Melanie McFarland
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For 198 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 39% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 60% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 11.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Melanie McFarland's Scores

Average review score: 53
Highest review score: 100 Deadwood: Season 3
Lowest review score: 0 Moonlight: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 75 out of 198
  2. Negative: 59 out of 198
198 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Melanie McFarland
    In spite of [Scott's] fine performance, though, nothing elevates this drama about people on the verge of death and disaster into something other than ordinary.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Melanie McFarland
    With the unvarnished truth dangling like a carrot before a carthorse, there's ample reason for crime-show junkies to cling to "Justice," although some mysteries will be more worth seeing through to the end than others.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Melanie McFarland
    So what we have here is "Miami Vice" minus the palm trees and sports cars, and plus a sliver of an earnest message.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Melanie McFarland
    Now we're back to Bionic Woman and Jaime Sommers--only under the surgical knife of executive producer David Eick, who had a hand in reshaping "Battlestar Galactica" to suit modern sensibilities, the rebuilt is wussier and darker than Wagner ever was.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 42 Melanie McFarland
    Although it feigns to focus on Eric's struggle to rein in this herd of licentious Peter Pans, Entourage lacks a believably strong central character and fails to lay out any plot direction or coming tension. Connolly has potential, but the best you can say about his and every other Entourage character is that they're tolerable. [17 July 2004, p.E6]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 29 Metascore
    • 40 Melanie McFarland
    "Twenty Good Years" is not flat-out awful. It's nowhere close to great, either.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Melanie McFarland
    Dull. Not terrible, but dull. [3 Jan 2005]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Melanie McFarland
    A reality/sitcom hybrid. How revolutionary. [3 June 2005, p.E1]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Melanie McFarland
    Interesting, but the sprawling pilot doesn't do "Surface" any favors.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Melanie McFarland
    Around 11 p.m. on Wednesday, you'll be asking yourself what the hell happened.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Melanie McFarland
    "Bones" probably will remind more viewers of a cross between "CSI" and "The X-Files," except with more humorous banter than the first, and more romantic heat than the latter.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Melanie McFarland
    "Criminal Minds" doesn't present any spin on the crime TV genre you haven't seen before, save for taking savagery against female victims to new heights.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Melanie McFarland
    Whether audiences will find the show's consumerism-as-reward message interesting enough to keep coming back is tough to predict.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Melanie McFarland
    File this under "We'll See."
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Melanie McFarland
    One could never call "The Path to 9/11 " poorly filmed and amateurishly acted. Just questionably written.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Melanie McFarland
    The only person with untainted clues as to the person Samantha really was is the doorman to her apartment building, Frank (Tim Russ), and the combination of all these factors creates a premiere that is as pathetic as it is occasionally funny.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Melanie McFarland
    Private Practice manages to turn the viewer off in an entirely different way from the moment it starts.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 30 Melanie McFarland
    Three years off the air has not made the "Family Guy" team that much more creative. [30 Apr 2005]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Melanie McFarland
    There's "The Apprentice's" colossal flaw, besides forcing us to bear witness to Trump's egomania: Watching these business lions and tigresses in action is about as thrilling as collating thousands of documents.
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 69 Metascore
    • 30 Melanie McFarland
    The most unfortunate victims of Kelley's sad attempt at recapturing the funky fun of his past and mixing in what gravitas he can scrounge up are two otherwise fine characters, Spader's impishly amoral Alan Shore and Shatner's extroverted nut case Denny Crane. [2 Oct 2004]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Melanie McFarland
    All the clever, sexy banter in this thing cannot cover up its utter lack of believability, from the casting to the excessively hip repartee.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Melanie McFarland
    It's not a terrible show; if you don't have anything else to watch, well, it won't kill you.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 30 Melanie McFarland
    A fat snooze.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Melanie McFarland
    The script is laden with corny dialogue, and the plot is predicated upon ridiculous strains in credulity -- to say nothing of the acting.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Melanie McFarland
    Had "Boston Legal" not perfected the art of office insanity, "Head Cases" ... actually, nope, can't even say it would have a shot in that circumstance.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Melanie McFarland
    You'll see nothing that hasn't been done on other networks and with higher skill, energy and imagination.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Melanie McFarland
    It looks a lot less like "Kolchak" than like a cup of weakly brewed "X-Files" -- minus the spice and clever humor.
    • 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.