Charlie McCollum
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For 201 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 66% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 32% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Charlie McCollum's Scores

Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 The Wire: Season 4
Lowest review score: 0 In Case of Emergency: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 30 out of 201
201 tv reviews
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Charlie McCollum
    Jammed with characters and story lines, it has a Dickensian quality in its ability to capture time and place with precision. It is almost never predictable, avoiding the cliches of the Mafia genre even while it revels in them. Just when you think a story line is going in a particular direction, the show will suddenly shift gears and veer off into unfamiliar terrain without stretching plausibility to the breaking point. [16 Jan 2000]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Charlie McCollum
    "The Sopranos" has renewed and refreshed its ability to surprise. [4 Mar 2001]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Charlie McCollum
    It's an extraordinary achievement, particularly since the miniseries ended up involving seven directors, including Hanks, and six writers. There is an inevitable difference in tone between the episodes, but "Band" never wavers from its vision of re-creating the experience of war through the eyes of average soldiers. [9 Sept 2001, p.3E]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Charlie McCollum
    One of the best pilots from a new show this season -- a wild, stylish ride through Sydney Bristow's unraveling life. You have to suspend disbelief, but this series promises to be one nifty piece of entertainment. [28 Sept 2001, p.5E]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Charlie McCollum
    One of the most fully realized, innovative and flat-out exciting television debuts ever. [4 Nov 2001]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Charlie McCollum
    The format of '24' still works beautifully. [27 Oct 2002]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Charlie McCollum
    This season's opening four hours are as good as anything the series has ever done.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Charlie McCollum
    For five decades, the cop drama -- the good guys vs. the bad guys on the streets of our cities -- has been one of the cornerstones of network television, from the days of "Dragnet" to newer shows such as "Hill Street Blues" and "NYPD Blue" that altered TV. But never, ever has there been a cop drama quite like The Shield, and it could have an impact on pop culture that rivals the best of the police shows that came before it. [12 Mar 2002, p.AE 1]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Charlie McCollum
    If you stick with it, you will be rewarded with some of the most compelling, provocative drama ever produced for television.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Charlie McCollum
    In the end, The Wire is extraordinary television. It has a richness, a depth and an intelligence that transcend the medium and makes it the kind of superb literature that A.O. Scott found lacking in the world of books.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 100 Charlie McCollum
    The writing... is sharp and rich. The production -- from the design of the carnival to the evocative cinematography -- is dazzling. The direction from the likes of "Sopranos" veteran Rodrigo Garcia is first-rate. And the acting is sensational. [14 Sep 2003]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Charlie McCollum
    Deadwood may not offer the vision of the Old West Americans have had for years, but it is a stunning, intelligent, almost poetic view of how we came to be a nation. [5 Mar 2005, p.1E]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Charlie McCollum
    One of TV's most invigorating and intellectually stimulating series.... provocative television that transcends its genre.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Charlie McCollum
    Put together, all these elements make Rescue Me one of the television's top dramas, on a par with the likes of "Deadwood" and "The Shield." It is that rare TV series that offers insight, generates heartfelt emotion and challenges the viewer to consider the darker corners of the soul. [21 June 2005, p.2D]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Charlie McCollum
    The way these characters interact and relate in the first hour is dazzling and involving without being self-consciously clever.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Charlie McCollum
    They could have made for some deadly passages, but thanks to Morgan's writing and a superior cast, these discourses on the nature of evil, and whether the truly evil ever can be restored to humanity, are mesmerizing.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Charlie McCollum
    It manages to be a rousing piece of filmmaking, a fascinating character study and a largely accurate presentation of the time when America was born.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Charlie McCollum
    The special stays true to the tone and searing wit of the original series and makes for a spectacularly funny coda to "The Office." [18 Oct 2004]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Charlie McCollum
    [Sorkin's] premier episode for West Wing is a fine piece of work, relying heavily on a presumption that viewers have brains and can absorb a lot in a short period...Rarely has a writer fleshed out so many characters with so few words in such a short period of time. [22 Sept 1999, p.14E]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Charlie McCollum
    Boomtown offers hope that it could be one of those rare shows that looks sharp, is sharp and actually has something to say...In lesser hands, it could have been hackneyed or pretentious. But creator Graham Yost is a skilled writer who handles the shifting perspectives and the time jumps with aplomb and without sacrificing characterization. [27 Sept 2002, p.SE1]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Charlie McCollum
    The one truly original new show this season and certainly the funniest comedy. It is outrageous. It is odd. It is fresh. It is smart. And, given the track record of such refreshingly sophisticated comedies on network TV, it will be lucky to last three episodes. [31 Oct 2003, p.9E]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Charlie McCollum
    House is a rarity for TV: a true anti-hero, someone who's hard to embrace but easy to accept. [15 Nov 2004, p.2C]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Charlie McCollum
    While Botwin's crime world is the engine that drives "Weeds," there is much more to the show than that. At its core, it's a subtle satire of suburban life, politics, social mores and race. [13 Aug 2007]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Charlie McCollum
    This is a cast that jells immediately, hitting on all cylinders from the very first scene.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Charlie McCollum
    [It has] a rich mix of sharp observant humor and a sure feel for the family dynamic.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Charlie McCollum
    The finest purely American TV film to come along in some time.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Charlie McCollum
    This BBC-produced series has some of the best writing and acting you're likely to see this season.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Charlie McCollum
    The series is a funny, knowing, sometimes dark, sometimes romantic take on the time just before the power of advertising was fully realized.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Charlie McCollum
    The good news is that the folks behind "Buffy" -- notably writer-creator Joss Whedon -- have come along for this new chapter in a vampire's life and, at least for the first episode, have brought their wit, style and keen sense of pop culture with them. [4 Oct 1999, p.1C]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Charlie McCollum
    There will be those who will find true comic insight in the sharp comments and ugly little moments of truth. And there will be those who will flee "Curb Your Enthusiasm," seeking something just a bit less off-putting. [14 Oct 2000]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times