For 864 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 6.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Maureen Ryan's Scores

Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Broadchurch: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Tyrant: Season 1
Score distribution:
864 tv reviews
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    "Run's House" doesn't offer anything new to the genre.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    Purely as a cop show, Life on Mars is competent but not that compelling, though O’Mara does a fine job as Tyler.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    A grim, formulaic drama.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    I have nothing against procedurals per se, but all this rather soulless copy has going for it is the jaunty performance of LL Cool J and a fairly efficient tick-tock plot. Depending upon your mood or preference, that may be enough.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    What's missing most from Rescue Me's first couple of episodes, at least, are scenes of firehouse camaraderie among Gavin and his fellow firefighters. [13 June 2007, p.12]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 24 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    It's an intriguing idea for a reality show, and it more or less survives Fox's cheesy presentation.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    When Williams can rein in his hyper qualities, he can be an effective presence. And at least he knows his way around a joke, unlike Gellar, who, post-"Buffy," still hasn't risen above the level of the writing she's given (and the writing for her here is flat and one-dimensional).
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    Hung, despite some droll humor and the occasional dry insight, is even more of a disappointment.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    Episodes one and two jump around to a few different periods in the Nobel Prize winner’s life, but in the early going, Genius quite doesn’t land on the most interesting time frames, or find consistently thoughtful ways to illuminate the eras it does explore.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    Everything about "Andy Barker"... is lovingly created. And there are some laughs, but the show fails to truly catch fire.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    [Whitaker's] charisma gives Suspect a strong center and his line delivery is consistently interesting. If the original 'Minds' is one of your favorite shows, there's no reason not to give this drama a shot.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    The good elements of season three--and there are quite a few--may allow the show to rise above and/or excise the weak elements and return to top form by mid-season. We’ll just have to see.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    As was the case with the similarly middling “Confirmation,” here, a host of male character actors get a reasonable amount of screen time, but few make a lasting impression. That’s partly due to the nature of the film’s dialogue, which is often predictable and packed with dutiful exposition.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    The characters and relationships are never specific or resonant enough to make the attempted blending of family drama, time travel series, and cop show memorable, or, perhaps more importantly, as addictive as the several other smart hybrid programs on the CW.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    "He's a lawyer--but with a twist!" is not a formula that the big networks will ever stop trying to perfect. But the execution of that idea isn't quite up to par in the first episode of Rake.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    Ron Swanson's (Nick Offerman) short “tour” of his office--a loose, throwaway moment at the end of the episode--is the funniest thing about the otherwise strained Parks pilot.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    There's a weird stew of ideas about expectations, desire and anger roiling around in Mindy, but as they're explored here, those ideas don't cohere into a show that's either funny or cogent.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    The first substantial segment wasn't exactly a laugh-riot--it was a musically themed trip to a car wash with singer Dan Finnerty. Even if it was only moderately funny, it reinforced the Jay Leno Show brand of inoffensively average comedy and also established that the show would not be dominated by a couch and celebrity guests.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    If not for the impish, unpredictable charm of Paul Gross, who plays the mysterious Darryl Van Horne, the pretty, superficial Eastwick might have fallen completely flat.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    It's a broad, unsubtle sitcom, one that may be worth watching for White, but otherwise is only moderately amusing at best.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    Well, it wasn’t “Masterpiece Theatre,” and it wasn’t outright terrible.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    Everything about Covert Affairs feels bland and generic: Annie herself (Perabo is efficient but charisma-free), her missions (this week's assignment is completely predictable), her relationship with her sister (the wonderful Anne Dudek, wasted in a marginal role), and especially her relationship with her boyfriend, another CIA operative.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    This show should be a swampy, escapist saga with poignant overtones, but that version of the tale can only occasionally be glimpsed amid the overwritten dialogue and the stilted pacing. For the most part, there’s not much of a spark here.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    Empire is being marketed as a bold, original show from high-profile artists, but it feels strangely tentative in its first episode.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    It seems like it could be a fun, if cheesy, soap opera about skulduggery and backstabbing in high society. But Revenge makes the fatal mistakes of wanting to be taken seriously and yet not making its characters worthy of any kind of serious consideration.