For 644 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 50% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ellen Gray's Scores

Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Boardwalk Empire: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Big Shots: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 62 out of 644
644 tv reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Although it's not always easy to watch, it kept me riveted over a recent weekend.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    If you've seen "The Killing," you may think you've already seen some version of the story that filmmaker Jane Campion is telling in the Sundance Channel's new miniseries, Top of the Lake, but I promise you, you haven't.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    What freshness exists in Sunday's premiere is largely due to Elliott, who's playing a character whose head(s) and heart(s) aren't yet fully synchronized.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Having gobbled down all six episodes at a time when I should have been watching More Important Shows, I'm forced to confess that I was hooked.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Certainly there's nothing fussy about the almost instantly endearing Treme, which matches some of the best actors working today with characters worth the hustle you'll need to catch up with their interwoven stories.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have so far done a remarkable job adapting a story with even more moving parts than the show's very cool title sequence.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    While it looked like a Starz show, with all the pretty, naked people and bursts of horrific violence, it also felt like a show for grownups.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    The Closer may be moving on, but she's left the franchise in good hands.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    All or Nothing at All draws from hours of Sinatra interviews and performances, as well as others' reminiscences, for a piece that's particularly effective in showing the singer as a young striver from New Jersey.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    I appreciate its willingness to be life-sized, if not exactly subtle, in a medium that increasingly demands its drama on steroids. And I applaud its rejection of nostalgia as much as I do its avoidance (so far) of serial killers. It's the fetishizing of the visual, not lack of action, that leaves me impatient.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    The pilot, posted on Amazon back in February for viewers to vote on, may have relied a bit too heavily on the sex-and-drugs angle. I found the setting intriguing, the characters less so. Subsequent episodes--I've seen seven--got me hooked.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    For a good three days afterward, I was tempted to introduce one of the pilot's best lines into casual conversation--no, I won't spoil it for you, but it involves sharks--yet I wondered if it might not just be a fluke. But I saw the second episode of Community yesterday, and the same thing happened.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Both cinematically broad and heartbreakingly specific, a melding for once of the best that movies and television have to offer.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    It's the too-bad-not-to-be-true stories Simon's telling about what the people of New Orleans were dealing with long after the waters receded that's kept my blood on simmer for the eight episodes I've seen so far.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    It's five nights of stimulating and ultimately disturbing television, and I'd like nothing better than to have more people to talk with about it.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    The Defenders, based on a documentary about a pair of hotshot Las Vegas lawyers, is easily the best thing to happen to Jim Belushi since "According to Jim" was canceled and people like me had to stop using him as a punchline....[And] They're not the only fun characters.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    I watched all of Season 1 and have seen eight episodes of Season 2, and beyond noticing that she's good at her job and not so good at her life, I still haven't figured out Jackie Peyton. Which is the way I like it.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Years of Living Dangerously, produced by James Cameron, Jerry Weintraub and Arnold Schwarzenegger, does a good job in its premiere of widening the discussion of global warming.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    A drama on the order of "The Sopranos" or "The Shield," it's not about things--and people--getting better so much as it is about the struggle for survival. And like "Weeds," it's a show that might, if anything, have a little too much to say about the times in which we live.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Enlisted is both very funny and very sweet.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Between "Twilight," HBO's "True Blood" and the WB's upcoming "Vampire Diaries," I'd begun to feel overwhelmed by the undead. Then along came BBC America's Being Human to change my mind.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    If you can make the time in a season where most programmers think we're all too busy shopping to be watching anything heavier than "Miracle on 34th Street" (the Natalie Wood version, of course), then "Sleeper Cell" delivers.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    While the situations are far-fetched, the emotions are real. And Rodriguez, as a young control freak coming to terms with a situation she can't easily control, or dismiss, is terrific.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Given the characters who also turn up looking to sell comics and memorabilia, Smith's original idea--"Pawn Stars" with comics--might have been enough to win him a slot just about anywhere on cable. The podcast just makes it funnier.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Showing people having sex while wired up to machines may have gotten viewers in the door, but it's the characters and the performances that should keep them there.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Baker's adorable, but it's Simmons, as the hilariously confident dad, who makes Henry's a childhood well worth exploring.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    I watched the five new episodes NBC sent and couldn't wait to see more.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Alex's gender guarantees that her dynamic with the boss will be a bit different, and it's Glenister, whose Hunt continues to leave Harvey Keitel's in the dust, who's still the best reason to climb into this particular time machine.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Better Off Ted may be a little too right for comfort about the work many of us do and the lives we live. But it's also funny.

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