Melanie McFarland

Melanie McFarland

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Publications:
Seattle Times
Total Reviews:
80

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
1/4 40% Can't Hardly Wait (1998) " The majority of the film is mired in magazine cliches and tired gags. Oh, look, the foreign exchange student only knows how to say he's a sex machine, haw! And the nerd's getting drunk! Hoo!" — Seattle Times
Posted Mar 19, 2014
4/4 93% Princess Mononoke (Mononoke-hime) (1999) " Beautifully constructed and painstakingly written, this is about as close to a perfect animated epic as you're likely to get." — Seattle Times
Posted Nov 27, 2013
71% Weeds: Season 1 (TV, 2005) " Parker's conflicted, weary mother gives Weeds a solid center, but Perkins and Nealon merrily chomp every scene they're in. " — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Sep 12, 2013
78% Breaking Bad: Season 1 (TV, 2008) " Breaking Bad turns unnecessarily nauseating by the beginning of the third episode, turning off anyone who isn't completely in by that point. " — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Jan 20, 2008
89% Nip/Tuck: Season 5 (TV, 2007-2009) " For the moment, Murphy can only sit back and see how the fifth season's turns and thrills sit with viewers, show us that change is welcome and there are no plans to turn back -- which is a good thing. " — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Oct 30, 2007
100% Dexter: Season 2 (TV, 2007) " Rarely has an image of evil looked so delectably good. " — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Sep 30, 2007
29% Private Practice: Season 1 (TV, 2007-2008) " While not as appalling as the back-door pilot last season, Private Practice manages to turn the viewer off in an entirely different way from the moment it starts. " — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Sep 26, 2007
55% The Big Bang Theory: Season 1 (TV, 2007-2008) " The pilot never ascends beyond the level of being cute and nice. " — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Sep 24, 2007
84% Chuck: Season 1 (TV, 2007-2008) " Chuck is, at its best, cute--and that's not enough to keep up with the big dogs. " — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Sep 24, 2007
91% Damages: Season 1 (TV, 2007) " Damages may be the best series in what's shaping up to be a bumper crop of high quality cable, and that's not a light statement. No piece is out of place here; the writing, the plotting, everything is in tune. " — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Jul 24, 2007
75% Saving Grace: Season 1 (TV, 2007) " This is not a shoot-the-moon, wholly unique story, but it's comforting and thoughtful. " — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Jul 23, 2007
87% Mad Men: Season 1 (TV, 2007) " All the craggy lies lurking beneath Mad Men's surface may someday earn it the title of the most gorgeous, fascinating story of deception that television ever told. " — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Jul 19, 2007
86% Burn Notice: Season 1 (TV, 2007) " This show has no illusions of being anything more than a solidly made and terrifically entertaining TV distraction, neat and crisp as citrus soda. " — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Jun 28, 2007
85% Army Wives: Season 1 (TV, 2007) " Army Wives is evidence of the channel's good shopping sense as opposed to production savvy. " — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted May 31, 2007
59% The Tudors: Season 1 (TV, 2007) " Anglophiles will scoff at the sloppiness with historical detail. Anyone else is going to be confused at why they're not seeing someone like Oliver Platt play Henry VIII " — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Apr 1, 2007
23% Rules of Engagement: Season 1 (TV, 2007) " Talking on the phone with your in-laws is preferable to paying attention, as is scrubbing the grout in your kitchen. " — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Feb 5, 2007
72% The Sarah Silverman Program: Season 1 (TV, 2007) " The Sarah Silverman Program fails to directly translate the insanity of Silverman's stand-up. You might as well drug a playful, charismatic chimp and put it in a straitjacket. " — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Jan 31, 2007
83% 24: Day 6 (TV, 2007) " All that remains is to see if 24 can build upon the tension and unbelievable moments making Sunday and Monday night's four-hour premiere the rocket-fueled thiller that it is. " — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Jan 14, 2007
—— Torchwood: Season 1 (TV, 2007) " There's a lot to love about "Torchwood," especially for fans of the early days of "The X-Files." " — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Oct 22, 2006
71% 30 Rock: Season 1 (TV, 2006-2007) " Smart, hilarious at points, with subtle bawdy jokes that zip right by if you're not paying attention. " — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Oct 11, 2006
100% Battlestar Galactica: Season 3 (TV, 2006-2007) " Humanity may be hurting, but "Battlestar Galactica" has returned in sharp, fighting form. " — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Oct 6, 2006
85% Dexter: Season 1 (TV, 2006) " The series quickly establishes itself as an elegant study in horror. " — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Oct 1, 2006
