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Maureen Ryan

Maureen Ryan

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet Mary Kills People: Season 2 (TV, 2018) "One of the most successful elements of this canny series lies in the fact that the writing and Caroline Dhavernas' performance never explicitly spell out why there is darkness in this complicated woman. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 13, 2018
58% Rise: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "In a sense, the show itself is a rumination on whether a song would be enough to bridge any number of American divides. Part of the appeal of Rise is that it sure would be nice to think so. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 12, 2018
100% Barry: Season 1 (TV, 2018) "As the stakes get higher, Hader's performance acquires additional gravity and emotional weight. And it's worth noting that the show's depiction of depression is both evocative and respectful. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 12, 2018
46% Hard Sun: Season 1 (TV, 2018) "Hard Sun contains so many contrivances and overwrought moments that the commitment of its cast and the potential of its premise are largely squandered. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 7, 2018
45% 90th Academy Awards "The ceremony felt like a re-enactment of Hollywood's progress on any number of fronts: Two steps forward, three steps back. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 5, 2018
100% Frontline: Season 36 Episode 9 "This documentary offers not just snippets of testimony but also a sense of powerful specificity. "Weinstein" is both a helpful primer and a necessary addition to the #MeToo movement; it's one more brick in an large and unavoidable wall. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 1, 2018
76% Boston Legal: Season 1 (TV, 2004-2005) "The legal issues at hand in the premiere are a step above the ripped-from-the-headlines tone of many law or cop dramas. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 28, 2018
95% The Looming Tower: Miniseries (TV, 2018) "An accessible, illuminating series that does not downplay the petty and tragic elements of the tale. " ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 28, 2018
75% Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G. (TV, 2018) "Unsolved is regularly tripped up by the sheer complexity of the tale it's trying to tell, but there's a winning energy about it that kept me watching. " ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 28, 2018
93% UnReal: Season 3 (TV, 2018) "UnReal purports to be about ambitious women, and when it approaches that theme with thoughtfulness, it can be witty, acute and entertaining all at once. " ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 26, 2018
76% Seven Seconds: Season 1 (TV, 2018) "Netflix's habit of indulging overlong episodic running times plagues Seven Seconds, which turns into a chore despite a promising start. " ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 22, 2018
70% Everything Sucks!: Season 1 (TV, 2018) "Once in a while, a show finds its bearings in real time, which makes sticking with it worth the ride. That's the case with Everything Sucks! " ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 14, 2018
25% Here and Now: Season 1 (TV, 2018) "A HBO series featuring Holly Hunter and Tim Robbins should be cause for celebration. Unfortunately, the new Alan Ball family drama Here and Now strands its cast in episodes that are as undercooked as they are interminable. " ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 6, 2018
86% Citizen Rose: 2 Hour Documentary (TV, 2018) "The touchstone of Citizen Rose is McGowan's own prickly, vulnerable yet charismatic presence, and that is enough to unify it and transmit the message that all survivors are unique and do not experience trauma and recovery in the same ways. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 30, 2018
65% Altered Carbon: Season 1 (TV, 2018) "Though Altered Carbon is dependent on a number of the genre's oldest conventions, the casual inclusivity of its cast, and its ability to shift between worlds and memories becomes impressive over time. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 30, 2018
100% Counterpart: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "Counterpart is quite likely to appeal to fans of a few different genres. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 24, 2018
64% Waco: Miniseries (TV, 2018) "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. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 23, 2018
63% The Alienist: Season 1 (TV, 2018) "It's hard not to be distracted by the settings of the Budapest-shot series, in part because they're so much more elaborate and interesting than the people on the screen. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 22, 2018
84% Mosaic: Season 1 (TV, 2018) "The narrative can be a bit jagged and the Soderbergh-ian tone is typically dry, but the cast does a fine job of injecting passion and nuance into their characters' plights. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 17, 2018
66% Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "All in all, Electric Dreams contains more hits than misses and a couple of real gems. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 11, 2018
91% grown-ish: Season 1 (TV, 2018) "Grown-ish entertainingly examines socially conscious, striving young people with both wisdom and wit. " ‐ Variety
Posted Dec 27, 2017
70% Gunpowder: Miniseries (TV, 2017) "In an age in which thin stories are often stretched on the rack to produce 10 or 13 hours, Gunpowder lives fast, dies young, and doesn't overstay its welcome. " ‐ Variety
Posted Dec 13, 2017
63% Knightfall: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "This is a lumpy, awkwardly paced, derivative show that doesn't boast much in the way of impressive visuals or engaging characters. " ‐ Variety
Posted Dec 7, 2017
100% Psych: The Movie "Psych: The Movie is exactly what I thought it would be. That is a good thing. " ‐ Variety
Posted Dec 6, 2017
85% Rome : Season 2 (TV, 2007) "Though every detail of this lush Roman epic feels palpably authentic, history lessons don't loom overly large; what's most enjoyable about it is how deftly it mixes soap opera with senatorial debates. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Nov 28, 2017
96% The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "Mrs. Maisel bristles with an energetic sense of discovery, and Rachel Brosnahan is flat-out fantastic in the title role. " ‐ Variety
Posted Nov 27, 2017
