Charlie McCollum

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For 201 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 66% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 32% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Charlie McCollum's Scores

Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Band of Brothers: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 In Case of Emergency: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 30 out of 201
201 tv reviews
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Charlie McCollum
    There are some bumpy spots in the first two episodes, but "Life" is worth sampling. [7 Oct 2004]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Charlie McCollum
    At least "Watching Ellie" takes some risks and tries something different -- even if the risks don't translate to laughs and the concept doesn't really work. [26 Feb 2002]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Charlie McCollum
    Unfortunately, what hasn't changed is that this comedy about the life of a neurotic nightclub singer simply isn't very funny. [14 Apr 2004]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Charlie McCollum
    As TV science fiction goes, there's nothing particularly bad about this spinoff from the long-running Stargate series. On the other hand, there's nothing particularly good about it either. [15 Jul 2004]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Charlie McCollum
    At times, the storytelling is hopelessly and irritatingly convoluted. But you have to admire the ambition of the filmmakers in tackling both tough subjects and complex themes, a cast that rises to the occasion and the "24"-like kinetic energy. [26 Jan 2004]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 40 Metascore
    • 20 Charlie McCollum
    The series' first episode was lifeless, with perhaps three good lines in the entire half hour. Almost all of the film's charm seems to have drained away during the transition to TV. Perhaps later episodes will be better, but I wouldn't hold out much hope. [26 Feb 2003]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Charlie McCollum
    Gone are the wit, the entertaining twists on sci-fi films and actors (outside of Gross) who knew they were doing a sendup of the genre. And the special effects are so cheesy that it looks as if the series cost about $1.95 to make...It's hard to believe that Sci Fi canceled the fine "Farscape" to put this series on the air. [28 Mar 2003, p.TV]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Charlie McCollum
    The dialogue is often sharp, well-observed and very funny. It is sexy and, occasionally, raunchy in both language and love-making. The cast members make the lead characters warm and interesting. [16 Jan 2004, p.7G]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Charlie McCollum
    Las Vegas has proved to be an entertaining guilty pleasure. Flashy, often trashy and slickly produced, the drama may be fluff, but it's good, sexy fluff with James Caan on hand to provide a bit of gravitas. [13 Sept 2004, p.1C]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Charlie McCollum
    Put together, all these elements make Rescue Me one of the television's top dramas, on a par with the likes of "Deadwood" and "The Shield." It is that rare TV series that offers insight, generates heartfelt emotion and challenges the viewer to consider the darker corners of the soul. [21 June 2005, p.2D]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Charlie McCollum
    There is no question Rescue Me walks a very thin artistic line. The miracle, in television terms, is how brilliantly it works. While heart-wrenching at times, it is also a very funny series. [21 July 2004, p.6E]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Charlie McCollum
    Deadwood may not offer the vision of the Old West Americans have had for years, but it is a stunning, intelligent, almost poetic view of how we came to be a nation. [5 Mar 2005, p.1E]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Charlie McCollum
    What Deadwood becomes within its first four episodes is a complex, neo-Shakespearean take on social and institutional corruption, racism, environmental barbarism, and the nature of good and evil. It not only provides a different view of how the West was won but also muses on how the taming of the frontier mirrors modern times. [21 Mar 2004, p.3E]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Charlie McCollum
    It's an extraordinary achievement, particularly since the miniseries ended up involving seven directors, including Hanks, and six writers. There is an inevitable difference in tone between the episodes, but "Band" never wavers from its vision of re-creating the experience of war through the eyes of average soldiers. [9 Sept 2001, p.3E]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Charlie McCollum
    The writing is clever with sly references to the Man of Steel myths. In Welling and Kristin Kreuk, who plays Lana Lang, they have actors who are not only good but will be on the cover of every teen magazine within weeks. And Michael Rosenbaum manages to make Lex sympathetic even when you know he will end up being Superman's greatest enemy. [16 Oct 2001, p.1E]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Charlie McCollum
    Until "Carnivale" fulfills more of its promise, my enthusiasm is restrained. [3 Jan 2005]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 65 Metascore
    • 100 Charlie McCollum
    The writing... is sharp and rich. The production -- from the design of the carnival to the evocative cinematography -- is dazzling. The direction from the likes of "Sopranos" veteran Rodrigo Garcia is first-rate. And the acting is sensational. [14 Sep 2003]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Charlie McCollum
    The special stays true to the tone and searing wit of the original series and makes for a spectacularly funny coda to "The Office." [18 Oct 2004]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Charlie McCollum
    "The Sopranos" has renewed and refreshed its ability to surprise. [4 Mar 2001]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Charlie McCollum
    Jammed with characters and story lines, it has a Dickensian quality in its ability to capture time and place with precision. It is almost never predictable, avoiding the cliches of the Mafia genre even while it revels in them. Just when you think a story line is going in a particular direction, the show will suddenly shift gears and veer off into unfamiliar terrain without stretching plausibility to the breaking point. [16 Jan 2000]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 95 Metascore
    • 88 Charlie McCollum
    As good as some other cop shows are -- "The Shield," for example -- no other comes this close to a true-to-life portrayal of life on the mean streets. [29 May 2003]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Charlie McCollum
    It is a relentlessly grim (and rather gruesome) episode with none of the bits of humor that mark the other "CSI" shows. [22 Sep 2004]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Charlie McCollum
    There is more tension to the interaction between the characters and more emotions in play. [23 Sep 2002]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Charlie McCollum
    It can be downright uproarious at times. [27 Jun 2006]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Charlie McCollum
    An underlying warmth and a certain charm to the characters mitigate some of the childish jokes and give the series real appeal. [5 Aug 2005]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Charlie McCollum
    While Botwin's crime world is the engine that drives "Weeds," there is much more to the show than that. At its core, it's a subtle satire of suburban life, politics, social mores and race. [13 Aug 2007]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Charlie McCollum
    'Weeds' stumbles at times during its first few episodes. It makes some of its points with too little humor and subtlety. But for the most part, this is a nuanced comedy with interesting characters performed by a first-rate cast. [5 Aug 2005]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Charlie McCollum
    In its early episodes, "American Dad" not only follows the lead of "Family Guy" but also throws in digs at U.S. political institutions. [1 May 2005]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Charlie McCollum
    A veritable treasure trove of frat-house humor. [1 May 2005]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Charlie McCollum
    Johnson is such a multi-layered character, and Sedgwick plays her so beautifully that you can forgive the weaknesses of the opening episode and hope they get smoothed out in what could be a very long run for this show. [13 Jun 2005]
    • San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times

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