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 7.4 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 Unan1mous: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 62 out of 139
  2. Negative: 33 out of 139
139 tv reviews
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Ray Richmond
    Creator/producer Shapiro and company do a commendable job establishing the formula early on. The problem is that the concept is by nature wholly repetitive.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Ray Richmond
    Quite the bloodletting experience, even gratuitously so.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Ray Richmond
    Check your brain at the door and you'll find a potential guilty pleasure lurking within.
    • 52 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Ray Richmond
    It has moments that are semi-inspired, just not nearly enough of them in the first two installments.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Ray Richmond
    While the preening and the chewed scenery from the cast are at times glorious to behold, there is no substance to wrap our heads around, no one to really root for
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Ray Richmond
    The show isn't particularly funny.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Ray Richmond
    The whole story is over the top, but it's mitigated by the sense of humor it has about its own broad elements. The acting is serviceable enough and--to Rosenthal's credit in the pilot--surprisingly consistent. What the plotting lacks in cohesion and suspense, the production often compensates for in visual appeal.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Ray Richmond
    But aside from Garcia, Archer and Louis (who does a colorful turn as the chef), there's too much sizzle here and too little steak.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Ray Richmond
    This series turns out to be far less than the sum of its parts, with the human egos far surpassing the stupid pet tricks in terms of relevance and screen time. And that’s wholly unfortunate.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Ray Richmond
    America's Toughest Jobs has been fully homogenized and networkized to appeal to a more mainstream crowd, meaning it has successfully neutered one of the few unscripted genres with genuine grit and originality and made it look, sound and feel like every other "Survivor" knockoff.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Ray Richmond
    As it is, Opportunity looks to be just another blown opportunity--unless producers Ashton Kutcher, JD Roth and company listen to me, that is.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Ray Richmond
    The "Saturday Night Live" alum and occasional film actor began life as a man of chat by giving his best impression of a deer caught in the headlights while at the same time exhibiting flashes of comic flair.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Ray Richmond
    While the hour is not without its charm, it's just a tad too precious for its own good, so taken with its own lithe coolness that it rather destroys any chance it might have to connect with us on anything greater than a superficial level.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Ray Richmond
    It's all pretty lame stuff, tainted further by Mario Azzopardi's frenetic direction. The effects are seamless enough, but pretty much beside the point in a story that feels not just reheated but terminally lukewarm. The primary problem with Total Recall 2070 is that we can't work up much in the way of enthusiasm or concern for its leaden protagonists, especially when the evildoer (Mancuso) is so much more interesting. [8 March 1990, p.58]
    • Variety
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Ray Richmond
    It blends fleeting moments of inspiration with lengthy stretches of utter banality.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Ray Richmond
    The racial fire is oddly muted, the characters disturbingly undefined, the interaction frustratingly nondescript. The truth is, I'm not really sure what this show is supposed to be other than chaotic and boorish
    • 25 Metascore
    • 30 Ray Richmond
    There is a lot of "The Silence of the Lambs" in Fox's creepy new "Killer Instinct," but not enough to make it compelling rather than simply icky.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Ray Richmond
    A painfully contrived premise can't be glossed over by pretty faces and pithy dialogue.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Ray Richmond
    "Twins" is a surprisingly straightforward piece of WB-targeted lowbrow absurdity that's far afield from the sophisticated territory plowed by Kohan and Mutchnick in "Will & Grace."
    • 32 Metascore
    • 30 Ray Richmond
    The inherent melodrama has some absorbing moments, but they're undercut by overheated dialogue and story lines that invariably bite off more than they can easily chew early on.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 30 Ray Richmond
    While this show isn't terrible, demonstrating spirit and energy if not belly laughs, it will need to get funnier very quickly or risk dying a quick, inglorious death.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Ray Richmond
    The premiere winds up misfiring more often than it connects with various jabs, hooks, sucker punches and haymakers, too often going in for outlandish spoof at the expense of cleverness and irony.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Ray Richmond
    There's something a little bit annoying at the core of this reality travelogue that surrounds the means by which the ends are achieved.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Ray Richmond
    You have to suspend an awful lot of disbelief to buy into this premise, and even at that the protagonists aren't nearly compelling enough to care a lot about.
    • 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.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Ray Richmond
    Unfortunately, this flick is far more interested in hot bods than an arresting story.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Ray Richmond
    It isn't that "Death" is terrible. It's just too broad to be taken seriously.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 30 Ray Richmond
    You've got to figure that it doesn't bode well for Knight Rider given the fact its human stars--which also include Sydney Tamilia Poitier, Paul Campbell, Bruce Davison and Yancy Arias--are eclipsed by computerized graphics and an emotionless hunk of sleek metal.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 Ray Richmond
    Pretentious and far too taken with its own sense of menace, the show casts every line of dialogue as a pronouncement, every action as an uppercut to the chops.