Critic Consensus: It's weakened by some over-the-top moments, but Ray Donovan's second season proves absorbing due to transfixing performances by its two leads.
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Jon Voight's performance as the pathetic patriarch is awe-inspiring, and the machismo on display by Liev Schreiber is transfixing.
From the first scene in Ray Donovan Season 2 Episode 1 until the last, Liev Schreiber commands attention with his portrayal of the titular character.
Overall, it made for pretty decent television and I look forward to covering the second season of the show.
Luckily, the show has Schreiber around to continually save it from the kind of embarrassing scrapes Ray is repeatedly asked to fix for his lawyer boss (Elliott Gould).
Gritty, moody, raw, Ray Donovan is a two-fisted drama packed with sensational players handed marvelously crafted roles.
Audience Reviews for Ray Donovan: Season 2
Season two of Ray Donovan is in some ways a letdown of season one, and in others a proper successor. The powerful performances continue, with Liev Schreiber cementing his career making role of Ray Donovan. He continues to enliven Ray as flawed protagonist, but a remarkably resilient one. This season, however, took far too long to really find its way, and focused on story-lines of ever-increasing melodrama. Part of what made the first season so effective was the balance between his family affairs and his actual job, whereas the entire second season is seemingly honed in on one plot thread that doesn't really give us a full picture--we scarcely ever see Ray work, why is it everyone turns to him? The immaturity and irrationality around him is mesmerizing, resulting in a frustrating experience. We constantly want Ray to be challenged by someone with his level of intelligence, charisma, and coolness under pressure. For the show to fully rebound and realize its true potential, it must look for more capable antagonists and side characters, and give more dramatic credit to the talented cast it already has (Jon Voight).
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