For 676 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 43% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 54% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Maureen Ryan's Scores

Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Justified: Season 6
Lowest review score: 0 American Inventor: Season 1
Score distribution:
676 tv reviews
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    As these two families question their assumptions and experiences, we not only get insights into a thorny issue but, through the families on the show, we also get fascinating glimpses into lives we'd never otherwise lead.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    In Season 2, the show, brought back by fans who vociferously protested its cancellation, has become more topical and even more intriguing.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    I remain troubled by a big development at the end of Episode 1, which feels like too much of a stretch and is out of keeping with the show's admirable focus on intimate, believable stories. I hope it doesn't signal a move toward more obvious, predictable melodrama -- which already can be found all over the TV landscape. [5 Oct 2007, p.1]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    Thanks to a top-notch cast and unusually intelligent writing, "Kidnapped" is among the more promising of many new shows that pay homage to the granddaddy of the current suspense boom, "24."
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    An impressively constructed thriller and an intriguing, timely exploration of what people at the apex of society will do to hold on to their power.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    The show’s ensemble cast is rock-solid, and makes you instantly root for this goofball gang.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    Mirren, a true virtuoso at the height of her powers, is what makes this excellent two-part film worth watching, but there are many other pluses as well.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    If you like "Monk," you'll probably love this show, which may actually be even more enjoyable.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    Though it’s kid-friendly, there are things for adults to enjoy. Henshall is a quietly appealing actor, the pace is crackling and the dialogue has its share of witty asides.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    Dirty Sexy Money has everything you could hope for in a nighttime soap: a stellar cast, lush interiors, catfights, affairs, parties and jewels.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    You may well be wondering if they are worth watching – perhaps for the first time. In the case of Pushing Daisies, the answer is a qualified yes.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    If you like shrink-oriented, smartly written TV, In Treatment (Monday-Friday, 8:30 p.m., HBO) just might get you through the next few weeks with your sanity intact.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    [A] deeply interesting, occasionally riveting show.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    This year, there’s more to enjoy than the usual (and often funny) riffs on nerd culture and spy clichés. Chuck’s more assertive and seems to actually enjoy his secret-agent status.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    Aliens is generally an intriguing and worthwhile show, combining a "The Wonder Years" vibe with a subversive and effective topicality.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    With its young, often winning cast and its sparky, humorous dialogue, Reaper pays homage to the memorable shows created by Joss Whedon.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    A narcissistic writer bemoaning the Hollywood that overpays him? Color me fascinated
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    If the slightly less relaxed Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style doesn’t quite have "What Not to Wear’s" tone of cheeky camaraderie, well, never mind. It has Gunn’s "make it work" philosophy at its heart, and it has his spirit of compassionate, caring honesty.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    If “Burn Notice” can keep up the energy and the inventiveness of its pilot, it’ll be a must-see summer series for me.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    This is one of those comedies in which the actors’ and writers’ skills are so sharp that the whole enterprise feels effortless.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    The good news is that the smartly written "Saving Grace" is not a mess. In fact, it's one of the most distinctive new shows of the year.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    Mad Men is first and foremost an intelligently made character drama.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    The real pleasures of this half-hour show come from its sly sense of humor and from Belle’s practical yet adventurous approach to her job.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    Shrek the Halls may not be an instant holiday classic--nothing can really compete with the Grinch, the Peanuts Christmas special or the various Rankin-Bass offerings--but it’s enjoyable enough and likely to induce at least a few giggles.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    At three hours, this adaptation might seem a bit lengthy, but when Raisin’s female cast members are on the screen, the time flies by.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    Both the book and the miniseries sketch admirably human portraits of historical figures such as Adams, Jefferson and Franklin.