For 736 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 3.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ellen Gray's Scores

Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Game of Thrones: Season 4
Lowest review score: 0 Big Shots: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 65 out of 736
736 tv reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Ellen Gray
    There's not a bad performance to be had in Rectify, which even features Hal Holbrook as Holden's former lawyer. But it's Young, whose character veers from a deceptive lethargy to moments of dry humor, who carries every scene he's in as he finds ways to allow us glimpses of the man still imprisoned behind the mask.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Ellen Gray
    TV--or whatever it is we're calling Netflix--doesn't get much better than that.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Ellen Gray
    It has plenty to say about the things humans are capable of and, like most great series, it rewards the careful viewer.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Ellen Gray
    Transparent is still in a class of its own.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Ellen Gray
    As always, execution matters. Broadchurch's is practically note-perfect.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Ellen Gray
    Boardwalk Empire has been the glittering light at the end of HBO's tunnel for so long now that you might wonder if it--or any other show--could possibly live up to the hype. Amazingly, it does.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Ellen Gray
    Masters of Sex, a biographical drama about sex researchers William Masters (Michael Sheen) and Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) that makes science sexy.... Sheen and Caplan are beautifully mismatched as the central figures in a story adapted from Thomas Maier's 2009 biography.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Ellen Gray
    Fargo goes where HBO's "True Detective" didn't--to a second story and cast of characters as compelling as its first.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Ellen Gray
    Marshall Hershkovitz and Ed Zwick, the team that brought us "thirtysomething," have a grasp of adolescence that's so real you can smell the Clearasil. [25 Aug 1994, p.45]
    • Philadelphia Daily News
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Ellen Gray
    The Americans remains as sick, and as seductive, as its secrets.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Ellen Gray
    This Fargo, built to last for 10 [hours], allows the drifting menace of Thornton's character to take us for a much twistier slay ride.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Ellen Gray
    The best show on television.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Ellen Gray
    Game of Thrones continues to tease out the most meaningful stories from George R.R. Martin's still unfinished fantasy series, "A Song of Ice and Fire," straying where necessary to highlight a possibly neglected character or perhaps just to produce something slightly less depressing.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Ellen Gray
    Let's get this out of the way. Last fall's best new drama and this fall's best new drama have one thing in common: a 15-year-old girl. [18 Sept 1995, p.43]
    • Philadelphia Daily News
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Ellen Gray
    Jenji Kohan's series about inmates at a women's prison is as addictive as ever. Intermittently hilarious, occasionally infuriating and still very much the drama that new Emmy rules have declared it.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Ellen Gray
    [Phillips says] "Money, guns, America's going to get you whatever you need." And so--at least for those who prize artful ambiguity over dull certainty--should The Americans.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Ellen Gray
    A haunting, beautifully executed French series, whose horror reveals itself so gradually that it may be Thanksgiving before you fully understand why what feels at times like a wonderful dream is premiering on Halloween.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Ellen Gray
    Beyond noting that occasional tic of too-self-conscious nudity, though, it's hard to overpraise a show that's tamed Martin's tale just enough to make it filmable and matched extraordinary characters with extraordinary actors while finding things to say about justice, religion, governance and the power--and limits--of compassion.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Ellen Gray
    The Shield, which, based on the three I've seen so far, looks to be going out the way it came in: fast and furious, bloody but unbowed.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Ellen Gray
    This new-to-you season of "Friday Night Lights" is more than worth the wait.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Ellen Gray
    Prohibition is barely more than a gulp next to Burns benders like "Baseball" and "Jazz," but it packs a punch, both as a cautionary tale and as entertainment.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Ellen Gray
    It remains, stubbornly and triumphantly, what it was: an unhurried exploration of the aftermath of a city's catastrophe, told through the experiences of those who didn't have the luxury of shutting off CNN when they'd had enough. And all set to some extraordinary music.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Ellen Gray
    This season of one of network television's best shows, is, like the first, about much more than a single criminal act.... Ridley, who wrote and directed the season premiere, isn't afraid to take his time with these people or their stories. You shouldn't be, either.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Ellen Gray
    Matthew Weiner's stylish soap opera continues to be both stylish and sudsy in about equal parts, and, as always, I'd be happy to spend most of my time at the office with Don, learning the secrets of advertising and ignoring his mess of a personal life, if not for Don's precocious daughter, the inimitable Sally Draper (Kiernan Shipka).
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Ellen Gray
    McConaughey and Harrelson are terrific together and intriguing apart, and whatever went on or is going on between them, and in the sadly complicated community they serve, is more interesting than the murder mystery that's meant to drive the story.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Ellen Gray
    Rylance is everything anyone could ask of an actor whose character's rich interior life can't safely be on display: subtle, watchful and supremely watchable.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Ellen Gray
    Rectify is still a show that trusts its viewers more than most, telling a high-stakes story in a decidedly low-key way.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Ellen Gray
    They're fully realized characters, not freakishly talented pawns, and their stories--and choices--reflect a real-life awareness I only wish "Glee" could muster.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Ellen Gray
    While I'm thrilled to have something as deep and juicy as The Wire back after so long a break between seasons, I'm afraid that the show's very best years may be behind it.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Ellen Gray
    It's no mean feat, either, to follow three highly entertaining reinventions of stories involving one of literature's most adapted characters with three more even better than the first. But it must not be impossible, because Sherlock has done it.

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