Melanie McFarland

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For 199 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 40% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 59% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 12.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Melanie McFarland's Scores

Average review score: 53
Highest review score: 100 The Wire: Season 4
Lowest review score: 0 The War at Home: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 75 out of 199
  2. Negative: 59 out of 199
199 tv reviews
    • 80 Metascore
    • 50 Melanie McFarland
    But these components don't detract from Deadwood as much as the series' inability to get the story rolling, although it shows potential for growing more interesting two or three episodes from now. Look at the introduction as an overly long handshake with a huge cast of characters, then take notice of how tedious such an elaborate setup can be, even one punctuated by thundercracks of violence. [19 Mar 2004, p.D1]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Melanie McFarland
    It isn't as funny as it should be.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Melanie McFarland
    Its hipster appeal feels a bit too calculated for my tastes, even though the cast, headed be Robert Vaughn, is undeniably appealing.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Melanie McFarland
    Its impressive cast can't beef up the show's predictable conflicts and pedestrian secrets.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Melanie McFarland
    Fehr's performance is worth noting, if only because his cool demeanor is frighteningly at odds with the insane rhetoric pouring out of his mouth. His portrayal may be the show's greatest point of interest -- that is, if you aren't annoyed by Shields, or hypnotized into a slumber by Ealy's never-ending "haunted past" routine.
    • 68 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
    • 25 Metascore
    • 42 Melanie McFarland
    Like the shallow exploits of Crockett and Tubbs, Hawaii emphasizes style and flash over substance, powered by the kind of intelligence you'd expect from a coconut.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 45 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.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Melanie McFarland
    Interesting, but the sprawling pilot doesn't do "Surface" any favors.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Melanie McFarland
    Private Practice manages to turn the viewer off in an entirely different way from the moment it starts.
    • 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
    Around 11 p.m. on Wednesday, you'll be asking yourself what the hell happened.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 40 Melanie McFarland
    "Twenty Good Years" is not flat-out awful. It's nowhere close to great, either.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 30 Melanie McFarland
    Hang out for a while... and you may quickly realize why you didn't stay in touch with most of your fellow third-graders. People like these suck the life out of you.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Melanie McFarland
    Forget the epidural, you'll need laughing gas, stat.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Melanie McFarland
    "Free Ride," though improvised, feels like every other Fox comedy that has come and gone: It has generic young stars stuck in a stale boy-pines-for-girl story line.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Melanie McFarland
    You'd expect Cane to follow in the tradition of "Dallas" by giving viewers a potboiler to look forward to each week, but there are too many subplots knotted together in the opening episode, and none of them is particularly interesting.
    • 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.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Melanie McFarland
    You'll see nothing that hasn't been done on other networks and with higher skill, energy and imagination.
    • 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

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