For 867 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 Louie: Season 4
Lowest review score: 0 Painkiller Jane: Season 1
Score distribution:
867 tv reviews
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    Chelsea doesn't do anything to make the TV version of Chelsea interesting, likable or winning.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    At least Lewis appeared to be having fun, which can't be said of anyone else in this rather grim production.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    Its attempts to explore the motivations of a trouble-prone, hot-shot chef while mixing in observations about the persistence of organized crime in New York, and meditations on the grief process, all lack originality and bite.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    The right kind of fascinating character and performance could have made the premise work, but neither are in evidence.
    • 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.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    There are a few funny moments, I guess, but the show is certainly nothing to plan your evening around.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    I might have tried harder to get past the bad taste that situation left in my mouth, had the rest of the show not been fairly paint-by-numbers and generic, but as escapist hours go, there's not a lot of meat on the bone here.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    A plodding series that really just proves life was unrelentingly hard and pretty monotonous in the not-so-wild West.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    One of the most narrow and timid fall seasons in memory. This premise is particularly tired.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    More or less a soggy misfire.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    Despite a great deal of visible effort, the first four episodes of The Strain never succeeded in making Corey Stoll's epidemiologist character even remotely compelling. Unfortunately most of the other characters are even more superficial and predictable, which made it nearly impossible to stay engaged when they began doing dumb things. The only real bright spot in The Strain is David Bradley.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    Aside from Don Johnson’s canny oil baron, and as we found with the “Dallas” revival, one savvy old dude can’t always carry an entire show on his back, especially when the rest of it is so mechanical.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    There's a tentative blandness to 'Star-Crossed' that hindered my ability to care about any of its broadly sketched characters.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    Unfortunately, the burned-out doctor is so naive and so laughably gullible that just about every choice feels pre-determined and every consequence can be seen coming a mile away. Add several scenes of clunky, overwritten dialogue and an underwritten female lead to an almost complete lack of suspense, and the end result is a cliche-ridden drama that is a painful chore to sit through.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    All in all, it’s difficult to tell what the goals of this version of Dirk Gently are, given how manic, disorganized and incoherent it is.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    This Lethal Weapon feels like a regurgitation of not just the film, but of several decades’ worth of cop-show formulas. Even its chase scenes are bit tiresome, and fail to set themselves apart from the thousands that play out on large and small screens every year.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    Most “celebreality” shows are probably staged to some degree, but Cho’s show seems more contrived than most.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    Given that this show was created by "Scream" writer Kevin Williamson, there's the usual showy deconstruction of scary-story cliches, but that deconstruction just draws attention to how hollow this project is. ... Ultimately, my dislike for The Following has less to do with its gore factor than with its essential laziness, silliness and pretentiousness.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 25 Maureen Ryan
    I expected more sparky wordplay from a Williamson show, but the Vampire Diaries pilot is pretty limp and lifeless in that department. The attractive cast is... attractive. Let's be kind and say that they are not all blessed with the same level of competence in the acting department.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 25 Maureen Ryan
    The cop's cockiness soon becomes tedious, then grating, then actively annoying (and guess what? He's a former Chicago detective, a la the cop on "The Gates." Stop maligning our police force, TV!). The rest of the show is bland and the banter-y dialogue is not as amusing as the show thinks it is.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 25 Maureen Ryan
    Not much about this show rang true to me, except the moment when the league commissioner begged players to get their fees in on time.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 Maureen Ryan
    As remakes go, Crusoe is at least a couple of cuts above NBC's brainless "Knight Rider," but let's face it, the bar couldn't be set any lower.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Maureen Ryan
    Grammer's so much better than the unfunny show that has been built around him.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 25 Maureen Ryan
    The main thing you've got to remember is, the scripts for this show have to beat the audience over the head with exposition.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 20 Maureen Ryan
    I wouldn’t rush to clear space on the old DVR for this muddled marital mess.
    • 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.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 20 Maureen Ryan
    Pretty pointless.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 20 Maureen Ryan
    It all seems painfully staged and contrived.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 20 Maureen Ryan
    The show is a particularly awkward attempt at a "dramedy": It tries to make you care about Dennis' quest to become a news anchor and meet the right guy, yet it makes light of the fact that Dennis is shrill, superficial and a bit promiscuous.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 20 Maureen Ryan
    The only thing I can think about when I watch the Millers is that Margo Martindale deserves so much better than this, and I wish she was free of this show's hackneyed, overly broad "humor."

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