Mary McNamara

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For 594 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 4.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mary McNamara's Scores

Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 The Trip to Bountiful
Lowest review score: 0 Anchorwoman: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 68 out of 594
594 tv reviews
    • 26 Metascore
    • 30 Mary McNamara
    A family comedy has to have heart and humor, and Dr. Ken has neither.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Mary McNamara
    Like so many reboots, The Firm is a waste of precious resources, especially its cast.
    • 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.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Mary McNamara
    If Couric was the best and brightest candidate to replace Oprah, things are not looking good, America.
    • 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
    Secrets and Lies suffers from an American tendency to speed up and overplay, to force emotion rather than evoke it. Just as suspicion takes a little time to grow and spread, so does sophistication. But this series seems to be in a very big hurry to be over, which almost guarantees that audiences will be too.
    • 49 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."
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Mary McNamara
    Unfortunately, Messing, though talented in many ways, is absolutely and completely unbelievable as a homicide detective. Even this stretched-to-ditziness-but-still-tough-enough-to-get-the-job-done version.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Mary McNamara
    Walley-Beckett could have easily told a much simpler tale with greater effect--it's not as if ballet drama is such a crowded field that a writer needs a new twist. Instead, she weighs down the real drama with clichés, lurid B plot and lots of absurd nudity.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Mary McNamara
    A show so deeply flawed and absurdly derivative you will wonder if you, like the main character, are experiencing a manic episode.
    • 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."
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Mary McNamara
    [Feed the Beast] is such a mess that you have to wonder what on Earth is going on at AMC (besides the whole if-it’s-a-white-guy-who-bleeds-it-leads thing).
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Mary McNamara
    Poorly conceived, badly written and indifferently acted, The Deep End is a jumble of terrible ideas from start to finish.
    • 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Mary McNamara
    The best satire acknowledges the humanity of both its subject and its audience. "Bordertown" seems too caught up in its own suddenly timely cleverness to bother.
    • 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.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Mary McNamara
    [A] show [that] is far better cast than it is conceived.
    • 42 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Mary McNamara
    Camp requires courage, and The Royals has none.
    • 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.
    • 52 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 32 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.
    • 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.

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