For 628 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 Game of Thrones: Season 4
Lowest review score: 0 Big Shots: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 60 out of 628
628 tv reviews
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    It's Shahi, whose Kate may be grumpy but who somehow gets to smile more in one episode than she might have in an entire season of "Life," who lights up the screen and makes Legal a keeper.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    For anyone who loves science fiction and Moore's brand of allegory, Virtuality could be an intriguing two hours.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    I'm not sure how many belly laughs Linney will be able to wring from The Big C, but I can't imagine a more perfect mouthpiece for a woman who's literally dying to be heard.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    Is Karen Sisco art? No...Is Karen Sisco the best new show on ABC's schedule, a schedule that includes such gems as "Threat Matrix" and tonight's wince-fest, "It's All Relative"? Unquestionably. [1 Oct 2003, p.37]
    • Philadelphia Daily News
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    Ben also seems to come from some money, a situation that's bound to create conflict but may also add to the uncomfortable sense that he (and we) are watching bad things happen from a too-safe distance.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    Thanks largely to some great singers and the comic delivery of Jane Lynch, packs more entertainment into an hour than some networks manage in an entire night. But sometimes I wonder if the show Fox is selling so hard is the same one Murphy's making.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    The winner tonight is "Suburgatory" creator Emily Kapnek's "Pygmalion"-inspired Selfie, whose pairing of Gillan and Cho is also inspired.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    In a season crowded with quality dramas that all seem to come from very dark places, ABC's plucky "Ugly Betty" shines as bright as the honking big braces young Betty Suarez wears.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    Ben and Kate has great sibling chemistry, a cute kid (Maggie Elizabeth Jones as Kate's daughter, Maggie) and an appealing premise.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    The Affair leans heavily on the performances of a strong cast, which includes Philadelphia's John Doman ("The Wire," "Gotham") in a recurring role as Noah's obnoxious father-in-law. I'm not yet entirely sold on the story, but I'm certainly curious.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    The show's still playing with the balance between work and home, but that's what the time's for. And what's there right now is definitely worth watching.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    Peter Krause, who looks as if he's finally going to have at least a little fun for a change as he plays a character immersing himself, however reluctantly, in the world of the ultra-rich and ultra-irresponsible.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    While I stopped being a fan some time ago, I can say that at least one of the things that I've always liked about the post-9/11 firefighter dramedy is more in evidence in the three Season 5 episodes I've watched.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    Jane is utterly believable as the hapless Ray, who, during the show's first four episodes, lurches from one disaster to another. But his character's a little too weighted down - and, no, not by the equipment you never actually see - to make his leap into male prostitution seem like anything but a plot device forced on him by writers trying a little too hard to make a point.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    Marco Ruiz and Sonya Cross' odd-couple pairing often mirrors the relationship between reporters Adriana Mendez (Emily Rios) and Daniel Frye (Matthew Lillard), and I still find all of them interesting, even if I'm a little concerned that their parallel story lines may take The Bridge too far again this season.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    As an eccentric genius, Williams is in familiar waters, and he's found a playmate in James Wolk, who's somehow able to keep up with an actor whose streams of consciousness can be Class V rapids. Gellar's playing it straight, but a scene in which she has to sing in front of Kelly Clarkson suggests she's game for anything.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    I wouldn't recommend taking every word of "The Tudors" as fact, much less citing it in a term paper, but as historical fiction, it's proven remarkably robust.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    There's nothing cutting-edge about Cristela, and there doesn't need to be.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    The language is occasionally anachronistic, McShane's bishop is perhaps a bit too Snidely Whiplash to be believable and I'm not sure there's a subtle moment in the entire eight hours, but The Pillars of the Earth is nevertheless the television equivalent of a page-turner: Once I'd stuck the first DVD in my player, I could find time for little else until I'd finished it.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    As USA dramas go, Necessary Roughness is about halfway between "In Plain Sight" and "White Collar" on the believability scale, but it's summer and I like Thorne, whose character is feisty and funny and shrill only when shrillness is absolutely justified.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    I generally don't place myself in that crowd [viewers who think there's nothing funnier than an overweight guy with a jock-strap tan line], being more "Elf" than "Old School," but McBride's Powers exudes a Mitch Williams-meets-John Kruk vibe that's hard to resist, and, hey, I laughed more than once.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    You might not want to sign on for a summerlong journey right away, but Malkovich's theatrical pirate probably deserves an hour or two hosting this after-dinner cruise before you decide if NBC's gone completely overboard.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    This is a season of politics and principles, of might and martyrdom. If you're here just for the sex, you're likely to be disappointed, unless the trysts of relatively minor characters interest you as much as Henry's.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    Yes, it's a CW series, but one that poses enough lifeboat-ethics issues to keep a freshman philosophy class busy for months.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    Empire isn't a subtle show, nor does it pretend to be: Characters say things like, "I'm here to get what's mine" and "Music saved my life." But amid all the prime-time soap-opera posturing, there are moments that feel like something more, as Lucious and Cookie catch up, or Jamal and Hakeem collaborate.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    Golden Boy works as a decent cop show. But an epic one? Not yet.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    You don't need to speak geek to watch Halt and Catch Fire, any more than you need to know corporate law to love "Suits."
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    At least one aspect of Stef's relationship with her ex (Danny Nucci) seems unlikely, and Lena works at the most beautifully sited school in America, which all the kids happen to attend. But there's heart here, and a message about not throwing away children that belongs on a network that puts "Family" in its title.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Ellen Gray
    Given that the show largely consists of the animated Gervais and Merchant sitting around a table with the notoriously round-headed Pilkington, disabusing him of one oddball notion after another, it's strange that Gervais would've chosen this show to carry his name. But true believers--or fans of "The Life & Times of Tim," whose second-season premiere follows at 9:30--may well have a yabba-dabba-do time.

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