For 842 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 6.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Maureen Ryan's Scores

Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Transparent: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Anger Management: Season 1
Score distribution:
842 tv reviews
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    What’s depressing about “3 lbs” is that there’s no passionate spark behind it; it’s a doctor drama made by committee.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    The glimpses of old-fashioned heart in Sid’s story, and the characters’ deadpan humor, make this show a mildly intriguing chronicle of youth.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    The characters are thinner than cardboard cutouts, and I could see every “twist” coming from a mile away.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    A pleasingly executed diversion featuring capable and textured performances from actors in key roles.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    It generally riffs on the kinds of plots and premises that have been Doctor Who’s stock in trade for decades, but on “Class,” those storylines feel a bit threadbare and padded.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    "Hex" takes a while to cast its spell, but it may yet prove itself worthy of viewers' attention.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    It tries to do too much at once in its opening episodes, which ultimately undercuts their overall effectiveness. Storylines about rogue elements, terrorist machinations, a missing woman and political gamesmanship are all crammed into hours that have very little room to breathe.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    Though the cast is packed with solid actors clearly eager to play morally shady thieves, the characters are not written with the kind of depth and texture that would make the Cody family’s crime sprees, troubled relationships, and simmering arguments worth following.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    The Defenders which, like those other shows, is a pretty straightforward legal procedural, has a surprising amount of fun with its familiar building blocks.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Maureen Ryan
    All in all, the terrific Enlisted is one of the most pleasing network comedies to come along in quite some time.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    The River isn't terrible, and it actually has some effective elements, but it's fairly indicative of ABC's post-"Lost" flailing.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    Alexander and Stapleton, both appealing enough in their own right, to execute some basic action-adventure moves, though their characters have no discernible chemistry as yet. The Blindspot pilot is more or less efficient enough, even though few aspects of the premise make any real sense.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    Despite its jittery camerawork and souped-up graphics, "Justice" is just a reasonably well-made, meat-and-potatoes lawyer show.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    Given that the inaugural broadcast was fairly evenly split between pieces that provided insight, context and thoughtfully arranged information, and those that barely scratched the surface of the subject at hand, it’s too early to tell whether Vice News Tonight will become must-see viewing. But the substantial pieces certainly warrant revisiting the show in future.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    In its solidly crafted premiere, the CBS drama demonstrates admirable restraint while still telling a reasonably interesting story.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    Berlin Station is not quite as cerebral as “The Americans” or “Rubicon,” and it occasionally cuts corners in its rush to create narrative momentum, but the Epix series has an outstanding cast that takes its reasonably solid storytelling and raises it a few notches through sheer talent and charisma.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    The show clearly wants to say something complicated about race and class in Los Angeles, but a number of the situations and characters on the show feel like situations and people we’ve seen before (starting with the movie that lends the series its name).
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    I remain troubled by a big development at the end of Episode 1, which feels like too much of a stretch and is out of keeping with the show's admirable focus on intimate, believable stories. I hope it doesn't signal a move toward more obvious, predictable melodrama -- which already can be found all over the TV landscape. [5 Oct 2007, p.1]
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    The show offers a satisfying dose of alien-flavored escapism, especially for younger fans of genre fare (Sarah Jane has a few hip and appealing teen companions).
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    Frankly, it's avant-garde to the point of feeling overwrought and pretentious.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    For fans of fantasy, this might be worth a try; there’s just enough of interest to make one wonder if Beowulf’s future alliances and aspirations will place it within striking distance of “Vikings,” on par with the enjoyable “Shannara Chronicles” and maybe ahead of BBC America’s very similar drama, “The Last Kingdom.”
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    Again and again, the show takes what should be subtext and turned it into stilted dialogue that grows repetitive very quickly.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    As with "24," the whole enterprise, however action-packed, would fall flat if viewers didn't care about the characters, and "Prison Break" doesn't disappoint.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    The Leftovers is interesting television, even if, in the early going, it's not quite sure of what it wants to be or where it wants to go.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    It’s more unfortunate when good actors are stranded in shows that don’t quite work, as is the case in The Ex List.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    Well, it wasn’t “Masterpiece Theatre,” and it wasn’t outright terrible.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    “Army Wives” is by no means a perfect show, but there’s a lot of potential material in the lives of these women.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    The biggest question hanging over "The Colbert Report" is whether the show’s sendup of the pomposity and fear-mongering of cable news blowhards will be as appealing in the long term as "The Daily Show’s" satire of public figures and the news media as a whole.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    Unlike many streaming dramas, each episode of Goliath has a satisfying internal structure, and the series exudes a notable sense of forward movement. This allows the stellar cast to wring evocative moments of intensity, pathos, and sly humor from the solid spine constructed by Kelley and his writers.

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