Melissa Maerz

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For 8 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 87% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 13% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 16.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Melissa Maerz's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 79
Highest review score: 100 Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
Lowest review score: 50 Lovelace
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
8 movie reviews
    • 80 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 83 Melissa Maerz
    Aniston works so hard to avoid sentimentality that it's disappointing when it creeps into the film. Director Daniel Barnz casts everything in a blue-yellow light that oversells the melancholy mood.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Melissa Maerz
    What saves Laggies is Knightley, who's all gangly limbs and pouty faces, schlepping around in pajamas, acting exactly like a teenager trapped in a grown-up world.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Melissa Maerz
    Disappearance is worth watching for Chastain's fierce performance as a woman swallowed up by bone-deep grief. If we can feel exactly what Eleanor is feeling, maybe we're not so alone after all.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Melissa Maerz
    What's on screen will leave you in a state of wonder. The sweeping cinematography surveys the cracked earth and Davidson's chapped skin with equal intensity, as if to remind us how vulnerable we puny mortals are.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 67 Melissa Maerz
    The Calling shares a little too much with atmospheric TV mysteries like "The Killing" and "Broadchurch": the hard-living female detective, the cloudy weather, the small-town existentialism.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Melissa Maerz
    Some lessons are overfamiliar (almonds good, corn syrup bad), but the section on corporate influence over school lunches is enough to make you spit out that 20-ounce soda from the concession stand.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Melissa Maerz
    Seyfried works hard for your empathy, with the same naïveté that helped secure Boreman's rep as the ''sexy Raggedy Ann.'' And Sarsgaard is perfect for this role, oozing '70s sleaze in all its mustache-smoothing glory. But even they can't add depth to this sad story.

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