For 937 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 51% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 45% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Matt Roush's Scores

Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Broadchurch: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Bob's Burgers: Season 1
Score distribution:
937 tv reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    This is a fascinating experiment that feels like first-rate TV, and for subscribers old and (I'm betting quite a few) new, Cards is a great deal.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    With deft detail, and the usual sparkling mix of vivid archival footage and jazzy period music, we're treated to an evocative portrait of a young nation wracked by alcoholism and a debauched saloon culture, taking drastic measures to ban the manufacture and sale of alcohol.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    Critical without being overtly political, with stretches of boredom punctuated by the sudden chaos of firefights where it’s impossible to distinguish innocent bystanders from insurgents, Generation Kill is both timely and timeless.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    Animation has rarely felt so explosively, hilariously defiant.
    • TV Guide
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    The crime they're investigating often takes such a back seat to the show's tricky structure and the all-pervasive angst you may once again wonder what exactly HBO has against the notion of narrative urgency. But be patient with this slow-burner of a disturbing, demanding drama. These detectives are truly fascinating.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    Trust me, Damages is worth it. And for those without access to DirecTV, worth the wait.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    A hilarious holiday package. [15 Dec 1989, p.3D]
    • USA Today
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    An excellent eight-part British mystery reminiscent of The Killing and Broadchurch in its brooding anguish.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey is science non-fiction at its most accessible and enjoyable.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    You really don't know what Being Human is like until you've seen this version of it. Can't recommend it highly enough.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    Everything about New Girl, from her goofy costars to the distinctively quirky writing, is irresistible.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    One of the best new comedies of the season, and an instant bright light in NBC’s much-honored lineup.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    The second season... crackles with high drama, suspenseful twists, unexpected humor and emotion.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    Brooding in tone yet laced with mordant wit and tinged with sinister inference, The Game keeps us wondering what the Russian sleepers' end game might be. Having seen only the first half of the series in advance, I can only say that unraveling that mystery is so far darkly compelling fun.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    I didn’t know how 24 could top last season, but so far it’s working. And the edge of my seat is already frayed.
    • TV Guide
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    This is sleek, sexy, smart, densely written and deliberately paced adult entertainment.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    Occupying familiar anti-hero territory with grim and often outrageous resolve, Ray Donovan is a sun-bleached noir and a character actor's paradise.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    It’s all very rude and often tremendously grotesque, but it’s a belly laugh a minute.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    Dexter's quality has ebbed and flowed over the years (peaking in the John Lithgow season), but so far, this season is looking like a riveting winner.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    HBO's brilliant and bleak The Wire may have saved the best for last.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    ABC's Toy Story of Terror! is a delightful half-hour vignette of gags, action and self-empowerment, couching its never-give-up message in terrific non-stop entertainment.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    Excellent questions propel us back into the world of one of TV's most uncompromising dark comedies.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    An endlessly fascinating seven-part foray into the most remote and unforgiving regions of the Arctic and Antarctic.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    A trauma-rama that opens on an adrenaline rush and pretty much stays there, with timeouts for pathos and sex and dark hilarity, ER launches a surgical strike on the emotions that could make it the medical drama for the '90s. [19 Sep 1994]
    • USA Today
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    Netflix finally achieves its eureka moment with a terrifically entertaining piece of original programming that's truly and bracingly original.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    For Fringe's small but loyal following, resistance is truly futile. We'll stick with this remarkable series to the end.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    Community is undimmed in its marvelously inventive wackiness. Trippy as ever as it continues to send up sitcom conventions with surreal zeal.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    The River is a terrifying heart-stopper, a cleverly cinematic supernatural adventure that takes us on a wild ride into an exotic heart of darkness.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    No matter the language, or the decade, AbFab lives up to its title, and its reputation.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    Boston Med reminds us that truth is often much more compelling and affecting than recycled fiction. Nothing is heightened or cheapened with newsmag-style manipulation on this series.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    Like St. Elsewhere grafted onto L.A. Law, this is in the slick but endangered tradition of ensemble dramas showing heroes on the cutting edge of their vocation while personal lives entangle and unravel. [16 Sep 1994]
    • USA Today
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    Four seasons in, The Good Wife remains a marvel of clever plotting and tremendously witty ensemble acting.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    The only bleak aspect to this miniseries is that it doesn't last forever.
