Melissa Maerz

Melissa Maerz

Agrees with the Tomatometer 83% of the time.

Publications:
Entertainment Weekly
Total Reviews:
37

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 1 - 37 of 37
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
B- 44% The Calling (2014) " There's one scene in this serial-killer drama that may haunt you, especially if you have a thing about corpses' mouths (shiver)." — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Aug 28, 2014
A 75% The Cosmopolitans: Season One (TV, 2014) " It's funny, and tender, and brimming with sharply observed conversations that cement Stillman's rep as "the WASPy Woody Allen." " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Aug 28, 2014
A- 87% The Knick: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " For a period piece, it's strikingly contemporary - and quite gory, although the surgery scenes never feel gratuitous. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Aug 8, 2014
A- 56% Married: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Everyone strikes the right balance of funny and sad that comes with accepting that you're an adult. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 17, 2014
B 87% The Strain: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " This is cult-classic, midnight-movie horror, designed in meticulous, mythology-respecting detail for comic-book readers and fangirls and -boys. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 3, 2014
B 69% The Leftovers: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Between the mystical animals and the wild-theory-ready plot, Lost fans will eat this up like so much Dharma peanut butter. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jun 30, 2014
B- 60% Tyrant: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " With so much attention focused on this American series set in the Middle East, Tyrant is already an important show. Now it just has to prove that it's also a good one. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jun 20, 2014
B- 46% True Blood: Season 7 (TV, 2014) " The opening scene makes True Blood look a little too much like The Walking Dead: Hep-V-infected vampires are pulling bodies out of cars, feasting on flesh, and kidnapping people from Bellefleur's. Luckily, they're also killing superfluous plotlines. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jun 19, 2014
A 97% Orange is the New Black: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " Orange Is the New Black might be the closest thing we have to Charles Dickens right now: a sharp denunciation of an arcane system, driven by hardscrabble characters with whimsical names that define who they are and what they like. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted May 22, 2014
A 92% Louie: Season 4 (TV, 2014) " It ends up challenging the idea that the ''naturalism'' we love from comedians is any less of a false construction than surrealism. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted May 9, 2014
B+ 82% Fed Up (2014) " Some lessons are overfamiliar (almonds good, corn syrup bad), but the section on corporate influence over school lunches is enough to make you spit out that 20-ounce soda from the concession stand." — Entertainment Weekly
Posted May 8, 2014
B+ 81% The Spoils of Babylon: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The real laughs come from seeing so many famous people in absurd situations wax-ing nostalgic for the age of the melodrama, when the romance was good, the greenscreens were bad, and the fashion was even worse. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 6, 2014
A- 84% Upstream Color (2013) " If the movie is a bit of a mystery, so is Carruth." — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Dec 17, 2013
B+ 100% Sound City (2013) " Dave Grohl's terrific new doc, Sound City, profiles the studio where some of the greatest music of the past four decades was born." — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Dec 16, 2013
A —— Black Mirror: Season 1 (TV, 2011) " When it's over, you'll need that TARDIS to transport you back to before you first heard about Black Mirror, so that each episode can surprise you all over again. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Dec 3, 2013
B- 80% Betas: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " If Betas keeps up with millennial cleverness, it's also sometimes a little too on-the-nose. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 21, 2013
B+ 90% The Wrong Mans: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " Just as adept with suspense as slapstick humor, it's both a piss-take of action dramas and a strong action drama in its own right. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 21, 2013
A 100% The Returned: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " A new zombie classic - a haunting tribute to the lost loves who feed on your brain forever. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Oct 30, 2013
A- 90% Masters of Sex: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " Masters of Sex is that rare show that's clever enough to have it both ways. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Oct 16, 2013
B 70% The Michael J. Fox Show: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014) " Luckily, he (Fox) still has some of that Alex P. Keaton charm, and he's also helped by a strong supporting cast. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 25, 2013
B+ —— The Voice: Season 4 (TV, 2013) " People watch The Voice for the coaches, not the contestants - and at a time when everyone's fighting on American Idol, with Nicki Minaj playing the angriest Oompa Loompa on TV, it's nice to see judges having fun. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 20, 2013
B- 67% Mom: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014) " Luckily, Faris and Janney are funnier than the material. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 16, 2013
B 78% Sons of Anarchy: Season 6 (TV, 2013) " SOA always wrenches great comedy from gross-out violence, and Logue masters that art, killing innocents with slapstick timing and using his enemies' teeth to crack open beer bottles. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 6, 2013
A 100% Breaking Bad: Season 5 (TV, 2012-2013) " No matter what happens, the end of Bad should be very good. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Aug 8, 2013
C 54% Lovelace (2013) " Reduces her troubled life to scenes of sex and violence so cartoonish they should've been relegated to a hair-metal video." — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Aug 7, 2013
A- 90% Broadchurch: Series One (TV, 2013) " Broadchurch is a gripping portrait of small-town paranoia. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 31, 2013
B+ 90% The Bridge (FX): Season 1 (TV, 2013) " You know you're watching a great serial-killer mystery when the serial killer is the least interesting part. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 17, 2013
B+ 93% Orange is the New Black: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " It's very funny and occasionally quite moving, with a crackerjack cast and provocative insights into the way that race and power and magical chickens function in the penal system. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 11, 2013
B 76% Ray Donovan: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " Together with Jon Voight, who's thrillingly twisted as Ray's crazy ex-con father, Mickey, Schreiber helps save this show from becoming just another drama about sex scandals diverted and TMZ headlines deferred. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jun 26, 2013
C+ 40% True Blood: Season 6 (TV, 2013) " You know things are getting sad when True Blood's trademark nudity isn't sexy anymore. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jun 12, 2013
B+ 78% Arrested Development: Season 4 (TV, 2013) " This isn't just another season of the show - it's a heartfelt tribute to seasons past. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted May 30, 2013
B 88% Veep: Season 2 (TV, 2013) " The wit is rapid-fire, and keeping up with Louis-Dreyfus as she sprints between appointments, all shaken up like a soda bottle about to explode, is good fun. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Apr 3, 2013
A- 100% Game of Thrones: Season 3 (TV, 2013) " The most compelling characters in season 3 are the gentleladies. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Mar 27, 2013
B+ 80% Ginger & Rosa (2013) " Teenagers do horrible things to each other in the name of their ''ideals.'' But adults do too, which is so much worse." — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Mar 13, 2013
A- 90% The Americans: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " The Americans, after a slightly uneven start, is fast becoming one of TV's best new shows. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Mar 6, 2013
B 100% Grey's Anatomy: Season 9 (TV, 2012-2013) " There's still one good reason to keep watching: Where else can you find such deep friendships between female co-workers? " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 24, 2012
B 41% The Firm: Season 1 (TV, 2012) " The Firm's straightforward, one-man-against-the-system story still feels compelling - especially when that one man happens to look like a Tom Ford model and yet comes off as totally relatable. " — Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 8, 2012
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