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

Mary McNamara's Scores

Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 The Normal Heart
Lowest review score: 0 Cavemen: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 68 out of 594
594 tv reviews
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Mary McNamara
    It's not a bad show, it's just a bit too familiar.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Mary McNamara
    The two things Finding Sarah has going for it--Ferguson's undeniable personal appeal and the value of watching a Very British Person attempt to do a Very American Thing--is buried under sanctimony and the absurd vocabulary of self-help.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Mary McNamara
    When the only real tension is one character telling another to hurry and the most emotionally involving scene lasts 30 seconds and involves the cop who may not engage with the principals again all season, it's difficult to remain an interested person.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Mary McNamara
    Too often Life's Too Short feels like two shows stuck together with a bit of chewing gum.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Mary McNamara
    For all that it springs from original material--a coda to the pilot shows some of the actual home movies, which are indeed hilarious--The Goldbergs--is all style and no substance.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Mary McNamara
    Though occasionally funny, Animals is just not nearly as edgy as it thinks it is.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 40 Mary McNamara
    The writing is glib (the term "cat fight" is actually used) and the action relies more on gadgetry than "Mission Impossible." However, the women all look great.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Mary McNamara
    As gratifying as it is to see some of the inner workings of a local phenom, 4th and Forever falls far short of its subject matter, proving once again the limits of reality television.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Mary McNamara
    As is so often the case with "reality television," there's nothing TV producers hate so much as actual reality (bo-ring!), and so everything is tarted up with superfluous soundtracks and staging, with breathless voice-overs, mood lighting and lots of half-baked psychology.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Mary McNamara
    It would have been much more promising if creators David Zabel and Jason Richman had chosen subtlety, which they did not. Instead, we have the disparate and desperate characters that always seem to fuel this sort of show.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Mary McNamara
    Call Girl's greatest flaw is not that it's exploitative but that it's surprisingly dull.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Mary McNamara
    If only it were possible to care, even the least little bit, who did what and why and what will happen next. But as of the end of Episode 2, it just isn't.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Mary McNamara
    Unfortunately, it is difficult to stay interested in what happens to any of these characters because most of them are so absurdly unlikable.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Mary McNamara
    Despite the interesting twist of overt sibling rivalry, Chibnall seems to be making a blood and gore version of "The Princess Diaries."
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Mary McNamara
    Murphey and the writers will have to do a lot of heavy lifting for Body of Proof to transcend its immediate predictability. There's only so much Delany can do with a cardboard show.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Mary McNamara
    Though it's nice to see a hospital that is not run by drug addicts or operating way over its abilities, the staff at Chicago Med is maddeningly homogenous in its sincerity and ability.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Mary McNamara
    Gracepoint certainly has higher [ambitions] than many broadcast crime dramas. ... [But Tennant] is nowhere near as good in Gracepoint as he is in Broadchurch. ... [And] the coastal-town milieu of Gracepoint, so vivid in and integral to Broadchurch, seems just as fake as Tennant's accent.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Mary McNamara
    Modern guys may have all manner of hilarious, disturbing and conflicting feelings about their children and the role of caregiver, but none of them make it into the pilot. Only Gary, exhausted and overwhelmed, seems to be experiencing life with an actual child, which is why he gets all the best lines.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Mary McNamara
    There is an abundance, rather over-abundance, of story lines and clichés.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Mary McNamara
    [Jane Lynch is] always worth watching. Even here, sometimes, when her angel, who goes by the name Amy, manages to wrench free from creator Tad Quill's tepid humor and take brief control of the show's narrative indecisiveness.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Mary McNamara
    A frantic, erratic pace that keeps it from really getting anywhere.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Mary McNamara
    The show is very much about Thom and his "struggles," which are far too often presented in a series of high-decibel, gratuitously profane diatribes about the habits of others without benefit of anything remotely resembling personal perspective.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Mary McNamara
    The cast seems no better, or worse, than any reality TV assemblage, but the clues are delivered to the group in such a way that much of the pilot is spent watching them troop, mostly en masse, from one room to the other. It's not terribly exciting.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Mary McNamara
    Amazon is currently in the "spare no expense" stage of original-content production, and it shows everywhere but in the story. Perlman is a strong and deceptively supple performer, but he isn't a miracle worker. Even bad crazy guys need a gleam of humanity, and Pernell has none. Delaney is mostly sidelined, as are Royo and Tal.... Dillahunt's ability to show this, to swing KD from brutal violence to soul-searching, is miraculous. It just isn't enough.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Mary McNamara
    There is really only one reason to watch ABC's Canadian-import place-holder crime drama Motive--Kristin Lehman.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Mary McNamara
    Even if you could forgive its lack of creativity, it's difficult to overlook its absurdly clunky execution. Oh, and the fact that it isn't very funny.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Mary McNamara
    A clunky, clichéd Texas-based crime drama that has the added bonus of being unforgivably sexist, never mind that it was created and produced by women.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Mary McNamara
    Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior has the same rapid pace of the original, a narrative tool that both amps up the action and keeps the viewer from dwelling too much on the gargantuan leaps of imagination that pass for police work. It also works against the show, preventing it from fully making the insightful points it does have.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 40 Mary McNamara
    Mostly the half-hour segments move in and out of often disjointed moments of Christine's escort-driven life at a pace that seems intentionally, and unforgivably, elliptical.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Mary McNamara
    Dragon lady, cougar and feisty redhead; dutiful son, jealous daughter and henpecked husband are all present and accounted for, with pat and predictable jokes leeching whatever hope might be had from a racially diverse cast and a promising enough setup.

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