Ray Donovan (2013) - Crime, Drama

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Ray Donovan, a professional "fixer" for the rich and famous in Los Angeles, can make anyone's problems disappear except those created by his own family.

IMDB: 8.3
Stars: Liev Schreiber, Eddie Marsan
Length: 60 Minutes
PG Rating: TV-MA
Reviews: 40 out of 232 found boring (17.24%)

One-line Reviews (133)

OK, so it's a jumbled mess, far too convoluted and confusing to even try to take it seriously.

The 1st season was very good and worth watching tho

Hoping the season picks up after Ep 4 as its massively boring to watch now.

Pointless Drama .

So it's just boring and dreary.

And being from the northern east coast and familiar with that way of life, it makes the story all that more compelling and believable.

There has always been the odd slow part to the Ray Donovan Series', and I have enjoyed them all.

Worth watching for the outstanding performances and a terrific cast.

Deep, profound and engaging TV drama.

The secondary characters are thin and mostly contrived.

Live Schreiber is compelling in the title role as is cable series queen Paula Malcomson as his long suffering wife Abby.

It was a total shocker and gripping, believable surprise.

It's written well, keeps your interest, and is all-around, VERY entertaining.

Mature Cable Shows are becoming very predictable .

In Ray Donovan ALL of the characters are compelling and unique.

The first episode in the season can be slow, but for the most part it is very entertaining story lines.

Ray seems to have gone from monosyllabic to dull mute, not sure its the endless drams of whisky he pours down in every episode or just the stupor he seems to be in after the death of his wifeor maybe just poor acting?

I love this show it's the only reason for me having Showtime, Liev is brilliant, the show is always intense.

Also, since I am not a fan of flipping back and forth in time, it became somewhat confusing on many occasions.

getting very boring .

The show gets very boring this way.

Season 6 was an utter waste of time.

Any hope of "picking up" the story even though you missed earlier episode is pointless.

The tone is very flat and ho-hum in spite of the violence...

So in summation tough guys can get stabbed,beat up,and shot and they can just go home and take off the bloody clothes and have drinks and be recovered by morning all on an empty stomach.

Boring, fake, messy and unrealistic.

I cal this dwelling on family members as the Meadow Soprano Syndrome after that series went overboard on dissecting the lives of the most uninteresting people under the sun.

I wish Mickey would have been killed of long ago because he's boring.

don't waste your time like i did with the first season cause maybe you don't have my time/the acting however is good but this movie is hard believeble and is not worth the time.

I'm only on season 3 so my rating might change if something substantial doesn't happen soon, can be very predictable at times and could do with some more deaths of main characters like GOT does....

Bordering on the unwatchable.

Then it actually becomes very exciting.

Ray's job, the location, Hollywood, the rich and famous; these things just add some exciting texture to it.

Overall, this show is just boring.

The first two seasons of Ray Donovan were exquisite, with a fabulous cast, strong writing, and a compelling plot that made this a true binge-watch.

It features gay actors, lesbian secretaries, child molesting priests, drunken boxers, mixed race children, voyeurs, stalkers, sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll and many more devices too cliché too mention.

It's nuanced and realistic while remaining exciting enough for at least a marginally intelligent audience.

Hackneyed and tedious .

But it's like a roller-coaster ride with great acting that is a much more engrossing soap opera with more interesting characters than the usual mob and tough guy shows.

His brothers all have their own problems and they all contribute to make this series more then enjoyable.

It just gets boring watching everyone swear, drink still be able to think somewhat rationally.

To me, one of the more intriguing female characters was actress Angela Featherstone's portrayal of a mental patient in Episode 8, "The Texan.

Slow burner .

Shakespeare is predictable, cartoons are (were) predictable and video games are predictable.

There is already some exciting stuff about to come up and the first episode only just came on!

If there's one negative I can imagine someone saying about the show is that it's a bit of a slow starter...

Great TV Show.. Very good acting, very good action and crime drama.. Absolutely worth watching!

It's repetitive and frustrating not to mention disappointing.

Have Showtime on an extended trial basis and this has been the only reason I've enjoyed it.

I rarely feel this way about similar shows, but every character is truly fascinating.

Mildly Interesting, Slow Progression and Predictable.

Second, who he is: this is even more predictable.

What I can definitely say is that there's an obvious arc whereby the show goes from exciting, dangerous, and dark, to just plain stupid and beyond realistic.

The whole premise of the show is just boring.

Seems pretty predictable and familiar in my opinion.

Just a mess.. a whole messI had high hopes for this one, but by season 4 episode 8 I gave up..I give 5 for the acting, because the actors did a good job, but what can the actors do with little to no plot and no decent lines...

oddly compelling .

It has become much too dark, boring and irritating.

Addicting action packed family drama .

Getting predictable after last series .

Riveting, engaging, and colossal writing and acting by every member of the cast!!

As an adrenaline junky with a short attention span, I love fast-paced movies and series.

A yes, I would recommend this to others or a no, don't waste your time.

Let's be clear: everything about this series and every episode of it is predictable.


Intense .

But it is still a great series, with a top cast, excellent writing, and a gripping story.

Slick and action packed superb script writing .

Eddie Marsan and Dash Mihok are enjoyable to see in the smaller roles of Ray's brothers; one with Parkinsons, the other an addict (of anything he can get his hands on).

