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 1.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Charlie McCollum's Scores

Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Deadwood: Season 2
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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Charlie McCollum
    This season's opening four hours are as good as anything the series has ever done.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Charlie McCollum
    One of TV's most invigorating and intellectually stimulating series.... provocative television that transcends its genre.
    • 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
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Charlie McCollum
    The format of '24' still works beautifully. [27 Oct 2002]
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Charlie McCollum
    [It has] a rich mix of sharp observant humor and a sure feel for the family dynamic.
    • 80 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Charlie McCollum
    This is a cast that jells immediately, hitting on all cylinders from the very first scene.
    • 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
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Charlie McCollum
    The finest purely American TV film to come along in some time.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Charlie McCollum
    There is no question Rescue Me walks a very thin artistic line. The miracle, in television terms, is how brilliantly it works. While heart-wrenching at times, it is also a very funny series. [21 July 2004, p.6E]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Charlie McCollum
    An underlying warmth and a certain charm to the characters mitigate some of the childish jokes and give the series real appeal. [5 Aug 2005]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Charlie McCollum
    The characters are intelligent, complex people you quickly care about, even if -- this being a show about television -- they can be egotistical and self-centered.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Charlie McCollum
    Monday's opening hour is a bit disjointed stylistically. But the individual pieces are so compelling that you're still going to be sucked into the saga. And the show gets far more consistent in future episodes.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Charlie McCollum
    This year, as in the past, there are all kinds of problems with "24" if you think too hard about what you're watching.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Charlie McCollum
    The driving force behind the show's appeal is Ferrera, who gives a pitch-perfect, killer performance in the opening episodes.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Charlie McCollum
    The series returns with its creative six-shooters blazing, its florid language and baroque manner of storytelling still gloriously riveting.
    • 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
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Charlie McCollum
    It's a mesmerizing tale of legal maneuvering with the distinctive FX moral ambiguity and splendid performances by Close, Rose Byrne ("28 Weeks Later") as her protege and TV veteran Ted Danson as her latest courtroom adversary.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Charlie McCollum
    A finely detailed exploration of high school life and small-city dynamics.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Charlie McCollum
    Much of its strength comes from a group of actors so skilled that, like the ensemble on "The Sopranos," they draw us into the lives of their characters even if we don't initially want to go there.
    • 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
    • 95 Metascore
    • 88 Charlie McCollum
    As good as some other cop shows are -- "The Shield," for example -- no other comes this close to a true-to-life portrayal of life on the mean streets. [29 May 2003]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Charlie McCollum
    It evokes an era worth revisiting, reconsiders a time that was an important chapter in our history and gives us a monumental performance by Keaton.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Charlie McCollum
    It is an extremely challenging bit of filmmaking, since almost nothing is initially what it seems and you have to pay very close attention to the complex storytelling.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Charlie McCollum
    The first hour... is as kinetic as any episode the show has done. [26 Oct 2003]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Charlie McCollum
    A surreal, visually striking, insightful comedy-drama about the American way of death and a troubled middle-class family that deals with mortality every day. [3 June 2001, p.6E]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Charlie McCollum
    Torchwood is grand fun and great adult entertainment.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Charlie McCollum
    Once you get used to the surroundings, it's still the same "As You Like It"--utterly charming and completely winning.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Charlie McCollum
    Although a bit rough at times (it's nowhere near as slick as "Laguna Beach"), Confidential is strong, emotionally charged stuff with the kind of real kids not often seen on TV.
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Charlie McCollum
    It's an engaging series that's definitely worth at least a trial spin.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Charlie McCollum
    If you're looking for allegorical, intriguing science fiction, this isn't it. If you're OK with rapid-fire, light-hearted dialogue with an occasional dig at politics and culture, this "Doctor Who" is your cup of tea.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Charlie McCollum
    It is a gripping and explosively acted piece that involves the New York Yankees, the Son of Sam killer and the infamous 25-hour blackout that darkened all of New York City.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Charlie McCollum
    By the end of the first hour of Tell Me, I found myself caring deeply about what was happening to the couples and whether, in the end, they would find some joy of sex and emotional satisfaction. And whether I care about the characters is always my bottom line as to whether a series succeeds.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Charlie McCollum
    Effortlessly mixing drama and wit, mysticism and biting social commentary, there is a real glow to Eli Stone that will brighten your day and lift your spirits. That is a very rare thing on television.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Charlie McCollum
    There's a depth, a richness to the series now that was only suggested [in the first season].
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Charlie McCollum
    There is certainly enough right about the first hour of State of Mind that I'll be back for at least one more session with Ann Bellowes.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Charlie McCollum
    It can be downright uproarious at times. [27 Jun 2006]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Charlie McCollum
    It just oozes potential with sharp dialogue and a strong cast.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Charlie McCollum
    The [first two] installments--titled "The Beginning of the End" and "Confirmed Dead"--are gripping, vivid, beautifully executed and loaded with answers to the little mysteries of Lost life.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Charlie McCollum
    As messy as it sounds, the cast is good, the show looks great and the executive producer is Greg Berlanti, a writer whose recent track record ("Everwood," "Jack & Bobby," "Brother & Sisters") is unmatched.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Charlie McCollum
    Definitely worth your time.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 80 Charlie McCollum
    The show could grow on you quickly because those involved are actually talented and engaging on- and offstage. One upside to Nashville is that it doesn't feel as staged as "Laguna Beach" or, in particular, "The Hills," a spinoff of "Beach."
