Melanie McFarland

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For 412 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 48% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 50% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Melanie McFarland's Scores

Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Brockmire: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 October Road: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 71 out of 412
412 tv reviews
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Melanie McFarland
    Sparkling. Romantic. Awe-inspiring. Nostalgic. And occasionally, exhausting and a little saddening. That’s the holidays for you. That’s also The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, returning for its second season in fine form.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Melanie McFarland
    Dirty John doesn't hold any creative surprises for those familiar with the case, and it doesn't break any conventions amply established by, say, Investigation Discovery or Oxygen. That doesn't make it worthless, mind you. It has all the makings of a frivolous, ephemeral good time, a spiky bauble made to stand out among television's soft December offerings.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Melanie McFarland
    Beyond the emotional resonance of The Clinton Affair, director Blair Foster does an excellent job in structuring the history of and leading up to the impeachment proceedings that occurred 20 years ago while also emphasizing the emotional toll they took on everyone involved.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Melanie McFarland
    Brett Johnson and Michael Tolkin structure the eight-part series well enough, scripting crisp dialogue and tense scenes that allow Benicio Del Toro, Patricia Arquette and Paul Dano to rip into every frame with their performances. ... But the ponderous construction involved in getting there places a drag on its energy, to the point that the production asks not for the audience’s patience as much as perseverance.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Melanie McFarland
    In each era, the actors create a transfixing yin and yang that keeps the viewer’s rapt focus.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Melanie McFarland
    Sally4Ever isn’t necessarily bursting apart established conventions, but some moments challenge a person’s appetite. Although Davis draws our focus with her character’s outrageous selfishness, Shepherd is tasked with carrying Sally4Ever simply by reacting to all the attention in a way any sensible person would. ... Her subdued performance is a welcome counterbalance to Emma’s audacious egomania and David’s simpering foolery.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Melanie McFarland
    The series pairs Michael Douglas with Alan Arkin, perhaps the finest streaming comedy team-up since, well, matching Jane Fonda with Lily Tomlin. As acting coach Sandy Kominsky, Douglas easily slides into the role of a man whose tried his best to make a career out of his craft.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Melanie McFarland
    There’s much to appreciate in Conrad’s mastery of building tension toward ludicrous outcomes in some case, or punctuating stretches of relative calm with explosions of chaos and violence.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Melanie McFarland
    Among the series greatest strengths is its ability to present basketball’s history as part of fan conversation.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Melanie McFarland
    The economic presentation of its complexities is among the many reasons that it’s enjoyable. There’s that, and the fact that no episode runs longer than 38 minutes. Yet its plot loses none of its potency due to that devotion to brevity.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Melanie McFarland
    The first episode of the new “Charmed” is clunkier than Rose McGowan’s late-‘90s shoe game. That said, a pilot’s job is to clearly let viewers know what the series is going to be about.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Melanie McFarland
    We have this very likable cop show about a guy, John Nolan, who hits the mid-life reset button and decides to become a cop.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 20 Melanie McFarland
    What we got was a view of very rich people appreciating each other and sharing their incredibly myopic views on world events that stand to impact them directly, such as sexism in the entertainment industry or #MeToo.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Melanie McFarland
    Garner’s character receives the most significant development of the bunch, and even she’s two-dimensional at best.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Melanie McFarland
    In the second season, the continuing adventures of Jefferson Pierce, the show’s eponymous hero, may not be as interesting as the development of his daughters’ separate journeys as they mature into their powers. ... The new season also puts [Nafessa Williams’ Anissa Pierce] in a role enabling her to balance the scales in ways that her lawful father cannot, which should prove interesting as the season develops.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Melanie McFarland
    The Netflix drama’s reverence for the novel’s soul radiates through its interpretation of fear, belief and the true definition of a haunting. But the highest compliment one can pay to any tale of terror is that it feels real enough to stay with you, to keep you up at night and believe in it. ... Via writing, visuals and its cast performances, this new incarnation of “The Haunting of Hill House” is more than merely superb. It could prove to be the defining horror series of this moment.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Melanie McFarland
