For 436 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 3.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mary McNamara's Scores

  • TV
Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Fargo: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Cavemen: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 52 out of 436
436 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Mary McNamara
    Past Life is created by David Hudgins ("Friday Night Lights"), who certainly knows his way around a script, so it is literally shocking how bad the writing is, with Whately grinding out such illuminations as "You can't get DNA from a memory" or "It's like all your life you've been playing this game and then someone changes the rules" until you want to scream.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Mary McNamara
    Like so many reboots, The Firm is a waste of precious resources, especially its cast.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Mary McNamara
    If Couric was the best and brightest candidate to replace Oprah, things are not looking good, America.
    • 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!).
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Mary McNamara
    [A] show [that] is far better cast than it is conceived.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 45 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Mary McNamara
    It's a lot of exposition to get through, and that's just what writer Vaun Wilmott and director Scott Stewart, the latter of whom also worked on "Legion," do--they get through it, with way too much talking and not nearly enough bodies exploding into acid.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Mary McNamara
    In attempting to mix West with Middle East, the show too often seems content with stereotyping both.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Mary McNamara
    We have a hollow, laugh-enhanced comedy in which the biggest draw is Tori Spelling proving she will do anything to remain on television.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Mary McNamara
    Watching the cast rather heroically work their way through a series of jokes and "developments" as nondescript and rickety as the storefront law office they come to occupy, it was difficult not to despair: NBC took "Harry's Law" off the air, then gave us this?
    • 62 Metascore
    • 30 Mary McNamara
    Cash and Geere are two talented performers selling this mess as best they can, but mostly the show suffocates under its own feeling of brashness.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 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.