Melissa Maerz
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For 92 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 72% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 22% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 11 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Melissa Maerz's Scores

Average review score: 76
Highest review score: 100 Orange is the New Black: Season 2
Lowest review score: 16 Dads: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 80 out of 92
  2. Negative: 3 out of 92
92 tv reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 67 Melissa Maerz
    If Betas keeps up with millennial cleverness, it's also sometimes a little too on-the-nose.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 67 Melissa Maerz
    It's mildly entertaining, but Outlaw TV it ain't.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 67 Melissa Maerz
    [The premiere episode] begins with some decent gags (Maron wanting to profess his love with a toe ring!) before he gets to groaners.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 67 Melissa Maerz
    There are still quite a few good reasons to watch this flawed show. The pilot features some clever twists that I won’t ruin here. The dialogue can be highly quotable, in an engrave-this-mantra-on-your-iPad way. (“Computers aren’t the thing–they’re the thing that gets us to the thing!”) And McNairy is fantastic, simmering with quiet intensity that suggests that there’s much more to Gordon than we’re privy to in the pilot.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 67 Melissa Maerz
    There are still too many characters to keep track of, and their numbers are only growing.... [But] There's a clever twist involving Eric that could set up an exciting arc for Sookie.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 67 Melissa Maerz
    Gordon has said that he's trying to dramatize the "complexity" of the Middle East, but there's not a lot of depth to the pilot.... If there's one thing that saves Tyrant, it's Bassam. By the end of the pilot, he's not the boring, all-moral hero that he seems.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 67 Melissa Maerz
    What started as satire now feels like a reheated reality "event" itself.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 67 Melissa Maerz
    It was... fine. Totally fine. Just as I'd suspected. Nothing spectacular. But nothing so embarrassing as NBC’s live production of The Sound of Music.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 58 Melissa Maerz
    You can't have young, dumb fun without the fun part, and the good times are increasingly rare this season. [2 Sep 2011, p.64]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 49 Metascore
    • 58 Melissa Maerz
    It's a teen soap opera but the hacky dialogue sounds like it was written by somebody's mother. [15 Jun 2012, p.77]
    • 58 Metascore
    • 58 Melissa Maerz
    It's getting harder to remember that this blood-leeching drama used to be a whole lot of fun.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Maerz
    There's a strong cast, including Ana Ortiz and Judy Reyes, but there are too many bad stereotypes. [21 Jun 2013, p.60]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Maerz
    The gore is inventive, but after the billionth bloodbath, there are still as many narrative loose ends as ever. When the story doesn't hold, even the jugular geysers feel boring.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Maerz
    Manhattan Love Story (ABC) makes the male lead feel almost irrelevant. He's not essential to the fantasy.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Maerz
    The tone changes so abruptly, what's meant to be funny comes off as bitter. [5 Dec 2015, p.65]
    • 33 Metascore
    • 42 Melissa Maerz
    It's the male Sex and the City, with more shirtless scenes (courtesy of Jerry O'Connell) and way less wit.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 42 Melissa Maerz
    Petals isn't good enough to satisfy anyone's nostalgia, and it's not bad enough to be awesome. [30 May/6 Jun 2014, p.111]
    • 42 Metascore
    • 33 Melissa Maerz
    ABC's more-silly-than-saucy new drama. [31 May/7 Jun 2013, p.130]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 45 Metascore
    • 16 Melissa Maerz
    The only way to get through the whole thing is to take a shot of peach schnapps whenever Smith blows kisses, poledances, or trips and falls down.
    • 15 Metascore
    • 16 Melissa Maerz
    Friends Warner (Giovanni Ribisi) and Eli (Seth Green) have clueless dads (Martin Mull and Peter Riegert) who might be racist, or maybe it's just the show. [20/27 Sep 2013, p.141]

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