For 28 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 35% higher than the average critic
  • 7% same as the average critic
  • 58% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Aaron Riccio's Scores

  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 The L.A. Complex: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Zero Hour: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 28
  2. Negative: 8 out of 28
28 tv reviews
    • 59 Metascore
    • 100 Aaron Riccio
    Well written and acted, almost perfectly paced, and entirely unlike anything else on television, Spartacus isn't just bloody good, it's bloody excellent.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Aaron Riccio
    Rather than waiting for a future payoff, Fringe is cashing in with every episode, showing us the escalating war between worlds-and with likeable characters and compelling cases to boot. Ironically, it's by branching out in two different directions that the show has become, more than ever, the centerpiece of a hypercompetitive Thursday night lineup.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Aaron Riccio
    Treme gives you the best, then, of dramas and documentaries: a moving snapshot of a city, and its flesh-and-blood people, in transition.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Aaron Riccio
    It's arresting and criminally entertaining.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 88 Aaron Riccio
    As the tactics of these two characters [Marcus Crassus and Spartacus] grow all but indistinguishable, it becomes clear why this final season is labeled War of the Damned, and all but guarantees that while their fighting will lead to a bitter end, it will lead viewers to the most savory of conclusions.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Aaron Riccio
    Thanks to the exciting new chemistry on the show, Human Target can now find complications within the ensemble, and not just within each week's set piece.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Aaron Riccio
    Lights Out isn't a knockout, but it's got enough grit and sweat to keep viewers on their toes.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Aaron Riccio
    Strike Back isn't brilliant television, but it's plenty entertaining, and by fitting the action of 24 with the grit of The Unit (and the nudity of Cinemax), it fills a .22 caliber hole in American television.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 75 Aaron Riccio
    When it gets past such clunkiness, Homeland is eerily effective.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Aaron Riccio
    The Newsroom is a message-driven delight--at least for liberals--that's bogged down by uninteresting characters.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Aaron Riccio
    While the show's certainly grown more tightly plotted in the last several seasons, especially after cutting the number of episodes down to 10 and reducing (often via murder) the number of secondary characters, Damages is still suffering from some seemingly needless bloat.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 Aaron Riccio
    When it's at the top of its game, Dexter brings True Blood to mind, subverting conventions of horror and violence to mock the various accoutrements of "normal" suburban life. With stepchildren Astor (Christina Robinson) and Cody (Preston Bailey) relegated to their grandparents' house, and with an Irish maid, Sonya (Maria Doyle Kennedy), caring for Harrison, the show loses some of its charm.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 63 Aaron Riccio
    For all the talk about the expense of recreating the boardwalk for the show, Atlantic City isn't a character the way it could or should be; most of the action takes place in back alleys and hotel rooms.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 63 Aaron Riccio
    It'll take every ounce of writer/creator Joe Weisberg's strength to keep this from seeming like a watered-down Homeland, or, worse, a film idea stretched across 13 hours.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Aaron Riccio
    The result is both good and bad: On the one hand, Weeds feels fresh again. On the other, the writers still don't know what sort of show they're making, and the supporting cast keeps getting shoehorned into new roles.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Aaron Riccio
    The chilling threat of Miracle Day involves a power strong enough to "force people into life," and one can only hope that in future installments, Davies and company are smart enough to realize that they shouldn't try to force square actors into circular plots.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 38 Aaron Riccio
    So while the one-liners are sub-CSI: Miami ("Time to upgrade," quips Becca as she overrides a security system; "Oh, no," she monotones upon discovering a corpse), the cinematography and fight choreography serve to at least temporarily keep both the audience and cast breathless.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 38 Aaron Riccio
    Unwilling to really shake things up, the writers have instead drained the life out of their own series, and what's left is merely a desiccated reminder of something that was once entertaining.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 38 Aaron Riccio
    There's too much meandering without meaningful payoffs.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 25 Aaron Riccio
    Apart from a few dry, ashy chuckles conjured up by memories of what Rescue Me once was, this final season is about as useful as a lighter in a vacuum: Forget fresh air, there's no air left on which to cast a spark.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 25 Aaron Riccio
    There isn't a single interesting person in CBS's dud-on-arrival Person of Interest; at best, there's only a single interesting idea.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 12 Aaron Riccio
    Nikita is just another bland spy drama, an excuse to put women in skimpy outfits--Alias without a heart, Chuck without the sense of humor, and Covert Affairs without the good casting.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 0 Aaron Riccio
    The first 12 minutes are enough to bury it, though given the shoddy acting, overwrought dialogue, and poor production values, it's easy to imagine that 12 full episodes would in fact bring about the end of time itself.