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    In its solidly crafted premiere, the CBS drama demonstrates admirable restraint while still telling a reasonably interesting story.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    The dialogue is witty, the pacing is brisk and there’s some real heart amid all the tokens of the Palm Beach high life.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    The creators of this comedically-flavored drama clearly know what they’re doing and this season, it’s certainly worth taking a gamble on Easy Money.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    Luther, the story of an impulsive, very intelligent London cop, manages to be an excellent showcase for Idris Elba (The Wire) and an increasingly impressive character drama that goes to some dark and absorbing places.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    Sherlock is an enjoyably clever mixture of character drama and adventure tale.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    When it comes to espionage stories or action-adventure in general, originality isn't as crucial as a good execution of the basics, and in that regard, the first hour of Nikita delivers.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    The diverting and enjoyable Terriers occupies a different stylistic territory, but there's a noir strain underneath its shaggy exterior. As the best detective stories do, it features a smart, flawed lead character who is too stubborn and inquisitive for his own good.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    On the whole, I'd say The Walking Dead worth a look, no matter what your genre preferences, but horror aficionados are more likely to enjoy this intense, blood-spattered tale, which, like all AMC dramas, is about as aesthetically well-crafted as a TV show can be.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    The Defenders which, like those other shows, is a pretty straightforward legal procedural, has a surprising amount of fun with its familiar building blocks.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    The Event was a well-paced hour that played skillfully with time, and if the characters were a little thin, well, it's a pilot--it'll take time to give characters shading and dimension.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    What's especially impressive in Season 3 is how cogently and clearly events in the two different universes are handled. It's not hard to tell which is which and it's not hard to follow how the two worlds are connected, and those connections have only deepened the mythology in pleasing ways.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    Damages isn't on the level of 'The Sopranos,' but, like Ellen Parsons, it knows what it's about these days. And if you want to see some prime, grade-A Acting, well, you could do a lot worse.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    What a light, yet satisfying treat this show turned out to be.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    Much of which transpires in the first few episodes seems familiar, if not a little predictable, and what saves the Taylors from being impossibly virtuous are the flaws the writers give them and the consistently great performances that Chandler and Britton give.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    Like 'Breaking Bad,' 'Mad Men' and 'The Walking Dead,' The Killing uses savvy aesthetic choices and minimalist but effective acting to create a vibe and tell a story with an irresistible undertow of forward momentum.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    Some aspects of this show work better than others, but, in its generally excellent second season, the drama has cohered into a compelling, if sprawling, portrait of the Crescent City.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    An animated comedy that is propelled by a very strong voice cast and by its own daffy comedic momentum.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    White Collar's return is a sprightly, enjoyable affair--stylishly shot, well acted and deftly threaded with moral ambiguity.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    Sure, it's not particularly deep and has some pacing issues, but it's a generally watchable, well-acted effort.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    Fifteen minutes into A Gifted Man, the performance of Patrick Wilson, Jennifer Ehle and Margo Martindale had completely won me over, and of all the pilots I've screened for fall, this is the one I most want to see more of.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    The bottom line is, if you liked the what the show was dishing out in its first season--genre storytelling made with admirable restraint and economy, except for those jump-out-of-your-seat scary/gross moments--you're likely to enjoy what you see in season 2.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    If you've given Cougar Town a real shot and found that it's not for you, fair enough; but if you already love the goofy-sweet-smart flavor of this show, you'll find a lot to like about the new season.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    It's certainly worth keeping up with Key & Peele, given how strong and confident those outings are.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    Episodes isn't a weighty series at all, but these actors elevate every scene they are in with spot-on comic timing and a graceful ability to play a range of conflicting emotions at once.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    It's a high-class entertainment that takes its locale and its characters seriously and treats the audience to some enjoyable music along the way.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    Political Animals hews fairly closely to the USA tone and smartly employs any number of light-drama conventions, thus it can likely be enjoyed simply as an entertainment
