Melissa Maerz Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

Melissa Maerz

Melissa Maerz

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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
A- 80% Downton Abbey: Season 5 (TV, 2015) "Proper ladies might find themselves shocked - shocked! - at how modern this period drama is getting. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jun 29, 2016
B 97% Orange is the New Black: Season 4 (TV, 2016) "There might be new stories to tell, but on Orange, just like in Litchfield, the OGs still rule. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jun 9, 2016
A 99% The Americans: Season 4 (TV, 2016) "Guided by character-driven, cause-and-effect drama, season 4 achieved a clean yet intricate design: it was a series of rebellions and rebellions within rebellions, a set of Russian nesting dolls. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jun 9, 2016
A- 87% UnReal: Season 2 (TV, 2016) "UnREAL just gets smarter the more shameless it gets. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jun 3, 2016
B+ 89% Preacher: Season 1 (TV, 2016) "Throughout Preacher, you'll switch back and forth between rolling your eyes and not wanting to blink. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted May 19, 2016
A- 97% Lady Dynamite: Season 1 (TV, 2016) "Yes, anything can happen in Bamford's world, and that sense of endless possibility makes Lady Dynamite a joy to watch. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted May 17, 2016
C+ 20% Chelsea: Season 1 (TV, 2016) "Even though she's been given a get-out-of-jail-free pass from Netflix, Handler still chooses the same conventional structure that everyone else has. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted May 12, 2016
C- 89% Grace and Frankie: Season 2 (TV, 2016) "For a story about two women who've been betrayed, abandoned, and forced to rebuild their whole lives in their 70s, Grace and Frankie is a remarkably Zen show -- and, not coincidentally, a remarkably dull one. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted May 2, 2016
B+ 60% Animals.: Season 1 (TV, 2016) "Animals might be the best Adult Swim cartoon that never aired on Adult Swim. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Feb 5, 2016
B+ 70% Baskets: Season 1 (TV, 2016) "Between its Marcel Marceau aspirations and its bull-taunting stunts, it's a good mix of highbrow humor and silly, kick-in-the-pants laughs. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 20, 2016
B+ 73% Billions: Season 1 (TV, 2016) "This is a wildly over-the-top but thoroughly entertaining soap opera, and it works because it follows the same philosophy Bobby does: If you want to succeed, you don't have to be the smartest one in the room. You just have to be shameless. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 14, 2016
B- 57% Shades of Blue: Season 1 (TV, 2016) "This show might not be the best thing since The Shield, but it's a step above NCIS. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 8, 2016
C 54% The Shannara Chronicles: Season 1 (TV, 2016) "The world-building is imaginative and impressive, but the mythology is exhausting to keep up with, especially when the reward is basically a romance-novel version of The Lord of the Rings, complete with courtly hand-kissing and sexy elfin bubble baths. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 4, 2016
A 97% Making a Murderer: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "It's not only a gripping true-crime story, it's also the most moral one I've seen in a long time. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Dec 17, 2015
B 78% Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors (2016) "To paraphrase something Parton once said about herself: It may look fake, but it's real where it counts. What counts most is the acting, which lends the story a naturalism that the script can't. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Dec 14, 2015
A- 91% The Wiz Live! "You can blame nostalgia for the original musical. But even if you don't believe it's a brand new day, it's nice to still love the old one. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Dec 4, 2015
A- 97% Transparent: Season 2 (TV, 2015) "Transparent understands the intimacy of siblings better than any drama since Six Feet Under (where Jill Soloway got her start), and Soloway has a gift for making viewers shift loyalties from one Pfefferman to the next, as if we were part of the family. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Dec 4, 2015
80% Empire: Season 2 Episode 10 "We're left with so many questions. Can Rhonda survive the fall? Will Lucious make good on his threat to kill Hakeem? And most important, as this season continues to go off the rails, will you still be around to watch? " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Dec 3, 2015
B+ 28% The Art of More: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "It's fun to learn the history behind auction items like Steve McQueen's Ferrari and the Who's handwritten lyrics. But the best part is reveling in the evildoings of the one percent. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 19, 2015
79% Empire: Season 2 Episode 8 "They made a Pepsi commercial and disguised it as an Empire episode. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 19, 2015
A- 77% House of Cards: Season 3 (TV, 2015) "He might be evil, but he's very effective. Besides, this is Washington. If his downfall comes, he'll just wait four years and rise again. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 17, 2015
B 93% Marvel's Jessica Jones: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "To be fair, it's relatively good for a Marvel TV show. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 12, 2015
50% Empire: Season 2 Episode 7 "For the past few weeks, Empire has really lost the plot. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 12, 2015
B+ 61% Flesh and Bone: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Walley-Beckett understands the way women relate to and compete with one another in a more nuanced way than Aronofsky's over-the-top movie did. If Black Swan was a horror story about women, then Flesh and Bone is one made for them. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 5, 2015
69% Empire: Season 2 Episode 6 "Once again, this week's episode sets up a major dramatic arc with a lot of potential -- only to watch the writers forget about the whole story line just a few minutes later, when they're distracted by another crazy twist. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 5, 2015