4/4 89% The Pacific: Miniseries (TV, 2010) "t's a cliche to say of a big-budget production that every dollar is up on the screen, but "The Pacific" truly is a stunningly made work. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Nov 22, 2017
79% Future Man: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "Despite the game energy of its cast, Future Man is mostly routine homage, with very little substance shoring up its derivative foundations. " ‐ Variety
Posted Nov 14, 2017
77% The Long Road Home: Miniseries (TV, 2017) "The Long Road Home could have trimmed its overlong running time by cutting out all the home-front storylines. " ‐ Variety
Posted Nov 6, 2017
75% SMILF: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "SMILF rarely slows down often enough to focus on just one idea or promising story thread. " ‐ Variety
Posted Nov 2, 2017
94% Stranger Things: Season 2 (TV, 2017) "The show's core cast remains an extremely versatile and effective ensemble, and once the story kicks into a higher gear about halfway through the nine-episode season, a lot of the old magic returns. " ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 23, 2017
100% Halt and Catch Fire: Season 4 (TV, 2017) "Halt was a funny, bracing, well-paced joy to watch, even when it was ripping my heart out. " ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 14, 2017
100% Chuck: Season 5 (TV, 2011-2012) "Hot damn, I'm going to miss what this show did when it was really cooking with gas, which it was on its final Friday night. " ‐ Huffington Post
Posted Oct 13, 2017
100% Mr. Robot: Season 3 Episode 1 "What a relief. That was my thought as the first episode of the new season of Mr. Robot entered its final minutes. " ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 12, 2017
24% Valor: Season 1 (TV, 2017-2018) "One of the most notable trends for fall TV can be found in a wave of dramas about military life, and the CW enters the fray with Valor. But this kind of show on this network ends up being an awkward fit all around. " ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 10, 2017
53% Dynasty: Season 1 (TV, 2017-2018) "The CW's non-lavish budgets mean that the interiors on this edition of Dynasty often look downright dowdy. That's no small thing: If a nighttime soap can't provide at least a little aspirational eye candy, what's the point? " ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 9, 2017
13% 9JKL: Season 1 (TV, 2017-2018) "Just about every plot turn on 9JKL can be seen coming, and the parents are so gratingly oblivious and interfering that it's hard to get invested in the plight of Josh, or any other character. " ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 2, 2017
58% Ten Days in the Valley: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "The harder it tries to come off as serious and deep, the more this derivative drama is infused with an air of faintly ridiculous overreach. It's a mess. " ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 2, 2017
86% Will & Grace: Season 9 (TV, 2017) "All in all, there's nothing about the early stages of the revival that is likely to put off its most ardent fans or even mildly enthusiastic viewers. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 27, 2017
10% Marvel's Inhumans: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "Do not spend any of your limited time on this planet watching this show. If you have a superpower, use it to race away from Inhumans faster than the speed of light. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 27, 2017
38% The Brave: Season 1 (TV, 2017-2018) "There's no sophistication in the treatment of geopolitics or the wars in the Middle East, its characters are bland, and even the action sequences have nothing special to set them apart. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 25, 2017
58% The Good Doctor: Season 1 (TV, 2017-2018) "The problem with The Good Doctor is that it doesn't trust Highmore's versatile and substantial acting skills. Every other aspect of the show is either overwrought or frustratingly simplistic. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 25, 2017
76% Young Sheldon: Season 1 (TV, 2017-2018) "Young Sheldon is a work in progress, but if it finds a way to meld the pathos of Sheldon's existence with gentle but reliably effective humor, CBS might be on to something with this prequel. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 25, 2017
82% Star Trek: Discovery: Chapters 1 & 2 (TV, 2017-2018) "Though Discovery has a number of patches of leaden exposition, the mentoring relationship between the two women is nicely sketched out by Yeoh and Martin-Green. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 24, 2017
96% Better Things: Season 2 (TV, 2017) "It's hard to break down why this season of Better Things is so fantastic... It's about those quicksilver moments, and the show's ability to create an emotional impact without ever being even slightly manipulative. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 14, 2017
74% Top of the Lake: China Girl (TV, 2017) "Pregnancies, parenthood and the costs of family ties: These are the matters that Top of the Lake injects with both urgency and hope. It's a potent, and at times deeply poetic, concoction. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 6, 2017
100% One Mississippi: Season 2 (TV, 2017) "It takes on quite a bit this time around, and it's to be commended for not just deepening its characters but also for also resolutely taking on the state of the nation -- at least as it exists in one small Southern town. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 6, 2017
21% The Orville: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "The way to pay homage to all things Trek (and Twilight Zone) is not with derivative storylines that awkwardly mix the frat-bro humor found on MacFarlane's animated programs with unexceptional space adventures. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 6, 2017
87% Game of Thrones: Season 7 Episode 7 "The finale offered plenty of treats: A zombie dragon destroying an ice wall will always be badass. But it's worth noting how desaturated and colorless the show becomes when it heads to the Wall. " ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 28, 2017
62% Riviera: Season 1 (TV, 2017) "There's nothing radical or challenging about Riviera: It efficiently combines elements of soap operas, murder mysteries and thrillers, and, as the frosting on top, it gives viewers a peek at the luxurious lives of the oligarch-adjacent global elite. " ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 23, 2017
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