For 774 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 42% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 54% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Maureen Ryan's Scores

Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Homeland: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Anchorwoman: Season 1
Score distribution:
774 tv reviews
    • 66 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    The characters are thinner than cardboard cutouts, and I could see every “twist” coming from a mile away.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    "The Sarah Silverman Program" is full of scenes that sound funny on paper... but in execution pass by without eliciting even a small chuckle.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    The whole enterprise is very shoddy and predictable, and I can’t imagine that anyone involved did this for anything but a paycheck.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    It's good at being tedious.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 10 Maureen Ryan
    It doesn't work as a character drama and it's tiresome more often than it's freakily scary.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 10 Maureen Ryan
    A program so bad that it's not only unpleasant to watch, but it makes you fear for the future of network television.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    Most of the time The X-Files is both trying too hard and skating superficially across the show’s convoluted mythology, an unsatisfying combination that doesn’t leave Duchovny and Anderson much of substance to dig into.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    The direction is flat-out awful (there are many choppy shots from bizarre, if not inexplicable, angles). Much of the dialogue is groan-inducing, the acting by some of the guest actors is jaw-droppingly wooden, and I guessed who the villain was way before the halfway mark.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    Genre fans used to the emotional depth and extraordinary storytelling of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Angel" will find that this show is not even remotely in "Buffy's" or "Angel's" league.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    One of the most narrow and timid fall seasons in memory. This premise is particularly tired.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    The animation is rudimentary and the jokes aren’t much better.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 20 Maureen Ryan
    When The Newsroom isn't obvious and self-congratulatory, it's manipulative and shrieky.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 20 Maureen Ryan
    Everything about Magic City shows a lack of depth, and the pacing is almost glacial.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    A tedious array of shrieky moments, dumb stereotypes and unearned sentiment.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 0 Maureen Ryan
    Not only is Hemingway and Gellhorn wretched, it is bathed in pretentiousness and pseudo-intellectual delusions of grandeur. It's not just crap, it's expensive, painfully "artistic" crap starring a lot of actors who should have known better once they took a look at the script, which is hilariously awful.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 0 Maureen Ryan
    It's surprising to me that this ever got past the development stage, because nothing about Tyrant truly works. It's a halting, strained hodgepodge that ends up being an awkward mixture of bland and offensive.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 20 Maureen Ryan
    The anemic Animals just feels like a string of uninspired, derivative improv sketches that go on too long. Pigeons and rats deserve better than this.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    But it's not just that the Gossip Girl cast lacks chemistry. Among these characters and threaded through these predictable, thin stories, there's precious little of anything that approaches sweetness, kindness, altruism or heart.
    • 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.

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