A- 93% Togetherness: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Togetherness is a charming surprise. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Oct 30, 2015
A- 100% Getting On: Season 3 (TV, 2015) "In its third and final season, the series is still brilliantly droll, elevating the most mundane moments into something that's either hilariously awkward or genuinely moving -- or, at its best, both. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Oct 30, 2015
93% Empire: Season 2 Episode 5 "It's a disappointing twist. There have been so many family feuds and reconciliations in every single episode of Empire this season that there hasn't been a chance for the drama to escalate into a full-blown war, which the show really needs. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Oct 22, 2015
B+ 100% The Americans: Season 3 (TV, 2015) "This might be a philosophical season of The Americans, but like any good countercultural force, it still gets its thrills from sex and violence. Anything else would be un-American. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Oct 16, 2015
92% Empire: Season 2 Episode 4 "Watching Cookie hustle is one of the best parts of Empire. Like the animals whose prints cover her shoes, she's at her fiercest when she's backed into a corner, ready to claw her way out. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Oct 15, 2015
100% Catastrophe: Series 1 (TV, 2015) "Somehow, it's far more romantic than any rom-com I've seen in a long time. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Oct 14, 2015
83% Empire: Season 2 Episode 3 "Thankfully, this week's dinner scene brings back the old-school, hold-my-diamond-drop-earrings drama that Empire fans live for. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Oct 13, 2015
100% Please Like Me: Season 1 (TV, 2013) "This is a show about trying to develop real connections with others, and it's often quite moving. Watch it now, while it's just as young and awkward and full of potential as the audience it's intended for. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Oct 8, 2015
A No Score Yet Please Like Me: Season 2 (TV, 2014) "Thomas is a modern-day Oscar Wilde, a sharp-witted dandy who skewers hipster idiocy. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Oct 8, 2015
B+ 97% The Knick: Season 2 (TV, 2015) "It's not just the gross-out surgery scenes that make this show. The new season also offers sharp insight into the ways great minds can be reduced to mere bodies-socially, politically, and professionally. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Oct 8, 2015
B 90% Casual: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "While they struggle through bad dates, the pilot's take on these lovable downers is a bit of a downer itself, but the second half hour sharpens its wit, promising better episodes to come. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Oct 6, 2015
B+ 100% Empire: Season 2 Episode 2 "Cue the dramatic music Empire reserves for truly evil characters. If Officer Luda could grow a longer mustache, he'd twirl it. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Oct 4, 2015
A- 92% The Affair: Season 2 (TV, 2015) "Helen's an intriguingly conflicted personality, and an even better cautionary tale. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 30, 2015
79% Red Oaks: Season 1 (TV, 2014-2015) "I'd tune in just to watch Ennis Esmer, who's hilariously sleazy as David's boss. For anyone who misses Eastbound's Kenny Powers, here's your new favorite character. He's just the right amount of wrong. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 24, 2015
68% Scream Queens: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "The whole time I watched, I was either laughing out loud, or feeling guilty for laughing out loud. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 24, 2015
84% Quantico: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "It's the best Shonda Rhimes drama that Shonda Rhimes never touched. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 24, 2015
95% The Man in the High Castle: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "The plot isn't even the best part. It's the evocative paranoid world that creator/executive producer Frank Spotnitz has built. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 24, 2015
B 100% Empire: Season 2 Episode 1 "Ask Cookie, though, and she'll only insist that she's doing this for the good of the children. What a coincidence! That's our motive for watching this show, too. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 24, 2015
B 87% Homeland: Season 5 (TV, 2015) "There's still enough at stake with the journalist to keep a viewer hooked, but if this season doesn't revamp the same old tropes soon, it'll be tempting to fast-forward through Carrie's latest breakdown. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 24, 2015
C- 68% Blindspot: Season 1 (TV, 2015-2016) "One's feelings about Blindspot will depend largely upon one's appetite for heightened action-thriller silliness. And once the show actually begins, Blindspot does not disappoint on that front -- though it disappoints in just about every other way. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 22, 2015
A- No Score Yet Doll & Em: Season 2 (TV, 2015) "In a TV landscape brimming with epic prestige dramas, the memory of this tiny character study sticks with you. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 11, 2015
B+ 91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Colbert is the master of asking obvious but fascinating questions that hardly anyone else ever asks. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 9, 2015
75% Captivated "I still don't know if Smart is innocent. No one outside the case ever will. But watching Captivated certainly made me reconsider why I assumed she was guilty in the first place. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Aug 21, 2015
A 97% Show Me a Hero: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "It's a human story, one that makes you empathize with everyone involved. And it's also a mythic story, one that speaks to the institutional limitations of the American dream. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Aug 12, 2015
B- 77% Fear the Walking Dead: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "It keeps repeating the same old tropes, expecting to give us a different kind of zombie show. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Aug 12, 2015
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