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 10.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Melissa Maerz's Scores

Average review score: 77
Highest review score: 100 The Returned: Season 1
Lowest review score: 16 Anna Nicole
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 3 out of 146
146 tv reviews
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Melissa Maerz
    At its worst, it's hard to tell if Red Oaks is a clever satire of dumb, fun sex comedies or just a dumb, fun sex comedy itself. But Alexandra Socha ... gives me hope that the show is something smarter. [9 Oct 2015]
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Melissa Maerz
    People watch The Voice for the coaches, not the contestants--and at a time when everyone's fighting on American Idol, with Nicki Minaj playing the angriest Oompa Loompa on TV, it's nice to see judges having fun.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Melissa Maerz
    He was just as funny and quick-witted and inventive as he’s ever been off-camera, and he seemed genuinely excited about hosting the show in front of an audience.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 83 Melissa Maerz
    At its best, Scream Queens challenges our motives for empathizing with outcasts in the first place. When it specifically targets younger generations on that front, it feels fresh.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 83 Melissa Maerz
    It's Pretty Little Liars meets Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette, and it's good, frothy fun. [18 Oct 2013, p.59]
    • 60 Metascore
    • 83 Melissa Maerz
    Chandler's performance has gotten darker and deeper alongside an intimidating turn from (Owen) Teague.... When the plot focuses on John's unraveling, it's a taught work of suspense. [27 May 2016, p.53]
    • 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
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Melissa Maerz
    It's a good mix of highbrow humor and silly, kick-in-the-pants laughs. [22 Jan 2016, p.66]
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Melissa Maerz
    At a time when the world is overrun with Twitter-infatuated part-time comedians, this portrait of fame-thirsty New Yorkers is spot-on, and often very funny. They could be this generation’s Will and Grace.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 83 Melissa Maerz
    They're way more like us than the Kardashians, and they clearly love one another, roadkill dinners and all. [19 Jul 2013, p.80]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 60 Metascore
    • 83 Melissa Maerz
    The drama's just as intense as [Mark] Strong, who's clearly earned his last name. [9 Aug 2013, p.73]
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Melissa Maerz
    This is a wildly over-the-top but thoroughly entertaining soap opera, and it works because it follows the same philosophy Bobby does: If you want to succeed, you don’t have to be the smartest one in the room. You just have to be shameless.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Melissa Maerz
    As a mystery, it's still compelling. but not quite as deep. [13 Mar 2015, p.64]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Melissa Maerz
    All are very likable, which is a worthy enough reason to watch.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Melissa Maerz
    Enlisted feels like a charming military-inspired update of an Office-style workplace comedy. [10 Jan 2013, p.67]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Melissa Maerz
    The wit is rapid-fire, and keeping up with Louis-Dreyfus as she sprints between appointments, all shaken up like a soda bottle about to explode, is good fun. But the humor is so meta, it's easier to find yourself thinking "This is funny" than actually laughing.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Melissa Maerz
    At this point, Jax is so wishy-washy, it's hard not to root for the bad guys, especially since Lee has become the show's most entertaining villain. SOA always wrenches great comedy from gross-out violence, and Logue masters that art.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Melissa Maerz
    As a meditation on grief, The Leftovers can be oppressive.... As a mystery, however, it's gripping.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Melissa Maerz
    The writing can be smart and Feldman shows a real gift for playing neurotics whose grand flourishes will strike women as either romantic or totally creepy.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Melissa Maerz
    The steamy morality drama has become a thoughtful rumination on the sacrifices that parents (especially mothers) make for their families. It’s too bad, then, that so many plot twists are played for cheap thrills.
    • 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]
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Melissa Maerz
    For now, my expectations are still high—probably too high for this show. But maybe you can’t truly hate True Detective unless you love it enough to let it disappoint you.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Melissa Maerz
    Hart and friends are running low on self-deprecating material, with too many riffs on Hart's height, But Wand Sykes gets in a few sharp barbs. [18 Oct 2013, p.60]
    • Entertainment Weekly

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