Phillip Maciak
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For 26 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 42% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 58% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Phillip Maciak's Scores

Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 88 How to Make It in America: Season 2
Lowest review score: 25 Life's Too Short: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 26
  2. Negative: 3 out of 26
26 tv reviews
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Phillip Maciak
    The show, on the model of other epic sci-fi programs like Battlestar Galactica and The X-Files, still has the potential to break ground. But for now, it's telling a gripping, well-made story; it might not be ready to be appreciated as art, but it's impossible not to love it as entertainment.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Phillip Maciak
    [The] disappointment, and the full-hearted yet misguided ways Amy imagines she might transcend it, are the real subjects of the series, and Dern and White have both seemingly spent long careers in preparation for a project exactly as ambivalent, humane, and beautifully contradictory as this.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Phillip Maciak
    Asking viewers to simply look his characters in the eye, Milch has created an infuriatingly but genuinely moving drama.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Phillip Maciak
    In lieu of this transcendent attention to detail, however, there's still Brownstein and Armisen's magnetic and mysterious central relationship.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Phillip Maciak
    Shaw and her adherents are poised to bring some critical leavening to a series that maybe could use it. Season four still might end with the introduction of a band of lusty minotaurs or cokehead sasquatches, but, as it begins, we should be encouraged-and thanks to Shaw's boffo performance, delighted-to see True Blood thinking, even for a moment, about controlling itself.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Phillip Maciak
    Downton Abbey remains an extremely reliable television show. The appeal of the series is its pastness, its portrait of a completely foreign culture from a land before time.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Phillip Maciak
    It's by no means a flawless show, and there's no certainty that even a trio as strong as this one can float the series by sheer force of will, but if the last 10 minutes are any indication, Up All Night may just find itself the most elusive trophy of all: an audience.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Phillip Maciak
    The series isn't jaw-droppingly hilarious, but the writing is self-assured and full of punchy, Tweetable one-liners; its thin skein of a concept is enough to lend the proceedings some narrative structure, but not enough to make it feel programmatic, and its central performances are confident right out of the gate.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Phillip Maciak
    The series manages to be both entertaining and self-reflexive, populist and purposeful, and that's a rare thing in and of itself.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 63 Phillip Maciak
    The narrative structure of the series is not at all as ambitious as its price tag may suggest. Benioff and Weiss have chosen the easiest way to tell this story, and the show suffers from it. Following from that stunning close-up that opens the show, Game of Thrones does its best work in the close-up mode. The reason to keep watching this show lies in a handful of intricately drawn, engagingly performed characters.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Phillip Maciak
    Despite growing out of a plot conceit that involves Craigslist, New Girl--from its characters to the Felix the Cat-like predicaments in which they land--doesn't seem rooted in reality of any kind.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Phillip Maciak
    While squirrel-eating jokes are all well and good for now, if Wilfred is going to make it, Wood and Gann will have to develop some real chemistry and comic rhythm, especially if the show's writers continue to be so reliant on the inherent novelty of their premise.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 63 Phillip Maciak
    It has the advantage of a veritable galaxy of stars at its disposal, but all that sparkle too often comes together as a gaudy mess.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Phillip Maciak
    As stunning, seamless, and well-curated as this particular mixtape is, the viewer is haunted by the constant anxiety that, in the end, there's nothing holding it all together other than good taste.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 63 Phillip Maciak
    [A] starry-eyed, badly acted, occasionally stirring series.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 63 Phillip Maciak
    While plenty of Nashville is compelling, detailed, and beautifully acted, plenty of it feels boilerplate.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Phillip Maciak
    It's not easy, with all the silly one-liners, oddball plot twists, and frat-party ambience, to get terribly invested in who will win the power struggle that Camelot dramatizes. But if Fiennes and Green could stage a coup, wresting control of the show from its tawdrier impulses, then that might just be something worth watching.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Phillip Maciak
    Some of last season's morose attention to addiction has crept into the new episodes, signaling, possibly, that our band of brothers is on the road to disillusionment or even disaster. But the occasional insertion of a bitter pill in with all the uppers, more often than not, comes off as disingenuous.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Phillip Maciak
    The show's extravagant, aggressive joy about the friendly skies sometimes makes even that pinnacle of historical romance seem like a Lars Von Trier film in comparison.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Phillip Maciak
    The show largely treads disappointingly familiar territory.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Phillip Maciak
    True Blood has never been a show with a conscience, so it's awkward watching it try to get one in a hurry.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 38 Phillip Maciak
    The New Normal is a nominally progressive comedy with more gay jokes and regular old racism than Gallagher's stand-up act.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 25 Phillip Maciak
    Life's Too Short is occupied with nonsensical and barely developed sketch ideas as well as Extras-style celebrity cameos, Gervais and Merchant among them.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 25 Phillip Maciak
    Mistaking vulgarity for comic edge and very thinly stretched punnery for wit, Veep is less a trenchant satire about contemporary politics than it is a relentlessly mean-spirited spectacle about crummy people.

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