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    Structurally, the whole thing feels fresh again, and even if I have doubts about how the writers will wring two worthy seasons out of the new dynamics (Showtime has committed to airing at least one more season), the three 2012 episodes I've seen efficiently pulled me back in.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    I'm not discouraged by the show's early growing pains; the cast is still full of good actors, Last Resort displays an admirable amount of forward momentum and the hiccups along the way are just another indication of how many chances the show is taking.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    Tactical wins, taut storytelling and zombies munching tasty, tasty braaaaains: All that plus the addition of Michonne and David Morrissey as the Governor in upcoming episodes make me pretty damned happy that The Walking Dead is back.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    It's to the credit of Asylum's writers, directors and cast that the emotional pain of the characters often feels as real as their uncertainty and terror.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    It's essentially interested in the ways in which lonely, damaged characters allow themselves to find comfort in a world that has no fixed moral moorings, and the wounded tenacity of these people is every bit as intriguing as the progress of that mystery briefcase.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    The Hour has some pacing issues--there are sludgy patches that could use a bit more zip and energy--but overall, the show creates a delectable, specific world that's very easy to glide into and inhabit.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    A solid spy vehicle for its strong cast.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    Defiance is not just a smart, well-crafted TV show with a good cast and an adventurous flavor, it's also indisputably science fiction, which is a relief.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    If you watch Hannibal, it's likely to stay with you for days. Despite the darkness at the heart of it, that's a good thing this time around.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    Top of the Lake is [not] free of idiosyncratic digressions and the occasionally odd segue, but it does a critically important thing very well: It draws you into a specific world and it quickly makes that world's textures, relationships and stakes matter.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    The drama might have had more depth and texture if more time had been spent contextualizing their relationships instead of just showing the ladies putting up with a series of oafs. But there's only so much Bletchley can do in three installments, and it has many sustaining qualities to offset the relatively thin supporting characters.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    Mismatched cops forced to work together is one of the oldest TV tropes in the book, but The Bridge builds such a realistic, detailed world around the detectives here that the dynamic is often fresh.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    [A] muscular yet surprisingly intelligent action drama.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    Trophy Wife is charming and buoyant, and it has fun with tasks that feel like homework on many other new shows: It creates specific characters, establishes a consistent tone and sets up a host of relationships that are full of potential.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    [Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan] are simply tremendous throughout, and they are the main reason to stick with the show, even when some of the supporting characters grate and parts of it feel like exposition-heavy excerpts from Thomas Maier's book of the same name.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    The show may be for niche tastes, but it doesn't overstay its welcome and it manages to go to some demented and surprisingly emotionally places. And then it's done.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    Bradley brings a great deal of subtle pathos and doughty courage Hartnell's predicament, and ultimately, An Adventure becomes much more than a fun swing through TARDIS trivia. It becomes a story about hard work, ingenuity and a classy passing of the torch.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    As it did last season, the show thoughtfully explores ideas about how belief systems spread and what people do when confronted with gods--or a God--that makes little sense to them.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    It's not as ambitious as Mad Men, of course, but it has its own very real pleasures.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    Fargo develops into a solid pleasure; it's studded with telling details, excellent performances and satisfying subplots Fargo" develops into a solid pleasure; it's studded with telling details, excellent performances and satisfying subplots.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    Going by the first two hours, this new incarnation of the show exactly as 24-ish as you'd want it to be.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    Penny Dreadful's gory moments are deployed strategically, and the adjective that best describes this show is not "bloody" but "soulful."
