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 3.3 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
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    O'Loughlin's American accent has long proved a hindrance, tending to leave him sounding flat and wooden, but he's hardly helped by the writing, which makes even the far more talented Smart sound not so smart, or the plotting, which is dark, and not in a good way.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    What I can say is that despite my admiration for an energetic performance by Q (between "Hellcats" and "Nikita," the CW seems determined to show its new stars getting more of a workout than you'll see on, say, "Gossip Girl"), and a lingering fondness for West that goes all the way back to "Once and Again," there was nothing in tonight's episode that made me care enough about any of these characters to spend a single unpaid minute with them.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    Though based on a Twitter feed, it's far more of an old-fashioned sitcom than Tina Fey's weekly 22 minutes of whimsy, and Shatner is occasionally quite funny as a curmudgeonly retired doctor whose relationship with his son (Jonathan Sadowski) never quite developed.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    Call me culturally insensitive, but I wasn't nearly as offended by the stereotyping in Outsourced--which is based on a movie of the same name that I've never seen--as I was by the fact that most of the resulting jokes were so lame.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    With all due respect to cheerleaders, and, um, hellcats, I'm a dog person myself. So when I say I didn't actually hate Hellcats, it means something. If nothing else, I'm in awe of the athleticism.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    This particular M.E., who's a bit of a Sherlock Holmes type, tags along with police on their investigations and isn't shy about interrogating suspects. Or even accusing them. Which can be kind of annoying. And not just to the cops she's upstaging (who include Sonja Sojn, of "The Wire").
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    Fans who've stuck with Kelley ("L.A. Law," "Ally McBeal") as his series became more outlandish (and yet repetitive) might enjoy seeing Bates in those inevitable scenes where she sways the court with the power of the writer's convictions. But there's a disconnect between Kelley's whimsy and his rhetoric here that too often leaves the cranky Harriet looking merely foolish.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    Ultimately, though, The Kennedys is a high-speed chase through 30 turbulent years, punctuated by impersonations, some better than others.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    Two of my least favorite "reality" genres--the weight-loss competitions and the weddings-on-steroids shows--come together in one only occasionally repellent package tonight.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    I didn't hate the pilot, though it veers from silly to serious so quickly a girl could get whiplash, but I didn't for a minute buy it as a serious contender for next fall on CBS, either.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    A watered-down drink of a sitcom.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    For all its numbers wizardry, the overmanipulative Touch doesn't yet add up.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    NBC's version of The Firm is shaky at best.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    Honestly, it's the title that titillates, not the show itself.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    Only Ellen Burstyn, stalking around with a leg brace and a killer accent, seems to have seized the opportunity amid all the silliness to enjoy a taste of the scenery.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    Maybe [it's] no worse than what MTV's done with "Teen Mom" and "Jersey Shore." But it's no better, either.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    The most earnestly silly show of the fall.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    Schulman seems desperate to extract meaning from the situation, but this isn't "Undercover Boss": The only prize available for the deceived is the attention for which they may already have proven a little too hungry.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    Amish Mafia may be intermittently entertaining, but it doesn't pass the smell test.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    As long as the network realizes it's deceiving no one if it pretends Deception is anything but what it is: far-fetched, formulaic and maybe a little late to the party.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    As good as the performances are and as fascinating it might be to see the inner workings of a celebrity trial where money was apparently no object, Phil Spector plays like a docudrama.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    Tonally, Save Me, with its slightly muddled message about redemption (which in at least one case involves another character's rediscovery of oral sex), doesn't seem to fit with whatever it was that NBC was trying to do with its new sitcoms this season.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    Stephen Merchant plays a socially awkward British web designer living in Los Angeles who's not good with women, but in ways so obvious (and obnoxious) that it's hard to commiserate with him, much less laugh.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    Hayes, like the character he played opposite Hilty last season as a guest star in "Smash," seems uncomfortable whenever he deviates from his preferred setting of over the top. But when everyone's over the top, it gets exhausting.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    The younger campers and counselors all have dramas, too, some interesting enough to make me wonder why Little Otter needed so many adults in the first place. None, though, is so compelling that I've stopped regretting the loss of ABC Family's much better "Huge," which starred Nikki Blonsky as a rebel in a weight-loss camp.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    NBC sent critics five episodes of the 10-episode season. Bored, I bowed out after three [episodes].
