Todd McCarthy

Todd McCarthy
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
98% Toy Story 4 (2019) It's been nearly a decade since Toy Story 3 put a satisfying capper on what seemed likely to remain a trilogy, but the same level of wit, imagination and, yes, magic has been summoned to create yet another fully worthy sibling. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
31% Shaft (2019) The screenwriters' hit-the-nail-on-the-head manner of plot and character revelation could scarcely be more obvious, although sometimes the extreme differences can't help but summon up some laughs. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
22% Men in Black International (2019) In and of itself, this revamp is mildly engaging, but also feels like it's expending a great deal of energy for quite modest entertainment returns. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
23% Dark Phoenix (2019) Curiosity and the desire for completion will draw the series faithful, but the creative inspiration and public excitement that once fed the series has demonstrably dissipated. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
No Score Yet Forman vs. Forman (2019) A fine appreciation of a significant director's prodigious life. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
88% Pavarotti (2019) This was not a man wanting for friends and his likability floods the film. Twelve years since his death he's bound to make even more new fans thanks to Howard's valentine. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
56% Nina Wu (Zhuo Ren Mi Mi) (2019) You don't really want to be watching what's happening. Of course it's meant as an explicit exposé, but the borders between what's being shown and how it could be viewed by some people is disconcertingly blurry. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
80% Tommaso (2019) Fortunately, Dafoe is almost always center-screen, and he's always good to watch here. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
No Score Yet La Belle Époque (2019) Everything clicks here, all the time. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
No Score Yet A White, White Day (Hvítur, hvítur dagur) (2019) Palmason boldly risks audience disenfranchisement by pushing his disturbing story to unexpected lengths dramatically and stylistically, thereby winning a creative wrestling match with a potentially intransigent narrative. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
68% Little Joe (2019) A lifeless, tone-deaf variation on Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Little Joe rots on its own vine. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
100% Beanpole (Dylda) (2019) It's a demanding sit, a film both rigorous and indulgent, rewarding and aggravating. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
53% The Dead Don't Die (2019) The dead don't die, and neither does the zombie genre, with Jim Jarmusch's slim but fun hipster take on the format's familiar tropes. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
51% Tolkien (2019) Handsomely made in the customarily fastidious style of most period biographical dramas, Tolkien is strongly served by Hoult... - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
100% The Projectionist (2019) A warm and inspiring immigrant story. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) [W]hat comes across most strongly here, oddly enough for an effects-driven comic-book-derived film, is the character acting, especially from Downey, Ruffalo, Evans, Hemsworth, Brolin and Paul Rudd as Ant-Man. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
72% Triple Frontier (2019) Despite the heavy dose of action and numerous tense situations, this Netflix offering has trouble staying in high gear once it gets there and the characterizations remain one dimensional - the men all speak exactly the same way. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
78% Captain Marvel (2019) The picture is not dull, exactly, just mundane, marked by unimaginative plotting, cut-rate villains, a bland visual style and a lack of elan in every department. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
82% We Are Little Zombies (2019) Exuberance and visual inventiveness seem to come to Nagahisa as naturally as breathing. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
93% Little Monsters (2019) Little Monsters irreverently builds enough good will and comic energy in the early-going to carry it to its conclusion, so it's bound to gather a cult of some dimension. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
44% The Tomorrow Man (2019) Noble Jones' first feature... would have worked superbly as a half-hour Twilight Zone episode, but this December-December love story between two mild eccentrics in a small town is remarkably unremarkable. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
22% Miss Bala (2019) A bland American remake of a tough Mexican original. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
100% Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) A welcome addition to the bulging collection of films about the allure and the treacherous downside of the counterculture era. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
92% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Humor ends up being replaced by a cloying earnestness as the finish line comes into view. Do the self-deprecating remarks really need to vanish along with the weight? It's hard to imagine why. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
63% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) There's enough fun, writerly glee and actors enjoying their little rampages to make Velvet Buzzsaw a decent distraction for a couple of hours, but also something of a schizophrenic case all its own. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
100% Mike Wallace Is Here (2019) A compulsively engrossing account of a career notable for its gutsy, confrontational attitude toward the power brokers in business and politics. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
56% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Berlinger attacks the story in a rough-and-ready style only somewhat more refined than what he employs in documentaries, and the approach feels entirely appropriate. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) A highly original and impressive feature debut. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
100% Queen of Hearts (2019) An insidious tale that delineates the transformation of a successful professional woman's personal conduct from supremely self-confident to malevolently manipulative and beyond. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
83% Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) A diabolical public figure mesmerizes from the grave. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
79% Late Night (2019) An amusing conventional comedy about two women's struggles in late night TV. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
61% Native Son (2019) A problematic but keenly talented take on an imperishable text. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
95% MEMORY - The Origins of Alien (2019) Buffs will be transported. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
19% Serenity (2019) An attempt at a contemporary tropical noir, Serenity leaves its talented cast stranded on the beach. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
71% All Is True (2019) A serviceable take on the Bard's latter days. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
66% Vice (2018) Through wit, surprise and an irrepressible ballsiness comes a scorching humor that neither curdles nor becomes exhausted. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
70% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
65% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
27% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
15% Robin Hood (2018) In a just world, everyone involved in this mess would be required to perform some sort of public penance. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
84% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
63% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
63% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
74% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
93% Stan & Ollie (2019) 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2018