For 814 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 6.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Maureen Ryan's Scores

Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 30 Rock: Season 3
Lowest review score: 0 Tyrant: Season 1
Score distribution:
814 tv reviews
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    Why, Haven, why?? Without the Balfour, this might have been a blandish but watchable "X-Files" derivation. With the Balfour, well, his time on screen did not increase my desire to check out this "Haven" in future.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    Ultimately, for a show with a lot of zombie flavoring, BrainDead too often lacks bite.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    Bionic Woman, the disappointingly average remake of the Lindsay Wagner vehicle from the ’70s, comes to life.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    Stories aren't particularly dense or surprising, and some of the conflict feels quite contrived
    • 62 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    "Run's House" doesn't offer anything new to the genre.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    Purely as a cop show, Life on Mars is competent but not that compelling, though O’Mara does a fine job as Tyler.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    A grim, formulaic drama.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    I have nothing against procedurals per se, but all this rather soulless copy has going for it is the jaunty performance of LL Cool J and a fairly efficient tick-tock plot. Depending upon your mood or preference, that may be enough.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    What's missing most from Rescue Me's first couple of episodes, at least, are scenes of firehouse camaraderie among Gavin and his fellow firefighters. [13 June 2007, p.12]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 24 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    It's an intriguing idea for a reality show, and it more or less survives Fox's cheesy presentation.
    • 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).
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    Hung, despite some droll humor and the occasional dry insight, is even more of a disappointment.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    Everything about "Andy Barker"... is lovingly created. And there are some laughs, but the show fails to truly catch fire.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    [Whitaker's] charisma gives Suspect a strong center and his line delivery is consistently interesting. If the original 'Minds' is one of your favorite shows, there's no reason not to give this drama a shot.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    The good elements of season three--and there are quite a few--may allow the show to rise above and/or excise the weak elements and return to top form by mid-season. We’ll just have to see.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    As was the case with the similarly middling “Confirmation,” here, a host of male character actors get a reasonable amount of screen time, but few make a lasting impression. That’s partly due to the nature of the film’s dialogue, which is often predictable and packed with dutiful exposition.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    The characters and relationships are never specific or resonant enough to make the attempted blending of family drama, time travel series, and cop show memorable, or, perhaps more importantly, as addictive as the several other smart hybrid programs on the CW.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    Ron Swanson's (Nick Offerman) short “tour” of his office--a loose, throwaway moment at the end of the episode--is the funniest thing about the otherwise strained Parks pilot.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    The first substantial segment wasn't exactly a laugh-riot--it was a musically themed trip to a car wash with singer Dan Finnerty. Even if it was only moderately funny, it reinforced the Jay Leno Show brand of inoffensively average comedy and also established that the show would not be dominated by a couch and celebrity guests.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    If not for the impish, unpredictable charm of Paul Gross, who plays the mysterious Darryl Van Horne, the pretty, superficial Eastwick might have fallen completely flat.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    It's a broad, unsubtle sitcom, one that may be worth watching for White, but otherwise is only moderately amusing at best.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    Well, it wasn’t “Masterpiece Theatre,” and it wasn’t outright terrible.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    This show should be a swampy, escapist saga with poignant overtones, but that version of the tale can only occasionally be glimpsed amid the overwritten dialogue and the stilted pacing. For the most part, there’s not much of a spark here.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 66 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.

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