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    It's a slight enough premise but one that could work if Kimmie had even a quarter of the confidence of her creator.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    There's nothing in the pilot that feels particularly like today, much less like tomorrow.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    It's probably not a good sign that by Monday's installment I was nearly as eager to see the Barrow Gang's spree end as Hurt's character was, even knowing it was bound to be far from pretty.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    Like many a sitcom male, he may have outsized expectations. Based on the penis- and fat-joke-ridden pilot--titled "Won't Get Fooled Again"--I'm keeping mine pretty low.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    As badly as the members of Los Angelicos behave, they're always going to be more interesting than the people trying to shut them down. And yet not quite interesting enough to keep me watching as they chase the legitimacy they're never going to catch.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    Pressly's a sharp comedic actress who doesn't need to play the humiliation game to be funny. She just needs the right show. Jennifer Falls isn't it.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Ellen Gray
    Rush lacks the sunny disposition--and the "MacGyver"-like skills--of his "Royal Pains" counterpart, and while Ellis exudes a certain dangerous charm, I found it wearing thin before the first episode was over.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Ellen Gray
    Another not-very-funny sitcom in which the star weekly places herself in humiliating situations while the audience sits around and waits for her to extricate herself. [14 Apr 2003]
    • Philadelphia Daily News
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Ellen Gray
    A series that's as lead-footed as the original. But much, much longer.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 30 Ellen Gray
    No, they're not ripping off "Heroes" - "Jane" was there first - but looking at the two shows side by side demonstrates how much execution matters to even the most promising concept.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 30 Ellen Gray
    Maybe it was funnier with "ordinary" Britons?
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Ellen Gray
    Raines' conversations with the dead... aren't exactly riveting.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Ellen Gray
    Without the "Raymond" writing team behind him, Garrett's not so much unleashed as he is uninteresting.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 30 Ellen Gray
    Lori Loughlin co-stars as an emergency room doctor who's dragged into their lives in ways so sitcommy they make robbing Mick Jagger look like a halfway decent idea.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 30 Ellen Gray
    Considering how hard people on shows like "Survivor" and "The Amazing Race" work for their prizes, there's something almost unseemly about giving people prizes for not much more than showing up.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Ellen Gray
    This, my friends, is why HBO has writers. Not to mention actors.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Ellen Gray
    Television's a visual medium, but so much of the plot is advanced during dialogue, I actually lost track a few times and ended up rewatching sections of the episode to figure out how they'd figured out whodunit.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 30 Ellen Gray
    Eli/Ally not only isn't the most original character of the season, he's not the most sharply defined, either.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Ellen Gray
    I don't know exactly why Moonlight, which acquired "Veronica Mars'" adorable bad boy, Jason Dohring, as a second-round draft pick, seems so very lifeless.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Ellen Gray
    The ABC sitcom, which runs what seems like an excruciating 21-22 minutes, it's a trio that deserves better.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Ellen Gray
    It's strictly entertainment. Assuming that's what you call it when one guy's ordering 10 aspiring brides through a series of ridiculously staged agricultural challenges to find the one who'll win the right to have her name mentioned in People magazine when they break up.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 30 Ellen Gray
    A show that delivers every ounce of cheese its package promises, if not the recommended daily allowance of calcium.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Ellen Gray
    Despite Shannon and Blair's best efforts, Kath & Kim's main characters feel like a compilation of attitudes (and wardrobes), forced into a sitcom format so tired that you'll see the plot resolution in next week's episode (not to mention most of the jokes) coming from nearly a half-hour away.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Ellen Gray
    Though the abbreviated installments of the online quarterlife had annoyed me with their very brevity, at an hour, NBC's quarterlife seems to drag on forever
    • 61 Metascore
    • 30 Ellen Gray
    Unnecessary, and close to unwatchable, is ABC's The Goode Family, a long-delayed animated entry from "King of the Hill" producer Mike Judge.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Ellen Gray
    Liking Cho, I wanted to like The Cho Show. Liking Cho, I couldn't.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 30 Ellen Gray
    Nash is a force of nature, O'Connell a genial actor in search of something more interesting to do than leering. Together, they might want to think of checking out of Do Not Disturb.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Ellen Gray
    The writing's not there, and neither is anyone who can play at the level of "Christine's" Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 Ellen Gray
    Surviving Suburbia starts out weak and declines rapidly.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Ellen Gray
    Thanks to a collection of well-off New York adolescents whose parents really should have known better, the NBC Universal-owned cable network's out to convince us that those kids from "Gossip Girl" are real. As if anyone would want them to be.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 30 Ellen Gray
    I've yet to see proof that "reality" television itself kills anything but brain cells. Which would seem to make the CW's latest entry, 13 - Fear Is Real, pretty pointless.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Ellen Gray
    With all due respect to the young actors playing them, who can only say the words the writers put in their mouth, these are three of the least appealing sitcom kid characters I've seen in a while, and though Labine's made me laugh in the past as a secondary character, as a lead he's leaden.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Ellen Gray
