For 834 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 6.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Maureen Ryan's Scores

Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 The Americans: Season 4
Lowest review score: 0 We Are Men: Season 1
Score distribution:
834 tv reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    There are times when Outlander shows glimmerings of that vitality and emotional depth, and if we're lucky, this earnest drama will keep heading in that direction.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    If you don’t like hints of Harry Potter mixed in with fairly straightforward procedural elements, this may not be the show for you.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    Though Babylon is pleasant and reasonably well executed, there's not too much to grab on to at the center of the drama; it makes moves toward engagement of knotty issues, only to ultimately skate along their surface. But Nesbitt is typically excellent and the show's depiction of London, its cops and its cynical politics can be diverting.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    And therein lies the main flaw of this otherwise entertaining show. Not much time is devoted to actually teaching the novices the top-notch technique that they'd need to make it in one of Ramsay's successful London establishments, let alone the restaurant that gives the program its name.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    For fans of fantasy, this might be worth a try; there’s just enough of interest to make one wonder if Beowulf’s future alliances and aspirations will place it within striking distance of “Vikings,” on par with the enjoyable “Shannara Chronicles” and maybe ahead of BBC America’s very similar drama, “The Last Kingdom.”
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    For all its ferocity, and despite some excellent supporting performances, there’s a curious hole at the center of Sons of Anarchy. The character we’re supposed to be most interested in is something of a blank slate.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    The biggest problem with Fox's "Kitchen Confidential" is that star Bradley Cooper... is far too appealing to play a bad-boy chef.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    Mildly satisfying, but pretty formulaic.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    Despite its jittery camerawork and souped-up graphics, "Justice" is just a reasonably well-made, meat-and-potatoes lawyer show.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    “Army Wives” is by no means a perfect show, but there’s a lot of potential material in the lives of these women.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    You expect the Big Moment on Grey's Anatomy, and the usual array of melodramatic developments in Thursday's two-hour season premiere. On the plus side, at least this episode isn't as padded and maddening as past two-hour Grey's episodes have been.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    The result is a miniseries that’s easy on the eyes and generally more interesting when capable actors like Jenna Coleman, who plays Victoria, and Rufus Sewell, as her advisor Lord Melbourne, imbue the dialogue and character psyches with more depth than the scripts provide. Subplots about secondary and tertiary characters, which feel like castoffs from lazier “Downton Abbey” seasons, frustrate for a variety of reasons, not least because they’re executed with a lack of flair and originality.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    Even as you laugh at the clunky dialogue, cringe at the large hair, get annoyed by wardrobe stylists who think that the "Miami Vice" look was still hip in 1986, you will get sucked in to "Reunion's" murder mystery.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    I'll keep watching, of course. But there are times, truth be told, when Saul seems a little too much like its lead character: Slick, smart, desperate, driven to please and a little bit afflicted by flop sweat.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    Animal Practice might devolve into a lot of jokes about mammalian reproduction and/or defecation, or it might evolve into a goofy workplace drama with reasonably sparky leads and occasionally frisky pythons. Given the quality of the core cast and the mildly pleasing (if broad) nature of the pilot, I've got my paws crossed and I'm hoping for the latter.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    The show has a lot of pieces to juggle, and it doesn’t always weave its multitude of plots together gracefully. ... That said, the third episode recalls the thoughtful Cinemax actioner “Strike Back,” (and that’s a compliment).
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    Millman... is kind of an irritating guy, and the conceit of the show wears thin pretty quickly.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    A mildly amusing way to spend a half an hour.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    Blue Bloods sounds good on paper. Yet despite its good cast and competent execution, this drama about a family of New York cops feels a bit perfunctory. There's nothing necessarily wrong with the drama, which is ably headed by Tom Selleck, but there's every chance that Blue Bloods will turn out to be just another cop show.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    Sure, there were some good bits in there. It wasn't that Conan put on a bad or unprofessional show, just a very conventional one.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    There was one brief shoving match on the program, in which a 15 year old "got in the face" of an 11 year old, but most of the program was pretty sedate, if not a bit bland.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    Everything around Malkovich is workmanlike and rather predictable, if competent.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    By the end of the five episodes HBO sent for review, one's interest in the tangled future of this offbeat clan may be piqued, but be forewarned, it takes a while -- and there are a lot of petty spats and crying kids -- before one gets to that point.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    The main thing Camelot has going for it is a lively, unpretentious desire to entertain. It doesn't take itself overly seriously--Merlin has a wry sense of humor--and there are some capable action sequences amid scenes of rustic splendor.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    “This American Life” really begins to show its TV potential in episode three, when the show stops trying so hard to be perfect and lets its storytelling sprawl.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    All in all, Skip, an unkempt ball of puppyish energy to whom the writers feed a wealth of good material, is by far the best thing about this show. Jenna Elfman is all right as first lady and the rest of the cast hovers around the edges not making much of an impression.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    The clash between the callow and the compelling set off an ongoing debate between the hopeful part of my brain, which wants to like a sci-fi-ish show dreamed up by executive producers J.J. Abrams and Eric Kripke, and the scarred part of my brain, which has been burned dozens of times by genre-flavoroed shows that had interesting elements or cast members but also disappointing executions and annoying younger characters.