For 915 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 41% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 56% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Maureen Ryan's Scores

Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 The Staircase [2018 Version]: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Tyrant: Season 1
Score distribution:
915 tv reviews
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Maureen Ryan
    The Staircase, ruminative and humane to the end, remains one of the finest examples of this genre.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    The Fourth Estate, which chronicles 16 months in the life of The New York Times, is reasonably competent, but it’s also superficial and oblivious a little more often than one might like.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    "Safe" takes itself a bit too seriously now and then ... But overall, it tends to avoid the sloppy, meandering tendencies of its more prestige-driven TV brethren. It’s a highly watchable, semi-pulpy serial loaded with reveals, clues and cliffhangers, and the core cast is generally quite good.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Maureen Ryan
    The documentary keeps adding layers of complexity to the tale until one is entirely hooked by its ambiguities and twists and turns -- and soon, as with a great novel, one can't wait to see what happens next.
    • Chicago Tribune
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    There are moments of heart-piercing beauty amid the horror; this season’s directors are skilled at finding color-saturated or windswept tableaus that recall classic paintings of rural worlds and faithful congregants.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    The good news is, several glitches and structural issues have been corrected and modestly improved in Westworld 2.0. The operating system is smoother, but the drama’s most insistent claim — or aspiration — is that it has achieved full sentience, or at least a modicum of arresting originality.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    A better title for “Lost in Space” would be “Mired in Mediocrity.”
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    Killing Eve is attempting something rare, wild and risky. It may not always hit its chosen targets, but it’s usually entertaining to watch it try.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    Kiri, like its predecessor, is both brisk and illuminating, providing compassionate and honest character studies.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    This musical threw together glitter, sequins, leather, writhing hotties, a few big performances pitched to the last row, and camerawork that often felt as though it was hopped up on too many lattes. Actually, the ragged edges of a unifying concept did emerge over the course of the NBC musical’s two-hour-and-20-minute running time: If its philosophy could be summed up in one word, “excess” would just about cover it. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. But this live show was a lot.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Maureen Ryan
    There should not be a seventh year; the fifth occasionally lacked the forward momentum to power through all 13 episodes. The fact that the Jennings’ story is ending gives this season much of its dramatic heft and importance, as characters who haven’t seen each other in ages come together again, and as each choice in each personal and political maze carries more finality.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Maureen Ryan
    The Terror’s biggest problem is that it apparently wants to be a taut, atmospheric chamber piece in which the psychological pressures on a set of stranded men lead them to pursue ever more desperate and unpredictable actions. But there’s too much slackness in the narrative for The Terror’s core dilemmas--or people--to become truly enthralling. Though it depicts extreme conditions, The Terror is a little on the tepid side emotionally.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    A bit of the fizz and crackle of Season 1 has been replaced--understandably--by a tone that adeptly mixes a slightly harried mood with a somewhat melancholy atmosphere. ... The dying people on this show remain flawed, funny and textured until they take their last breaths.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    All in all, Barry--a wry and sometimes successful attempt to blend elements of “Breaking Bad” and “BoJack Horseman”--ends up being a solid showcase for not just the extended cast but Hader himself.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    For all its flaws--and Rise has a number of them--when these kids open their mouths to sing, the NBC drama is nearly irresistible.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    A drama shot through with pessimism and concerned a with quest for survival can be exhilarating and worthwhile. But Hard Sun contains so many contrivances and overwrought moments that the commitment of its cast and the potential of its premise are largely squandered.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    Never rising above its hokey premise, the procedural is further sunk by transparent mysteries, hollow supporting characters, and a fatal lack of surprises. Ironically, it feels like the exact opposite of a successful trick: Nearly every turn is telegraphed early and often.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    The result is an accessible, illuminating series that does not downplay the petty and tragic elements of the tale.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    In the end, despite its the ungainly amount of information it tries to unload and parse, for reasonably long stretches, Unsolved has the propulsive energy and stylish pop of a pretty good nighttime soap. But it’s one that, to its credit, never loses sight of the untimely deaths that brought this whole complicated story to life.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    In the first five episodes made available to critics, UnReal frequently travels down predictable paths. I’m not quite ready to give up on it, but some of those installments feel like mechanical continuations of Season 2.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    Seven Seconds doesn’t display any more storytelling discipline than “The Killing” did, and Netflix’s habit of indulging overlong episodic running times plagues “Seven Seconds,” which turns into a chore despite a promising start.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Maureen Ryan
    Early episodes of “Everything Sucks!” are uneven at best. ... But it’s almost a different show in its final stretch of episodes. Once it finds its sweet spot, it becomes more than the sum of its influences. What emerges is a somewhat predictable but ultimately heartfelt and charming story about the ways in which self-knowledge is haltingly acquired by adolescents — and adults, too.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Maureen Ryan
    Watching pedantic debates play out among poorly developed characters is both boring and predictable. It’s as if someone brought my post-election Facebook feed to life — a “Black Mirror” premise that should never happen.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    When Altered Carbon is unafraid of embracing its the pulpiness at its core, it becomes both more enjoyable and more addictively textured.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    All things considered, there’s a core of truthfulness about the processing of pain and the search for connection that gives a solid foundation to the many splintered, whirling parts of Citizen Rose.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Maureen Ryan
    Despite a partially successful attempt to set the record straight, Waco too rarely offers the kind of depth that would make the examination of these powerful motivations compelling.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Maureen Ryan
    The Alienist, which is based on the Caleb Carr novel of the same name, comes off as a rote, by-the-numbers serial killer drama.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    A smartly constructed and atmospheric spy thriller.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    The good news is that, after a somewhat bumpy start, the drama gains momentum over time, especially when Petra Neill (Jennifer Ferrin) turns up to ask residents and local cops the kinds of awkward questions they’d rather not answer. As the mystery gets juicier and the implications for the town’s elite become more serious, Garrett Hedlund’s hapless handyman character becomes believably frayed, and the proceedings are further enlivened by excellent supporting performances from Beau Bridges, Allison Tolman, Jeremy Bobb and Maya Kazan. Mosaic, like many of the best mystery tales, provides some unsentimental social commentary along with the solution of a crime.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Maureen Ryan
    All in all, Electric Dreams contains more hits than misses and a couple of real gems. Let’s hope that it is the shape of things to come: a sign that television is going to invest heavily in science-fiction storytelling that is diverting, eye-catching and dramatically pleasing.

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