    • TV Guide
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    Even in a better season, ABC's provocative and very funny Black-ish would stand out for its broad and biting satire of an uneasily post racial society seen through a very modern-family prism.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    Alpha House is satire at its most blistering and biting, delivered by a master of the trade: Doonesbury's Garry Trudeau, whose contempt for political cynicism, venality and hypocrisy doesn't keep the jaded protagonists of this bawdy, brazen comedy from being great company.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    This fall's best and most original drama taps a gusher of intrigue and twisty romance, with star-is-born James Wolk the most irresistible con man since Lost's Sawyer.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    Though the subject matter is wrenching, the tone here is more about emotional uplift, emphasizing the importance of bringing loved ones along for the fight.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    The show may be titled Hannibal, which for commercial branding purposes makes complete sense, but this is Will's story. And an absorbing, psychologically rich one it is, too--immeasurably smarter than The Following, more haunting than Bates Motel.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    It's a lot to digest but well worth the effort. [20 Apr - 3 May 2015, p.13]
    • TV Guide
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    This Technicolored kaleidoscope fable of life, love and perpetual whimsy restores my faith in TV's ability to amuse, enchant and entertain with endless invention and eye-popping style.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    It raises its emotional game almost instantly, as Alicia (the enigmatic and compellingly subtle Julianna Margulies) makes a fateful choice between her disgraced husband Peter (Chris Noth) and amorous boss Will (Josh Charles), though the decision is clouded by another character's manipulative deceit.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    This is classic Law & Order through and through, where only the wigs worn in court and the accents are significantly different. The London environs evoke the urban New York feel, and the cast here is top-notch, refreshingly reintroducing us to the notion of a lead detective who's been around the block a few times.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    Here's a show full of delightful surprises, with something for everyone. It's hard to imagine anyone resisting its many charms. Twin Peaks too ponderous? Lawyer shows too heavy (and too many)? Sitcoms too silly? As Goldilocks said of the little bear's porridge, this one gets it just right. [8 Apr 1991, p.1D]
    • USA Today
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    The Hour teems with flawed but driven professionals who, even at their worst, never come off as ridiculous as Newsroom's fools' gallery. The hours just fly by
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    The Americans redefines domestic espionage with its multiple layers of emotionally charged suspense.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Matt Roush
    The tone can be darkly comic, even nasty, also sweetly sentimental, even corny. Picket Fences is idiosyncratic, unpredictable and fun fun fun to watch. Our Town gone ga-ga. Put it this way: When in Rome ... sit back and enjoy. [18 Sept 1992, p.1D]
    • USA Today
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    A smartly conceived and well executed legal drama with a strong star (Julianna Margulies) at its core and, even better, a terrifically timely hook.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Count me in. Nix knows you can't play the old cliches straight, so each shootout and car chase--and there's plenty of mayhem in the fast-paced pilot--is infused with an "oh, c'mon" over-the-top goofiness.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Director Kenneth Branagh's culture-clash gimmick doesn't get in the way of the play's many intoxicating pleasures. This isn't samurai Shakespeare.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    With warmth and gravity, [David Bradley's] the heart and soul of this grand Adventure.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    The comic relief we have come to rely on in the macho camaraderie has more of a tinge of gallows humor this season, which isn't to say that Rescue Me feels like a show on its last legs, more like it's nearing its natural (or, given the frequency of Tommy's post-traumatic hallucinations, unnatural) end.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    If what you're looking for is a good scare that's cunningly and ruthlessly executed, be forewarned. The Following is the real deal.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Cosby is in fine form as he mugs with that expressive face and riffs in his distinctive voice on his favorite topics of love, marriage and family. His timing is masterful.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Magic Johnson narrates much of this astonishing story in a trademark genial manner, giving a storybook quality to the early chapters of instant fame, glory and goodwill.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Appropriate Adult is a psychologically harrowing character study of emotional manipulation against a backdrop of utter depravity.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Who the real animal is here remains to be seen, with surprising and mostly satisfying fallout in this taut legal thriller.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    A gripping 14-part docu-series reminiscent of ABC's Boston Med and Hopkins in its fly-on-the-wall, up close and personal look at the chaos and compassion in the emergency room of London's King's College Hospital.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    I watched with an escalating sense of dread, but still was unprepared for the powerful twists along the way.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    If I had to choose between this and watching Michael Scott take a final lap around the tired Office halls of Dunder Mifflin on NBC--its dreadful companion comedy Outsourced isn't even an option--I'm leaning toward the drop-dead-deadly assassin.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Even at its most ponderous and indulgent, Mad Men casts a mesmerizing spell, and that's true throughout this less-than-satisfying but intermittently intriguing chapter.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    A canny and clever series that makes hardware take a back seat to humanity. [31 Mar 1989, p.3D]
    • USA Today
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Mark Valley, droll and dashing, is long overdue a hit series, and I’d like to think this fast-paced piece of popcorn fluff could be the ticket. I’d watch Human Target for the retro-cool opening credits alone.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    It takes a while for this season to build up some steam--by the third episode, though, we're back in full murderous swing, with some gasp-inducing twist--and things stall whenever the focus shifts to subplots involving Dexter's police co-workers. But whenever Dexter is center stage, Dexter remains one of TV's most gripping dark entertainments.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Asylum delivers a much more evocative nightmare gallery without losing any of the franchise's provocative, look-ma-I'm-screaming bravado.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    This is a solid hour that feels perfectly attuned to the CBS lineup, although it's less formulaic than what you usually find on Fridays.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Actually, his greatest gift was that of imagination, and Fleming is especially enjoyable as it dramatizes the exploits that would give birth the immortal 007.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Watching Dr. Katz, with its jittery cartoon figures and deadpan monologue rants, is like experiencing a particularly giggly head trip. [5 Apr 1996]
