Melissa Maerz

Melissa Maerz

Agrees with the Tomatometer 82% of the time.

Melissa Maerz's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Entertainment Weekly

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B- 59% Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "If anything saves Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, it's the geek cred. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 27, 2015
B 74% Masters of Sex: Season 3 (TV, 2015) "Viewers might tune in for the bodies, but Masters of Sex is most provocative when it focuses on something much sexier: the brain. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 2, 2015
B 65% True Detective : Season 2 (TV, 2015) "This is a dreamworld, one that explores those "baser tendencies" in a way that only the subconscious can, and certain scenes stick with me long after I've watched. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jun 12, 2015
B- 69% Sense8: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "It's ambitious and passionate and very deeply flawed. So maybe it captures what it means to be human after all. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jun 9, 2015
92% Mad Men: Season 7 Episode 14 ""A lot has happened," Don says. It's an understatement that sums up the last eight years pretty well. I will really miss this show. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted May 18, 2015
96% Mad Men: Season 7 Episode 13 "I spent the end of this week's episode crying over a character I never thought I'd care about again. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted May 11, 2015
C 50% Grace and Frankie: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "It's tough to imagine a worse fit for Netflix. A sluggish, groanworthy comedy about depressed roommates? Who wants to binge that? " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted May 8, 2015
97% Mad Men: Season 7 Episode 11 "No one on Mad Men wants to admit that they're nearing the end. The show is stuck in a time loop, with characters repeating the same mistakes and plotlines getting respun. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Apr 27, 2015
B 30% Happyish: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Its more absurdist moments are so bizarre, they're advanced. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Apr 26, 2015
89% Mad Men: Season 7 Episode 10 ""The Forecast" is an episode about children turning into grown-ups, and grown-ups acting like children. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Apr 20, 2015
64% Mad Men: Season 7 Episode 9 "I'm still a big believer that all of this is leading to a gorgeous, meaningful, just slightly incomprehensible finale. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Apr 13, 2015
B+ 97% Louie: Season 5 (TV, 2015) "Even in a "laugh-centric" season that should appeal to a slightly bigger audience, it's not the jokes that stick with you. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Apr 9, 2015
96% Mad Men: Season 7 Episode 8 "Where there used to be fire, now there's only smoke, and everyone wants that fire back again. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Apr 6, 2015
B+ 97% Game of Thrones: Season 5 (TV, 2015) "Would-be kings and queens are shoring up their alliances for battle, which is smart for GoT, too. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Apr 2, 2015
B+ 74% Bloodline: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Bloodline isn't the only recent drama to explore the dark side of family loyalty-co-creator Todd A. Kessler mined that theme brilliantly as a writer for The Sopranos-but it wrenches real suspense from showing how those loyalties shift. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Mar 20, 2015
B+ 95% American Crime: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "It's not a Great American Crime Drama yet. But it's a good one. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Mar 16, 2015
A 93% Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015) "If Going Clear were a Hollywood thriller, I'd complain that it's too over-the-top. But this is real life, which is mind-blowing, and as a documentary, it's disturbingly good. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Mar 13, 2015
36% Down Dog: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Like the worst yoga evangelists, it's wincingly sincere, and a little too fond of the word "stoked." " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Feb 1, 2015
45% Mad Dogs: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "The drug runners are cartoonish (one wears an animal mask that's more adorable than menacing), and the show's cultural assumptions about the people of Belize are silly, if not offensive. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Feb 1, 2015
92% The New Yorker Presents: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "It might be hard to accept that great magazines don't always make for great television. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Feb 1, 2015
B+ 49% Cake (2015) "The smaller scenes that focus on the everyday reality of depression stick with you ... " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 21, 2015
A- 80% Downton Abbey: Season 5 (TV, 2014) "Proper ladies might find themselves shocked - shocked! - at how modern this period drama is getting. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Dec 18, 2014
C 81% Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce: Season One (TV, 2014-2015) "Maybe the problem is that GGTD exists in that tenuous place where serious marriage drama and breezy buddy comedy meet up, air-kiss, and exchange plastic surgeons' numbers. The tone changes so abruptly, what's meant to be funny comes off as bitter. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 28, 2014
B 48% Missing: Season 1 (TV, 2012) "Each episode has thoughtful things to say about paths untaken and lives unled. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 20, 2014
A 100% Getting On: Season 2 (TV, 2014) "Getting On finds great comedic tension between the gravitas of getting on (as in getting old and dying) and the levity required for getting on (as in just getting through the workday). " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 7, 2014
A 96% Olive Kitteridge: Season One (TV, 2014) "Olive Kitteridge is one of the best explorations of clinical depression that I've seen on television, particularly when it comes to how mental illness is passed down within families. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 5, 2014
B+ 95% The Affair: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "The murder mystery is compelling, parceled out with expert timing in tiny clues, and the psychology is fascinating. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Oct 23, 2014
B 69% Laggies (2014) "What saves Laggies is Knightley, who's all gangly limbs and pouty faces, schlepping around in pajamas, acting exactly like a teenager trapped in a grown-up world. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Oct 22, 2014
B+ 80% Marry Me: Season 1 (TV, 2014-2015) "Marry Me wouldn't work without Wilson and Marino, who make Annie and Jake just cringeworthy enough to be funny. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Oct 6, 2014
B 67% A to Z: Season 1 (TV, 2014-2015) "The writing can be smart and Feldman shows a real gift for playing neurotics whose grand flourishes will strike women as either romantic or totally creepy. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Oct 6, 2014
C 27% Manhattan Love Story: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "Manhattan Love Story makes the male lead feel almost irrelevant. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Oct 6, 2014
A- 98% Transparent: Season One (TV, 2014) "Transparent takes an almost indie-film approach and seeks to introduce you to a unique family in a unique set of circumstances and allow the power of the characters to win you over. And it works. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 25, 2014
86% How to Get Away With Murder: Season 1 (TV, 2014-2015) "The most addictive new thriller on TV. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 25, 2014
B 86% black-ish: Season 1 (TV, 2014-2015) "black-ish is good-ish. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 12, 2014
B 63% The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (2014) "Disappearance is worth watching for Chastain's fierce performance as a woman swallowed up by bone-deep grief. If we can feel exactly what Eleanor is feeling, maybe we're not so alone after all. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 10, 2014
A 81% Tracks (2014) "Like Davidson herself, this lush adaptation from director John Curran (The Painted Veil) is remarkable for accomplishing so much with so little. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 10, 2014
B- 51% 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 78% 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- 88% 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 70% 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- 50% 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+ 81% 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
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