Melissa Maerz

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For 146 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 73% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 23% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 10.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Melissa Maerz's Scores

Average review score: 77
Highest review score: 100 Olive Kitteridge
Lowest review score: 16 Anna Nicole
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 3 out of 146
146 tv reviews
    • 94 Metascore
    • 91 Melissa Maerz
    It’s a smart twist that Maura, the Pfefferman who’s changed the most on the outside, is the only one who’s certain about who she is on the inside. The kids are still figuring that out.... But not everything here feels as natural as the relationships.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Melissa Maerz
    Its main purpose is to confront the taboo, and whether that means exploring just how far Louie will go into the "experimental" side of masturbation in the season premiere or simply digging into his ugliest prejudices about overweight women, the show can be revelatory.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 83 Melissa Maerz
    This might be a philosophical season of The Americans, but like any good countercultural force, it still gets its thrills from sex and violence.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Melissa Maerz
    By the end, it's unclear which of these people are alive or dead, literally or spiritually. But The Returned still qualifies as a new zombie classic--a haunting tribute to the lost loves who feed on your brain forever.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 83 Melissa Maerz
    Even in a “laugh-centric” season that should appeal to a slightly bigger audience, it’s not the jokes that stick with you.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 83 Melissa Maerz
    So the story moves slowly, focusing less on the game-changing moments that often come early in the season (Joffrey dies! The Unsullied revolt!) and more on long-term strategy. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, especially when it finally brings people (and story lines) together in this ever-sprawling world.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Melissa Maerz
    Broadchurch is a gripping portrait of small-town paranoia.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Melissa Maerz
    The most compelling characters in season 3 are the gentleladies.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Melissa Maerz
    Orange Is the New Black might be the closest thing we have to Charles Dickens right now: a sharp denunciation of an arcane system, driven by hardscrabble characters with whimsical names that define who they are and what they like.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 83 Melissa Maerz
    Masters may be set in the 1950s, but its politics don't need to live there as well. Luckily, the conversations between the women are just as juicy as last season.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Melissa Maerz
    We're taught that good drama relies on characters changing over time. Here, McDormand proves that a character's refusal to change can be just as compelling, and she hints at that stubbornness in exquisitely subtle fashion.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Melissa Maerz
    Watching their [Alex and Laura's] relationship deepen is a highlight. [3 Jun 2016, p.102]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Melissa Maerz
    Somehow, just like its unfortunately tattooed protagonists, UnREAL just gets smarter the more shameless it gets.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Melissa Maerz
    It’s a grim season, but there are still enough great one-liners to remind you why Orange has earned a best-comedy nod from the Emmys.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Melissa Maerz
    It's a smart show that plays dumb at first, just to get your attention. Masters may not yet be as groundbreaking as the true drama that inspired it. But like Betty, it knows how to fake it until things get real.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Melissa Maerz
    In its third and final season, the series is still brilliantly droll, elevating the most mundane moments into something that’s either hilariously awkward or genuinely moving--or, at its best, both.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Melissa Maerz
    The downside is that the storytelling can feel awfully cold. Moments that should be personally affecting are often used to illustrate historical truths instead.... But these characters are still fascinating case studies for the mind-body connections we make as viewers: They’re better appreciated with the brain than the heart.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Melissa Maerz
    [David Simon's] new six-part miniseries is another masterwork of storytelling that's both miniaturist and epic in scale. [14 Aug 2015, p.50]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Melissa Maerz
    Yes, anything can happen in Bamford's world, and that sense of endless possibility make Lady Dynamite a joy to watch. [20 May 2016, p.50]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Melissa Maerz
    The cinematography is beautiful, with the present cast in a melancholy blue and the past cast in yellow, as if to remind us that terrible things are done in broad daylight. Some minor characters are intriguing.... But The Missing doesn't have much to say about the loss of a child beyond that it's an Unbearable Tragedy.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 67 Melissa Maerz
    Characters make long, passionate speeches that sometimes fail to register because they feel like lectures--though maybe Kramer’s message shouldn’t be so easy to hear.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Melissa Maerz
    If the hospital staff is desensitized to basic human dignity, the show makes sure its audience never is. [14/21 Nov 2014, p.100]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Melissa Maerz
    The adults' heated conversations can feel more like textbook debates than natural dialogue. But the acting is phenomenal. [8/15 Jan 2016, p.97]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Melissa Maerz
    If Going Clear were a Hollywood thriller, I’d complain that it’s too over-the-top. But this is real life, which is hard to believe. And it’s disturbingly good. [20/27 Mar 2015, p.95]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Melissa Maerz
    Judging by the first four episodes, though, it’s not only a gripping true-crime story, it’s also the most moral one I’ve seen in a long time.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 67 Melissa Maerz
    A glossy story of love gone wrong and then (slightly) redeemed at the end, without a whole lot of deep pathos in between.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Melissa Maerz
    The show's biggest weakness is the same as Jessica's: It starts out with extraordinary potential, but somewhere along the way, it loses what makes it special. [20/27 Nov 2015, p.99]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Melissa Maerz
    The cast is charming and there's a refreshing honesty about Cam. [3 Oct 2014, p.67]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Melissa Maerz
    It's very funny and occasionally quite moving, with a crackerjack cast and provocative insights into the way that race and power and magical chickens function in the penal system.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Melissa Maerz
    Just as adept with suspense as slapstick humor, it's both a piss-take of action dramas and a strong action drama in its own right.

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