Melissa Maerz
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For 111 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 73% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 21% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 11.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Melissa Maerz's Scores

Average review score: 76
Highest review score: 100 The Fall: Season 2
Lowest review score: 16 Dads: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 98 out of 111
  2. Negative: 3 out of 111
111 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Melissa Maerz
    Emotionally, the show's been downward-spiraling for so long, it needs a break from all the bleakness. But the introductions of two new doctors should pep things up. [12 Apr 2013, p.69]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Melissa Maerz
    If Playing House has a problem, it’s that it’s not unrealistic enough. The escapism isn’t as wild or imaginative as it could be.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Melissa Maerz
    The unfortunate title is a disservice to this show's main character.... Luckily, the second episode makes Kate sympathetic, as she tries (and fails) to put her stepson (Albert Tsai) to bed. Akerman has nice, playful chemistry with Tsai, who shows good comic timing even though he's only 9.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Melissa Maerz
    Over 10 episodes, as these characters' lives intertwine, LaBute delivers a deeper meditation on the way people use each other, whether or not they're picking up the check.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Melissa Maerz
    The flimsy story isn't the draw: It's the nostalgia for mock-turtleneck belly tees and the greatness of lines like "I want to do things differently... But first? I want to smoke in a bar." [9 Jan 2015, p.74]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Melissa Maerz
    It's funny, but it's not revolutionary.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Melissa Maerz
    The Firm's straightforward, one-man-against-the-system story still feels compelling.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Melissa Maerz
    There's a lot of slow exposition here, requiring patience for new characters (like Ron Livingston as wealthy playboy Roy Phillips). But the body count builds by the time the credits roll, so those quiet rooms won't stay quiet for long. [6 Sep 2013, p.71]
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Melissa Maerz
    Together with Jon Voight, who's thrillingly twisted as Ray's crazy ex-con father, Mickey, Schreiber helps save this show from becoming just another drama about sex scandals diverted and TMZ headlines deferred.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Melissa Maerz
    Together, Gloria and Lauren Govanm Kimsha Artest, Imani Showalter, and their friends still bring the drama just like any real Mrs. NBA. [2 Sep 2011, p.67]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Melissa Maerz
    It's an old story. But co-creator Liz Heldens is fluent in teen-speak. [19 Jul 2013, p.80]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Melissa Maerz
    This is cult-classic, midnight-movie horror, designed in meticulous, mythology-respecting detail for comic-book readers and fangirls and -boys.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Melissa Maerz
    At its worst, Happyish feels like the mighty yawp of aging hipsters who are bitter for no good reason and weirdly out of touch with the way culture works. At its best, though, it’s like nothing else on TV.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Melissa Maerz
    Somehow, last night, the nice-guy role served him well with his first guests, Mila Kunis and Tom Hanks. He kicked back with them on the couch instead of conducting a formal interview from behind a desk, which made the conversation feel less stilted.... He will have to develop his own voice if he wants to compete.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 67 Melissa Maerz
    No matter who takes the title, these early rounds of Idol are win-win for everyone: Viewers get some good triumph-of-the-underdog stories; Carey and Minaj get to feel like they're back in high school; and the contestants get to dream of being showered with confetti in the finale and later achieving their best shot at a long-term career in this troubled music industry--ending up right back on American Idol, as a judge.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 67 Melissa Maerz
    Rhimes doesn't develop these affairs beyond their impact on the characters' careers, perhaps because the tone is supposed to be serious, not fun-flirty like Grey's. So it's hard to tell why these women sacrifice so much for the people they love.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 67 Melissa Maerz
    The quick wit isn't quite there anymore. [21 Jun 2013, p.58]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 67 Melissa Maerz
    Faris and Janney are funnier than the material.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 67 Melissa Maerz
    If there's a real competition here, it's among the coaches, to see who can withstand the humiliations longest.
    • 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
    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.

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