Melanie McFarland

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For 402 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 5.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Melanie McFarland's Scores

Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 The Deuce: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 The War at Home: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 71 out of 402
402 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 80 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.
    • 76 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Melanie McFarland
    This slow boil approach yields poignant, aching performances from a cast that includes the late Reg E. Cathey as the morally solid chief of police, the extraordinary Philip Glenister as the town’s combative reverend, and Brent Spiner, loading his outwardly pleasant demeanor with a foul malice.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Melanie McFarland
    Snowfall gets dark but the producers use its tensions to grip the audiences as opposed to oppressing us. Franklin and the people he loves may be on their way to a hard fall from the clouds, but as this new season begins, the trip is fascinating.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Melanie McFarland
    Better Call Saul itself is a haunted work of television, although the spirits surrounding it are hallowed and sacred; it exists as a prequel to one of the finest series of television’s Golden Age, “Breaking Bad.” But Better Call Saul stands on its own.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Melanie McFarland
    This new season contains a number of reality show tropes, foremost among them being a season-long plan for a major event--this one being the wedding of a major character. At the same time such adventures most of us take for granted, such as getting a driver’s license, entering into a relationship or moving out on one’s own, are depicted with the extra level of care and vulnerability these milestones merit.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Melanie McFarland
    They’re adorable solutions-driven segments that clock in at under 15 minutes, but they’re also legitimately entertaining, and might even help keep a few child care providers from losing their minds.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Melanie McFarland
    Alas, though the heart of Disenchantment is in the right place, its episodes feel overly long and thin on pep. ... On the flipside, although Disenchantment is slower than “The Simpsons,” it’s also a lot darker than Groening’s other series in a very good way.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Melanie McFarland
    Together Issa and Molly make enough mistakes to keep Insecure spicy, fun and refreshingly real.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Melanie McFarland
    Toss in the comedy’s solid ensemble cast (especially Sherri Shepherd’s bright-eyed Anne Flatch, whose assortment of exotic medical conditions yields inspired physical comedy), and the result is an agile, wickedly funny slice of summertime escapism.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Melanie McFarland
    [Amy Poehler's] good-natured touch and Offerman’s (with whom she shares an executive producer credit) permeate the production. They’re buds, with Offerman’s craftsman background balancing her gee-whiz appreciation but professed lack of skills. Throw in an emphasis on cameradie as opposed to competitive snark, and this adaptation of the “Bake Off” format works beautifully
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Melanie McFarland
    Holland, Skarsgård and Noel Fisher (as a green but determined prison guard) anchor Castle Rock to a solidity that perhaps invites the view to pardon the wan efforts to flesh out other characters or allow us to truly care about them, and thereby fear for them, until the third hour.

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