For 653 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 5.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Maureen Ryan's Scores

Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Breaking Bad: Season 5
Lowest review score: 0 Anger Management: Season 1
Score distribution:
653 tv reviews
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    It hasn't yet proven that it can find consistently satisfying things to do with the legal drama (Harvey's "closing" scenes are fun though I can see them becoming a bit of a crutch).
    • 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.
    • 65 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.
    • 81 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    Given how much potential this premise contains, I dearly wish The Fades could decide what it wants to do.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    Alcatraz isn't bad, but it's not exactly brimming with the kind of engaging magic and memorable people that you want from a J.J. Abrams project.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    There are fitful moments that work, but the show also manages to shoot itself in the foot regularly.
    • 62 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    It's weird that in the show's fifth season, the stakes actually feel lower than they did a couple of years ago.
    • 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.
    • 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).
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    Crisis is efficient without really ever becoming enticing.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    It's too dour and it takes itself too seriously, but it has potential.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    Given the first episode's promise, it's too bad the second outing of "The Boondocks" is a complete waste of time.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    Mowry herself is charming and capable, and Wendy Raquel Robinson has some fine moments as the mother-manager, but it’s clear that “The Game” is to be played on the surface of these potentially interesting lives.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    It's just too bad the shopworn material on "Emily" is just a tad too weak to support Graham's talents, even though she tries (a bit too hard, truth be told) to give viewers a reason to watch.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    Though it's admirable that ABC took a chance on a family that does not revolve around a dumb, doughy dad and sassy kids, the tragedy at the core of the Crumb clan ensures that the comedy doesn't quite get off the ground.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    Uninspired and flat.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    Cliches are cliches, no matter what channel you're watching.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    "Top Chef," though it appears to have a stable of good talent in the kitchen, so far doesn't really have much else going for it in the way of personalities.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    Spiro is not really charismatic enough to carry a show, but the real problem is that P.J. isn’t going to make anyone forget Carrie Bradshaw any time soon.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    Too often, “Big Day” evokes the unpleasantness of pre-wedding stress, without mining the nuptial process for creative, original laughs.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    The crass elements of “The Class” threaten to drag the whole show down.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    The level of the writing and the bland supporting cast do not match Woods’ wit, intelligence and slightly scary ferocity.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    At no point will you feel like scratching your own eyes out rather than sitting through an episode. So there’s that.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    Nobody does a deadpan line reading like Baldwin, and he alone is reason to check out this work in progress and hope that Fey gets the time she’ll need to make this hodge-podge live up to its potential.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    "Runaway" is passable as far as it goes, which, despite its title, isn’t very far.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    “Hidden Palms” will never be mistaken for classic-era “O.C.,” not yet, anyway.
    • 51 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    In Plain Sight is another attempt at mixing the jokey and the serious within a loose procedural format. But Sight’s writing is distressingly predictable, and McCormack’s character is the least interesting thing about the show.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    Despite being set in lively, colorful Miami, this saga is as sluggish as can be.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    This is one historical drama that takes itself far more seriously than it deserves to, given the quality of the writing and the flatness of many performances.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    Despite “Heartland’s” obviously good intentions and Williams’ likable presence, it’s difficult to find a pulse in this workmanlike drama.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    It has so much political minutiae to get through--the hanging chads, the vote-counting procedures, the legal maneuverings, etc.--that the characters get short shrift.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    On a late-night show, either the non-interview comedic bits have to be inspired, or the interviews have to be smooth. With a few exceptions, neither worked all that well during Fallon's first show. The comedy frequently fell flat, and as a host, Fallon is underwhelming at the moment.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    Though there are exceptions and a few bits work, the skits that weren’t funny in one episode don’t become funny when they are repeated, with minor alterations, in the next.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    The problem is that Private Practice attempts to drum up comedy from things that aren’t funny and to wring drama from situations that are melodramatic, predictable or reek of barely repressed anger.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    Though it’s better, Private Practice is not good enough.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    Again and again, the show takes what should be subtext and turned it into stilted dialogue that grows repetitive very quickly.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    Every point is hammered home with a complete lack of subtlety; during the closing argument in the pilot, bits of previous scenes were replayed at crucial moments, in case the audience forgot what transpired several minutes ago. It's always a good time when a television network assumes that you're a half-wit.