Ray Donovan: Season 1 Reviews

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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 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
Ray Donovan, created and produced by Ann Biderman (Southland) is good enough that it should evoke comparisons to David Chase's Italian antihero tale.
June 30, 2013
Ray Donovan's greatest flaw is its utter lack of ambition. Its second greatest flaw is that it possesses too much ambition, to the degree that it sometimes seems like it's about to go flying off the edge of the Earth.
Full Review | Original Score: C
June 29, 2013
The cynosure of Ray Donovan is Schreiber as the doughty hero, a tough guy who dances.
June 28, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 28, 2013
The first episode of Showtime's bracing new Sunday night drama, Ray Donovan, is a remarkable achievement in piloting - tight and tough and almost flawlessly conceived and performed.
June 27, 2013
Everything about this hard-bitten and buoyant tale, larded with touches of The Sopranos, reflects its own high confidence, and it's well deserved.
June 27, 2013
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.
June 27, 2013
Too much rides on Ray's charisma, and while Mr. Schreiber has considerable presence, the script pushes it so relentlessly that Ray's brooding silences become almost laughable.
June 27, 2013
It's Schreiber's, and especially Voight's, performances that make Ray Donovan.
June 26, 2013
Schreiber brings fortified steel to the title role while Voight makes this series shake, rattle and pulsate.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
June 26, 2013
Together with Jon Voight, who's thrillingly twisted as Ray's crazy ex-con father, Mickey, Schreiber helps save this show from becoming just another drama about sex scandals diverted and TMZ headlines deferred.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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