 (2018) There's not an ounce of flab here, nothing inessential to the urgent goal of getting the key characters where they're going before the clock expires.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
45% The Meg (2018) Blandly internationalized, generically derivative, drained of any personality, edited as if by computer and bleached of the slightest hint of emotion... The Meg is a one hundred percent inorganic meal.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
72% Christopher Robin (2018) Christopher's lengthy two-hander scenes with Pooh quickly wear out their welcome; what at first is agreeably amusing shortly becomes grating, then just tedious.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
51% Equalizer 2 (2018) This distinctive character is gradually subsumed by familiar genre imperatives that eventually make McCall seem less special and singular than he did on first exposure in 2014.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
97% 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
88% 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
63% 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
95% Burning (Beoning) (2018) This slow burn cooks.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
93% Searching for Ingmar Bergman (Ingmar Bergman - Verm├Ąchtnis 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