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

Ray Richmond's Scores

Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 Gilmore Girls: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Sons Of Hollywood: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 62 out of 139
  2. Negative: 33 out of 139
139 tv reviews
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Ray Richmond
    Think of "The Office," "Larry Sanders," "Spin City" and "Yes Minister" rolled into one delirious stew.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Ray Richmond
    Far from devolving into soapy Madison Avenue pablum, Mad Men is painstakingly building its way to genuine greatness.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Ray Richmond
    It isn't that "Death" is terrible. It's just too broad to be taken seriously.
    • 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
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Ray Richmond
    Forget everything I ever wrote about "Mad Men." This is the best drama series on television.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Ray Richmond
    For all its implausibility, by the end of the "Dharma and Greg" pilot, you're smiling anyhow. [22 Sept 1997]
    • Variety
    • 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.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 0 Ray Richmond
    Here is the equation: privilege + TV cameras x 2 = unwatchability.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Ray Richmond
    It blends fleeting moments of inspiration with lengthy stretches of utter banality.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Ray Richmond
    The show hits the ground in midseason form after eight months and one change of venue, integrating a new crop of interns with seamless aplomb and again demonstrating how to fuse dramatic elements into a sitcom without breaking a sweat.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Ray Richmond
    It's always been well-acted and crafted with surprising restraint. But as the dawn of this new campaign underscores, the production team looks to be taking things to another level beyond serialized contrivance.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Ray Richmond
    Big on style but more challenged in terms of substance, Seeker demonstrates much production savvy but at the same time too little provocative/evocative interaction aside from the ultra-violent kind.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Ray Richmond
    It makes mincemeat of conventional TV taboos and has, in Parker, a star whom the camera adores.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Ray Richmond
    The acting here is first-rate, the details sharp and the cinematography superb. In other words, Tudors hasn't lost a step.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Ray Richmond
    A slick and earnest soap about rival families in South Florida.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Ray Richmond
    IFC's new 10-episode, late-night original comedy Z Rock is effortlessly, genuinely hilarious.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Ray Richmond
    It has heart but no teeth, charm without chutzpah. [21 Sept 1998, p.46]
    • Variety
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Ray Richmond
    The show isn't particularly funny.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 60 Ray Richmond
    There have been far nastier hidden-camera efforts than this. Better ones, too. Yet to be sure, in the opening hour, Howie Do It at least delivers laughs more often than it inspires groans.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Ray Richmond
    Creepily watchable almost in spite of itself through at least the first two nights, the miniseries embodies a veritable symphony of implausibility.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Ray Richmond
    The show does spring out of the box boasting snappy dialogue ... What the show doesn't have is an original premise... or a compelling dynamic between [Debra] Messing and co-star Eric McCormack. [16 Sep 1998]
    • Variety
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 Ray Richmond
    So it turns out that being cowboys isn't so romantic after all. It's also mighty slow-moving from an entertainment standpoint.

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