Todd McCarthy

Todd McCarthy

Agrees with the Tomatometer 74% of the time.

Todd McCarthy's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review

Doctor Strange (2016)

"An engaging, smartly cast and sporadically eye-popping addition to the studio's bulging portfolio." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 22, 2016

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)

"By-the-numbers plotting, seen-it-all-before action moves, banal locations and a largely anonymous cast alongside the star give this a low-rent feel." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 18, 2016

The Lost City of Z (2017)

"A rare piece of contemporary classical cinema; its virtues of methodical storytelling, traditional style and obsessive theme are ones that would have been recognized and embraced anytime from the 1930s through the 1970s." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 16, 2016

The Accountant (2016)

"By the time push comes to kill, the ingenuity - or perhaps it's just cleverness - of the central concept has been reduced and abandoned for the sake of generic action moves." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 11, 2016

The Girl on the Train (2016)

"The puzzle of how the various personal and narrative pieces will eventually fit together exerts a smidgen of interest, but the characters are so dour and un-dimensional as to invite no curiosity about them." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 3, 2016

13th (2016)

"DuVernay and Averick never stray far from the itinerary they clearly set for themselves, which was to illuminate the distance the country still remains from its ideal of equality for all." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 29, 2016

Sand Storm (Sufat Chol) (2016)

"The lead performances have power, whereas pictorially the film is pretty rough and ordinary." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 27, 2016

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016)

"The heightened, fantastical elements of the story, coupled with the British wartime setting, put one in mind of Michel Powell, and one knows that, with him, the focus would have remained intently on the young lovers to the end." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 25, 2016

London Fields (2015)

"So comprehensively does the film fail to represent the labyrinthian literary wonders of Amis' book that it scarcely seems worthwhile to detail its universal shortcomings." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 14, 2016

Deepwater Horizon (2016)

"All that counts here is that the film serve up a realistic, non-phony-looking, action-packed rendition of the worst oil spill in American history, and that it certainly does." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 13, 2016

(Re) Assignment (2016)

"For longtime fans of the filmmaker, this Canadian-made low-budget revenge yarn will be embraced as Hill's most entertaining and, on the terms it sets for itself, accomplished film in some time. It's an instant cult item." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 12, 2016
No Score Yet

Olé Olé Olé!: A Trip Across Latin America (2016)

"A concert film with something extra." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 11, 2016

Barry (2016)

"The second good Obama movie of the year." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 11, 2016

American Pastoral (2016)

"The filmmaking is prosaic when it should crackle with tension and disruptive undercurrents ..." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 9, 2016

Sully (2016)

"Taut and vivid." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 8, 2016

The Magnificent Seven (2016)

"Nothing particularly original or fresh has been injected into this competently made, violent but uningratiating remake of the star-studded John Sturges Western, which itself was a redo of Akira Kurosawa's imperishable 1954 classic, Seven Samurai." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 8, 2016
No Score Yet

Lost in Paris (Paris pieds nus) (2016)

"Always inventive and occasionally hilarious ..." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 4, 2016
No Score Yet

Finding Oscar (2016)

"An absorbing documentary about an unlikely survival story." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 4, 2016

Wakefield (2016)

"It would have been asking a lot from any actor to carry this film, and Cranston has done the heavy lifting and more." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 4, 2016

Bleed For This (2016)

"This welcome return by Boiler Room writer-director Ben Younger can't help but hit some familiar boxing picture notes but still rates as a vibrant addition to the genre." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 2, 2016

La La Land (2016)

"For Chazelle to be able to pull this off the way he has is something close to remarkable." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 30, 2016

Ben-Hur (2016)

"What were they thinking?" ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 17, 2016

War Dogs (2016)

"Fun enough, as late-summer studio comedies go." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 16, 2016

The Sea of Trees (2016)

"Woefully sentimental and maudlin." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 16, 2016

The Lovers And The Despot (2016)

"Perhaps the all-time strangest, most outlandish true-life story connected to the cinema and its practitioners is recounted in engrossing, if incomplete, fashion in The Lovers and the Despot." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 5, 2016

