Ray Donovan: Season 1 Reviews

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July 2, 2018
Ray Donovan gets off to slow start but delivers an extremely compelling portrait of a unique working class family.
May 14, 2018
The first four episodes of Ray Donovan suggest a Sopranos-type tone and approach, and that, of course, is high praise.
November 3, 2017
Terry (Eddie Marsan) and Bunchy (Dash Mihok) help carry a dark-as-hell, slyly funny but familiar-feeling drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 7, 2017
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.
October 12, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
August 1, 2013
Ray Donovan is so way ahead of Lovelace or The Canyons in conveying the sexed swagger of Los Angeles. "Ray Donovan" is the one of these three items to watch-so long as you can live with a little nastiness.
July 17, 2013
It's well packed, it's tight, it's fast, and I can see that it wouldn't take an awful lot more to get you properly hooked.
July 8, 2013
The show suggests promising themes... but they're overpowered by [Ray Donovan's] role as a sordid fantasy figure.
July 7, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.3/10
July 5, 2013
Don't expect any answers tonight; just enjoy delving deeper into the characters while reveling in two of the best performances you'll see anywhere this summer -- on TV, in movies or on stage.
July 1, 2013
What's alluring about this kind of character isn't the violence or the sex or that he does bad things. The professional fixer appeals to a different kind of fantasy: that someone can clean up all your messes.
July 1, 2013
[Ray Donovan] takes the unlikely tack of overlaying a "Boston-Irish dysfunctional family with criminal elements" story -- you know the type -- onto a backdrop of big-shot Hollywood. And gets away with it.
July 1, 2013
Everyone is great, but Jon Voight? Brilliant.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 1, 2013
Ray Donovan likes its characters a lot, but not so much that it makes you complicit in their sins. It's warm but not sticky.
July 1, 2013
Stylishly shot and strongly written.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
June 30, 2013
How Ray will continue his successful and silent business endeavors with his father at his heels will make for compelling viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.8/5
June 30, 2013
For all its flaws and awkward pretentiousness, it may take a full season to render a proper verdict.
June 30, 2013
Ray Donovan features an intriguing central character in a world rich with possibility.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
June 30, 2013
I try not to judge pilots too harshly, and there was enough -- between the actors and the hint of actual joy that slips out every now and then -- to bring me back next week.
Full Review | Original Score: B
June 30, 2013
Liev Schreiber leads a stellar cast as Ray Donovan, a Hollywood enforcer who can control any situation, as long as his family isn't involved.
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