For 845 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 The Pacific: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Anger Management: Season 1
Score distribution:
845 tv reviews
    • 34 Metascore
    • 37 Maureen Ryan
    Most painful are the scenes of Steve and Anne with their daughter, Courtney (G Hannelius). They’re overacted, unfunny and, like much of the rest of the show, full of annoying cliches.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 37 Maureen Ryan
    Like so many other new shows this summer, the uninspired Covert Affairs is assembled from spare parts and elements that have been used better elsewhere.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 37 Maureen Ryan
    At least these comedies are upfront about what they are: Cheerfully raunchy shows that lean heavily on adolescent obsessions with bodily functions. If that’s your thing, you may enjoy the deadpan Testees.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 37 Maureen Ryan
    Lee and co-star Alfre Woodard deserve better than Memphis Beat, which can't quite overcome the cliches that frequently bog it down.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 37 Maureen Ryan
    Though many small things are executed well, some big parts of this show just don’t work, at least in the first couple of episodes.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 37 Maureen Ryan
    The show's few interesting actors get little to do and the new characters aren't that compelling. Pass.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    Much of the show simply feels disjointed, or tired, or both. Despite intermittent flashes of liveliness, the pacing of Ray Donovan is off, especially at first, when it feels as though the show is trying to cover too much ground and cram in too much backstory about the Donovans' troubled past in Boston.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    Its writers are clearly addicted to the tired conceit of giving us three jokes per script page, no matter how played-out the jokes, no matter how predictable the pratfalls.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    There is awkwardness and idiocy on display in Life's Too Short, which stars actor Warwick Davis as a hopefully inaccurate version of himself, but almost none of it is funny, much of it is off-putting and all of it is pointless.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    I found that the satire of "Housewives" wasn't tart enough to be truly funny, and the drama wasn't nearly textured enough to reflect the real lives of contemporary mothers.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    Perfect Couples is so screechy, predictable and lame that I kind of despised these characters within minutes of being introduced to them.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    What's mystifying is why Starz and the creators of Black Sails seem to think that, given the expanding array of options available to consumers, any content creators can get away with peddling fare that can't even manage to be consistently mediocre.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    Unless it gets sharper and funnier or begins to offer something more than a puffy celebrity hang, it’s hard to make the case that it’s a necessary addition to the talk-show scene.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    [The actors] are cramped by obvious, unsubtle writing and a show that doesn't seem to have much of an idea of where to take these sardonic characters.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    Employing the kind of overly clever, self-consciously "witty" dialogue that unfailingly announces a lack of real ideas on the part of the writers, "Heist" is by far the least compelling of these new crime-life series.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    The end result was often a lot of bombast and noise but not too many laughs. Maya and Marty, in many ways, is a ham sandwich with an extra helping of ham.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    Bochco has made the most cutting-edge drama--of 1994. These thinly drawn characters aren't compelling, and the entire production feels dated and stagey.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    The characters are thinner than cardboard cutouts, and I could see every “twist” coming from a mile away.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    "Windfall's" interlocking plots are mostly predictable and bland.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    Given the absence of an intoxicating atmosphere and the lack of dramatic momentum, episodes ramble on and on punishingly, like a jam band that refuses to leave the stage.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    ABC has a house style, and this workmanlike execution of that style pretty much derails this drama. Many interior scenes are over-lit and thus not spooky, and there’s just a blandness in the casting and the production design that does nothing to help The Whispers build up the kind of mysterious atmosphere it needs to work.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    Sadly, although Jezebel is packed with Sherman-Palladino’s trademark snappy banter, it’s a cold, brittle misfire.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    Unfortunately, heaping helpings of atmosphere do not make up for the lack of a strong narrative thread or the fact that the characters are so thinly drawn that it's hard to care about anything they do.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    The jokes that spring from that laborious setup aren’t all that funny.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    “Smith” is so thinly written, and the characters so generic, that it’s hard to feel much for this series except admiration for its cinematography.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    Westworld looks terrific; its directors have shot its Western locations to stunning effect. But its warmly saturated outdoor scenes and its surface slickness aren’t enough to mask the indecision, condescension, and hollowness at its core.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    A tedious array of shrieky moments, dumb stereotypes and unearned sentiment.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    The attempt to shoehorn the Shat into the strained story of a father and an adult son, Henry, getting to know each other for the first time seems false. And when there are glimmers that it might work, Shatner's character, Ed, is visited by his grating other son, Vince, and his even more grating wife, Bonnie. They're awful.
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    Ed Begley Jr shows a light touch as the ex-couple’s counselor, and not every joke on Gary Unmarried falls flat. But this show hinges on one’s ability to ignore its misogyny and on the limited appeal of Mohr.

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