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

Mary McNamara's Scores

Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Game of Thrones: Season 5
Lowest review score: 0 Stalker: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 68 out of 594
594 tv reviews
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Mary McNamara
    Unfortunately, if you name a show Unforgettable you really need to deliver, and the pilot just doesn't.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Mary McNamara
    Comparisons to Barry Levinson's "Sleepers" are inevitable, but with its cartoonish villains, hideously ritualized crimes and general plot-stomping, it is far more reminiscent of all those pulpy TV movies in the late '70s, in which a depraved warden/sheriff abused those in his care. Strangely, this is its greatest strength.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Mary McNamara
    Early episodes are, regrettably, filled with television tropes. Still, Allegiance could evolve into the show it clearly hopes to be. But only if it plays to its strength, which is to say Hope Davis.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Mary McNamara
    The joke is that the teachers of Smoot High have never grown up so they interact with the students as peers. This is supposed to make the endless cycle of scheming and abuse hilarious, but it's far too familiar to be anything but exhausting. And a little bit depressing.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Mary McNamara
    Equal parts stupid and sweet, The Goodwin Games does not appear to be built for the long haul.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Mary McNamara
    What viewers are left with, then, are some excellent fight and chase scenes, an outstanding supporting cast (who, alas, only highlight the main character's deficiencies) and a lot of truly beautiful location work. It may be enough, but it could, and should, have been so much more.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Mary McNamara
    That transcendent mixture of confidence and fear, of humility and clear-eyed self-assessment, evident in so much of Sorkin's other work, is what turns a sermon into a work of art. And that is precisely what is missing here.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Mary McNamara
    If you can live through the ridiculous hustle-forward, no-looking introduction to the story, what follows is entertaining enough, albeit in a mildly campy way.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Mary McNamara
    Killing Lincoln wears its historical accuracy like a ball and chain, clunking where it should inspire, dragging where it should pulse with dread.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Mary McNamara
    Much of it feels dreadfully slow, not so much moody as stretched for time....Things do pick up significantly with the arrival of Christopher Heyerdahl as John Druitt.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Mary McNamara
    Even just a half hour in, it's difficult not to wish everyone would just lighten the heck up. The graphic novel noir feel is becoming increasingly oppressive, and everyone is just so grim.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Mary McNamara
    Complications chooses antic over subtlety, banging around from one crazy plot development to another. O'Mara is a very likable actor and Szohr does her very best, but for reasons known only to himself, Nix eschews the black humor that made "Burn Notice" so brilliant, which is too bad.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Mary McNamara
    A potentially funny setup, if the women were not such oddly antiquated sendups.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Mary McNamara
    The Cleveland Show is neither sweet nor particularly funny, neither a family comedy nor a true satire.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Mary McNamara
    So neither mess nor magic, which may be the biggest disappointment of them all. If it hadn’t been for Walken, that is, wandering around in that red bandanna and manic daze, banging his tambourine.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Mary McNamara
    By the end of the third episode (the premiere will include the first two), it is still not clear what The Bastard Executioner is about. It has many promising elements: evocative locations, a potentially fascinating time period (hey, everyone, the Black Death looms!) and a very strong cast (Matthew Rhys plays a rebel leader, and Timothy Murphy is a priest reminiscent of Derek Jacobi's "Cadfael")
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Mary McNamara
    All of which adds up to a nice, moody, entertaining-enough hour and the troublesome question of how interesting this will be by the third episode.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Mary McNamara
    The characters take forever to make narrative connections that seem immediately obvious and no one seems remotely curious about what exactly is happening to the world. Yet even as her hours-long insistence that she is nothing “special” grows tedious, Vanessa is delightfully cranky.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Mary McNamara
    Hirsch is, as usual, wonderful and more than capable of taking Abraham's story line wider and deeper than well-meaning banter and bromides assigned him, but in early episodes the story seems determined to showcase its more predictable aspects.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Mary McNamara
    The premiere is as by-the-numbers as it gets in the already bloated genre of moody procedural, enlivened only by a viciously scary killer and, of course, Sevigny, who roils in significant silence even when she is forced to reveal that her character is a cutter.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Mary McNamara
    Though occasionally funny, Animals is just not nearly as edgy as it thinks it is.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Mary McNamara
    It is nowhere near as smart as "White Collar" or as strangely touching as "Necessary Roughness" and seems content to hit well-worn marks, though more than occasionally with welcome style.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Mary McNamara
    SEAL Team Six, though inevitably exciting in its conclusion and touching at times, refuses to commit either way. This failure of nerve not only dooms the film as both docu--and drama but also contradicts its main theme.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Mary McNamara
    As if afraid they will be accused of not taking things seriously enough, the creators walk through much of the pilot as if through a minefield, which is to say ver-ry slowly and ver-ry carefully. Not the best pacing considering the subject matter.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Mary McNamara
    Neither [Hirsch and Granger] offer any insight into what drove the couple, what they actually hoped to achieve, and what kept them going when it became clear that things were not going to end well. And History might have a little soul-searching to do; dramatic license should not mean Make a Huge Number of Important Plot Points Up.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Mary McNamara
    Simmons is great as he always is, but between the divorce, the mid-life crisis, the coming out as blind, the mother-daughter tension and the boy discovering his true self and The Importance of Family, there is simply too much to look at and not enough to see.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Mary McNamara
    Pretty Little Liars is one of those shows that manages to mildly, and perhaps unintentionally, spoof its genre while fully participating in it, and that's not a bad thing at all.

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