Melanie McFarland

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For 329 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 44% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 55% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Melanie McFarland's Scores

Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Review: Season 3
Lowest review score: 0 Moonlight: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 66 out of 329
329 tv reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Melanie McFarland
    It is something rare and wonderful, a remarkable, original vision.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Melanie McFarland
    This show may cause diabetes.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Melanie McFarland
    Getting to know these characters can be incredibly entertaining but, like the pets each keeps at arm’s length in their respective shows, they’re best experienced in limited doses.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Melanie McFarland
    Very little of this re-entry into “Twin Peaks” makes any sense. Yet it’s admirable that the drama’s creators have found a way to update the universe without relinquishing its signature atmosphere. The story still wields the power to mystify and confuse, even 26 years after the original episodes ended.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Melanie McFarland
    [Hari Kondabolu has] taken the issue in hand skillfully here, regardless of whether his message changes how the audience, and Azaria, view Apu from now on.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Melanie McFarland
    Wise glows with such confidence and poise in every scene that even when Nola is many sheets to the wind, you can’t help but forgive her. The actress makes her too fun, too seductive and too much of everything to turn away.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Melanie McFarland
    Langford and Minnette are the magnetic core of this drama. Separately and together, they have a dynamic chemistry that glows when they share the screen and energizes their scenes with others.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Melanie McFarland
    Life is cheap in Preacher, and the action is as mordantly hilarious as the humor is obscene. The soundtrack, too, is utilized to highly ironic effect.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 60 Melanie McFarland
    You won't be quoting lines from it over Friday morning coffee, but it is, if not good, then good enough.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Melanie McFarland
    The greatest strength of these new episodes lies in Moura’s expansion of his character’s portrait, allowing us to contemplate the chilling dichotomy of Escobar’s personality.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Melanie McFarland
    Those tuning in are likely to be won over by its bawdy humor and fascinated by the crisp, frenetic choreography during the premiere’s numerous fight scenes; literally every central character gets a chance to get his or her licks in. What remains to be seen is whether those who fall for Preacher’s premiere have the patience to stick with it after the pace slows, which it does quite noticeably by episode two.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Melanie McFarland
    What it does is invite you to enjoy the dysfunction, maybe relate a little. Worthy punctuation for the end of Sunday evening. [5 Nov 2004, p.C1]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Melanie McFarland
    Performances by a stalwart cast ensure that Guerrilla works in spite of these shakier elements.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Melanie McFarland
    The show comes with a built-in demographic: viewers who enjoy sweaty, scantily clad women waging war on roller skates. "Rollergirls" just needs to lure them back from the Internet.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 20 Melanie McFarland
    A catastrophic nuclear crisis never looked as boring and convoluted as it does here.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Melanie McFarland
    "Ugly Betty" may be the fall's best new series.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Melanie McFarland
    It demands commitment and a willingness to pay attention to the smallest bits of information, but it's also riveting. Once you decide to go take this case, you won't want to turn back.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Melanie McFarland
    Around 11 p.m. on Wednesday, you'll be asking yourself what the hell happened.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Melanie McFarland
    From the opening scene on, the “Selma” director lends her creative strengths to the story, saturating every scene with the sumptuous visuals afforded by the story’s Louisiana setting.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Melanie McFarland
    This show has no illusions of being anything more than a solidly made and terrifically entertaining TV distraction, neat and crisp as citrus soda.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Melanie McFarland
    "Knights" is without question the funniest comedy ABC has on its roster. But look at the network's other options, and you'll understand that's not what you'd call a hard-won honor.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Melanie McFarland
    Next week's episode comes across a lot like the part of the porn script that begs for the fast-forward button. Seriously, it's all there -- beautiful women in tight outfits, thick innuendo, weak setups and thin plot progression.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Melanie McFarland
    Too bad its uptightness gets in the way of its potential for pleasure--even that of the guilty variety.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 10 Melanie McFarland
    This is comedian Louis C.K.'s attempt to lampoon the classic half-hour sitcom, if by lampoon you mean drown it in toxic failure.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Melanie McFarland
    The net result is a season that’s successful in parts but hangs together awkwardly as a whole.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Melanie McFarland
    When it works, the series effectively portrays the sorrowful human toll the underground trade takes on men and women, parents and children caught up in the struggle either by choice or unseen forces. ... But the weaknesses of this Traffic mirror Soderbergh's stumbles, which is its tendency to brain viewers with the same clumsy force as a Partnership for a Drug-Free America commercial. [24 Jan 2004]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Melanie McFarland
    Nip/Tuck is aiming for profundity again, as far as that goes. At one point the series catch phrase said something about being more than skin deep, but I'm not sure the scalpel even scratches the fatty layer anymore. Understand that Nip/Tuck was never about adventurous quality or exploring new frontiers in emotional depth. It's just the handsomest, indecently pleasurable soap opera television can crank out, and a reliable supplier of muscular butt shots. [5 Sept 2006, p.E1]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Melanie McFarland
    For a show like Women's Murder Club to hit its target, viewers need to feel the desire to know these people--either because their jobs are exciting or their personal lives are spicy. But with this show, there's not enough spark to their jobs or lives to keep you on the couch on a Friday night.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Melanie McFarland
    Chuck is, at its best, cute--and that's not enough to keep up with the big dogs.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Melanie McFarland
    While it's hard to predict how this new chapter will play among deeper fans of the "Terminator" mythology, the rest of us have to ask ourselves if watching reboots of robot battles once a week is worth our time.

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