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Ray Donovan: Season 2 (2014)




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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Series 2 begins with the FBI learning that Ray (Liev Schreiber) and Mickey (Jon Voight) took part in killing Sully Sullivan (James Woods), and the Los Angeles bureau chief (Hank Azaria) demands that Ray bring in his father. However, Mickey is in Mexico setting up a fight and isn't eager to leave. The situation gets more complicated when a Boston reporter (Vinessa Shaw) launches her own investigation into Sully's death, and Tiny (Craig Ricci Shaynak), a member of Sully's crew, gets involved. Elsewhere, Abby (Paula Malcomson) starts falling for another man; Ashley's stalker returns; and Ray meets a mysterious woman (Ann-Margret) from Ezra's past.


Liev Schreiber
as Ray Donovan
Jon Voight
as Mickey Donovan
Kerris Dorsey
as Bridget Donovan
Dash Mihok
as Bunchy Donovan
Devon Bagby
as Conor Donovan
Eddie Marsan
as Terry Donovan
Elliott Gould
as Ezra Goldman
Paula Malcomson
as Abby Donovan
Peter Jacobson
as Lee Drexler
Pooch Hall
as Daryll
Ambyr Childers
as Ashley Rucker
Johnathon Schaech
as Sean Stevens
Ted Levine
as Little Bill Primm
Susan Sarandon
as Samantha Winslow
Adina Porter
as Vicky Delgatti
Lili Simmons
as Natalie James
Hank Azaria
as James Cochran
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Critic Reviews for Ray Donovan: Season 2

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4)

Jon Voight's performance as the pathetic patriarch is awe-inspiring, and the machismo on display by Liev Schreiber is transfixing.

September 22, 2014 | Full Review…

There was hope that in its second season this overstuffed series could reshape itself into something leaner and more entertaining.But sadly, like its main character, Ray Donovan seems incapable of learning from its past blunders.

July 3, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

July 14, 2014 | Rating: 4.7/5 | Full Review…

Overall, it made for pretty decent television and I look forward to covering the second season of the show.

July 14, 2014 | Full Review…

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).

July 13, 2014 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

It could be the most astounding creation on television now, even in a second season, [the] first five episodes are like tentacles of an octopus that reaches out and drags you in.

July 18, 2014 | Full Review…

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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