However, I had paid the money, and the rest of the show continued to be high-quality and riveting.

I've taken in Lieve Schrieber's masterful performance over four years and forty-eight hours of television and found it both exciting and meditative.

The most unexpected thing this season was the possession of Abby.

Instead, the next episodes a boring family drama lead to a complete yawn-fest.

Slow and Boring .

I could go on with praises of all the elements of Ray Donovan, but it would just be repetitive and monotonous, and I would run out of synonyms.

Perhaps had the father been the one who molested Bunchy -- instead of a priest -- that would have made it more compelling .

It was like the demon inside Skyler from Breaking Bad was bored from its vessel and decided to enter someone else.

Convoluted, a directorial quagmire, and sooooo boring.

It is so boring.

This has been a very enjoyable program, until this season.


Ray Donovan has amazing drama, tension, languid pacing, excellent choices of music for scenes, unique story lines and twists.

Boring, fake and messy .

After watching the first 9 episodes, I will be bidding farewell to this show 'cos I find it terribly boring and way too slow for my liking.

Let's all rally round the 'deez, dem, doze' boys and show them how much we appreciate all they've done to bring culture into our world.

This part is in my view the most exciting to watch and is beautifully intertwined with all the other stories that come to life.

However, and here's the thing with Ray Donovan; the bits of the show that actually focused on dodgy deals, hiding bodies, blackmailing scumbags, and managing the various disasters created by Mickey and his sons, remained as compelling as ever, and I still couldn't stop watching - despite not enjoying the majority of each episode.

The messes these characters get into and the "fixes" that Ray (Liev Schreiber) comes up with are so entertaining.

Frankly it was a bleak, depressing, confusing mess.

Interesting and Exciting Show With Extra Drama Tagged On.

Engaging .

If you're an adrenaline junkie that likes the TV shows with the emotion of interminable fights and a lot of gun and gunshots, these show is not for you.

Get into this guys it's worth watching.

Boring family drama .

Awful and Boring .

don't waste your time .

Exciting story lines.

What you want is more of Ray doing what he supposedly does, getting Hollywood celebs out of schtuck - what you get is a lot of dreary family stuff.

The older brother's love life, the kids and their growing pains, the spiteful wife and her distrust, they're taking me out of the flow of an otherwise exciting main story line.

The storyline needs to slow down, and dialogue needs to be deeper and more interesting to develop characters and interaction in the show.

I'd hoped it would show us the talents of Liev Schreiber to advantage, and that he would carry the show along in an entertaining way.

The story was compelling enough for me to watch the 2nd ep.

It's slow and for me very frustrating.

Excellent acting and smart story lines make this riveting and unmissable.

Unmissable Gripping Light humour Slick Moreish , And it's another hit on sky Atlantic!

The death of Abby stretches on forever and while her performance as an actor is remarkable, its just too drawn out and overplayed to keep viewers interested.

Ray the sexually-molested, PTSD-suffering victim bore no resemblance to the Ray we knew and the Ray that he knew.

it is so boring and depressing, never in my whole life have I watched anything so crap...

Ray struggles with moral issues and hard decisions by pinching his eyebrows and cheeks but he otherwise comes across as a somewhat empty contracted thug to the rich, not letting anyone in, the audience included.

The most boring depressing tv series ever filmed...

Did not enjoy the repetition, and some episodes were slow pace!

In fact, so compelling - during the brief interludes that didn't involve watching someone slowly dying from cancer - that I couldn't stop watching, even though the show was now a serious downer.

Feels formulaic in the attempt to add layers to the characters and story.

Ray Donovan is a pretty entertaining series mainly due to its outstanding cast.

Abby started out hot, strong and cool and now she's a trite foul mouthed weakling.

Boring and false .

Mediocre, cliche writing.

This in itself makes the series highly enjoyable.

So here it ray willingly intriguing and impressive even with a relatively small inventory of words and their hidden essence, which is the main mystery of the series and perhaps not the less dominant lure for the viewer.

The story line killing off Abby has been drawn out much too long.

A hokey concept, clichéd plot twists and formulaic writing hold it back from being a top notch series.

What is worth watching is how Ray performs his job with precision, like a robot.

What bothers me the most is this formulaic approach "Cable" networks have to "Mature" dramas.

Having said that, the acting is brilliant and the characters, for the most part, are engaging.

I measure of show by the necessity of putting the 'f' word in the writing as a contrived filler.

The ghost of Ezra Goldman, including Stacy Keach's Ray-like Texan, bore fruit too.

I don't know if i shall keep on follow Season 5, i think i will give up, plot is becoming boring, dull, dumb, and...

But predictable doesn't have to mean bad.

All the actors are top notch, the plot lines are gripping and i cannot wait for more Ray Donovan to be made and shown.

I was initially intrigued but the boring episodes are getting the upperhand and I had to downgrade my original rating to 6.

The equation with Mickey and his sons, The way Ray's kids behave including his wife are so repetitive that it gets irritating to watch and you wonder if there will ever be a change in their character and plot.

This show is missing that intense element other shows like Dexter have where we can anticipate catching a high-value target or killing someone.

If you've seen GOT then you will know how unpredictable that show is.