    Mr Inbetween is a modest time killer as those go these days. The entire season clocks in at under three hours, divided into efficient half-hour segments, two of which debuted last week. Its shortened length in no way shortchanges the viewer, though (Purveyors of extended hour-long episodic bloat, please take note). That said, whether you love Mr Inbetween or are turned off by it hinges upon Ryan’s rendering of Ray.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Melanie McFarland
    Projecting male sensitivity through drama scripts seems to be a difficult task for any writer who isn’t Shonda Rhimes, but this series is an example of how not to do it, in that it links men having feelings to crisis and misery. Relationship ennui and marital bed death are low-key obstacles here, but even worse is the way the premiere capitalizes on the disconnect between the four main characters and the wives and girlfriends in their lives.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Melanie McFarland
    Whittaker beams with joy and confidence and a smattering of comic derring-do reminiscent of past interpretations of the intergalactic hero’s personality.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Melanie McFarland
    Technically, English and her writing staff have done everything they can to preserve the style of the “Murphy Brown” of yore. As such, these new episodes aren’t terrible, or even middling. But they’re not outstanding, either. ... The good news is, thanks to Bergen, that Murphy is still there even though the world around her has transformed. Bergen’s scenes with McDorman coax forth the character’s best qualities, lending a fresh chemistry to a show too heavily reliant on the nostalgia for the old Murphy Brown.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Melanie McFarland
    The sneaky appeal of Single Parents isn’t the adults, even though Leighton Meester, Brad Garrett, Jake Choi and Kimrie Lewis are a lot more fun to watch than Killam's flaccid Will. It’s the kids. ... The child actors own and deliver each line like well-seasoned comedy pros with masterful timing. All by themselves, they make this sitcom worth checking out.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Melanie McFarland
    As long as you can forget about what you loved deeply about the original and accept that the new series only shares names in common, you’ll enjoy the ride it’s offering.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Melanie McFarland
    The cinematography in The Miniaturist imitates a Vermeer masterpiece's interplay between light and shadow, engulfing the action in mesmerizing glow that both augments and glamorizes the weight of what is essentially Petronella’s imprisonment. But the real treasure here is Garai’s icy meanness, which singlehandedly props up the rigid atmosphere within that grim home.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Melanie McFarland
    Holstein designs Carrey's role to capitalize upon what we know best about him, especially his sanguine smiles and rubberized buffoonery. The actor places those qualities into Jeff in a way that captures the damage and frailty sorrow creates in a person. As such, Kidding displays the potential to be vastly endearing although, initially, its inability to be pegged as one kind of show or another can prove frustrating at turns.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Melanie McFarland
    The second season pays dividends to the viewer in the form of taut and lively performances. ... If you’re not already invested in this drama, you may find this season to be shinier, brighter and more seductive than before. The Deuce was already an excellent drama. Now it’s definitively one of the best shows on TV.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Melanie McFarland
    Swiped is illuminating, fascinating, depressing and horrifying.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Melanie McFarland
    It jams so many subplots into its opening two episodes as to make it nearly impossible to connect to any of the characters in a meaningful way. ... Sutter has found a compelling lead actor in Pardo, whose onscreen chemistry with Olmos and Cardenas has enough fortitude to hold the center long enough for the show to find a map, if it can. First it would have to drop some of its bloat. ... The show’s 67-minute premiere is the storytelling equivalent stuffing 10 pounds of sausage into a two-pound bag.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Melanie McFarland
    USA and DeMonaco have somehow found a way to stretch out these tales over 10 episodes, which is about six more than feels sustainable. ... Left in its place is a shallow festival of violence and bloodshed, and not very artful demonstrations of either.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Melanie McFarland
    What may be one of the most important shows to debut this year, do not miss a moment of this 10-part documentary series. ... A compelling, potent education.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Melanie McFarland
    All of the performances in Jack Ryan transform what would be a rather typical military-hero-hunts-nefarious-brown-terrorists yarn into a series that leaves you curious about the fates of a number of unrelated people, including those related to the antagonists. ... It’s a bingeworthy action series led by a superhuman office worker. Need some people to root for? Krasinski, Pierce and Jack Ryan have you covered.

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