For 407 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 53% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 45% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mary McNamara's Scores

  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Game of Thrones: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Cavemen: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 45 out of 407
407 tv reviews
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Mary McNamara
    Lost in all the plot and character contrivance is any sense of the city--a few gumbo and bourbon references are most certainly not enough.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Mary McNamara
    It just isn't funny.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 0 Mary McNamara
    I just wanted everyone, including Jones, to rise up as one and throw the cameras and the whole Anchorwoman concept out of the newsroom and back to whatever airport strip bar provided its genesis.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 30 Mary McNamara
    We don't feel anything because nothing is revealed about Moody except that he is depressed, profane and a writer. (We don't even know whether he is a good writer--all sorts of bad writers get upset about how their movies are made too.) And that, I'm afraid, is not enough.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Mary McNamara
    Lipstick Jungle wrongheadedly wants to have it both ways--to celebrate and explore the lives and loves of women at the top through protagonists who don't have the drive or the depth to make it there.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Mary McNamara
    Watching "Tabatha's Salon Takeover," which is unrated, you can't help but wonder if there shouldn't be a "whip it" show for "whip it" shows--in which an expert would review the tapes and offer advice on how to turn a bad situation around. They could start with this one.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 30 Mary McNamara
    Canterbury's Law is a Frankenstein's monster of a dozen cop/law shows, a pale, lurching version of the flawed and fascinating women who are taking back television like so many modern Cagneys and Laceys.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 30 Mary McNamara
    It would be great to report here that Devious Maids is not that bad, except that it is, despite a lot of real talent on-screen.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Mary McNamara
    I'm sure the writers have big plans to examine the hilarious pitfalls everyone encounters after Wolf goes to jail and Cheryl institutes a new "no crime" rule but it's not just difficult to care about what happens next, it's difficult to imagine caring.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 30 Mary McNamara
    Both actors [Gregg Henry and Billy Campbell] do their level best, as does Clea DuVall as Lizzie's dubious but loyal sister Emma. But they all seem to be participating in a very different movie from Ricci, who flounces, flops and smiles knowingly but offers no insight against the pounding backbeat, like a CW heroine slumming it on Lifetime.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Mary McNamara
    There's nothing wrong with a show about lovable losers, but they have to be, you know, lovable. Here, the men seem to be products of their writers' contempt; they're such babies that even their profanity doesn't rise from the potty.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Mary McNamara
    With an attitude far more 16th century than anything in the actual show, the CW assumes its (mostly female) viewers are either too stupid or too narcissistic to appreciate the actual drama of a young queen in a foreign court. So instead Reign offers yet another sexed-up version of high school.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Mary McNamara
    Like so many reboots, The Firm is a waste of precious resources, especially its cast.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Mary McNamara
    Take "Lost," mash it up with "The Prisoner," throw in a little "Saw," over-season with badly written and poorly delivered dialogue, glaze with horror-film lighting, dream-scene camerawork and elevators like you haven't seen since "The Shining," and you've got "Persons Unknown."
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Mary McNamara
    Beau Bridges and Margo Martindale are the ones yelling and making sex jokes while Will Arnett looks on in (justified) horror, which may move The Millers out of "unfortunate" into "unforgivable."
    • 49 Metascore
    • 20 Mary McNamara
    The problem is not that it's just terrible, but that it's also no fun. At all.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Mary McNamara
    Kirstie goes for the worst of both worlds, arraying itself in the worn-thin comfort of predictable humor and sloppy sentiment in the vain hope that it comes off as retro, or quaint or something.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Mary McNamara
    The show is pretty darn terrible, derivative and tired, co-starring a monkey (never, ever a good sign) and chockablock with characters we have seen too many times before.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 20 Mary McNamara
    Rogue is pretty terrible, a moody, broody jumble of clich├ęd characters, pregnant pauses and sex scenes that border on the pornographic.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 20 Mary McNamara
    To say Valentine, which premieres at 8 p.m. Sunday, is terrible does not do justice to either the show or the word "terrible."
