Melissa Maerz

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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
B 78% Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors (2015) 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2015
A- 91% The Wiz Live! (2015) 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2015
75% Captivated (2014) 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2015
A 95% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2015
B+ 48% Cake (2015) The smaller scenes that focus on the everyday reality of depression stick with you ... - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2015
B 65% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2014
B 66% The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them (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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2014
A 83% 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 EDIT
Read More | 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2014
A- 86% Upstream Color (2013) If the movie is a bit of a mystery, so is Carruth. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2013
B+ 98% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2013
C 53% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2013
B+ 78% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2013