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    If Person of Interest can calibrate the relationship between the leads in a way that makes their interactions more compelling, and if the show finds ways to answer Nolan's questions in creative and unexpected ways, it could be CBS' next addictive drama. If it ends up being a post-9/11 version of 'The Equalizer,' then this person will quickly lose interest.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    When Handler travels outside her own worldview and gets out of her own way, and uses her sharp comedic instincts to expose absurdity and hypocrisy, what Chelsea Does is sometimes worthwhile.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    Despite all the attention to detail, or maybe because of it, Boardwalk Empire is a slog. For long periods of time, it's boring, glum, bloodless slog.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    This show only occasionally works, and I increasingly think it would have been a better bet as an animated show.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    What a disappointment to find that the third season of Dexter is all over the map and lacks the crackling tension the drama had supplied in previous years.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    It's only June,? but I can confidently state that you won’t see a weirder show than "John From Cincinnati" all year long.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    It’s hard to invest much in Sam when his behavior is contradictory or gullible and when he seems downtrodden much of the time.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    There are a few confrontations or comedic moments that catch fire, but mostly "Men" just ambles along, sometimes perceptively and sometimes lazily observing the lives of these guys, who have stumbled into middle age and its grinding routines and hard-won but significant satisfactions.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    It’s not surprising that Ball gets the mixture wrong a fair amount of the time; what’s surprising is that it’s possible for such a strange gumbo to work at least some of the time.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    The biggest problem is that by now some elements of 24 are distressingly predictable.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    Messing is an appealing actress, and Starter Wife isn't really a bad show, just a victim of bad timing, and of possibly overstaying its welcome.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    Alas, it may end up being addictive for hard-core fashionistas, but The Fashion Show needs work before it is truly ready for the runway.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    While the show creates a distinctive setting and has a few characters worth meeting, Quarry never quite makes the case for why viewers should care about the sullen Mac’s increasingly desperate plight.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    The rather sunny ending of New Girl doesn't feel earned, and your enjoyment level may depend on how much you can tolerate Zooey Deschanel's doofy charisma.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    NBC has some good workplace comedies, most notably "30 Rock" and "The Office." If you do watch Better Off Ted, there’s a good chance you’ll find yourself comparing the ABC program to those two shows and finding Ted wanting.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    It's too dour and it takes itself too seriously, but it has potential.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    This iteration of the very successful "NCIS" franchise is, unsurprisingly, as competent as all the others, Bakula is typically good and it's nice that the show actually shot in New Orleans.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    It looks absolutely lovely: The Empire-waist gowns! The parties! The jaw-dropping palaces! There are undoubtedly treats for the eyes in almost every direction. As for the story, however, War and Peace feels like a long, dull slog to Moscow.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    The stereotypes are so predictable that the comedy is too, even if the humor is sometimes dementedly subversive.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    It's oddly disconnected from the idea of art as transformation, the show's characters are thinly drawn and it's usually fairly easy to see where the story is heading.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    Though Oprah’s Big Give is supposed to be celebrating the power of giving, it’s more likely to prove that not everything can or should be turned into a contest.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    Still, for all its ferocious ambition to be more than just another heavily corseted, respectful historical drama, "The Tudors" falls flat in more than one arena.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    So there are moments, lines and characters that work. But in the big picture, this Tick’s core problem is that cape-oriented meta-commentary and deconstructions of superhero tropes are now pretty common, and these six installments take too long to get where they’re going.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    The superficiality and inconsistencies of Colony’s world might be less noticeable if the characters were deeper and richer, but they’re not terribly compelling, despite the divided loyalties the show plants early on.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    For all the attempts to make Kelly’s interview of Putin into a dramatic showdown, it was actually very short on dramatics and long on repetition. The next two pieces were reasonably good, but not really up to the level of “60 Minutes,” which is still the reigning champ in the newsmagazine game. ... The final segment was an embarrassment. It was, essentially, a “Kids Say the Darndest Things” type of diversion.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    It'll likely be a typical CBS sitcom going forward: full of broad characters and predictable moments but reasonably amusing and well made.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    Carpoolers isn’t terrible; it’s tolerable and even mildly funny at times.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    The show clearly wants to say something complicated about race and class in Los Angeles, but a number of the situations and characters on the show feel like situations and people we’ve seen before (starting with the movie that lends the series its name).
