For 797 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 4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ellen Gray's Scores

Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 My So-Called Life: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Big Shots: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 67 out of 797
797 tv reviews
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    For all its numbers wizardry, the overmanipulative Touch doesn't yet add up.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    I'm not hooked, but I'm not yet planning my escape, either.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    There are a fair number of character quirks packed into that first hour, more, perhaps, than I remember from early episodes of "Bones," which built up its own quirky world a bit at a time.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    A watered-down drink of a sitcom.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 30 Ellen Gray
    This isn't the worst sitcom of the season--if you've seen ABC's "Work It" and survived, you can attest to this--but it's far from the best.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    The second series, as they call it in Britain, shows signs of strain, as creator Julian Fellowes throws one obstacle after another between his sets of star-crossed lovers (some upstairs, some down).
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Lies is cynical enough to make "Up in the Air" look like "Once Upon a Time," but it's a stylish, sometimes witty cynicism.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    NBC's version of The Firm is shaky at best.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    [A case] that's gradually revealed to be more and more horrific. The only thing that makes watching this story unfold even slightly bearable are West and Watson's performances.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    Compared with (sigh) "American Horror Story," the tale itself makes a certain amount of sense and like any good thrill ride, spaces out the scary parts just enough to make them truly scary.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Ellen Gray
    Like Durant's ideal route, the five episodes I've seen of Hell on Wheels tend to meander a bit.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Ellen Gray
    We all know Allen can work a punchline. He just shouldn't have to be working these so hard.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    Living in the Material World finds plenty to say, though, particularly in the final two hours, when Olivia Harrison's honesty contributes mightily to Scorsese's portrait of an artist more interesting than some of us may have realized.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 30 Ellen Gray
    As the one character who grounds a story that would otherwise seem like a random collection of bad things happening to so-so people, Britton's the only reason I could imagine watching American Horror Story past the three episodes I've seen.
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    [There's] a level of ambiguity executive producers Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa might not have gotten away with when they were writing for Kiefer Sutherland's Jack Bauer on "24," but it's part of what makes Homeland, adapted from an Israeli series created by Gideon Raff, one of the season's most intriguing dramas.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    Mos Def, Colin Hanks and Edward James Olmos play characters with a religious bent in a season that doesn't yet feel as compelling as the one dominated by John Lithgow but allows Dexter to remain the way his fans most want him--alive and killing.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    A clever send-up of life in the land of triple strollers from Emily Kapnek ("Parks and Recreation," "Hung") with just enough heart to keep viewers living there from wanting to slit their wrists.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    How to Be a Gentleman feels as if it comes from someone who knows a fair amount about constructing a sitcom but not quite enough about being funny.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    Yes, it sounds insane (you can't have ghosts on CBS who don't help solve crimes) and like many of this season's pilots, it left me wondering how the show's premise could be sustained for more than a few episodes, much less multiple seasons. But it's an awfully pretty pilot.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    My favorite so far of the fall's two "Mad Men" wannabes and a show with more moving parts than a jumbo jet.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 20 Ellen Gray
    I found the pilot for this reboot of that Aaron Spelling '70s show about "three little girls"--now played by Minka Kelly, Rachael Taylor and Annie Ilonzeh--who work for a disembodied voice named Charlie to be pretty much unwatchable.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    It doesn't yet feel like just another cop show.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    Clever but somehow not very absorbing, Person might provoke the paranoid while leaving the generation who's grown up on camera wondering what all the fuss is about.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    Way over the top but potentially a guilty pleasure for those with the time to pursue it.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    While The X Factor may not on the surface offer anything that can't be found on "Idol," "America's Got Talent" and "The Voice" or their many cable imitators, it does have a level of showmanship that makes me want to believe again, whether it's in 13-year-olds who sing like established stars three times their age or in recovering addicts whose lives just may be about to change forever.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    If this season's "True Blood" hasn't exhausted your patience with TV witches--as it has mine--Robertson's as appealing here as she was on "Life Unexpected." Maybe magic powers will help her keep this one on the air.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    I'll admit that between the CW and ABC Family, I'm having trouble keeping track of the duos who've been separated at birth, switched at birth, given up at birth and in the case of Ringer, apparently just found themselves drifting apart into different worlds, but by halfway through tonight's pilot, I felt as if I'd seen this one before.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    A lot of the rest may feel like a rehash to women (and men) of a certain age, but for anyone not old enough to remember a time when network anchors, all male, felt free to make fun of the fledgling women's movement on the evening news, Gloria might yet have something to say.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    I can't disagree with those who insist the show passed its sell-by date a few years back, but it doesn't mean I'm not still fond enough of these guys to keep watching.

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