For 756 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 Transparent: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Big Shots: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 66 out of 756
756 tv reviews
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    If you watch "Shark," it's going to be for those Woods-ian rants and for the sheer exuberance he brings to them.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    It's hardly groundbreaking, but if you are documentary-challenged, or don't know much about Lee Harvey Oswald (Will Rothhaar) and his Russia-born wife, Marina (Michelle Trachtenberg), you might learn something. Also: Lowe's Kennedy hair is truly amazing.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    If you watch the CBS show more for Baker's sunny smile than for the way he always seems to know when people are lying, ABC's Castle might be more your style.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    I just knew that there seemed to be a Duchovny-shaped hole in the universe "Lost" co-creator J.J. Abrams had designed for his new sci-fi show....Fortunately, things pick up considerably in the second half of tonight's two-hour premiere.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    I just wish that its 90-minute premiere was a tad more entertaining, because I found a lot to like in two subsequent episodes.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    Jacob's performance as TJ may be line-free, but it's also subtle in a way that much of Feed the Beast isn't. He and Doman turn out to have a curious chemistry, and their scenes together were among the few that left me hungry for more.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    You don't have to have lived through Watergate to know that it's the cover-up that gets you, but there's much more happening in The Red Road, maybe too much to be contained in a six-hour first season, and some of it more interesting than what's going on between these two men.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    The show males good use of Johnson's winning smile.... Overall, though, its view of life after football is more sad than funny.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    It's a similar mix of highstakes drama and old-fashioned soap, but it's too soon to say if it carries the unexpected bite of "Midwife."
    • 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."
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    No matter how beautifully the dead bodies are staged--and, like Dr. Lecter's dinners, the corpse presentations in Hannibal could be ripped from old issues of Gourmet magazine, if Gourmet had featured cannibalism--they're still meant to represent once-living people. So, if I'm less amused by this than whoever chose to title those episodes "Aperitif," "Amuse-Bouche," "Potage," "Coquilles" and "Entrée," call me a party pooper. Still, it's a gorgeous party, with hosts that include "Wonderfalls" star Caroline Dhavernas as a colleague of Will's and Laurence Fishburne as Will's boss.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    The show's set in Washington, where the crises that need managing are unending, so there's bound to be material, some of it all too familiar.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    Four episodes in, I can't say I've warmed to Watkins' dark and not always coherent vision. But there's a crackling electricity between his characters that's kept me watching.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    Way over the top but potentially a guilty pleasure for those with the time to pursue it.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    Maybe there's an edgier Gaffigan crying to get out, but the edgiest thing about the show is its approach to his family's religion, which is matter-of-fact and specific.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    As Cycle 13 of America's Next Top Model gets under way, some of the stories seem sobbier than ever, though the young women telling them are shorter than usual.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    The results are uneven....it's that fierce, maternal determination [of Esther Jenner] that makes this first episode, at least, worth watching.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    I've only seen two episodes and while I'm not yet ready to move in with the Bravermans, I'm at least curious to see what they're doing next.
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    Chase is a very competent action-adventure with a heroine who's so far not as interesting to me as, say, the deputy U.S. marshal Mary McCormack plays on USA's "In Plain Sight." That could change, though, if I gave her a chance, and for adrenaline junkies who appreciate the professionalism Bruckheimer's company brings to just about everything it produces, this is certainly a better way to spend an hour than wishing that guy would stop talking so you could get a better look at Hawaii.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    Maybe there are superheroes who specialize in improving organic-farming methods or eradicating bedbugs, but they probably won't be getting network shows any time soon. Shows that parents might be willing to watch with their kids--and kids with their parents--remain few and far between, so it's too bad that the so far ordinary but at least well-meaning No Ordinary Family is facing off this fall against the phenomenon that is Fox's "Glee."
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    Little of this stands up to close scrutiny, but there's a nice twist at the end of the pilot, and it looks as if every episode will begin with a fiendishly clever prison break by someone viewers might actually hope to see caught.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    The World According to Dick Cheney has some chilling moments, from his dispassionate description of waterboarding ("It creates a sensation of drowning") to his 9/11 narrative, in which he takes responsibility for having authorized the shooting down of Flight 93 if it approached Washington. What it doesn't have is a lot of navel-gazing.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    While I'm intrigued, I'd prefer to be carrying something stronger than a candle before I head too far down this particular rabbit hole.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    That the show itself feels like a bit of a throwback doesn't have to be a bad thing: It's a throwback to a time when millions more people watched shows like this.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    I found the first episode of "Survivors" incredibly depressing and began to think longingly of rewards challenges and hidden immunity idols. But a subsequent episode, though devoid of tribal councils, did provide enough heart and even occasional flashes of humor to make survival - and the continuation of "Survivors" - seem like a fate considerably better than death.
    • 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.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    The pilot for "Twenty Good Years" has some genuinely funny moments even as it makes no apparent effort to reinvent the form.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Ellen Gray
    At its best, Roadies is an entertaining ride through a world we're not meant to see, and its characters' belief in the importance of what they're doing can be contagious. ... Like Sorkin, Crowe may sometimes love his characters too much for their own good.

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