For 753 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 3.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ellen Gray's Scores

Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Rectify: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Big Shots: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 66 out of 753
753 tv reviews
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    [It] so far boasts characters more intriguing than their interactions.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    Whether you'll want to go the distance with "Big Day" will probably rest on how close you feel to the family.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    Much of what's swept up in "Dirt," from gay action stars to sad sitcom actresses, seems more dusty than dirty.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    K-Ville's Lisco seems to want to have it both ways, presenting very complex cases and then wrapping them up neatly within the hour.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    For all their macho posturing, you've got to wonder sometimes whether Leary and Tolan didn't spend their younger days watching soaps. [13 June 2007, p.43]
    • Philadelphia Daily News
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    That for those of you who love True Blood for its soapy mix of sex and horror--and occasional flashes of humor--nothing important is missing from the three episodes I've seen of the new season.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    Southland, which seems to be at pains to give each of its characters and their stories equal weight, may just be a little too evenhanded for its own good.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    Grim, claustrophobic, and only occasionally riveting.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    Unless the writers figure out a way to step away from the car without stepping away from the funny, I'm not sure how long the show can stay there before it's pulled over.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    [Robert Durst's] eagerness to be interviewed by filmmaker Andrew Jarecki ("Capturing the Friedmans") lends the six-part documentary premiering Sunday more creepiness than cachet.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    There's something faintly retro about a show that tackles fears many thought died with the Cold War.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    We've seen addicted medicos before, and the first two episodes of The Knick don't render any of the characters as three-dimensional as their setting (though that's asking a lot of a pilot--and the second episode is better).
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    Their efforts to better their lives through grand larceny feel forced, not to mention doomed.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    I can't say I was riveted by either of the episodes I watched, which largely consisted of interviews with the girls and their parents, together and separately, interspersed with scenes from extracurricular activities and parties. But if there are parents who can actually get their teens to watch with them, it might get a conversation going.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    Silly doesn't even begin to describe most of what goes on in the first few episodes....And yet, like an addiction to free-range hemoglobin, there's something undeniably compelling about the characters, human and otherwise, in a series whose plotting grows more twisted every year.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    So why would TNT settle for warmed-over Bochco? Because that's what they're getting.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    As intrigued as I am by Sutter's willingness to bite off something bigger than his character's tongue to tell a story about the true costs of SAMCRO's business dealings, I'm not sure this is the time, or the place.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    Whatever my squeamishness, however, my real problem with Nip/Tuck isn't with the surgeries but with the writers, who seem determined to remind us that beauty is only skin deep by taking very pretty people and making them do very ugly things...Over and over. [21 June 2004, p.35]
    • Philadelphia Daily News
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    It might all have been a bit lifeless, had not Sutter, a writer on "The Shield"--which has so far kept its own tragic hero from speaking in blank verse--not cast his wife, Katey Sagal, as Jax's mother, Gemma.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    Zack (Jon Foster) also very sweet, which leaves Elfman as the sour (sort of) grown-up, a thankless job made only more thankless by the writing, which takes a bad situation and only makes it worse.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    Ray Donovan, meanwhile, continues to find its way. The show about a Hollywood fixer has added a number of guest stars, including Hank Azaria, Sherilyn Fenn and Wendell Pierce, none of whom has yet made me care as much about the dysfunctional relationship between Ray (Liev Schreiber) and his father (Jon Voight) as about whatever's going on between Ray and his wife, Abby (Paula Malcomson).
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    I'm afraid the show, like beauty itself, is only skin deep. [22 July 2003, p.40]
    • Philadelphia Daily News
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    A miniseries premiering tomorrow that occasionally escapes its period-drama trappings to astonish us with an illusion or two.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    Ball's done an entertaining job of turning Harris' stories about life in a small Southern town after vampires "come out of the coffin" into something adults who wouldn't dream of reading her books might be caught dead watching.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    I just couldn't buy in.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    The pilot for FlashForward, by contrast [to "Lost"], feels more like deja vu, with characters who could've been rounded up from a disaster miniseries, tied to a mystery that's only compelling if we care what happens to these people.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    The pilot has some fun moments, but again, it's not exactly groundbreaking. What's not clear is where it can possibly go from here.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    Thank goodness for Danny DeVito, whose total commitment to this insanity often makes the unbelievable just believable enough to be funny.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    For Stevens' character, Karma, kissing her best friend, Amy (Volk), is a way --admittedly not the most direct way--of getting closer to Liam, a cute guy (Gregg Sulkin) with commitment issues. For Amy, though, it's more complicated, and that's where Faking It begins to seem less like a joke, as the shift in a relationship stirs up feelings that move her into the "questioning" column of LGBTQ.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    Martin kills as a 12-year-old who is old beyond her years. I might watch just for her. As comedies go, Californication is a bit of a downer, and not just to fans of "The X-Files."

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