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The cynosure of Ray Donovan is Schreiber as the doughty hero, a tough guy who dances.
Ray Donovan, created and produced by Ann Biderman (Southland) is good enough that it should evoke comparisons to David Chase's Italian antihero tale.
In all cases, this is one of the smartest series to come around in a while, sharply written with a perfect balance of comedy and tragedy, action and reflection.
This fantastic new Showtime drama is that wonder of TV wonders, a low concept series that can't be easily reduced to a quick sentence.
Schreiber brings fortified steel to the title role while Voight makes this series shake, rattle and pulsate.
Ray Donovan gets off to slow start but delivers an extremely compelling portrait of a unique working class family.
The first four episodes of Ray Donovan suggest a Sopranos-type tone and approach, and that, of course, is high praise.
I've seen the first four episodes, and when Ray's actually cleaning up messes, the show's not bad. But when he's not-boy, is the family stuff a tedious mess.
Schreiber looks as comfortable busting heads (with a baseball bat) in the body of a Hollywood "fixer" as he does coddling his spoiled, social-climbing wife and kids.
The fact that the writers have so completely eschewed originality, and executed the plot so poorly, means that the way the show fails is not even interesting.
Audience Reviews for Ray Donovan: Season 1
Aug 21, 2020Jon Voight is at least 40 years past his sell by date. You can watch any episode in any season much faster by fast forwarding through his scenes. The entire series reads like a bad script written by his character.
Jan 30, 2020One of my favorite shows of all time. It's dark, gritty and provocative. Ray Donovan is the quintessential lone ranger of the old west shoveled into a tailored Armani suit and thrust into the seedy streets of L.A., South, and N.Y. City. He's not exactly the good guy, but he's the one that we want on our side to fight our way out of a sticky situation. Ray Donovan, the titular character of the show, is a true look into the dichotomy of man. He reveals a not always kind reflection of ourselves and dares us to look deeper into the abyss of our true human nature.
Jan 19, 2020Irish roots, a story of family fighting the other bad guys. Love it.
Jan 17, 2020This show definitely rides on the coat tails of several age old tropes, but it sure does it in an enjoyable and entertainingly somber way.
Nov 22, 2019The TOP CRITICS got it right this time around! Great show.
Oct 13, 2019Best show ever to be honest that won't bore you because the family sticks together through the thickest moments and the scenes are filled with real life stuff, bad ass stuff, and that tells a story that is more than just a show. Worth your binge indulgence and forward vote to keep this show going!
Apr 02, 2019I love this show. The acting is superb and you will get really invested in the characters and the story. Highly recommend!
Oct 09, 2018Liev Schreiber does a good job in the role and makes you feel like he will "take care of it". Season one is full of interesting plots.
Sep 14, 2017Season 1: 7.5/10 The first season of Ray Donovan is supposed to be a crime drama, but couldn't help becoming a melancholic Shakespearean tragedy. Casting-wise, this show excels, despite being too overcrowded with characters and subplots of subplots. Each scene is pretty explosive and entertaining on its own, but is everyone necessary and vital for the progress of the plot? Most of the time the answer is a massive "No". But do I regret watching Jon Voight enjoying the living crap out of himself in a gay club? Most of the time the answer is a massive "Yes". So in general the season is both guilty and not guilty for its shenanigans,just like its characters.The motif of sinning and forgiving is fundamental to the series, with the little brother Bunchy Donovan (masterfully played by Dash Mihok) lying at the core of the conflict. As I already said, individually every character shines in their individual scenes, but few of them contribute to the story. Well, except a "son" character with questionable sexual orientation, he might as well not exist. The Donovans is spectacular, Ray's co-workers are campy badasses and Jon Voight basically chews your TV screen. The family is alright enough, it does the job to judge the main character for his every step. The second act really picks up when a guest, legendary old school actor joins the cast, unfortunately the ending fizzles out too quickly . What I hope happens with this show is that it stops taking itself so overly serious and starts contributing more screen time for its hilarious black humor. Some episodes you feel the struggle in the journey of self-discovery and I have faith that in Season 2, the series will find its groove. Conclusion: The first season of Ray Donovan is a fun, over-the-top melanchonic journey of self-discovery for both the show and its characters, with tones shifting left and right. Worth watching for the outstanding performances and a terrific cast. And possibly Jon Voight alone.
Aug 27, 2017Retrospective scenes are getting old and Ray is exceptionally weird this season while coping with Abby's death. Was a big fan until this season.