Mary McNamara

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For 552 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 3.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mary McNamara's Scores

Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Fargo: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Cavemen: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 61 out of 552
552 tv reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Mary McNamara
    Creators Ed McCardie (the British "Shameless") and Corinne Marrinan ("CSI") understand that characters are what make memorable television, though the shifting moods of the cinematography certainly doesn't hurt either.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Mary McNamara
    For as long as it has, 12 Monkeys works beautifully as a fast-paced sci-fi thriller that is actually far more complex.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Mary McNamara
    It's a solid enough formula, and if the writers have overly epic ambitions, they also have a collective eye for detail.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Mary McNamara
    The series opens with an episode so nuanced and thoughtful, so quietly moving and genuine, it's almost impossible to believe it is made by many of the same people who helped build a family empire off the infamy of a young woman's sex tape.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Mary McNamara
    Best of all, Supergirl is just great television. Even those suffering from mild-to-severe super-hero fatigue will be instantly charmed by Benoist's initially uncertain Kara Zor-El and the slick and witty world Greg Berlanti has created for her.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Mary McNamara
    They all dance and throw punches in a script fast-paced and brimming with literate wit.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Mary McNamara
    If the targets and tone of her comedy were clearly flavored by her “Daily Show” roots, Bee’s voice is completely her own.... The only bad thing about the premier of Full Frontal was its brevity.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Mary McNamara
    Murder in the First, a masterfully paced balance of tricky whodunit and character development, seems to have benefited from both Bochco's hits and the misses, as well as the cable-led experimentation with shorter seasons.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Mary McNamara
    With the rest of the cast hitting the same high notes as Margulies and the script, The Good Wife promises to be that Holy Grail of television: a good criminal procedural that barely disguises the insightful, multilayered human drama that lies beneath.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Mary McNamara
    An emotional, necessarily freaky but surprisingly logical and altogether satisfying story and, one hopes, a reset for future seasons.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Mary McNamara
    Though his [Carlton Cuse's] version is not quite as eerie and enigmatic as the French version, it's still pretty dang eerie and enigmatic, particularly for those watching the story unfold for the first time.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Mary McNamara
    Dexter is a weekly marvel of writing, acting and conceit.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Mary McNamara
    Given a boatload of fine performances and an attractive milieu, it remains very much worth watching even when it feels like the writers are depending on your inattention or forcing their characters to act improbably in the service of a puzzle-plot that at times feels held together with string and tape and white glue.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Mary McNamara
    Bel and her staff are no longer young Turks shaking up the fusty old BBC; now they are, for better or worse, part of the mainstream news media, forced to question their own motivations as well as those of the Establishment. In the first two episodes anyway, this makes for a more sophisticated storytelling, a drama of adults who must take responsibility for decisions of the mind as well as the heart.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Mary McNamara
    A complicated, and occasionally whimsical, series of tactics lend the 90-minute premiere the wide-open, yet tensely meticulous feel of a good heist film.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Mary McNamara
    You will laugh, you will cry and if it seems a bit treacly, it is.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Mary McNamara
    Certainly Fellowes has developed a formula. A solid, dependable and successful formula, with "dependable" being just a few shades warmer than "predictable."
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Mary McNamara
    Grounded in parental reality, it's funny and promises to be funnier. The characters, though presented in very broad strokes, have lots of room for shading.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Mary McNamara
    If the vagueness may irritate fans of the first book/film, it works well for the second, making this story a bit more open-ended and universal.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Mary McNamara
    Once the action leaves the overly Maxfield Parrish-ized world of magic trees and drooping pregnant princesses, things pick up considerably.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Mary McNamara
    It was an undeniably endearing, energetic and star-studded hour of television.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Mary McNamara
    The first hour is overly obsessive-compulsive in plot points--code strings and routers as the new McGuffins--but the adolescent rage of its protagonist gives it emotional life.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Mary McNamara
    All floppy hair and Hollywood smile, Kody's way too surferdude to take very seriously as a patriarch. It's the three wives--Meri, Janelle and Christine--who form the solid center of the family and the show.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Mary McNamara
    If Bosch doesn't soar, it's solid enough, and if you like the series, you're just a click away from all the books.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Mary McNamara
    Nix has more than proved that he knows how to wed comedy, action, satire and real character development, so though the pilot flags here and droops there, "The Good Guys" will no doubt pick up speed as everyone settles more comfortably into the idea that there are no sacred cows, not even the buddy flick.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Mary McNamara
    Fortunately, terrific performances all around quickly ground the tensions in character rather than theme.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Mary McNamara
    Three Rivers seems to trust the drama of its subject matter, the appeal of its characters and the talent of its cast enough to go gently into this Sunday night.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Mary McNamara
    This main narrative of Humans, which is based on a Swedish series and written by Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley, is solid if somewhat familiar; the truth and beauty of the series lies in the various B plots.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Mary McNamara
    It had a not-bad, pretty good, kinda funny, sort of smart debut.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Mary McNamara
    Unabashedly retro, with plenty of high- and low-tech silliness.

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