For 690 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 42% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 55% 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 Breaking Bad: Season 5
Lowest review score: 0 Anger Management: Season 1
Score distribution:
690 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    What comes across as charmingly spare on the page frequently ends up lacking complexity on the screen.

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