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    Yet despite the dude-tastic charisma that Caan brings to Danno, I can't quite see a reason to watch Hawaii Five-0 again, given that each week, the stories will probably feel like something we've already seen on 'NCIS,' 'NCIS Los Angeles' or any number of the 'CSIs.' Bad guys will be caught, the team shall be triumphant. Rinse and repeat.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    It's all a little pell-mell, but it just about holds together and Viola Davis is ferocious in the lead role.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    An intermittently interesting summer potboiler with a creepy "Twin Peaks"-meets-"American Beauty" vibe, with a little of "The Riches" thrown in for good measure.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    The last half-hour of the pilot is by far the best part of Fringe; it’s full of twists, turns, action and suspense. And the first 20 minutes or so, in which a team of federal agents investigate a mysterious occurrence on a commercial airliner, is brisk and efficient, if (like much of Fringe) a little bombastic and overdirected. Aside from a cinematic dream sequence, the middle hour of Fringe is much more problematic.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    The way to keep both casual and hardcore sci-fi fans in the fold is to tell stories that revolve around memorable characters, to take on compelling questions and to give the tales intellectual and emotional plausibility. Torchwood: Miracle Day doesn't quite have all those elements nailed down all the time, but it gets reasonable chunks of those things right--enough to keep me tuning in and hoping that the story gains coherence (and not just speed) over the course of the season.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    The River isn't terrible, and it actually has some effective elements, but it's fairly indicative of ABC's post-"Lost" flailing.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    Ben Feldman and Cristin Milioti are good actors and undeniably adorable together in this competent pilot.... The charm of its cast and, ideally, sharp writing from the NBC show could keep it afloat.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    Breakout Kings is better than "The Glades," another A&E scripted drama set in the world of law enforcement, but that's not saying a whole lot. Still, if future episodes are as good as the second episode (and better than the clunky pilot), it'll give fans of "White Collar" or "Leverage" something to watch until those shows come back.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    Still, despite Chuck’s zippy pace and fun dialogue, this nerd-friendly "spy-fi" show from "O.C." creator Josh Schwartz has plot holes you could drive a truck through.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    The pilot is high-strung but basically acceptable, and I'll keep watching in the well-founded hopes that it will find consistently entertaining groove and use its fine cast (which includes Tim Meadows and Dan Bucatinsky as Annie's dads) as well as "Happy Endings" used its fab ensemble.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    As it is, the decent but unspectacular Copper comes off as "Deadwood Cop," minus the Milch.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    It may not have the subtlety or sophisticated wit of "Arrested Development," but it's not supposed to. It's more a combination of "The Office" and "Four Kings" -- with really good music and a distinctive, energetic visual style.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    After going through its share of growing pains, it now operates with clockwork efficiency. But the characters seem even more one-dimensional than they were last year.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    Feresten... is engaging in a slightly weird, self-mocking, Letterman-esque way, with only occasional forays into dippy post-frat humor.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    More work needs to be done on all the characters; so far they're just types, and the first episode, perhaps because of its manic tone, didn't make me laugh much. But I can see Breaking In growing into a pleasant, mildly goofy comedy that offers the light-adventure qualities of a USA or TNT show and the silly diversions of a half-decent 'Chuck' episode.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    Alexander and Stapleton, both appealing enough in their own right, to execute some basic action-adventure moves, though their characters have no discernible chemistry as yet. The Blindspot pilot is more or less efficient enough, even though few aspects of the premise make any real sense.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    The problem is, the show that's been built around the actor (who's also a producer on the project) isn't nearly as interesting as what Grammer brings to the screen, and the sluggish pacing and melodramatic excesses of Boss could put off those drawn in by the actor's confident star turn.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    Though Extant is competently made, it shares a problem with another new TV show with a big name attached. Like "Extant," "The Strain," which arrives Sunday and boasts Guillermo Del Toro as one of its executive producers, feels kind of bland and bloodless.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    Overall, the new Fox sitcom is surprisingly winning, and the skilled Corddry is the main reason.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    The glimpses of old-fashioned heart in Sid’s story, and the characters’ deadpan humor, make this show a mildly intriguing chronicle of youth.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    While Hall (who plays Tietjens' wife, Sylvia) and Cumberbatch do a fine job of portraying two mismatched people who are nevertheless stuck with each other for a bunch of social, cultural and personal reasons--some of which even they don't understand--Parade's End is often at war with itself.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    Nothing about these connections feels particularly earned and many of the twists and turns of the pilot feel contrived and obvious, especially toward the end.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    Though it's competently made and catches fire dramatically from time to time, Canterbury's Law doesn't have quite as much dramatic depth as those other shows ["Damages," "House" or "Saving Grace"]do at their best.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    The serious intent of Saints trips it up at times; many characters remain one-dimensional, and some sequences are plodding or repetitive. That said, the mini features nuanced work in a number of the Native Americans portrayals--often the best-developed characters on the screen.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    Hostages unfolds with the crisp efficiency of a humorless event planner checking tasks off a list.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    House seems a little off when it returns for its fifth season. My diagnosis: A chemistry imbalance.

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