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    It's hard to find much in Backstrom that feels fresh or original.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    The brittle hipster lingo that almost all the characters spout at one time or another gives Tara a patina of cleverness, but it doesn’t add a thing to our understanding of the characters or their plights.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    Danson is so typically deft that he makes Christopher's raging egotism and arrested development engaging. Zach Galifianakis gives a similarly nuanced performance as the put-upon best friend of magazine writer and would-be detective Jonathan Ames (Jason Schwatzman). Danson and Galifianakis, however, can't quite make up for the fact that Ames and his various pursuits are juvenile and predictable.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    It's mildly amusing, but it comes off as an extended appetizer, not a meal.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    The show’s repetitive storytelling would be less of a problem if it had more depth, but its characterizations rarely go beyond the rudimentary, and its dialogue is often clunky.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    Though the cast is packed with solid actors clearly eager to play morally shady thieves, the characters are not written with the kind of depth and texture that would make the Cody family’s crime sprees, troubled relationships, and simmering arguments worth following.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    It generally riffs on the kinds of plots and premises that have been Doctor Who’s stock in trade for decades, but on “Class,” those storylines feel a bit threadbare and padded.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    The trouble with this drama is that it doesn't veer much from the often dark tone of the other procedurals from the Bruckheimer TV factory.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    There are fitful moments that work, but the show also manages to shoot itself in the foot regularly.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    The acting is good, and the direction and settings are solid, but the saga of the Caffee brothers tends to plod more than it intrigues.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    As it is, the drama’s overly deliberate pace and under-cooked character dynamics may cause some to lose faith before the season finale arrives.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    The end result is ... merely OK.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    Lights Out isn't a bad show, but it's frustratingly uneven. It has its moments, but at this stage, it doesn't offer the kind of deeply fascinating and addictive portrait of human nature that we've come to expect from the top tier of cable dramas.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    Unless the show improves from this more or less adequate premiere and shows consistent flair and originality, I can’t in good conscience recommend Heroes Reborn over the sterling comic books, new and old, the property continues to imitate.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    What comes across as charmingly spare on the page frequently ends up lacking complexity on the screen.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    Though the show apes “Burn Notice’s” beachside vibe, the new program is too predictable to make much of an impression.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    It tries to do too much at once in its opening episodes, which ultimately undercuts their overall effectiveness. Storylines about rogue elements, terrorist machinations, a missing woman and political gamesmanship are all crammed into hours that have very little room to breathe.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    It’s more unfortunate when good actors are stranded in shows that don’t quite work, as is the case in The Ex List.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    Despite a terrific cast, Human Target feels like a soulless thing created from bits and pieces from better TV shows and movies.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    There’s little time for texture or complexity in the first two episodes of The Magicians, which cherry-pick a series of important incidents from the novel and often fail to import the psychological or philosophical depth that accompanied each plot point. Even the production design seems more cheap than spare, and tends to make the mythical Brakebills look like a bland store selling Ikea knockoffs.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    Though it’s better, Private Practice is not good enough.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    The crass elements of “The Class” threaten to drag the whole show down.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    Like dozens of recent network comedies, Mad Love feels as though it was focus-grouped until any edges it might have had were completely worn away.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    All in all, this is a much-watered down version of "Meet the Parents," and the only watchable things are the slow-burn looks of disgust from Dick (Kurtwood Smith), Sam's displeased future father-in-law.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    Installments runs past the 80-minute mark in order to tell a meandering, unexceptional story that could have used far more ruthless pruning and honing. A bigger problem is the casting of Stefanie Martini in the lead role. The writing does her no favors--it’s obvious and superficial throughout--but Martini brings nothing but a wide-eyed innocence and a bland, earnest tentativeness to the role.