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  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 30, 2013
Season #: 1, 2, 3
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73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 7 Critics What's this?

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Universal acclaim- based on 31 Ratings

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  • Summary: Ray must deal with the FBI seeking his father, a reporter writing a book about Sully Sullivan, and his relationship with his wife in the second season.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Jul 18, 2014
    100
    The trick to Ray Donovan, its gift to TV art, is to make almost every character emerge fully formed, and each scene a stunning vignette: of tragedy.
  2. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Jul 11, 2014
    90
    Occupying familiar anti-hero territory with grim and often outrageous resolve, Ray Donovan is a sun-bleached noir and a character actor's paradise.
  3. Reviewed by: Mark Dawidziak
    Jul 11, 2014
    90
    This is hardly a one-character show. Ray is at the center of the movie-land maelstrom, to be sure, but everything around him is intriguing. And everything speaks to danger.
  4. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jul 10, 2014
    70
    While the series possesses enough pleasures, guilty or otherwise, to warrant a secure place in the DVR queue, it still feels like a program that is finding its way--seeking a balance between the seedy underbelly of L.A. glamor and the most dysfunctional of family dramas, connected by a fixer who’s mostly a downer.
  5. Reviewed by: Jason Clark
    Jul 2, 2014
    67
    In trying to balance Elmore Leonard-styled grime, cultural satire, and family-focused subplots, Ray Donovan remains a well-crafted series that, like its title character, suffers from an identity crisis. [11 Jul 2014, p.65]
  6. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Jul 11, 2014
    60
    Ray Donovan, meanwhile, continues to find its way. The show about a Hollywood fixer has added a number of guest stars, including Hank Azaria, Sherilyn Fenn and Wendell Pierce, none of whom has yet made me care as much about the dysfunctional relationship between Ray (Liev Schreiber) and his father (Jon Voight) as about whatever's going on between Ray and his wife, Abby (Paula Malcomson).
  7. Reviewed by: Sonia Saraiya
    Jul 11, 2014
    33
    Ray Donovan is in the remarkable position of being a show that appears to be built entirely of moments that are gratuitous, provocative, and emptily thrilling.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Oct 19, 2014
    10
    Great show, upped the pace from season 1, and getting to know the characters a whole lot better. Great acting, twists and turns, manipulation,Great show, upped the pace from season 1, and getting to know the characters a whole lot better. Great acting, twists and turns, manipulation, scandal. money. love it Expand
  2. Sep 26, 2014
    10
    The first season was great though there were some things I did not enjoyed (such as Bridget's plot). However, this season is insanely insane!The first season was great though there were some things I did not enjoyed (such as Bridget's plot). However, this season is insanely insane! It's much better than the first one, all plots are working just fine for me and Walk This Way (2x06) is one os the best episodes I have seen in a series. Really worthy to give a shot. Expand
  3. Aug 26, 2014
    9
    Ray Donovan is heating up, and is getting even better. Ray is a criminal mastermind, but realizes his dirty business and money can only getRay Donovan is heating up, and is getting even better. Ray is a criminal mastermind, but realizes his dirty business and money can only get him so far. He hates being questioned, he hates being read like a book; and in this season it happens, and he responds to it by drinking a boatload of booze and eventually let's everything slip from his grasp and accepts it. Expand
  4. Jul 14, 2014
    8
    Lots of compelling complications, drawing Ray addicts in easily for 'round two.' Love all of the charac ters. Abby's strength, accent, andLots of compelling complications, drawing Ray addicts in easily for 'round two.' Love all of the charac ters. Abby's strength, accent, and 'flexible' sense of ethics, the rooting for the brothers in and outside of the rink, Ray's devoted employees, the understated Lena and philosphical Avi. Bridget and 'Cah-nah' play their roles as Ray's kids naturally and for the most part, believably. (But I AM 'waried' about 'Cah-nah's' violent streak.) Jon Voight as Mickey is at his most brilliant, though his cringe-worthy dance moves are almost impossible to un-see. Can't wait for next week. Expand