For 141 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 9.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ray Richmond's Scores

Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 The Sopranos: Season 6
Lowest review score: 0 Unan1mous: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 64 out of 141
  2. Negative: 33 out of 141
141 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Ray Richmond
    Charmed has an entertaining little way about it, with Spelling and company mostly striking a solid balance between escapist slap-schtick and mild horror. If the opening hour isn't terribly concerned with issues of believability, relatability and self-parody (pilot is notably short on humor), it's likely a saucy enough brew for the WB's target 12-24 demo to swallow. [7 Oct 1998, p.5]
    • Variety
    • 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
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Ray Richmond
    Offbeat, engaging and smartly written ... "Ally McBeal" is the rare example of a broadcast network premiering a series that feels fresh and different, if occasionally contrived. [8 Sep 1997]
    • Variety
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Ray Richmond
    Mostly succeeds with cynically outlandish gusto, blurring the reality lines while rendering a fresh new antihero for the '90s in superagent Arliss Michaels. [5 Aug 1996, p.34]
    • Variety
    • 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.
    • 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
    Dinosaurs are certainly alive and well in Primeval, a crackling-good new BBC America sci-fi series thriller that's packed with vivid CGI prehistoric predators galore and a story line that's almost plausible.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Ray Richmond
    Fortunately for the audience, the show on which he struggles to save the republic is back on track after a season of misdirection followed by a year away.
    • 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.

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