For 795 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 48% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 49% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ellen Gray's Scores

Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Breaking Bad: Season 5
Lowest review score: 0 Big Shots: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 67 out of 795
795 tv reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Between "Twilight," HBO's "True Blood" and the WB's upcoming "Vampire Diaries," I'd begun to feel overwhelmed by the undead. Then along came BBC America's Being Human to change my mind.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    If you can make the time in a season where most programmers think we're all too busy shopping to be watching anything heavier than "Miracle on 34th Street" (the Natalie Wood version, of course), then "Sleeper Cell" delivers.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    More than ever, though, it might be for those who loved "Lost" for the questions it asked, not those it answered.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Billions isn't a subtle show. Its dialogue can be too on-the-nose, its insistence on contrasting the private lives of its warring alpha dogs too obvious.... What it is, is fun. Axelrod's a dashing hero, who may not be as heroic as he looks; Rhoades is a neurotic bulldog whose pursuit of Axe Capital may actually be in the public interest. Siff and Akerman's characters are as tough as, if not tougher than, the men in their lives.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    While the situations are far-fetched, the emotions are real. And Rodriguez, as a young control freak coming to terms with a situation she can't easily control, or dismiss, is terrific.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Given the characters who also turn up looking to sell comics and memorabilia, Smith's original idea--"Pawn Stars" with comics--might have been enough to win him a slot just about anywhere on cable. The podcast just makes it funnier.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    As much soapy fun as Bette and Joan has with the pair's over-the-top efforts to one-up each other, it's also a smartly told tale of how sexism, ageism, and the old studio system helped turn two Oscar-winning actresses into bitter enemies.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Showing people having sex while wired up to machines may have gotten viewers in the door, but it's the characters and the performances that should keep them there.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Holloway and Callies, no strangers to speculative, high-stakes drama, make a formidable pair as characters human enough to be relatable, skilled enough be potentially heroic.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Baker's adorable, but it's Simmons, as the hilariously confident dad, who makes Henry's a childhood well worth exploring.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    I watched the five new episodes NBC sent and couldn't wait to see more.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Alex's gender guarantees that her dynamic with the boss will be a bit different, and it's Glenister, whose Hunt continues to leave Harvey Keitel's in the dust, who's still the best reason to climb into this particular time machine.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Better Off Ted may be a little too right for comfort about the work many of us do and the lives we live. But it's also funny.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    An absorbing eight-episode show based on King's best-selling 11/22/63 and produced by J.J. Abrams.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Along the way, Tom becomes briefly attached to potential ancestors who don't pan out or aren't quite what they first seem--a not unfamiliar experience is frequently rendered funny by just a small dollop of strangeness. Sometimes it's more than a dollop, but Family Tree doesn't dwell so long on any single absurdity to make anyone uncomfortable.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    I'll just say that the three-episode run of Zen, based on a series of mysteries by Michael Dibdin about a Venice-born, Rome-based cop named Aurelio Zen--you thought maybe he was a Buddhist?--was absorbing enough that I'm planning to check out the books next.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    This visually arresting thriller suggests that Gero is not easily pigeonholed.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    The first two episodes of Season 2 should feel then like an elaborate tease, as we see Jimmy slipping into his old rhythms even while reaching for what looks like a brighter future, one that may include Kim Wexler (Rhea Seehorn). That they don't is due to the show's respect for the present, the place that Jimmy lives right now, and where he still has hope and where anything might yet happen.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    The writers of Bloodline apparently don't trust us in the deep water yet. But it's worth wading into, anyway.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    From its very first scene, Hereafter manages to capture the sense those of us being left behind sometimes get; that the person going already has a foot planted somewhere else. But it also, repeatedly, hones in on the joy that can hit unexpectedly at even the worst moments.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    In Showtime's seemingly unwatered-down version, William H. Macy plays the drunken dad, Frank Gallagher, convincingly enough that you can almost smell the alcohol (along with less-pleasant scents) seeping from every pore. (Other highlights include Joan Cusack as an agoraphobic homemaker whose life's about to change and Emmy Rossum as Fiona, the oldest of Frank's daughters.)
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    I've seen all nine episodes of Luck's first season and I still don't know how to place a bet, much less pick a winner. But when the carousel finally stopped turning, I couldn't wait to buy another ticket.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Forget the kids: I could happily watch Meloni and Harris banter and flirt for a half-hour a week.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    This unexpectedly charming, well-cast romantic comedy from Tad Quill ("Scrubs," "Spin City") represents something rare enough on NBC: a half-hour whose appeal might conceivably extend beyond the cable-sized viewership of savagely smart but more insular series like "30 Rock" and "Community."
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    A strong supporting cast includes Margaret Avery as her sick and often fretful mother, Richard Roundtree as her father and Lisa Vidal as her producer and friend, Kara. But it's Union's commitment to all the craziness in her character's life (including sex in all the wrong places, with all the wrong people) that's likely to make Being Mary Jane my newest guilty pleasure.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Things are lighter and brighter--and frequently funnier--in the Los Angeles of Life.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    I have a few quibbles about what happens after [the crash sequence], though I wouldn't think of spoiling it for the less rigid-minded. Let's just say that Abrams has a tendency to take his ideas several steps further than I might find necessary, which could explain why "Alias" lost me less than halfway through its first season. Here's hoping Lost won't wander that far. [22 Sept 2004,p. 38]
    • Philadelphia Daily News
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    I have to put in a good word for Fox's excellent Fringe, which returns with a strong episode tonight that helps demonstrate why Anna Torv was cast in the first place.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    It's a funny scene [a pair of Canadian drug dealers visiting Detroit sing the praises of the Tim Hortons doughnut chain to a couple of guys from Kentucky who couldn't care less] but it also hurries the plot along and, so, in many ways it feels like a perfect melding of the minds of Detroit's Leonard and the Canadian-born Yost. Which pretty much sums up Justified, too.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Like last summer's happy surprise of an FX comedy, "You're the Worst," Amazon's latest show is the opposite of its title: It's anything but a Catastrophe.

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