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 6.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Maureen Ryan's Scores

Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Louie: Season 3
Lowest review score: 0 Anchorwoman: Season 1
Score distribution:
845 tv reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Maureen Ryan
    The show’s curiosity about what motivates decency--and what accounts for its absence--ends up giving it a quiet but unshakable power, and its sensible and straightforward vibe lends dignity to what is, at its core, a tale of stoic endurance.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Maureen Ryan
    Justified doesn't come close to losing control of its narrative.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Maureen Ryan
    Though it has an almost flawless pilot, and one of the best casts of the season, how long will the writers be able to tease out the mysteries of those 52 hours without driving viewers mad?
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Maureen Ryan
    Though it is deliberate in pace and and often low-key, this show does supply what a drama returning on Halloween absolutely must have: scares.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Maureen Ryan
    The fantastic Wolf Hall is ultra-English is so many ways.... This may be a restrained, morally complex drama, but it is far from inert and stodgy in its execution.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Maureen Ryan
    [The] third season... provides a[n] unpredictable, fascinating take on events dominating real-world headlines.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Maureen Ryan
    Fresh Off the Boat is good--at times, very good. Without question, it's one of the best new shows of the broadcast network season: funny, well-acted and promising on a number of levels.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Maureen Ryan
    Two mainstays of film noir are the tough-talking dame and the cynical private eye, and one of the pleasures of Marvel’s Jessica Jones is that it unites both types in one thorny and fascinating character. The show, which features an exceptional performance from Krysten Ritter and sure-handed guidance from executive producer Melissa Rosenberg, is not just a contender for the title Best Marvel-related TV Property; in a supremely crowded TV scene, it is one of the year’s most distinctive new dramas.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Maureen Ryan
    Syfy's Defiance doesn't just cement its place as a well-made and enjoyable show, it continues to serve as a welcome corrective to some recent trends in TV sci-fi.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Maureen Ryan
    [A] low-key but thoughtfully realized gem.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Maureen Ryan
    All in all, this season premiere allows fans to marinate in the world of the characters for two hours.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Maureen Ryan
    It builds on last year’s strengths capably in season two. The Knick has what tamer period dramas lack: A spark of life and sense of danger.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Maureen Ryan
    Even if you've never seen 'Terriers,' or indeed the first season of Men of a Certain Age, you're likely to find something to enjoy in the second season of MOACA, which expertly mines both comedy and drama from life's awkward transitional passages.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Maureen Ryan
    The drama is every bit as brisk and engaging as its lead character, and I can only list one real objection to the show: its brevity.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Maureen Ryan
    If you're really just in the mood for a tightly plotted character drama, the show delivers on that score. And if you like to see bikers busting heads, well, SOA has some of the best bone-crunching action in the business.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 90 Maureen Ryan
    What's most satisfying about "The Office" is that, despite the sharpest humor this side of "The Larry Sanders Show," it has an ultimately sympathetic take on the cubicle-dwellers of the world, and that outlook is derived from a million tiny observations about personal decency (and lack thereof). [21 Oct 2004]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Maureen Ryan
    Gretchen and Jimmy's story, which acquires surprising emotional weight as the season progresses, is highly addictive on its own merits.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Maureen Ryan
    Dev may be drifting a bit, but Master of None sets exceptionally ambitious goals for itself--and for the most part, it nails them.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Maureen Ryan
    Every bit as good as the advance praise has made it out to be.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Maureen Ryan
    In its first couple of Season 2 episodes, The Good Wife stirs up a delectable stew of political, legal, romantic and interpersonal complications. It manages to be both escapist and intelligent, and that is an unbeatable combination.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Maureen Ryan
    [Novelist Joe Pizzolatto and director Cary Joji Fukunaga's] cohesive viewpoint helped me to forgive True Detective for some of its rougher spots, and the poetic visuals undoubtedly strengthened the most effective aspects of the drama.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Maureen Ryan
    The results are astoundingly and almost absurdly entertaining.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Maureen Ryan
    What's refreshing about the new season is that it's not necessarily about the objects, which are, after all, a series of MacGuffins. More than ever, what grounds the whole enterprise are the bonds among the characters and the dangers that they face together, armed only with retro-looking pistols and the requisite quips.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Maureen Ryan
    All in all, the show is much better than it was when it was rotely doing “ripped from the headline” stories, which was only a few seasons ago.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Maureen Ryan
    The half-hour format is perfect for this deftly directed program, which is character-based storytelling concentrated to espresso strength.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Maureen Ryan
    It’s difficult not to follow Weston and his new array of patients this season, especially when the compelling Byrne shares the screen with seasoned actors such as John Mahoney, who plays Walter, an arrogant CEO suffering from insomnia, and Hope Davis, who plays Mia, a brittle Manhattan attorney who blames Weston, who treated her when she was in her 20s, for the problems that plague her two decades later.
    • 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.”
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Maureen Ryan
    The shaggily delightful dialogue, the deft pacing, the authentic sense of place, the rock-solid supporting cast and the feeling that you are in the hands of writers, actors and directors who really know what they're doing--all of these are worthy reasons to watch Justified.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Maureen Ryan
    This year, the challenge is to create fresh, interesting story lines for new and returning high school characters, integrate the post-high school crowd into the show and mix the stories of the East Dillon team with those of the Panther players. It’s a tall order, but in the early going, the show seems up to it.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Maureen Ryan
    Seeing all these top-flight actors respond to the tautness and the challenges of this material--and they do get their share of emotionally charged scenes--well, it’s like Christmas.

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