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Ray Donovan - S03E03

Crime . Drama
 

Ray and Mickey make a desperate attempt to get Terry released from prison.

 
Episode Title: Come and Knock on Our Door
Airs: 2015-07-26 at 21:00
  • Emily Nussbaum

    The series exists within its own ugly system, mining the by now tired convention of the thoughtful thug--the same idea that was so brilliantly subverted by more ambitious series, such as “The Sopranos” and “Breaking Bad.”

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    The dreary, often predictable family story begins to suffocate the show as it gains ground over the first four episodes.... Ray Donovan benefits from strategic use of character actors in supporting roles.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    Biderman’s work here is inexplicably lazy: South Boston natives are haunted or broken; L.A. natives are narcissistic airheads. Voight doesn’t so much chew the scenery as gnaw it.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Geoff Berkshire

    There's something both frustrating and fascinating about the way Showtime's classy but surprisingly dull new drama Ray Donovan aspires to greatness.

    Zap2it (Inside the Box) Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    There's enough strong raw material on hand that Ray Donovan could eventually be built into something great. Right now, though, it's raw material in search of a series.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Bruce Miller

    [Biderman’s writing and Schreiber’s acting are] a one-two punch that haven’t scored a knockout in the first round, but there’s still time.

    Sioux City Journal Full Review
  • James Poniewozik

    But after five episodes, Ray Donovan is still some good performances in search of a show. It feels made up of pieces of other antihero dramas--a little Sopranos here, a little Brotherhood there, even a little Entourage around the edges. Ray is so far too much a cipher to be an engaging focal character, and his flaws and failings are those of so many middle-aged cable ass-kickers in the past decade.

    Time Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    Though I do not begrudge Ray Donovan its sense of momentum or tension, I was immediately struck by a desire to simply see more of Ray doing his job for a few episodes rather than seeing him deal with his brothers’ various problems.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    In the end, don't much like Ray Donovan.... [But] Donovan ultimately succeeds on the little things--some very good performances by some very good actors and sharp dialogue by Biderman, who knows how to write Tough Guy talk with the best of them.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Tom Long

    There’s just enough crazy in Ray Donovan to keep things interesting.

    The Detroit News Full Review
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    The show is more successful when the Donovans are interacting with rich or otherwise spoiled people than when they’re dealing with their own problems, because the problems, however sympathetically written and acted, are a potluck stew of elements you’ve seen in other stories about South Boston Irish-Americans.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Joanne Ostrow

    The first four episodes supplied to critics are engaging, but especially in the aftermath of his passing, the shadow of James Gandolfini is, sadly, everywhere.

    Denver Post Full Review
  • Mike Lechevallier

    The show's large ensemble is mostly free of stereotypes, and nearly every narrative shift feels authentic and punctual.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Melissa Maerz

    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.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Buoyed by a riveting supporting performance from Jon Voight, it’s a dense, highly organic world--at its best, playing like a present-day “Chinatown.” More often, it’s eminently entertaining, if not initially quite worthy of a spot alongside TV’s velvet-roped A-list.

    Variety Full Review
  • Sara Smith

    Ray Donovan is undeniably derivative, but it sure is fun. Liev Schreiber leads a stellar cast as Ray Donovan.

    Kansas City Star Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    Viewers may find it takes some concentration to sort out the lineup and the dramas here. The payoff is worth the investment.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • David Hiltbrand

    Ray Donovan generates an authentic and convincing noir atmosphere, something rarely accomplished in the medium.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    Voight is perfectly cast as the one person who can plausibly terrify Ray, and he and Schreiber have a crackling chemistry. The supporting players are terrific, too, starting with Paula Malcomson as Ray's wife, Abby.... But it's Schreiber, who manages to convey a lot while seemingly remaining impassive much of the time, who somehow holds Ray Donovan together.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Glenn Garvin

    Schreiber’s powerful portrayal of a man whose elemental rage is on a collision course with a rising moral consciousness is the driving engine of Ray Donovan. But it may not even be the show’s best performance.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    In Ray and Mickey, producer Ann Biderman has created two of TV's most interesting characters and one of its most absorbing dynamics.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Robert Lloyd

    A few caricatures stick out among the characters, but the subtler conceptions, on the page and in performance, win out.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Gail Pennington

    Ray Donovan is fun, but it’s also heart-breakingly sad and deadly serious, sometimes all at once. In all cases, this is one of the smartest series to come around in a while, sharply written (by creator and executive producer Ann Biderman) with a perfect balance of comedy and tragedy, action and reflection.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    It’s not as meticulous, cinematic, or original as those two shows ["Mad Men" and "Breaking Bad"], but it’s got the same kind of storytelling ambition. It’s the most vital new series of the year so far.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Dorothy Rabinowitz

    [A] captivating series created by Ann Biderman--sharply written, sophisticated even at its most melodramatic, with first-class performances throughout.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    This could be the start of something great. In just a handful of episodes, it's already powerfully terrific.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Jace Lacob

    The result is something extraordinary and compelling, a first-rate drama for Showtime.

    The Daily Beast Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    Showtime’s taut and pretty terrific Ray Donovan.... Schreiber brings a solid, stolid presence to the role. But it’s Jon Voight as Mickey who gives this drama its ferocious, dangerous and sometimes creepy edge.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Vicki Hyman

    The show, stylishly shot and strongly written, throws a lot at the wall in the premiere.

    Newark Star-Ledger Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    [Creator and writer Ann Biderman has] created the most testosterone, rough and intelligent drama in ages.... Early sneaks of Ray Donovan hinted that Showtime might have a real gem on its hands, but four episodes provides an absolute exclamation point.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    At heart, this is a show about good and evil, but sometimes the catch--for both the characters and the audience--is knowing which is which. You won't be able to stop watching.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Tom Gliatto

    [A] superbly tawdry new crime series. [8 Jul 2013, p.35]

    People Weekly Full Review
  • Linda Stasi

    Great acting, writing and direction.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Chuck Barney

    It's a muscular, instantly riveting series that features sensational performances by Liev Schreiber and Jon Voight. Based on the early episodes, we could be looking at television's next great character-based drama.

    San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times Full Review
  • Alessandra Stanley

    The first few episodes of Ray Donovan are disappointing--grandiose, predictable and painfully slow.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    Much of the show simply feels disjointed, or tired, or both. Despite intermittent flashes of liveliness, the pacing of Ray Donovan is off, especially at first, when it feels as though the show is trying to cover too much ground and cram in too much backstory about the Donovans' troubled past in Boston.

    The Huffington Post Full Review