Todd McCarthy Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
31% 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
86% 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
100% 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
92% 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 (2018) 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 (2018) 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
79% 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
95% Widows (2018) An absorbing, sociologically loaded crime drama.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
50% ANIARA (2018) 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
64% 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
100% Watergate (2018) 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
No Score Yet 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
No Score Yet 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
84% 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
86% 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
89% 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
86% 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
99% 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
25% 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
92% Burning (Beoning) (2018) This slow burn cooks.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
100% Searching for Ingmar Bergman (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
95% 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
50% 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
90% 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
34% Fahrenheit 451 (2018) This new Fahrenheit 451 is a flame-out.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 13, 2018
75% 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
29% 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
100% 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
28% 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
51% 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
41% 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
23% 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
94% 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