For 852 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 6.7 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 Anger Management: Season 1
Score distribution:
852 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    Some episodes feel a little padded, and the show occasionally skates nervously over the more painful aspects of these girls' lives, but High School Confidential is a mostly compelling study of the lives of 12 girls in a middle-class Kansas community.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    This hybrid, which is competent but not terribly distinctive, may not be unique enough to thrill reality fans or familiar enough to satisfy devotees of “Deadliest Catch.”
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Maureen Ryan
    When Drop Dead Diva is at its best, it’s about two women who have lost a lot but are learning that they’ve gained something valuable as well.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    It's light and diverting yet respectful of its characters and their histories, thus it can serve as a pleasant, earnest counterbalance to some of TV's darker dramas.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    Some of the plots travel in expected directions, and you won’t mistake this brightly lit show for something on AMC, but there’s sincerity and some grit to Recovery Road.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    As it is, the drama’s overly deliberate pace and under-cooked character dynamics may cause some to lose faith before the season finale arrives.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 20 Maureen Ryan
    I wouldn’t rush to clear space on the old DVR for this muddled marital mess.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Maureen Ryan
    The Middle hits its comedic targets often enough, but its main problems is that it overdoes the quirkiness a bit.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    The kind of well-made brain candy that nearly demands that you watch it with a bowl of popcorn.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    This show knows what it wants to do and it churns through its story with efficiency and the gloss that comes from executing the ABC house style with energy and a bit of flair.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    In the two episodes NBC sent for review, Port and Guarascio are respectful to what came before--possibly too respectful, but the desire to not rock the boat is understandable.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    Billions is shamelessly entertaining. Don’t come to it looking for an in-depth commentary on the stratification of American society or the pitfalls of late-stage capitalism. This is a generally well-crafted soap opera about rich people, one that crackles with energy and insider knowledge of its well-heeled territory and the narcissistic insiders who live there.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    The superficiality and inconsistencies of Colony’s world might be less noticeable if the characters were deeper and richer, but they’re not terribly compelling, despite the divided loyalties the show plants early on.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    There's a tentativeness to Halt's first hour--it doesn't end especially strongly--but overall, the drama has a mostly credible pilot and lead actors who will probably be able take the show in compelling directions.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    Given how much potential this premise contains, I dearly wish The Fades could decide what it wants to do.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 63 Maureen Ryan
    This pleasantly low-key drama has little trouble creating an atmosphere, but the pace is sometimes slack in the first four episodes.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    Despite a terrific cast, Human Target feels like a soulless thing created from bits and pieces from better TV shows and movies.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    This year, there’s much more of the loopy, creative humor that its fans have come to know and love.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Maureen Ryan
    Southland, which comes from “ER” executive producers John Wells and Christopher Chulack, is the more serious and satisfying drama, though it could use a little more of the lightness of The Unusuals.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    I came away from HBO's five-part series with a great deal of respect for Winslet's impassioned performance, but so many other aspects of Mildred Pierce worked against Winslet's naturalistic style that parts of the miniseries ended up being, frankly, a slog.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    It may not sound funny on paper, and some of these snippets may not be quite as side-splitting as scenes from the deadpan British original, but this edition of “Creature Comforts” is good fun.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    Oddly entertaining. ... If you're a fan of Spader's ability to make creepy characters watchable, if not likable, then this solid hour is worth your time. [2 Oct 2004]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    The dangers for the mostly engrossing “Riches” is that it occasionally hits the “we’re stealing the American Dream” theme a little too hard, and it remains to be seen whether it will coast on the taut, engaging performances of Izzard and Driver.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Maureen Ryan
    This cast is so good, especially Polaha and Appleby, that by the third episode it was surprisingly easy to put aside the lingering questions I had and tolerate the fact that at that stage, some of the supporting characters still came close to being caricatures.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    Manages to get the balance of cuddliness and snark just right.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    The show’s first episode passes by quickly and enjoyably, but if every week Evie learns a lesson about living life to the fullest and Xavier’s efforts to get her to “go for it” go a little too far, No Tomorrow could quickly drift into the realm of formula. Yet there are promising grace notes in the pilot.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Maureen Ryan
    Though Costello’s discussions with musicians falter from time to time, they also contain quite a few interesting stories and conversations. And whenever things threaten to slow down, the musicians just pick up their instruments and sing instead of speaking.
    • 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 20 Maureen Ryan
    If you're after a compelling drama set amid the wild beauty of Africa, don't bother with the new CW show Life Is Wild. You're better off with "Meerkat Manor" or a well-made nature documentary.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    Insufferable. ... At first, it’s nice to see TV veterans O’Quinn and Smith on screen again, but soon it becomes grating to see such talented actors trapped in such an airless, self-indulgent and smug story.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Maureen Ryan
    Though the pace is zippy and a fair amount of the dialogue is snappy, Hutton brings a distracted, melancholy air to the proceedings, which doesn’t slow things down -- his nuanced performance keeps the show on an even keel.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    All in all, though Greenleaf strays a bit, it manages to balance its many priorities with something that approaches grace, which is only appropriate for a story set in the house of the Lord.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Maureen Ryan
    A masterful meditation on the nature and meaning of forgiveness.
    • 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."
    • 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.”