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Charlie McCollum
    Johnson is such a multi-layered character, and Sedgwick plays her so beautifully that you can forgive the weaknesses of the opening episode and hope they get smoothed out in what could be a very long run for this show. [13 Jun 2005]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Charlie McCollum
    At least early on, Nip/Tuck manages to hit the right notes and reclaim a spot as one of television's most watchable and entertaining series.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Charlie McCollum
    The writing is sharp and sophisticated, avoiding the predictable sitcom cliches.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Charlie McCollum
    [Entourage] has gotten funnier, more human and more insightful with age.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Charlie McCollum
    Within the first 15 minutes, you realize you have jumped onto what could be one hell of a thrill ride.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Charlie McCollum
    A gripping show.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Charlie McCollum
    There's a crispness to the series that was lacking at times last season, and it's impossible not to get caught up in the twists and turns that come in rapid-fire succession.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Charlie McCollum
    A richly drawn, unflinchingly real and quietly moving family drama.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Charlie McCollum
    Addictive. [1 Dec 2004]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Charlie McCollum
    "Extras'' doesn't quite rise to the same level [as "The Office"], but it is very funny and Gervais plays another memorable character
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Charlie McCollum
    If anything, season 2--also just eight hours long--is even better as Tyler's world in 1973 becomes even more complicated.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Charlie McCollum
    It is a classic fish-out-of-water comedy that shows a deft touch as it delves into adolescent anxieties and intercultural fears and misunderstandings. There are honest emotions and honestly earned laughs throughout the first half hour.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Charlie McCollum
    "Sleeper Cell" is a compelling, kinetic ride that matches "24" in its power and is far more realistic and topical.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Charlie McCollum
    Manages to be crude and sweet, smart and splendidly stupid, all at the same time.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Charlie McCollum
    Still, "Chronicles" is worth an early sampling, particularly given the current TV landscape where scripted drama and comedy is at a premium. Certainly, there is some promise to the opening episodes.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Charlie McCollum
    Californication is a near-perfect match with the established show, a caustic, sharp-edged mix of humor and drama that tiptoes along the edge of disaster but never drops into the looming abyss.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Charlie McCollum
    A creepy, atmospheric, sometimes downright scary hour of TV.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Charlie McCollum
    "Invasion'' has the look of a winner.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Charlie McCollum
    Occasionally, something will pop up to remind us of just how good television can be when smart writers come up with an intriguing concept and execute it well. A case in point is Breaking Bad, an edgy, challenging new series.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 80 Charlie McCollum
    Warm, clever, appealing and a lot of fun.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Charlie McCollum
    For those who loved the original - and for those who liked it for its good nature, charm and peppy production numbers (that includes me)--the good news is that, if anything, the creators have managed to improve on the basic formula.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Charlie McCollum
    Daisies is something you shouldn't miss, particularly if you're looking for something different on TV.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Charlie McCollum
    Torchwood-- the "Doctor Who" spinoff that was a breakout sci-fi hit last year--is back Saturday with new episodes that are as smart, sassy and sexy as ever.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Charlie McCollum
    A veritable treasure trove of frat-house humor. [1 May 2005]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Charlie McCollum
    "Thief" is a worthy addition to [FX's] schedule.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Charlie McCollum
    From an advance look at the season opener, this season's cast is a particularly lively mix with a multimedia artist, a "Beach Blanket Babylon" costume designer, a model-turned-designer and an ex-biker among those competing.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Charlie McCollum
    What really makes the opening episode work, though, is the chemistry between Grammer--as Chuck Darling, an egotistical newsman who has returned to Pittsburgh after his career stalled--and Heaton as his uptight longtime co-anchor, Kelly Carr, who isn't thrilled by his return.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Charlie McCollum
    Grace has a world of promise with thoughtful writing by Nancy Miller ("The Closer," "Any Day Now"), an intriguing take on the nature of faith and a sheer force-of-nature performance by Hunter.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Charlie McCollum
    The writing is smart, the production is crisp and surprisingly stylish, given the budget, and the show has a fascinating central character in kinetic blogger Dylan Krieger.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Charlie McCollum
    What Deadwood becomes within its first four episodes is a complex, neo-Shakespearean take on social and institutional corruption, racism, environmental barbarism, and the nature of good and evil. It not only provides a different view of how the West was won but also muses on how the taming of the frontier mirrors modern times. [21 Mar 2004, p.3E]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Charlie McCollum
    Based on tonight's premiere, this mix of "Star Wars" and "Stagecoach" could prove to be visually ambitious, thematically provocative and full of crackling dialogue. [20 Sept 2002, p.1]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Charlie McCollum
    The writing is clever with sly references to the Man of Steel myths. In Welling and Kristin Kreuk, who plays Lana Lang, they have actors who are not only good but will be on the cover of every teen magazine within weeks. And Michael Rosenbaum manages to make Lex sympathetic even when you know he will end up being Superman's greatest enemy. [16 Oct 2001, p.1E]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Charlie McCollum
    There is more tension to the interaction between the characters and more emotions in play. [23 Sep 2002]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Charlie McCollum
    Bening provides the spark that drives "Mrs. Harris," keeping its darkly funny irony from degenerating into campy humor.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Charlie McCollum
    The writing has picked up considerably since the pilot. But the real reason to try this show is the cast.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Charlie McCollum
    "Threshold" seems to have a lot going for it. A good bunch of writers. Classy production. One of the season's quirkiest and most appealing casts,... Whether all these high-quality ingredients result in an intoxicating sci-fi stew remains to be seen.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Charlie McCollum
    Fresh and fascinating.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Charlie McCollum
    It shows more than a bit of promise.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Charlie McCollum
    "The Book of Daniel" turns out to be something rare to network television these days. It is a rich family drama that isn't afraid of dealing with real issues in a real way and with humor, falling somewhere between "Six Feet Under" and the late, lamented "Once and Again."

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