Mary McNamara
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For 490 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 3.4 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 Cavemen: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 58 out of 490
490 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 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?
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Mary McNamara
    In attempting to mix West with Middle East, the show too often seems content with stereotyping both.
    • 65 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
    • 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.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Mary McNamara
    It just isn't funny.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Mary McNamara
    Fox should send TNT the super fancy bouquet because, once again, "House" never looked so good.
    • 39 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 31 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.
    • 51 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Mary McNamara
    Though chock-full of plot, it is decidedly short on dialogue, there is little narrative transition and, with a few very notable exceptions, no character development.
    • 66 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.
    • 34 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.
    • 39 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.
    • 33 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.
    • 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."
    • 49 Metascore
    • 20 Mary McNamara
    The problem is not that it's just terrible, but that it's also no fun. At all.
    • 32 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.
    • 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.
    • 45 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.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 20 Mary McNamara
    This show's got nothing but laugh track.

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