For 860 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 Louie: Season 4
Lowest review score: 0 Painkiller Jane: Season 1
Score distribution:
860 tv reviews
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    In the first four episodes of Manhattan’s second season, the atomic-age drama contains quite a bit of fruitful conflict and meaty character development, all of which amp up the show’s energy level and move it into much more compelling territory.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    Berlin Station is not quite as cerebral as “The Americans” or “Rubicon,” and it occasionally cuts corners in its rush to create narrative momentum, but the Epix series has an outstanding cast that takes its reasonably solid storytelling and raises it a few notches through sheer talent and charisma.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    A wildly charismatic performance by star Mike Colter and solid work from the rest of the show’s cast are usually enough to power this addition to the Marvel TV universe through its rough spots, which include a somewhat clunky pilot and a notable tendency to sprawl (a common trait among streaming and pay-cable dramas, and not just in the superhero realm).
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    A lovely period piece that contains several top-notch performances. Featuring Kelsey Grammer, Matt Bomer and Jennifer Beals doing some of their best work, The Last Tycoon wraps its most unforgiving truths expensive satin and drapes them in softly lit diamonds. At its best, the series recalls the melancholy elegance of some of the best films of the 1930s.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    The good news is, Sarah, Cosima and the other clones retain most of the real estate in this gorgeously grimy biothriller, and watching the established characters relate to each other is still a lot of fun.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    The achievement of Penny Dreadful is that within its highly stylized, delightfully elaborate and occasionally batsh-t world, it has created complex, fascinating characters--or rather, it has begun to.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    It’s by no means the deepest thing you’ll watch this year, but you’d have to search far and wide to find a program that hits its chosen target with such concentrated glee.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    Hotel Babylon supplies an attractive cast, a cheeky attitude and just enough depth to keep you coming back for more.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    To watch the show is to be immersed in an interlocking series of utterly realistic worlds, from the street corner to the cop bar to the mayor's office.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    It's not as ambitious as Mad Men, of course, but it has its own very real pleasures.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    If you like "Monk," you'll probably love this show, which may actually be even more enjoyable.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    A narcissistic writer bemoaning the Hollywood that overpays him? Color me fascinated
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    As it relaxes into the students’ lives, and explores their feelings about lovers of other races, the semi-compromised state of student journalism on campus, and the mental cost of always bracing for the next round of idiotic statements from aggrieved white bros, Dear White People does an increasingly assured job of depicting the amused frustration and disillusioned exhaustion of these students.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    If the first episode of the new season--which is Capaldi’s last as the Doctor--is a bit of a greatest-hits rehash, that is easy to forgive. Mackie is an energetic and enjoyable addition to the show, and her down-to-Earth character brings a healthy scepticism to all things Doctor-related. Even more charming than Bill’s curiosity and intelligence are her interactions with Nardole (Matt Lucas).
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    This promising drama often has ambiguous and even sad things on its mind, and the familiar contours of its plot are most effective when they serve as a cover for somewhat deeper explorations.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    Thanks in part to a uniformly phenomenal cast, it makes intelligent and unsentimental observations about the costs of fame and the routine concessions made to celebrity.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    The show’s ensemble cast is rock-solid, and makes you instantly root for this goofball gang.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    Occasionally the dialogue veers toward the kind of TV patter that has a slightly contrived sheen, but so much of the show steers clear of unnecessary exposition that it usually has a streamlined feel, and much of what occurs in the first hour simply flies by.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    The focus is never far from the very talented quartet at the show’s core: The assured second season offers the cast plenty of opportunities to demonstrate that they’ve got some of the best reaction faces in the business. There’s just enough plot to force the characters to glance at each other and alternately avoid each other’s glares and curiosity.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    Reliably entertaining and wise new season.... What’s readily apparent on Girls nowadays is that the show doesn’t even need Hannah front and center to achieve narrative momentum. Dunham and her writers and cast have done a terrific job of creating an array of characters fully capable of carrying their own solo storylines.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    A taut, enjoyable second season.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    Though it uses Browder’s experiences to indict a whole system, to its credit, Time never loses sight of the man at the center of this case, who endured a tragedy as unforgettable as it is American.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    There are some bumps in the road as the show lays out its premise, but Supergirl has a number of things going for it: Melissa Benoist is convincing and charming in the lead role; the supporting cast, which features the likes of Calista Flockhart, Chyler Leigh, Mehcad Brooks and David Harewood, is very good; and the leaders of the writing team behind it.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    Witness captures that ambiguity and thoughtfulness [in Christie’s works], and Phelps’ smart and entertaining adaptations will continue to garner my full attention, whenever they arrive and wherever they end up.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    In a dreary winter TV landscape in which smart, witty escapism is in short supply, Torchwood stands out.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    The comic’s unexpected swerves and inspired segues are often the best thing about the specials.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    The challenge of Legion will be to make David’s quest for wholeness more than the sum of its flashy and often captivating parts. But the humane core of the drama offers a reason to hope for the best.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    Deep in the Heart of Texas can feel a bit dated--given that it’s two years old, there are references to Ebola and the infamous recording of Ray Rice in that elevator--but it also contains a long set piece in which Chappelle hilariously imagines Lil Wayne as a gravel-voiced detective on “CSI.”
    • 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.

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