Suicide Squad (2016)

"A puzzlingly confused undertaking that never becomes as cool as it thinks it is, Suicide Squad assembles an all-star team of supervillains and then doesn't know what to do with them." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 2, 2016

Jason Bourne (2016)

"Technically and logistically, Greengrass delivers everything you expect from him; there's no one better when it comes to staging complex, chaotic action amid the real life of big cities." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 25, 2016

Manchester by the Sea (2016)

"A wrenching family tragedy is dramatized with the depth of a high-quality American stage piece in Manchester by the Sea." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 18, 2016

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016)

"Szymanski, on his debut feature, desperately tries to keep a few laughs coming while navigating toward a resolution without getting too pat or sappy. A thankless task it was." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 5, 2016

The Legend of Tarzan (2016)

"This is certainly the best live-action Tarzan film in many a decade (which, admittedly, isn't saying much) and offers a well-judged balance of vigorous action and engaging-enough drama." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 29, 2016

Free State of Jones (2016)

"A compelling and little-known story of the Civil War period is studiously reduced to a dry and cautious history lesson." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 21, 2016

Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)

"A deliciously good time at the movies." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 14, 2016

The Thoughts That Once We Had (2016)

"A consummately individualistic document defined by a thousand tastes and as many enthusiasms but compromised by its creator's unfortunate decision to allow his own cinephiliac testament to be distorted and partly subsumed." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 14, 2016

Finding Dory (2016)

"Its heroine may suffer from short-term memory loss, but viewers with any memory at all will realize that Finding Dory falls rather short of its wondrous progenitor." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 10, 2016

Dog Eat Dog (2016)

"The film positively swills in its disreputability and all-around low-budgetness; sporting a healthy disregard for respectability, Schrader has just gone for it here with a highly focused recklessness that he turns to his creative advantage." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 19, 2016

The Neon Demon (2016)

"A stultifyingly vapid, ponderously paced allegorical critique of the modeling world whose seethingly jealous inhabitants can't wait to literally chew each other up and spit each other out." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 19, 2016

Personal Shopper (2016)

"Even Kristen Stewart can't save this undernourished mystery." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 16, 2016

Loving (2016)

"A socially conscious drama that admirably underplays its importance." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 15, 2016

Paterson (2016)

"A mild-mannered, almost startlingly undramatic work that offers discreet pleasures to longtime fans of the New York indie-scene veteran, who can always be counted on to go his own way." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 15, 2016

The Nice Guys (2016)

"That the film mostly falls flat has far more to do with the largely unconvincing material rather than with the co-stars, who are more than game ..." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 14, 2016

The BFG (2016)

"The two-hour two-hander drags with too much dialogue during the first half and never truly achieves narrative lift-off." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 14, 2016

Ma loute (2016)

"Weird and arresting." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 13, 2016

Money Monster (2016)

"An ordinary film about an extraordinary situation." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 11, 2016

Café Society (2016)

"A small fiction of amiable appeal and vibrancy which goes down as easily as a fizzy cocktail." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 10, 2016

X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

"Despite the undeniable presence of a huge amount of action, X-Men: Apocalypse is decidedly a case of more is less." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 9, 2016

Mary Pickford: The Muse of the Movies (2008)

"A disappointingly conventional career recap of the silent era's preeminent female star and businesswoman." ‐ Variety
Posted May 2, 2016

Nina (2016)

"It's not the biographical film this stupendous, if mightily troubled, musical and political figure deserved, especially coming in the immediate wake of Liz Garbus' riveting documentary What Happened, Miss Simone? last year." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 17, 2016

Desierto (2016)

"The two leading actors effectively enough express the simplistic perspectives they're meant to represent, but there's no subtext or nuance called for; they're more like action totems of diametrically opposed positions." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 12, 2016

Criminal (2016)

"Even if you've allowed yourself to hope that the redoubtable actors might tilt the proceedings in a positive direction, almost every choice made by director Ariel Vromen... sends Criminal spiraling toward overwrought silliness." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 11, 2016

The Jungle Book (2016)

"Visually stunning and entirely engaging." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 3, 2016
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