For 738 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 3.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ellen Gray's Scores

Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 The Wire: Season 4
Lowest review score: 0 Big Shots: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 65 out of 738
738 tv reviews
    • 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
    More than ever, though, it might be for those who loved "Lost" for the questions it asked, not those it answered.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Billions isn't a subtle show. Its dialogue can be too on-the-nose, its insistence on contrasting the private lives of its warring alpha dogs too obvious.... What it is, is fun. Axelrod's a dashing hero, who may not be as heroic as he looks; Rhoades is a neurotic bulldog whose pursuit of Axe Capital may actually be in the public interest. Siff and Akerman's characters are as tough as, if not tougher than, the men in their lives.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Holloway and Callies, no strangers to speculative, high-stakes drama, make a formidable pair as characters human enough to be relatable, skilled enough be potentially heroic.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    An absorbing eight-episode show based on King's best-selling 11/22/63 and produced by J.J. Abrams.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    Along the way, Tom becomes briefly attached to potential ancestors who don't pan out or aren't quite what they first seem--a not unfamiliar experience is frequently rendered funny by just a small dollop of strangeness. Sometimes it's more than a dollop, but Family Tree doesn't dwell so long on any single absurdity to make anyone uncomfortable.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    I'll just say that the three-episode run of Zen, based on a series of mysteries by Michael Dibdin about a Venice-born, Rome-based cop named Aurelio Zen--you thought maybe he was a Buddhist?--was absorbing enough that I'm planning to check out the books next.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    This visually arresting thriller suggests that Gero is not easily pigeonholed.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    The first two episodes of Season 2 should feel then like an elaborate tease, as we see Jimmy slipping into his old rhythms even while reaching for what looks like a brighter future, one that may include Kim Wexler (Rhea Seehorn). That they don't is due to the show's respect for the present, the place that Jimmy lives right now, and where he still has hope and where anything might yet happen.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    The writers of Bloodline apparently don't trust us in the deep water yet. But it's worth wading into, anyway.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    From its very first scene, Hereafter manages to capture the sense those of us being left behind sometimes get; that the person going already has a foot planted somewhere else. But it also, repeatedly, hones in on the joy that can hit unexpectedly at even the worst moments.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Ellen Gray
    In Showtime's seemingly unwatered-down version, William H. Macy plays the drunken dad, Frank Gallagher, convincingly enough that you can almost smell the alcohol (along with less-pleasant scents) seeping from every pore. (Other highlights include Joan Cusack as an agoraphobic homemaker whose life's about to change and Emmy Rossum as Fiona, the oldest of Frank's daughters.)

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