Melanie McFarland

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For 239 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 41% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 58% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 10.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Melanie McFarland's Scores

Average review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 Desperate Housewives: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Twins: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 61 out of 239
239 tv reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Melanie McFarland
    There's a lot to love about Torchwood, especially for fans of the early days of "The X-Files," when it was more of a clever horror anthology series and the alien conspiracy had yet to take over the plot.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Melanie McFarland
    Guide to Style is smart, fun and instructive, emphasizing enlightenment over shame and choice over following orders.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Melanie McFarland
    Plain wonderful.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Melanie McFarland
    Leary has emerged as a creative force to be reckoned with; he writes the show with co-creator Peter Tolan in addition to starring in it. His rapid-fire wit and comedic cadence permeate the wiry, combative dialogue that serves the series so well. [21 June 2005, p.E1]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Melanie McFarland
    Considering all that it has going for it, "Threshold" has a more formidable foe in Friday night apathy. Out of all the shows that could possibly conquer that, though, you couldn't place your faith in a better choice than this excellent proof of intelligent TV life.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Melanie McFarland
    "CSI: NY" is at least as good as its counterparts, and everything you expect it to be. [22 Sep 2004]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Melanie McFarland
    Turns like this take the series further into Aaron Spelling territory than it ever was, an idea that may offend those who can't let go of the notion that HBO is supposed to be better than regular TV.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Melanie McFarland
    Carefully crafted performances balance the hilarity with notes of trauma lurking within, adding a winning sincerity to People of Earth.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Melanie McFarland
    You don't usually encounter the words "smart" and "soap" in close proximity, but this is one of those exceptions.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Melanie McFarland
    It is something rare and wonderful, a remarkable, original vision.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Melanie McFarland
    "Ugly Betty" may be the fall's best new series.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Melanie McFarland
    The show could be almost too funny to be appreciated on normal television, in the same way "Arrested [Development]" was.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Melanie McFarland
    Severe as the new situation may sound, the show initially explores this idea with humor--starting with a studio executive (played by Craig Bierko) coming in for a little touch-up to hide the scars of his, shall we say, therapy delivered by his mistress.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Melanie McFarland
    The storytelling and performances are peerless in their intensity.... At the same time, there may be too much going on here for six episodes to do this show justice.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Melanie McFarland
    The premiere showed a few early signs of greatness from a handful of the designers; you'll have to watch to find out to whom I'm referring.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Melanie McFarland
    Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency” may start in an oddly untethered state, but it is marvelously strange and entertaining enough to warrant sticking around as its heroes and writers connect the dots.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Melanie McFarland
    The series quickly establishes itself as an elegant study in horror.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Melanie McFarland
    Very British, coasting on quiet pauses, subtle digs and ironic discomfort -- a bonus for some, a strong negative for many.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Melanie McFarland
    Outlandish creativity is the central feature here, a switch that inspires viewers to discuss each competition in the same way you'd evaluate a work of art as opposed to hooting at the foulest examples of human behavior. [6 Dec 2005]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Melanie McFarland
    The purity of feeling in Better Things weaves their stories together in such a way that feels warm and real. Yet many of the most successful moments within the five preview episodes made available to critics stem from Sam’s professional and personal lives crashing into one another.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Melanie McFarland
    An unusual holiday trip. Fortunately for us, it’s one worth taking.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Melanie McFarland
    The women aren't as shrill as they've been in the past, and even Sheila (Callie Thorne), the histrionic widow of Tommy's dead cousin has become a decent comedic foil. Better yet, Susan Sarandon steps up to the plate this season as a confident, rich woman - not a girl, a woman, Tommy points out - who wants to seduce Franco (Daniel Sunjata). [30 May 2006, p.D1]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Melanie McFarland
    That’s part of the reason the show’s stories and characters feel honest and familiar; even if you don’t smoke, you probably know people who are just like The Guy’s customers. You may even recognize yourself in one of those people.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Melanie McFarland
    "24" roars back brilliantly.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Melanie McFarland
    Cute and smart, "Earl's" pilot pulled a coup unheard of in recent network comedy memory, juggling un-P.C. humor with a winning sweetness.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Melanie McFarland
    This often results in some highly entertaining, enlightening footage. Watching Justin Timberlake crumble when he thought his house had been swiped by the government for back taxes - well, that just brought a tear to my eye. [3 Apr 2003, p.E1]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 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
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Melanie McFarland
    "This American Life" lost none of its authenticity in transition from radio to Showtime.

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