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    It moves along with purpose and energy, but it's often at its best when finding colorful details and or allowing small, telling moments to breathe.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    The results of Soderbergh's latest foray into series television are frequently terrific.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    The pilot (which is ABC has released to the media) is a polished, entertaining and promising half-hour of comedy about a well-to-do American family.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    Its sprightly first hour is one of the most solidly entertaining pilots of the fall season, and it did the most important thing that first episodes must do: It made me eager to see what comes next.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    It's a delightful comedy-drama about a young woman faced with a completely unexpected dilemma, and it's so inherently endearing that I'm very eager to see how the story of Jane and her fractious but loving family unfolds.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    The Affair is subtle, smart and an intelligent examination of the way in which we are all the unreliable narrators of our own lives.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    There is a welcome weighty quality to this week's adventure tale, but its sense of substance comes from embracing the rich potential of the character's depth, not from overstuffing the hour with an excess of "clever" meta-commentary.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    It's rare to come across a comedy that displays such admirable focus and delivers such smartly packaged slices of diverting escapism. More, please.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    McDormand is clearly and rightfully the star of the show, but Bill Murray and Richard Jenkins provide additional reasons to tune in; both bring a warmth and dry wit to a drama whose domestic scenes occasionally veer from awkward to (intentionally) taxing.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    Togetherness can be hard to watch at times, given that it looks unflinchingly at the difficulties of marriage and friendship as middle age approaches, but the show is absolutely worth sticking with, if only for the virtuoso performance from Zissis, whose failed-actor character is one of the finest new creations to arrive on television in some time.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    Fortitude reminds me of "Borgen" because neither show is loud; nothing about this kind of drama is bombastic or outsized. Fortitude takes its time as it builds up its icy, workaday world and depicts the day to day lives of its residents.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    It remains invigoratingly itself and it continues to land in Hannah in a series of situations in which layers of thematic complexity stack up like delayed planes circling a busy airport.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Maureen Ryan
    Season 5 brings more of the same, but the characters are so well delineated and the performances are so solid that more of the same is a good thing.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Maureen Ryan
    There's no darkness looming just yet, and the season premiere is almost too jokey at times--certain comedic bits are stretched longer than they should be. Still, this is quite a bold and energetic (if not frenetic) new edition of Doctor Who. Hang on to the TARDIS, fans, it looks like we're in for quite a ride.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Maureen Ryan
    The results may not hit the mark every time (stories about Jack, Liz and Kenneth usually work, while those concerning Tracy and Jenna are hit or miss), but there are enough pointed, smart and effective barbs to make this show a must-see comedy even as it enters its fourth season.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Maureen Ryan
    One of the best things about the season is that, via Joe Tobin, the show has given viewers if not someone to root for, someone to at least partially empathize with.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Maureen Ryan
    Caprica is still finding itself, but it's worth your while, and if it can knit its various elements into a more coherent whole, it could get even better.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Maureen Ryan
    Like most ABC shows, Eli Stone could stand to prune its cast and deepen its writing. But that's focusing on the glass half empty. So let's just be glad that this good-hearted show made it through the previous TV season and "Big Shots" didn't.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Maureen Ryan
    Nothing's less funny than a comedy that tries too hard. But Flight of the Conchords pulls off the neat trick of being amusing without appearing to try at all.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Maureen Ryan
    The curious thing about True Blood is that, even if you’re not that interested in their relationship, there are other things to enjoy, notably the supporting performances and the mostly efficient plotting.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Maureen Ryan
    The werewolves appear ready to supply some interesting, if rough-edged stories, but certain Season 3 plots wouldn't be missed if they faded away.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Maureen Ryan
    Powers, the central character in the strangely compelling new HBO series Eastbound & Down is a down-on-his-luck pitcher whose glory days in the Major League are well behind him.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Maureen Ryan
    The Season 2 premiere of the genre-tinged drama Fringe is almost the polar opposite of its bombastic Season 1 premiere, and that’s a very good thing.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Maureen Ryan
    Being Human's saving grace is that it takes these people's lives and personal complications seriously. Dead, undead or just occasionally furry, these characters aren't so far from human.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Maureen Ryan
    There are caveats, but they would trouble me more if the creator were someone other than Whedon.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Maureen Ryan
    Those two formulas--loopy genius and mismatched cops—are smushed together in Warehouse 13, yet the whole enterprise is executed with competency and humor, so despite a wobble here or there, the show ends up working.

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