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 Boardwalk Empire: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Big Shots: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 67 out of 795
795 tv reviews
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    Peter Krause, who looks as if he's finally going to have at least a little fun for a change as he plays a character immersing himself, however reluctantly, in the world of the ultra-rich and ultra-irresponsible.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    While I stopped being a fan some time ago, I can say that at least one of the things that I've always liked about the post-9/11 firefighter dramedy is more in evidence in the three Season 5 episodes I've watched.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    Jane is utterly believable as the hapless Ray, who, during the show's first four episodes, lurches from one disaster to another. But his character's a little too weighted down - and, no, not by the equipment you never actually see - to make his leap into male prostitution seem like anything but a plot device forced on him by writers trying a little too hard to make a point.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    Marco Ruiz and Sonya Cross' odd-couple pairing often mirrors the relationship between reporters Adriana Mendez (Emily Rios) and Daniel Frye (Matthew Lillard), and I still find all of them interesting, even if I'm a little concerned that their parallel story lines may take The Bridge too far again this season.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    As an eccentric genius, Williams is in familiar waters, and he's found a playmate in James Wolk, who's somehow able to keep up with an actor whose streams of consciousness can be Class V rapids. Gellar's playing it straight, but a scene in which she has to sing in front of Kelly Clarkson suggests she's game for anything.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    I wouldn't recommend taking every word of "The Tudors" as fact, much less citing it in a term paper, but as historical fiction, it's proven remarkably robust.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    There's nothing cutting-edge about Cristela, and there doesn't need to be.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    The language is occasionally anachronistic, McShane's bishop is perhaps a bit too Snidely Whiplash to be believable and I'm not sure there's a subtle moment in the entire eight hours, but The Pillars of the Earth is nevertheless the television equivalent of a page-turner: Once I'd stuck the first DVD in my player, I could find time for little else until I'd finished it.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    As USA dramas go, Necessary Roughness is about halfway between "In Plain Sight" and "White Collar" on the believability scale, but it's summer and I like Thorne, whose character is feisty and funny and shrill only when shrillness is absolutely justified.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    The personal and the policy stuff don't always mesh perfectly, but if adding soap gets a few more people to open their minds, it will be worth it.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    At its best, it's a family drama in an unusual setting. And after some tweaking, a more entertaining one.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    I generally don't place myself in that crowd [viewers who think there's nothing funnier than an overweight guy with a jock-strap tan line], being more "Elf" than "Old School," but McBride's Powers exudes a Mitch Williams-meets-John Kruk vibe that's hard to resist, and, hey, I laughed more than once.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    You might not want to sign on for a summerlong journey right away, but Malkovich's theatrical pirate probably deserves an hour or two hosting this after-dinner cruise before you decide if NBC's gone completely overboard.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    Derivative as it is from a distance, Red Oaks often redeems itself in close-ups.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    This is a season of politics and principles, of might and martyrdom. If you're here just for the sex, you're likely to be disappointed, unless the trysts of relatively minor characters interest you as much as Henry's.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    Yes, it's a CW series, but one that poses enough lifeboat-ethics issues to keep a freshman philosophy class busy for months.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    This pilot's not quite as clever as those for Jane or Crazy Ex-Girlfriend were, but it's charming fun.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    It's not until JJ, who can't speak but who has plenty to say, seizes control, that Speechless finds its own funny voice.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    Empire isn't a subtle show, nor does it pretend to be: Characters say things like, "I'm here to get what's mine" and "Music saved my life." But amid all the prime-time soap-opera posturing, there are moments that feel like something more, as Lucious and Cookie catch up, or Jamal and Hakeem collaborate.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    Golden Boy works as a decent cop show. But an epic one? Not yet.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    Sutherland, a thoughtful actor who was limited to a few expressions in 24, gets to show more of his range here, shedding his action-hero persona for something even more reassuring: a grown-up.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    The Dennis Quaid-Jim Caviezel movie has been reimagined as a story about a police detective (Peyton List, Blood & Oil) who's trying to save her long-dead father (Riley Smith, Nashville), and it packs the emotional punch of the original.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    You don't need to speak geek to watch Halt and Catch Fire, any more than you need to know corporate law to love "Suits."
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    These two don't just have chemistry. They have a script that reintroduces Roger Murtaugh and Martin Riggs as characters who are as interesting facing each other across a dinner table as they are during a shootout or car chase.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    Though no sillier at heart than Under the Dome, Zoo or Extant, the Kings' Washington, D.C.-set BrainDead is sci-fi with a healthy sense of the ridiculous.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    At least one aspect of Stef's relationship with her ex (Danny Nucci) seems unlikely, and Lena works at the most beautifully sited school in America, which all the kids happen to attend. But there's heart here, and a message about not throwing away children that belongs on a network that puts "Family" in its title.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    Grandfathered" is Stamos at his handsome-but-vulnerable best. Its pilot, a snappy half-hour sprinkled with celebrity cameos and one-liners, isn't groundbreaking television, but it sets the table for a multigenerational rom-com.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    Given that the show largely consists of the animated Gervais and Merchant sitting around a table with the notoriously round-headed Pilkington, disabusing him of one oddball notion after another, it's strange that Gervais would've chosen this show to carry his name. But true believers--or fans of "The Life & Times of Tim," whose second-season premiere follows at 9:30--may well have a yabba-dabba-do time.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    Once you get past the fact that our three heroines appear to have been chosen with hair-color endorsements in mind - Scott's hair is nearly black, Meyer's is auburn and Skarsten's a blonde - Birds of Prey looks as if it might have possibilities. [9 Oct 2002, p.44]
    • Philadelphia Daily News
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    Timothy Spall steps onto the screen as one of Dickens' most ambivalent villains in a largely unexceptional version adapted by Sarah Phelps.

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