82% Heroes: Season 1 (TV, 2006-2007) " There are very few American adults who haven't had the "would you rather fly or be invisible" debate with pals after a few beers, so have a sliver of faith that "Heroes" will prevail. " — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Sep 25, 2006
50% Brothers & Sisters: Season 1 (TV, 2006-2007) " File this under "We'll See." " — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Sep 24, 2006
91% Ugly Betty: Season 1 (TV, 2006-2007) " Like the lovely Betty, its brilliance is not to be underestimated. " — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Sep 8, 2006
50% 'Til Death: Season 1 (TV, 2006-2007) " Good for curling up next to the spouse on the couch for a post-dinner giggle. " — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Sep 7, 2006
100% Weeds: Season 2 (TV, 2006) " Showtime is lucky to have plucked a show like Weeds, and smart to put muscle behind making it flourish. " — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Aug 14, 2006
40% Eureka: Season 1 (TV, 2006) " Though every episode promises an "aha!" moment based in quantum physics and obscure scientific laws, this world is relatively flat, conceptually speaking. " — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Jul 18, 2006
50% Psych: Season 1 (TV, 2006-2007) " Psych is one of those happy collisions of an intelligent script and an appealing cast. " — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Jul 7, 2006
83% Entourage: Season 3 (TV, 2006-2007) " "Entourage" has yet to display much substance. " — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Jun 11, 2006
69% The New Adventures of Old Christine: Season 1 (TV, 2006) " Old Christine runs on a concept that passed its expiration date a long time ago. " — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Mar 13, 2006
75% Big Love: Season 1 (TV, 2006) " If what we've seen is all there is, HBO should keep on looking for that magical marriage of quality and buzz. " — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Mar 12, 2006
46% The Boondocks: Season 1 (TV, 2005-2006) " For pulling off brilliant, unsettling moments, "The Boondocks" deserves a standing ovation. " — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Nov 6, 2005
9% Ghost Whisperer: Season 1 (TV, 2005-2006) " The problem is a lack of depth; "Joan of Arcadia," the series this is replacing, had heartfelt moments and significant emotion behind its storylines. Whereas this has Love telling ghosties to head for the light. " — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Sep 23, 2005
25% Criminal Minds: Season 1 (TV, 2005-2006) " Criminal Minds doesn't present any spin on the crime TV genre you haven't seen before, save for taking savagery against female victims to new heights. " — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Sep 22, 2005
56% How I Met Your Mother: Season 1 (TV, 2005-2006) " Out of all the comedies on television this fall, this show's ensemble melds together the best. " — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Sep 19, 2005
55% Bones: Season 1 (TV, 2005-2006) " Would We Watch Again? As it stands now, not likely. We enjoy Boreanaz, but this is no "Angel." " — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Sep 13, 2005
69% Supernatural: Season 1 (TV, 2005-2006) " This is a series one measures in thrills. " — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Sep 13, 2005
75% Hustle: Season 1 (TV, 2006) " Its hipster appeal feels a bit too calculated for my tastes. " — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Feb 24, 2004
1.5/4 14% Ghost Ship (2002) " Truly a cinematic albatross, Ghost Ship should be enjoyed after sipping some Halloween grog." — Seattle Times
Posted Oct 25, 2002
2/4 61% Blue Crush (2002) " Blue Crush is one of those tough-to-sell late-summer flicks made for marketing impossible dreams and fashion. But its main failure is the way it undermines its heroine's drive and strength." — Seattle Times
Posted Aug 16, 2002
3/4 33% Windtalkers (2002) " This is one of the most intensely personal war films you will ever see." — Seattle Times
Posted Jun 14, 2002
3.5/4 77% Undercover Brother (2002) " A colorful, cool and completely hilarious ride that'll have you rolling through the outtakes." — Seattle Times
Posted May 31, 2002
2/4 67% Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones 3D (2002) " Yes, Episode II is beautifully rendered and better than the last. It's also duller than Tatooine's desert landscape until the last half-hour." — Seattle Times
Posted May 16, 2002
3.5/4 92% Nine Queens (Nueve reinas) (2002) " The film seethes with a sense of something more sinister at work around us, building to the point that you're not sure who's getting played and who isn't." — Seattle Times
Posted May 3, 2002
3/4 60% The Independent (2001) " Good but not great." — Seattle Times
Posted May 3, 2002
3/4 92% Dogtown and Z-Boys (2001) " A wonderful demonstration of how employing the aesthetic values of a subject can produce a raw, jagged exciting style in cinematic nonfiction." — Seattle Times
Posted May 3, 2002
0/4 20% Jason X (2002) " The 10th installment of the Friday the 13th franchise is, hands down, the worst of the worst." — Seattle Times
Posted Apr 26, 2002
1.5/4 29% The Other Side Of Heaven (2001) " As exciting as all this exoticism might sound to the typical Pax viewer, the rest of us will be lulled into a coma." — Seattle Times
Posted Apr 12, 2002
3/4 43% Escaflowne - The Movie (2000) " Romantic, riveting and handsomely animated." — Seattle Times
Posted Mar 29, 2002
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