For 139 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 60% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 38% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 8.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ray Richmond's Scores

Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 The Larry Sanders Show: Season 6
Lowest review score: 0 Unan1mous: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 62 out of 139
  2. Negative: 33 out of 139
139 tv reviews
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Ray Richmond
    The first four installments supplied for review have moments of artsy overindulgence, to be sure, but largely remain true to the show's roots in darkness and absurdity while carving out fresh story arcs that are as compelling as any the writers have ever crafted. It's like peering at a series of train wrecks as rendered by da Vinci.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Ray Richmond
    "Larry Sanders" remains a piece of small-screen art, a series whose wildly colorful characters and flawless execution make it the wittiest half-hour on TV. [12 Mar 1998]
    • Variety
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Ray Richmond
    Gilmore Girls is a genuine gem in the making, a family-friendly hour burdened by neither trite cliche nor precocious pablum. It is as fresh and real as "Dawson's Creek" is stale and contrived. In the process, it re-energizes the 8 o'clock hour with a bracing burst of heart. [5 Oct 2000]
    • The Hollywood Reporter
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Ray Richmond
    This mini holds you in its thrall from beginning to end, and the twists along the way are seemingly endless. A riveting ride, indeed.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Ray Richmond
    As animation, it's substandard, primitive dreck; as comedy, however, it's gloriously subversive art. [12 Aug 1997]
    • Variety
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Ray Richmond
    It's simply a great idea that, if early indications are accurate, could stand as a horror classic for a television genre that's been inconsistent at best over the years.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Ray Richmond
    Brilliantly original but wise and low-key.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Ray Richmond
    Forget everything I ever wrote about "Mad Men." This is the best drama series on television.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Ray Richmond
    The show gets back to where it belongs: under Larry's expansive roof and inside his incessantly neurotic, disgracefully tactless and unerringly heartless skin.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Ray Richmond
    Bolstered by superb acting and first-rate direction and cinematography, Kill delivers the goods in ways both unexpected and rewarding.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Ray Richmond
    The most entertaining new comedy premiering in primetime this fall, precisely because it doesn't look or feel like anything else the networks are tossing against the wall. It cleverly defies all of the dreary fall sitcom trends: black people moving into white neighborhoods, single parents struggling to hold housefuls of screaming brats in line, gay men yearning to make sense of a straight world, and young adults basically acting like idiots. [21 Sept 1998, p.44]
    • Variety
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Ray Richmond
    Breaking Bad is indeed so flat-out superb it appears to be operating at a different level than just about everybody else save AMC's own "Mad Men" and maybe a couple of shows over at FX.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Ray Richmond
    A rip-roaring thriller... that pulls off the rare trick of being both massively intelligent and unbearably intense.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Ray Richmond
    Far from devolving into soapy Madison Avenue pablum, Mad Men is painstakingly building its way to genuine greatness.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Ray Richmond
    Think of "The Office," "Larry Sanders," "Spin City" and "Yes Minister" rolled into one delirious stew.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Ray Richmond
    Maximum Bob is like a consciousness-expanding narcotic transferred to film stock. If it's sometimes too taken with its own sense of wacky, it surely deserves kudos for putting out the effort at all. [3 Aug 1998, p.04]
    • Variety
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Ray Richmond
    Although no half-hour TV series is going to capture the visual splendor and sophisticated sound of the big-screen experience, it's surprising how well this series reflects the style, attitude, ideals and spirit of the six "Star Wars" films.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Ray Richmond
    A new BBC America sci-fi/thriller that's so good and unsettling and creepy that even grumps like myself can't help but be in its thrall.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Ray Richmond
    The performances of the players are so uniformly terrific that you could do worse than to bring these deeply flawed characters into your living room on a regular basis, as this is a series for which TiVo was invented if ever there was one.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Ray Richmond
    Outrageous, bizarre, effortlessly hip and unsubtle in magically edgy ways.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Ray Richmond
    IFC's new 10-episode, late-night original comedy Z Rock is effortlessly, genuinely hilarious.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Ray Richmond
    It makes mincemeat of conventional TV taboos and has, in Parker, a star whom the camera adores.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Ray Richmond
    The first pair of episodes augur a breezily entertaining addition to the TNT stable of dramatic originals.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Ray Richmond
    WMC--that's what the hip people will no doubt soon be calling it--sprints energetically from the gate carrying genuine qualitative heft: charismatic leads, snappy dialogue and an agreeable blend of lighthearted and dramatic.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Ray Richmond
    A very un-Lifetime-like drama with sharp comedic overtones, one so well-constructed that dudes won't even feel the need to check their gender at the door.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Ray Richmond
    A show that has smarts, guts, style and attitude to spare. [14 Apr 2003]
    • The Hollywood Reporter
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Ray Richmond
    As a follow-up to the groundbreaking summer series "Hopkins 24/7" that ran nearly eight years ago, this revisit to the medical center is, if anything, even more grounded in authenticity and honesty, even if it sometimes feels compelled to pile on the soapy elements.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Ray Richmond
    It embodies many of the same elements that made Star's HBO half-hour a winner. That means an energetic blend of sex, sophistication, outlandishness and rat-a-tat-tat dialogue spilling from the mouths of effortlessly attractive characters in a sleek setting.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Ray Richmond
    Bette is full of good-natured mischief and proves a surprisingly easy fit for Midler. The weaknesses are obvious enough: a need to ease up on the fat jokes and the broad physical farce that's a little too obvious. But the screen loves Midler, which is never more apparent than during a scene that finds her turning a Kid Rock rap-rock tune into a jazzy swing number. You can't write that into a script; it's pure magic. [11 Oct 2000]
    • The Hollywood Reporter
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Ray Richmond
    What further elevates the half-hour is the deadpan, deer-in-the-headlights fashion in which his co-stars orbit around McBride, who seems instinctively to understand that being a delirious bastard means never having to say you're sorry.

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