    When it comes to Mercy, they (and we) should probably expect none.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Ellen Gray
    In Hank, pompous comes off as merely pitiful. Or it would, if you could waste even a moment feeling sorry for anyone but the viewers, for whom the laugh track's likely to serve as a bitter reminder that somewhere, someone else is having a good time.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Ellen Gray
    A single-camera sitcom about guys in a fantasy football league whose cluelessness is only matched by their crudeness.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Ellen Gray
    The result? A scripted version of TV Land's cheesy "High School Reunion" that should particularly irk fans of the canceled "FlashForward," which, whatever its faults, only knocked its characters unconscious, not its viewers.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Ellen Gray
    Outlaw is as absurdly plotted as too many movies, providing the basis for some two-hour ride that moves along fast enough to keep viewers from noticing the trucks whizzing through holes in the story. You need more than that for a weekly series. You need characters you can believe in.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Ellen Gray
    Maybe it's just that it's set in a restaurant, but when the first two jokes turned out to involve farting and crotch itch, I lost my appetite for more.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Ellen Gray
    It's dull. Dull beyond words. Dull beyond magic. Dull beyond the power of even a mammoth opening weekend for the final "Harry Potter" film to render interesting.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Ellen Gray
    We all know Allen can work a punchline. He just shouldn't have to be working these so hard.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 30 Ellen Gray
    Host Cat Deeley is dancing as fast as she can, but she can't disguise the weakness that plagues both The Choice and its more talent-focused inspiration.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Ellen Gray
    If you must watch, you, too, might not want to admit it publicly.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Ellen Gray
    The pilot for Malibu Country isn't the very worst show of the new season. But it's easily the greatest waste of talent.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Ellen Gray
    Parenting can be a tough slog, but I've always found it to come with more laughs than this sorry show.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Ellen Gray
    Emily Owens had me cringing from its opening scene all the way through its second episode.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Ellen Gray
    I'd have expected that show, groundbreaking in 1998, would have paved the way by 2012 for a far smarter series than Partners.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Ellen Gray
    [Mistresses is] grindingly, soul-suckingly dull.
    • 15 Metascore
    • 30 Ellen Gray
    Dads just isn't very funny. A cast this good--Martin Mull and Peter Riegert are loser fathers to business partners played by Giovanni Ribisi and Philly's Seth Green--deserves more than the raucous studio laughter that warmed-over bigotry generates. And, honestly, there are glimpses at times of a better show.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Ellen Gray
    A comedy so broad it might as well wander off the sides of the screen.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Ellen Gray
    Casting Vanessa Redgrave as Dr. Black's therapist is a sign of how seriously Black Box takes her condition--and itself--but even Redgrave can't raise this above the level of a not very good medical procedural.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Ellen Gray
    Bad Teacher has its moments, with dialogue that's sometimes sharper than the situations. It isn't nearly funny enough, though, to make me want to spend another period--much less the rest of the school year--watching Graynor vamp her way through American history.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 30 Ellen Gray
    At this point, though, when mockery seems the only reason left to watch most dating shows, it's hard to imagine a fake "Harry" exciting much controversy.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Ellen Gray
    The real mystery of Laura is why Debra Messing ("Will & Grace") would have chosen this particular adventure after the crash and slow burn of NBC's "Smash."... Because it can't be that what she thought was missing from television were depictions of successful women whose personal lives are a hot mess.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 20 Ellen Gray
    However funny Lopez's stand-up act might be, his new sitcom is lame on arrival. [27 Mar 2002]
    • Philadelphia Daily News
    • 59 Metascore
    • 20 Ellen Gray
    It's not entirely Liotta's fault, though, that there's so little passion in "Smith," that the Everyman situations that serve "The Sopranos" so well seem so, well, generic, here and that the intricacies of the gang's capers fail to fascinate.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 20 Ellen Gray
    I once wrote that "Joe" was "far from the worst TV dating show" I'd seen, and I suppose I could say the same about Momma's Boys, but only because I've seen a lot of dreck since then.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 20 Ellen Gray
    Some are so repellent you might actually prefer to spend time with your own. Yes, I'm talking about you, Cougar Town.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 20 Ellen Gray
    These are not people you would love to hate. These are people you would be ashamed to allow in your home--unless their heads were on pikes.
    • 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.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 20 Ellen Gray
    Not even James Cromwell can breathe life into this.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 10 Ellen Gray
    Painful-to-watch.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 10 Ellen Gray
    The 22,013th ripoff of "A Christmas Carol" would be bad enough, but "A Perfect Day" jerks us back to so-called reality with a tricky ending that left me more angry than uplifted.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 10 Ellen Gray
    A "Saturday Night Live"-worthy performance by Lindsay Lohan makes this much-anticipated/dreaded Elizabeth Taylor-Richard Burton biopic even worse than I, at least, had imagined.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 0 Ellen Gray
    I'd prefer you'd forget that one, and in coming years, I'll bet stars Dylan McDermott, Christopher Titus and Michael Vartan will hope to forget it, too. It's not worth your time or theirs.

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