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    Very little of this sad clown’s life feels fresh or urgently original.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    The charms of this series are subtle, but only grow over the course of the first few episodes.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    It would be a mistake to count this scruffy little comedy out. It's really charming.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 0 Maureen Ryan
    What’s most mind-boggling about this show is how it manages to get every single thing wrong.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    When the special drags a bit, it feels as if Netflix, the anti-Scrooge of this free-spending TV era, has paid Murray and Coppola to film a champagne-infused holiday shindig with their friends. Still, A Very Murray Christmas has a sweetness to it that keeps it from lapsing fully into self-indulgence. At its best, the proceedings keep alive the spirit of the Bob Hope-Bing Crosby road pictures
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    By the time the many story threads link up... "The State Within" has an unstoppable momentum that’s as good as the best of "24."
    • 68 Metascore
    • 85 Maureen Ryan
    The spontaneity rumbling through The Young Pope illuminates the unruly possibilities of human and spiritual connection, and its sly, deadpan wit is often a delight.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    Though every detail of this lush Roman epic feels palpably authentic, history lessons don’t loom overly large; what’s most enjoyable about it is how deftly it mixes soap opera with senatorial debates.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    It's an intriguing idea for a reality show, and it more or less survives Fox's cheesy presentation.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    I'll keep watching, given the caliber of the cast and the solidly made pilot, and I'll hope that Vegas gives these actors more to do than standing over bodies and leveling shotguns at city slickers.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    Though the show can demonstrate narrative drive within particular episodes--the second episode of Season 2, for example, is moderately suspenseful--over the long haul.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    What a light, yet satisfying treat this show turned out to be.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Maureen Ryan
    So is this complex and intriguing film worth watching, knowing that the questions that percolate through it will likely never be answered? The answer is yes, if you’re a sci-fi buff and/or a fan of the show’s creators, Ronald D. Moore and Michael Taylor, who are veterans of the acclaimed “Battlestar Galactica.”
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    It's the sloppy approach to context and the tabloid-y aspects of Vice that are ultimately harder to take than the self-aggrandizing bro-ness of it all.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    It's almost a shot-for-shot remake of the original, but that's not what makes this version a derivative TV zombie. It's the lack of atmosphere and the near-complete absence of a mournful, mysterious tone that makes the new version feel empty and hollow.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 12 Maureen Ryan
    Nothing about the slipshod writing or frenetic direction makes these people compelling, and some of them come across as downright cartoonish.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    There's still something winning and relevant about their particular blend of cluelessness and surprisingly sharp commentary.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    Wilfred is still a work in progress; in the early stages, the relationship between the dog and the man feels a little claustrophobic, but as the episodes progress, Ryan's world begins to expand a bit, which is a good thing.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    The cast is very good and if the central relationships are beefed up, it could be a keeper.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    Helix doesn't reinvent the virus thriller, but it's a solid slice of genre entertainment that offers some creepy visuals and believable scares.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 37 Maureen Ryan
    The show's few interesting actors get little to do and the new characters aren't that compelling. Pass.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    It's the kind of show that could well settle into a nice groove once it gets a few episodes in, especially given that all the performances are top notch, including those from Lucy Punch and Echo Kellum as friends of the title duo.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles returns with a solidly enjoyable action-oriented outing.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    If State of Mind can work out its mixture of mild wackiness and emotional revelation, it may have a chance.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Maureen Ryan
    Swayze’s performance is almost reason enough to tune in--if you don’t mind the show’s more derivative elements--the actor’s co-star, Fimmel, is often the least interesting thing about The Beast.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    As it is, the decent but unspectacular Copper comes off as "Deadwood Cop," minus the Milch.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Maureen Ryan
    Though he seemed a little nervous and the humor seemed a bit broader, generally speaking, than it was on "Late Night," Conan on The Tonight Show worked just fine.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 10 Maureen Ryan
    You could watch the first few episodes of “Heroes,” or you could repeatedly hit yourself on the head with a brick. The effect is surprisingly similar.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    Like a number of recent TV movies emanating from HBO, this film is dutiful without being essential.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    The main problem is, Man Seeking Woman tries for the kind of weird, imaginative wit you find on "Archer" or "Louie" but the new show doesn't have the craft, ideas or skills to back it up.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Maureen Ryan
    The pilot for this drama is good. I have a few quibbles with it--some of the character drama is a bit clunky--but overall, I found the first hour of the show to be solidly entertaining and suitably suspenseful.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    Leave it to Fox to take something the Brits did pretty well and muck it up.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    So far, it's contrived, predictable and seemingly allergic to ambiguity and subtext.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    By casting Feore, Arnaud, Harris and the magnetic Irons in this Gothic soap opera about randy popes and their enemies, and by taking the world of 15th Century Rome moderately seriously, Jordan ensured that this drama would be more than just a mildly cheesy guilty pleasure. It's not much more than that, mind you, but you won't have to go to confession after you've partaken of this Showtime costume drama.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    The truth of the matter is, the pilot is well-paced and the first half is especially fun.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Maureen Ryan
    There is bitterness aplenty, but Party Down didn’t create these characters simply to mock them. There is also bittersweet sadness lurking behind these droll, incisive portraits of failure and self-deception.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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