For 845 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 41% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 56% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Maureen Ryan's Scores

Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Game of Thrones: Season 4
Lowest review score: 0 Tyrant: Season 1
Score distribution:
845 tv reviews
    • 29 Metascore
    • 20 Maureen Ryan
    "Twenty Good Years" is based on the premise these two comedy warhorses can make just about anything work, but this tired vehicle proves too much -- or rather, too little -- for even them.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 20 Maureen Ryan
    Even if the jokes on this show weren’t tired and mean-spirited, it would be hard to care about any comedy that hates its own lead characters so much.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 20 Maureen Ryan
    Till’s delivery is wooden and clunky. The writing doesn’t help--the pilot script is full of silly plot short-cuts and painfully cheesy lines.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 20 Maureen Ryan
    ABC is advertising that the show's creators wrote "The Hangover," but imagine that movie with the heart and charm removed, and you're left with these skeevy remains.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 20 Maureen Ryan
    That sinking feeling grew as the search for “the truth” was revealed to be a quest to revel in the death of a child whose personality and individual humanity was buried some time ago in an avalanche of prurient and melodramatic speculation. This “docuseries,” ultimately, engaged in more of the same.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 20 Maureen Ryan
    CBS programs generally display a level of basic competence that this "comedy" falls woefully short of.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 12 Maureen Ryan
    Pinkett Smith is an engaging actress, but even her formidable energy can't liven up this sodden drama.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 12 Maureen Ryan
    Nothing about the slipshod writing or frenetic direction makes these people compelling, and some of them come across as downright cartoonish.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 12 Maureen Ryan
    I feel sorry for Shannon, who nicely underplays her role, but she’s trapped in show that does not work, and, with Blair as her co-star, will never work.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 12 Maureen Ryan
    Mercy manages to stumble across a few not-awful moments here and there, but the bad moments are so cringe-inducing that the show ought to come with a warning label telling consumers this derivative melodrama is potentially toxic.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 10 Maureen Ryan
    You could watch the first few episodes of “Heroes,” or you could repeatedly hit yourself on the head with a brick. The effect is surprisingly similar.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 10 Maureen Ryan
    'Desperate Housewives' is the worst show on the broadcast networks. ... The show is adrift in silly contrivances (as opposed to inventive situations), painful dialogue and obvious wheel-spinning. The solution to ending or spicing up any boring story line is just to inject some over-the-top melodrama or at the very least, have various characters in floods of tears or running about screeching. Or, failing all that, have Teri Hatcher fall down.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 10 Maureen Ryan
    Not one element of this plodding piece works. The action scenes lack spark, snap, and originality. None of the flat, by-the-numbers characters makes any lasting impression.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 10 Maureen Ryan
    A grating comedy.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 10 Maureen Ryan
    What do women want? Well, they don’t want another migraine-inducing soap opera about the lives of high-strung, whiny female executives in New York. I’m pretty sure of that.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 10 Maureen Ryan
    Super Fun Night isn't just bad, it's infuriatingly bad, given Wilson's likability, game energy and overall potential as a TV personality.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 10 Maureen Ryan
    The bigger problem is, this show clearly has designs on being the next "Modern Family" and yet it isn't charming in the slightest. To hook viewers, the pilot needs to make them care about at least one person in this ensemble, and it can't manage that.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 10 Maureen Ryan
    Liz and Dick is badly paced, cheap-looking and encrusted with a tinkly, preposterous soundtrack that is designed to make viewers go insane.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 10 Maureen Ryan
    It's just awful.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 10 Maureen Ryan
    It doesn't work as a character drama and it's tiresome more often than it's freakily scary.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 10 Maureen Ryan
    Women are as capable of writing a misogynist, soul-killing TV comedy as anyone else. Exhibit A: I Hate My Teenage Daughter, a shrieky nightmare.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 10 Maureen Ryan
    “Big Love” is a waste of time, and an excruciating waste of these actors’ talents.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 10 Maureen Ryan
    It’s easy to see why preview DVDs weren’t distributed–the show just isn’t funny.
    • 13 Metascore
    • 10 Maureen Ryan
    The humor is so predictable and so stale that it fails to produce any laughs.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 10 Maureen Ryan
    This pretentious mishmash is a paint-by-numbers Irish-American "Sopranos" ripoff.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 10 Maureen Ryan
    A program so bad that it's not only unpleasant to watch, but it makes you fear for the future of network television.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 10 Maureen Ryan
    No cliché is unexplored, no supporting character is allowed to resemble an actual person.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 0 Maureen Ryan
    What’s most mind-boggling about this show is how it manages to get every single thing wrong.
    • 15 Metascore
    • 0 Maureen Ryan
    Creatively speaking, Dads comes off as if it were a much-resented homework assignment for all involved.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 0 Maureen Ryan
    Nothing could really prepare anyone for a show so wantonly grisly as this worthless, exploitative program.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 0 Maureen Ryan
    The existence of this comedy, which pretends to be brash but mainly succeeds in being more offensive, unfunny and predictable than Dads, told me that we have angered the gods.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 0 Maureen Ryan
    This wretched show not only features a lead character who is an unredeemable nitwit but dialogue that manages to be leaden, preposterous and pretentious all at once.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 0 Maureen Ryan
    Despite the careful attention to image enhancement possibilities, the core ugliness and toxic narcissism of Anger Management are impossible to ignore.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 0 Maureen Ryan
    It's surprising to me that this ever got past the development stage, because nothing about Tyrant truly works. It's a halting, strained hodgepodge that ends up being an awkward mixture of bland and offensive.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 0 Maureen Ryan
    This shoddy program is nothing more than exploitative, misogynist trash.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 0 Maureen Ryan
    Not only is Hemingway and Gellhorn wretched, it is bathed in pretentiousness and pseudo-intellectual delusions of grandeur. It's not just crap, it's expensive, painfully "artistic" crap starring a lot of actors who should have known better once they took a look at the script, which is hilariously awful.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 0 Maureen Ryan
    The worst unscripted outing to hit the airwaves in many a moon.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 0 Maureen Ryan
    Anchorwoman isn’t much of a reality show, because most of the conflict is contrived.

Top Trailers