Mary McNamara

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For 581 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 4.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mary McNamara's Scores

Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Big Love: Season 3
Lowest review score: 0 Cavemen: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 66 out of 581
581 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Mary McNamara
    Kath & Kim needs to decide if it wants to satirize American parenting or popular culture. Because if the first two episodes are any indication, it certainly cannot do both.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Mary McNamara
    Overlaid with "Vice"-like shots of panic and bloody aftermath, Code Black wants the soap and sentiment of "Grey's" along with the broken-but-driven main character of "House." Unfortunately, the writing lacks the conviction of either series, and so viewers are left with Harden, dancing just as fast as she can.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Mary McNamara
    Although it is far from the worst King adaptation (would that be "Dreamcatcher"? "Lawnmower Man"?) it feels less like a ghost story than a dashed-together homage to the King oeuvre that's slow where it should be fast and fast where it should be slow.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Mary McNamara
    [This] is why this strange, shallow puddle of comedy is so difficult to accept. With all eyes on Leno, this is the best he, and his writers, and the struggling network could come up with?
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Mary McNamara
    Unlike "Awake," however, Saving Hope does not have Jason Isaacs, a nifty crisscrossing police procedural at its heart, or anything interesting to say about the various forms of reality.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Mary McNamara
    If Roadies spent half as much time showing us what roadies actually do as it wastes on framing gazes of tortured longing, it would be a very different, which is to say much better, show. Instead viewers get tossed a few slivers of meat--Phil tearing up whenever he mentions Ronnie Van Zant, Keisha Castle-Hughes’ engineer setting up for the “song of the day”--and a whole lot of corn.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Mary McNamara
    Benched is nowhere near as funny as it thinks it is, mainly because Watkins and Jones seem to believe that the endless humiliations of a thin, attractive, previously well-compensated blond woman are all it takes to make people laugh.
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    • 40 Mary McNamara
    It is difficult to imagine a need for such a thing, what with YouTube and "Tosh.0" on Comedy Central.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Mary McNamara
    Unfortunately, if you name a show Unforgettable you really need to deliver, and the pilot just doesn't.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Mary McNamara
    As a Michael Fox-loving member of the demographic it targeted, I most certainly saw the 1985 film "Teen Wolf," but I don't remember much save it was a comedy and not very good. Teen Wolf, which premieres Sunday night on MTV, is also one of those two things and it is not a comedy.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Mary McNamara
    The cast is solid and more comically effective than the material they are given, but the Russells seem more like what they are--a cast--than what they should be--a family.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Mary McNamara
    McNamara does her best, but Clary has been written as all breeze and no storm, which makes her central relationship with Jace more an algorithm of attractiveness than chemistry. Decter appears far more interested in Revelations than revelation, and in his rush to get to the "good stuff" he has forgotten that this kind of stuff is good only when it takes a while to get there.
    • 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.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Mary McNamara
    Feldman and her writers are so obsessed with making One Big Happy socially righteous--Lizzy announces her gayness with the frequency of an undercover straight person--that they forgot to give it any heart.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Mary McNamara
    Unfortunately, the show seems to be slightly less than a sum of its parts.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Mary McNamara
    Something got lost between concept and execution, and instead of suspense we get silliness
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Mary McNamara
    Having come up with an intriguing premise, co-creators Sherry Bilsing-Graham ("The New Adventures of Old Christine," "Friends") and Ellen Kreamer ("The New Adventures of Old Christine,") are either too timid or too hamstrung by network expectations to execute it.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Mary McNamara
    19 male and female losers of "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette" are brought together, "Big Brother" style, to do what they do best: plot and flirt and cry, manufacture drama, do a little armchair psychoanalysis and hook up. In other words, high school without, you know, the learning part.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Mary McNamara
    A potentially funny setup, if the women were not such oddly antiquated sendups.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Mary McNamara
    Alas, it all plays just as sappy as it sounds, even with the gorgeous and ridiculous distractions of make-do medicine.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Mary McNamara
    The town is lovely, the premise solid if overfamiliar, but the script lacks both depth and tension (big problem), and McCurdy is one of the few cast members who can act. All of which makes it difficult to care very much.

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