Todd McCarthy

Todd McCarthy
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) A sequel that feels programmed to within an inch of its life. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
No Score Yet Those Who Remained (Akik maradtak) (2019) A finely tuned post-Holocaust tale. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
88% 1982 (2019) On a minute-to-minute basis it's mundane and cinematically ordinary. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
23% Lucy in the Sky (2019) A film that initially seemed to be aiming in the direction of a female-oriented companion piece to the presently arriving Ad Astra instead contents itself to live in the normal world of sexual jealousies and revenge. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
87% Ford v Ferrari (2019) A full-bodied and exciting true-life story in which the men behind the wheels are just as dynamic as the machines they drive. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
78% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Just as it was easy to like 1999 multiple Oscar winner Life Is Beautiful, it was even easier to dislike it, and the same holds true for Jojo Rabbit... - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
24% The Goldfinch (2019) Unlike the tiny painting that gave the book its name, the film deserves a more expansive canvas. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
No Score Yet Devil Between the Legs (El Diablo entre las piernas) (2019) A startling, confident, complex and entirely bold dive into the compulsions behind senescent eroticism that's nearly as explicit as the Bertolucci and perhaps more psychologically penetrating. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
96% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Marielle Heller's film itself, however, is a rather more modest achievement, sympathetic and yet entirely predictable in its dramatic trajectory of making a believer of an angry, cynical journalist. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
43% Hope Gap (2019) The issue is that there is no subtext or undertones, the suggestion of nuance and complexities. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
No Score Yet Coup 53 (2019) Obsessive and yet bracingly clear-minded, albeit anything but tidy, the film will enthrall documentary and history geeks. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
86% The Aeronauts (2019) The Aeronauts achieves impressive elevation as a bracing and sympathetic account of two early and very different aviators who together reached literal new heights in a perilous field of endeavor. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
67% The Assistant (2019) The Assistant stands as an insightful, if after-the-fact look at long-tolerated behavior. It's a reminder of how things were until very, very recently. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
44% The Laundromat (2019) Despite the filmmaker's obvious smarts and oft-proven skills, there's a kind of off-putting effrontery about Soderbergh's approach here that rather sours the whole experience. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
No Score Yet The Kingmaker (2019) An engaging, appalling but inevitably partial portrait of a woman who has navigated through countless political and personal squalls but remains irretrievably drawn to the flame of power. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
57% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) An overdone epic of socio-political venality with clear designs on being viewed as an East Coast Chinatown. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
94% Uncut Gems (2019) Uncut Gems emerges as real gem itself, a sparkling comedy-drama about a compulsive gambler and risk-taker who never knows when to quit. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
No Score Yet The Human Factor (2019) A riveting look at a missed opportunity. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) You begin to think you're bearing witness to the reincarnation of Hal Needham. It's all utterly preposterous, and yet Waugh handles the big scenes pretty well... - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
48% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Becomes compelling in its final act, but before that too often appears tonally addled and dramatically dawdling. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) The two leads' highly competitive shtick is more amusing than not - the insults fly hot and heavy - as are the outrageously adverse predicaments over which they invariably manage to gain an upper hand. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
84% Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Imparting the air of having been highly sanitized and thoroughly rinsed, this late summer Paramount release is squeaky clean and unhip to an unusual degree, its commercial success resting all but exclusively on a built-in fan base. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2019
53% The Lion King (2019) Everything here is so safe and tame and carefully calculated as to seem pre-digested. There's nary a surprise in the whole two hours. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) This second installment in the latest live-action Spider-Man reboot founders as it stomps through picturesque old cities in a series of ill-motivated and less-than-awesome action set-pieces. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
97% 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
32% 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
23% 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
85% 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
83% 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
100% La Belle Époque (2019) Everything clicks here, all the time. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
100% 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) (2020) It's a demanding sit, a film both rigorous and indulgent, rewarding and aggravating. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
56% 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
86% 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
84% 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
43% 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
79% 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
88% 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
94% 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