For 142 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 61% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 37% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 9.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ray Richmond's Scores

Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Gilmore Girls: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Unan1mous: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 65 out of 142
  2. Negative: 33 out of 142
142 tv reviews
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Ray Richmond
    An extraordinary piece of filmmaking.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Ray Richmond
    The early prognosis: bizarre, unsettling, perplexing, captivating. [6 Oct 1999, p.10]
    • Variety
    • 57 Metascore
    • 90 Ray Richmond
    Beggars has the earmarks of a savage gem in its own right, slashing as it does sacred cows and spoofing TV's executive culture with wickedly sophisticated abandon. It's the best kind of farce in that, like "Sanders," it keeps reality percolating just underneath the surface while nearly always defying expectations.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Ray Richmond
    What lends this passionate new USA Network drama series much of its idiosyncratic energy is an exceptionally committed performance from the exquisite Annette O'Toole. [24 Jul 2000]
    • The Hollywood Reporter
    • 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
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Ray Richmond
    A show that has smarts, guts, style and attitude to spare. [14 Apr 2003]
    • The Hollywood Reporter
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Ray Richmond
    A standard cowboys ā€˜nā€™ Indians, good vs. evil horse opera where good looks and good shots come together for the good of mankind.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Ray Richmond
    It ain't bad by basic cable standards. That is to say, Langton is a poised female lead, sufficiently alluring to make you forget the fact that what's going on is all pretty implausible. [13 July 1998, p.34]
    • Variety
    • 48 Metascore
    • 20 Ray Richmond
    Suffers from being a raunchfest in search of a punchline. Any punchline at all will do. [9 Sept 1996]
    • Variety
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Ray Richmond
    While this sci-fi spoof saunters onto the Fox midseason sked feeling a tad uninspired at first blush, the promise is clearly there. [29 Mar 1999]
    • Variety
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Ray Richmond
    Both undeniably clever and utterly bizarre --- not always for the better. [28 Jan 1999]
    • Variety
    • 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
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Ray Richmond
    As animation, it's substandard, primitive dreck; as comedy, however, it's gloriously subversive art. [12 Aug 1997]
    • Variety
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Ray Richmond
    It has heart but no teeth, charm without chutzpah. [21 Sept 1998, p.46]
    • Variety
    • 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
    • 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
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Ray Richmond
    Bette is full of good-natured mischief and proves a surprisingly easy fit for Midler. The weaknesses are obvious enough: a need to ease up on the fat jokes and the broad physical farce that's a little too obvious. But the screen loves Midler, which is never more apparent than during a scene that finds her turning a Kid Rock rap-rock tune into a jazzy swing number. You can't write that into a script; it's pure magic. [11 Oct 2000]
    • The Hollywood Reporter
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Ray Richmond
    The only scary aspect is the fact that the Fox programming staff would find such an ungainly, hallucinogenic premise as meriting a Friday-night series order. [5 Oct 2000]
    • The Hollywood Reporter
    • 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
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Ray Richmond
    A bleak, agonizingly downbeat and occasionally over-stylized vision of prison existence. It's about as pretty as a decaying corpse, and there is no one to root for. [11 July 1997]
    • Variety
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Ray Richmond
    The actors, including the charismatic William Petersen and the exquisite Marg Helgenberger, lend credibility to the portrayals that might be indistinct in lesser hands. There's also a compelling, pulsating edge at the outset of CSI that commands instant attention, thanks in part to dynamic work from director Danny Cannon. [5 Oct 2000]
    • The Hollywood Reporter
    • 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
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Ray Richmond
    It blends fleeting moments of inspiration with lengthy stretches of utter banality.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Ray Richmond
    Fear is pretty much like most of these genre-specific anthologies: wildly inconsistent, sometimes maddeningly so. But when it hits, it blasts the ball out of the park. When it doesn't, well, at least you have the pools of blood to keep you company.
    • 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
    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.

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