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Mary McNamara
    The Playboy Club is nothing but a tarted-up mob drama; the bunnies may be used as the marketing and milieu but the main narrative is about the men, and no one seems aware of the irony.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 20 Mary McNamara
    As a for-profit visual arts experience, Hemlock Grove is terrible in ways that mock the meaning of the word "terrible," with clunky acting, tra-la-la transitions and at least one monster that walks like a bad Frankenstein and appears to be wearing the very same wig/hat we used.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Mary McNamara
    If Couric was the best and brightest candidate to replace Oprah, things are not looking good, America.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Mary McNamara
    Fox should send TNT the super fancy bouquet because, once again, "House" never looked so good.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Mary McNamara
    The plot of Mistresses is so absurd and at times offensive that by the end of the first episode it's difficult not to hope for an early demise so these four women can be released to find better shows.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 10 Mary McNamara
    So here it is, a two-part A&E miniseries that manages, despite a cast culled from some of the best shows on TV, to be both overwrought and dull, a veritable Frankenfilm of sci-fi thrillers, built of debris from sources including "Outbreak," "Sphere," "The Omega Man," "The Birds," "The China Syndrome" and, oh, yes, "The Andromeda Strain."
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Mary McNamara
    If Mental sounds a lot like "House" or "The Mentalist" or whatever other foreign-born-actor-playing-a-haunted-man drama you can think of, well, it is. Only nowhere near as good.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Mary McNamara
    Poorly conceived, badly written and indifferently acted, The Deep End is a jumble of terrible ideas from start to finish.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Mary McNamara
    The show is neither funny nor illuminating. Indeed, if you aren't a bordering-on-psychotically-obsessive Saget fan, there's not much to see except some very nice scenery.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Mary McNamara
    Zero Hour, while initially tantalizing (priests, Nazis, Anthony Edwards, an unholy birth, a secret map--I'm in! I'm in!), is more than a little disappointing (flat-footed dialogue, absurd plot machinations, cardboard main characters, ludicrous historical leaps--I'm out! I'm out!).
    • 38 Metascore
    • 20 Mary McNamara
    Bad things happen, as bad things will, and soon all their lives will intersect in the courtroom as well as the bedroom. If only we cared. Even a little.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Mary McNamara
    It's just the sheer bone-idle laziness of the writing, which is a dumbed-way-down "Modern Family" crossed with watered-way-down "Two and a Half Men."
    • 35 Metascore
    • 20 Mary McNamara
    Though it is mildly interesting to watch the reality monster consume its own tail for a few minutes, I'd frankly rather spend an hour blotting my lip gloss.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Mary McNamara
    He gets off a few good lines, but even the fan-based studio audience wasn't much impressed, providing an ocean of silence where the laughter should be, which made the television viewing experience actually uncomfortable at times.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Mary McNamara
    The Storm is almost but not quite bad enough to be fun. Although Treat Williams is clearly having a great time, those of us in the audience are left feeling damp and more than a bit moldy.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Mary McNamara
    [A] show [that] is far better cast than it is conceived.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 10 Mary McNamara
    Feldman has created a quartet of rich guys so insufferable, self-centered and whiny that they make the men of feminist masterwork "The Golden Notebook," or even "The Nanny Diaries," look positively heroic.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 30 Mary McNamara
    It is such an utterly cynical experiment, troublesome on so many levels (there are children involved, watching adults cry because their friends have "banished" them) and no matter how often people say "it's just a game," even without a big chunk of change on the line, family competitions are rarely bloodless.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 20 Mary McNamara
    Sandra Brown's Ricochet, is just awful, despite its fine literary pedigree and a cast that includes John Corbett, Gary Cole and Julie Benz.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 30 Mary McNamara
    What begins as a more than slightly fantastic revision of the Templar legend takes an ill-advised turn toward theological theorizing and New Agey spiritual advice.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 30 Mary McNamara
    All evidence to the contrary, the show has the potential of being very funny, but only if the writers can choose subtlety over shtick even a quarter of the time.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 10 Mary McNamara
    Work It managed to claim Worst Comedy of the Year, but surely CBS' Rob comes in a close second.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 20 Mary McNamara
    A wildly graceless biopic that careens through the decades-long relationship between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton with more petulance than passion, knocking down gin bottles and rumpling silk sheets for no better reason than that's what it says to do in the script.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 0 Mary McNamara
    A show that is no longer offensively not funny, just pointless and not funny.