For 690 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 5.4 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:
690 tv reviews
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    Cox and the shallow “Dirt” scripts fail to bring this woman to life.
    • 13 Metascore
    • 10 Maureen Ryan
    The humor is so predictable and so stale that it fails to produce any laughs.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 10 Maureen Ryan
    'Desperate Housewives' is the worst show on the broadcast networks. ... The show is adrift in silly contrivances (as opposed to inventive situations), painful dialogue and obvious wheel-spinning. The solution to ending or spicing up any boring story line is just to inject some over-the-top melodrama or at the very least, have various characters in floods of tears or running about screeching. Or, failing all that, have Teri Hatcher fall down.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    "Standoff" isn't a terrible show, it's just an unnecessary one.
    • 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.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 20 Maureen Ryan
    "Arrested Development" this ain't.
    • 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.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 0 Maureen Ryan
    Anchorwoman isn’t much of a reality show, because most of the conflict is contrived.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    The tacked-on attempt to give the show some heart ("See, they're just crazy, mixed-up regular folks with good intentions!") was so disappointingly cynical and contrived. It was a transparent attempt to give depth to something that had so vociferously lacked it.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    More or less a soggy misfire.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 37 Maureen Ryan
    The show's few interesting actors get little to do and the new characters aren't that compelling. Pass.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    There's no getting around it: There are just big problems in the execution of this engaging premise, and I doubt I'll be able to get beyond what I've already seen, given how regularly the show turned me off in the early going.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    Most of its jokes and plots feel flat and predictable and it’s hard to get invested in a comedy that relies on the fact that its only minority character, a doctor of Indian descent, can’t get certain American slang terms right. Har har.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 20 Maureen Ryan
    Even if the jokes on this show weren’t tired and mean-spirited, it would be hard to care about any comedy that hates its own lead characters so much.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 10 Maureen Ryan
    This pretentious mishmash is a paint-by-numbers Irish-American "Sopranos" ripoff.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 10 Maureen Ryan
    “Big Love” is a waste of time, and an excruciating waste of these actors’ talents.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 10 Maureen Ryan
    What do women want? Well, they don’t want another migraine-inducing soap opera about the lives of high-strung, whiny female executives in New York. I’m pretty sure of that.
    • 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.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 0 Maureen Ryan
    What’s most mind-boggling about this show is how it manages to get every single thing wrong.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    Leave it to Fox to take something the Brits did pretty well and muck it up.

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