For 613 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 46% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 51% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ellen Gray's Scores

Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Breaking Bad: Season 5
Lowest review score: 0 Big Shots: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 59 out of 613
613 tv reviews
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    There are one or two (or five) plot points too many packed into each episode, potentially lessening the impact of any single one but also ensuring that Life won't be one long sobfest.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    One hour out of 13 isn't enough to tell if the many questions raised by Extant will be dealt with in any coherent way or whether, this time next summer, we'll still be wondering.
    • 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).
    • 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).
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    For now, it appears to be a whodunit told in flashbacks and an ensemble drama whose ensemble has yet to fully emerge from Davis' formidable shadow.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    [Casey Wilson and Ken] Marino have established a nice chemistry by the end of the pilot, which gives me hope for a show whose premise appeared limiting.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    It boasts strong performances, largely from actors you've already seen, in material that's as over-the-top as ever.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    "Six Feet Under's" Rainn Wilson, in fact, is so weirdly compelling as Scott's hierarchy-obsessed assistant that he just might make the whole exercise worthwhile. [24 Mar 2005, p.36]
    • Philadelphia Daily News
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    I just couldn't buy in.
    • 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
    I should probably feel bad, too, about finding all this silliness passably amusing, especially after having trashed its evil stepsister on ABC. But somehow I don't.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    I want to like "30 Rock" more than I do so far, because I've always liked Fey. Yet it could be Fey - the actress, not the writer - I'm having trouble warming to.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    The first hour left me a bit cold, but the second, which arrived yesterday, filled in enough of the blanks to take me as far as Monday.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    In January or February, I might not have found room in my own schedule for a combination murder mystery and teen soap. I certainly would have wondered more about setting a show about adolescents among the ancients of Palm Springs. Now I'm just inclined to appreciate the little things.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    Like so many current serials, [it] requires viewers to buy into the idea that its heroes have no choice but to do very unobvious things.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    Their efforts to better their lives through grand larceny feel forced, not to mention doomed.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    McCormack, a rangy actress who looks more comfortable in Mary Shannon's tank tops and casual jackets than she ever did in the lawyerly business suits she wore way back on "Murder One," manages to make all this crankiness intermittently endearing.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    I'm ashamed that a wounded Marine, about to be discharged after 15 years in the service, needs help from an entertainment show to find and afford civilian housing for himself and his family.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    Kranz does look like a writer, for what it's worth. But if he's really as good as they say, he'd have written something better than this.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    I don't want to beat up on Meyers here. He does justice to Hirst's Henry, if not entirely to history's, and being young and good-looking is hardly a crime. But like Tony Soprano, Henry VIII brings more to the table than charisma: Corrupted by absolute power, he's a bit of a monster.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    In Tim Gunn's Guide to Style, it feels as if he's sometimes forcing himself to emote for the cameras.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    There's a distinct "Alias" overtone to her initiation into the dark side of the force. If I'd liked "Alias," this might have me all excited. But I didn't, so I'm not.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    Defoe's ambitious bachelor is transformed into an ardent husband and father, whose memories of his previous life are so tinged with romance they include falling rose petals. I kid you not.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    It's a subject that was explored more deeply, and even a touch more believably, in BBC America's "Jekyll," a nail-biter of an update in which James Nesbitt inhabited both personalities so completely they barely even looked alike. Slater, by contrast, just seems like a guy in need of a good night's sleep.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    Teddy's impulses are undeniably good ones, but tales of African corruption are nothing new and often cited as a cause of viewer fatigue. And though Teddy's expected to range far and wide, it remains to be seen whether The Philanthropist, and its debonair title character, have anything new to do--or say--about the problems he'll encounter.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    Truth is, there's not terribly much to dislike about Opportunity Knocks, a kinder, gentler version of Fox's "Moment of Truth" in which families win by having their members answer not unreasonable questions about one another. There's not much to get excited about, either.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    It probably wasn't their intention, but the producers of The Principal's Office have succeeded in capturing one reality of high school life that's often been overlooked on shows like "Gossip Girl" and "One Tree Hill"--the sheer tedium of it all, from the petty rebellions to the sometimes even pettier responses.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    If you don't care for Criminal Minds, Whitaker, Garofalo and company probably aren't going to be enough of a reason for you to tune in. Their characters may get to be interesting from time to time, but the crime's always going to be the main focus.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    MacLaine, who apparently decided not to bother to attempt a French accent, isn't served well by a script that essentially has her introducing flashbacks.

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