For 28 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 50% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Manuel Mendoza's Scores

  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Deadwood: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 One Tree Hill: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 28
  2. Negative: 3 out of 28
28 tv reviews
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Manuel Mendoza
    What is most riveting about Deadwood is the way it blows the dust off the Western to tell a contemporary story. [5 Mar 2005, p.14E]
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Manuel Mendoza
    Like his other work ... Mr. Kelley's new show dares to strain reality in search of simple truths. But before you go running in the other direction, let me hasten to add that he prods and preaches with such panache, passion and emotional punch that you may not even notice that The Practice is good for you. [1 Mar 1997]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Manuel Mendoza
    If the season premiere is any sign, Arrested Development is going to be just as wacky as last season. [6 Nov 2004, p.13E]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Manuel Mendoza
    Beneath the humor, Joan is a dark, daring drama with the guts to explore what God might be thinking. [26 Sept 2003, p.1E]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Manuel Mendoza
    Occasionally, Rescue Me hammers the viewer with facile speechifying meant to establish the series' point of view. It more than makes up for these lapses with vivid characters, a slick visual style and pop tunes that cut against the grain of what's happening on screen. [21 July 2004, p.13E]
    • 58 Metascore
    • 83 Manuel Mendoza
    The Comeback is closest in tone to Curb Your Enthusiasm, HBO's vehicle for Mr. David, the creator of Seinfeld. Valerie is not quite as grating, but like Larry she perseveres. Ms. Kudrow makes you sympathize with Valerie, despite her blindness to the costs of fame. Not bad for a former sitcom star in her comeback role. [5 June 2005, p.8G]
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Manuel Mendoza
    Beyond the cursing, nudity and brutish behavior, Mr. Fontana makes the most of his opportunity by pushing TV's visual and storytelling limits.[12 July 1997, p.1C]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Manuel Mendoza
    Wonderfully textured... ER has hit potential. [18 Sep 1994]
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Manuel Mendoza
    Yet for all its obviousness, Showtime's Queer as Folk is something rare: a look inside a formerly forbidden place. [3 Dec 2000, p.1C]
    • 44 Metascore
    • 75 Manuel Mendoza
    Such down-to-earth humor distinguishes George Lopez, which takes off from the comedian's act. One of the smoothest comics working today, he's able to bring up uncomfortable stereotypes without reinforcing them. [27 Mar 2002, p.12C]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Manuel Mendoza
    Mr. Sandler is not the problem. Undeclared just loses course. Lizzie's long-distance boyfriend (F&G veteran Jason Segel) is OK with the Sandler liaison, but when he finds out later about her night with Steven, the entire episode is given over to slapstick and lazy humor...Now it's time to send the outsiders home and let these kids find their way on their own terms. [25 Sept 2001, p.10C]
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Manuel Mendoza
    As well as The Next Generation and better than Deep Space Nine, the new series' two-hour premiere entertainingly balances action/adventure with sociology. [16 Jan 1995]
    • 58 Metascore
    • 67 Manuel Mendoza
    The Medium pilot isn't as consistently stylish as Mr. Caron's other work, and some of the action strains credibility in scenes that have nothing to do with the supernatural. [3 Jan 2005]
    • 35 Metascore
    • 67 Manuel Mendoza
    An inoffensive live- action cartoon for the younger set. [28 Nov 2002]
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Manuel Mendoza
    King of the Hill walks a fine line between celebrating its characters and making fun of them, between being populist and reactionary. Only time will tell if it can successfully negotiate that line. [12 Jan 1997]
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Manuel Mendoza
    Without Mr. Benzali and archvillain Richard Cross (Stanley Tucci), and without last season's meticulously unfolding story, year two of Murder One is not groundbreaking. It's just another solid TV drama. But because the action moves more quickly, it might draw more viewers. [10 Oct 1996, p.1C]
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Manuel Mendoza
    With the silly, overwrought Charmed, the network of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dawson's Creek and Felicity is pushing its luck. [7 Oct 1998, p.1C]
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Manuel Mendoza
    If The Apprentice is going to succeed, there has to be more drama. Watching ambitious people do menial tasks isn't entertaining enough. [8 Jan 2004]
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Manuel Mendoza
    But in an age when the icons are often outwitting the impersonators, Hype will have a hard time not living up to its name. [8 Oct 2000, p.7C]
    • 33 Metascore
    • 42 Manuel Mendoza
    The six-week series premieres tonight on ABC, a network so desperate it has stooped to ripping off Fox, home of the infamous Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire? [25 Mar 2002, p.12C]
    • 59 Metascore
    • 42 Manuel Mendoza
    More problematic than the dramatic license taken by creator Gary Scott Thompson (The Fast and the Furious) is the lack of a compelling story. [22 Sept 2003, p.12E]
    • 61 Metascore
    • 42 Manuel Mendoza
    Whether intended or not, this emphasis on serial killers and other antisocial freaks indulges a morbid fascination with sicko behavior at least as much as it celebrates smart and dedicated crime fighters. [22 Sep 2004]
    • 69 Metascore
    • 42 Manuel Mendoza
    Its first cases ... play out cheaply as setups for one-liners, only a few of which land squarely. [3 Oct 2004]
    • 53 Metascore
    • 42 Manuel Mendoza
    An unfunny formula sitcom with one so-bad-it's-good production number to its credit. [8 Oct 2000, p.7C]
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Manuel Mendoza
    The insights, the connections to Jane Austen's Emma are lost in this watered-down version. As if! [19 Sept 1996, p.1C]
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Manuel Mendoza
    Yes, this series is as cornball as it sounds. [3 Apr 1994]
    • 53 Metascore
    • 20 Manuel Mendoza
    The Big Easy on TV is the opposite of The Big Easy on film. The series has no texture, no thrills, no darkness. It's a flat canvas drawn on by people with more money but no more imagination than the producers of late-night action series starring Julie Strain or Andrew Stevens. It's Silk Stalkings with accents. The one thing TV's The Big Easy shares with its movie predecessor is a convoluted plot that's tied up too easily at the end of the premiere. But it has none of the edgy mood of the film. [10 Aug 1996, p.1C]
    • 46 Metascore
    • 0 Manuel Mendoza
    This behavior might make for a juicy melodrama if the rest of the characters weren't so predictably earnest. In the pilot, the stakes in a one-on-one showdown turn out to be meaningless, making any emotional investment in the outcome worthless. [23 Sept 2003, p.10E]