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    Despite being set in lively, colorful Miami, this saga is as sluggish as can be.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    It's hard to get behind the dilemmas of a group characters who whine as much as this gloomy bunch.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    Mr. Mercedes comes off as a plodding compendium of serial-killer and cop cliches, all conveyed via an unrelentingly dour tone and almost suffocating aesthetic of drab greens, blacks and browns.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    Having a character and her family deal with a potentially fatal illness is such a rich arena for both drama and black comedy, but so far, The Big C hasn't been able to mine that topic with consistent freshness and depth.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    There are some solid jokes and gags scattered throughout the first two episodes. But as I watched them, it was difficult not to feel a sense of deflation that strayed into disappointment. It became more and more clear over the course of those episodes that The Muppets had been jammed into a format that doesn’t quite suit them.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    There are some promising ideas and story lines here, but the pilot far outshone subsequent episodes in terms of quality and efficiency.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    What’s depressing about “3 lbs” is that there’s no passionate spark behind it; it’s a doctor drama made by committee.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    Though it’s not a bad idea to shake up a show heading into its fourth year, the first few episodes of the new season feel joyless and off.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    It’s not laugh-out-loud funny, but once in a while it’s vaguely amusing, though certainly not in a must-see sort of way.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    Women’s Murder Club isn’t really a terrible show. It is efficient and well-paced, and it tries hard to breathe life into these characters. But the effort doesn’t really pay off.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    Zachary Quinto, Peter Sarsgaard, Uma Thurman, Thandie Newton and Melissa George all try their best, but this is not a legal drama or a cop show, where a near-miss can more or less work. You either nail this kind of challenging material or you don't, and The Slap ultimately fails to live up to the potential implied in its attention-getting title.
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    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    The writing from “Breaking Bad” veteran Moira Walley-Beckett makes the character so opaque that it’s difficult to be drawn into Claire’s story, especially in the early episodes, in which various story threads only occasionally cohere into a compelling whole.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    To its credit, American Crime puts race on the table as a topic that the characters confront and talk about with refreshing frankness, but the show as a whole is so predictable and lacking in depth that there's little else to recommend it.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    Given how wonderful its first season was, the fact that Broadchurch has turned into such a muddle is the bigger disappointment. Despite the usual array of finely calibrated performances, the second season simply doesn't work, in large part because it consciously and deliberately undoes much of what was powerful about the shattering conclusion to the first season.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    David Duchovny is good in all of his scenes in the two-hour Aquarius pilot (which is all I could get through), but the rest of the cast for the period drama is unimpressive.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    It’s puzzling that the return of Prison Break takes so little advantage of all that potential, and offers up a incarceration saga that is by turns mechanical, grim and overly convoluted.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    APB has some fertile ideas at its core; for instance, the app Reeves unveils actually has a number of intriguing features. But the lack of bold engagement with the implications of the drama’s premise, combined with a number of formulaic elements, makes for a generally unsatisfying viewing experience.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    Shahi makes a valiant attempt to make these stories entertaining, and the fact that she succeeds part of the time is a testament to her energy and skills. But the progression of the plots and the resolutions are so pat that there's almost no suspense in these stories.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    All in all, the stories about the town feel somewhat contrived, and the lead characters' arcs feel predictable, despite the texture the actors are occasionally able to give the material.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    It's a strained, generic affair.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    Unfortunately, the plodding Manhunt: Unabomber miniseries often fails to bring its principals to any kind of recognizable or specific life.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    “Hidden Palms” will never be mistaken for classic-era “O.C.,” not yet, anyway.

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