    • USA Today
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Funky, freaky and fascinating, Orphan deserves to be adopted by any pulp-fantasy fan.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    It’s a meeting of the brilliantly analytical minds, and a master class in acting, when Hugh Laurie clashes with Andre Braugher as a crafty but also damaged psychiatrist who holds the key to House’s future, in House’s tremendously entertaining and ultimately moving two-hour sixth-season opener.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Everyone's ruthlessly cynical machinations can take on a wearying predictability if devoured hour after hour without a break.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Adorably quirky and emotionally surprising, Eli Stone is a legal drama the same way Pushing Daisies (how I miss it) is a mere whodunit.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    It’s titillating without being truly trashy, because it also has heart--for that, thank Bil-lie Piper (formerly of Doctor Who), who brings wit and warmth, but also a crisp and unpredictable edge, to the tricky role of Belle by night/Hannah by day.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    There’s plenty of life in this deluxe entertainment, with each episode expanding the world of friends and family who have a stake in Lux’s future. So far, I find myself rooting for just about everyone in this feel-good show that’s refreshingly unafraid to wear its feelings openly.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    A quietly absorbing elegy for old-school spooks, Page Eight bristles with jazzy intelligence.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    24's first four hours, airing over two nights, aren't quite as electrifying as last season's opening act.... But none of these problems diminish the pulse-pounding pleasures of watching 24.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Connick, who was among Idol's most engaging mentors in past seasons, is even more adept in this new role, and the chemistry on the current panel is at least on par with the more celebrated Voice cast. As Idol wraps its auditions this week before heading to Hollywood, I find myself looking more forward to the actual competition than I have in years.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    True Blood is a much guiltier, trashier pleasure than the monumental Thrones, but I wouldn't miss it for all the hush puppies in Louisiana.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    The world may have changed, but Foyle has lost none of his brusque appeal, even though he appears sulkier than usual to be drawn back into the shadows to protect pawns in an increasingly deadly conflict. It's great to have him back.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Eureka also starts strong, with a time-travel misadventure on Founders' Day that sends Sheriff Jack Carter, his unrequited love interest Allison, Deputy Jo, uber-geek Fargo and town sage Henry back to a time when Eureka was still "Camp Eureka," a 1947 military facility only beginning to reveal its true purpose.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    This is the sort of show where "never say die" is written into the mythology--a good thing for several of the opening hour's apparent victims. I don't know how much longer The Vampire Diaries can keep churning stories at this feverish rate, but if this is your sort of guilty pleasure, you'd be crazy not to bite.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Watching Pan Am is like getting a free upgrade to escapist class.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Tell Me You Love Me is an engrossing, searing, sometimes squirm-inducing study of intimacy, told with a fly-on-the-bedroom-wall realism that is both clinical and wrenching. Voyeurism has rarely felt so unnerving yet ultimately rewarding.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    True Blood is well on its way to staking its claim yet again as the summer guilty pleasure with TV's bawdiest bite.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Under the Dome is TV as page-turner.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    This captures the original series’ vibe nicely.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    The suspense is considerable, with Luther once again desperately trying in vain to keep those he loves (including new girlfriend Sienna Guillory) out of the grisly crossfire, but the violent twists can verge on the eye-rollingly preposterous by the story's over-the-top climax, which (in happier news) reintroduces one of his most memorably seductive adversaries.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    While Kruger's performance is convincing and intriguing, her character begs the question of how someone so unable to communicate could ever be promoted to a position where nuanced interrogation and interaction with suspects is a must. Thankfully, Bichir grounds the show with a sheepish, weary tenacity.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Darkly comedic and richly entertaining.
    • TV Guide
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Sentimental but not simplistic, warming the heart without turning the brain to mush, this series version of Catherine Marshall's enduring novel is a romance, to be sure, but braced with a rugged realism. [1 Apr 1994]
    • USA Today
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    The grueling season premiere should satisfy anyone pining for graphic action, nerve-wracking suspense and unsparing savagery from all sides, including the incessant flow of zombie "walkers" who have upended civilization, exposing humanity at its most monstrous. (The episode will also help viewers understand how Terminus got so twisted, but as often happens in these morality plays, the theme is overstated at least one too many times.)
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    It looks like romance will have to wait, as her assignment takes a twist that should keep the agency on edge for most of the season. I'm in.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    [An] evocative six-part crime thriller.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Ripper Street is mighty fine bloodsport.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    This bizarre character study, created by Diablo Cody, also works as a terrifically quirky family serio-comedy, with fine support from John Corbett as Tara’s very patient and loving husband, Brie Larson and Kier Gilchrist as their screwy teenage kids, and Rosemarie DeWitt as Tara’s easily exasperated sister.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    There's no question The Newsroom is eye-rollingly full of itself. But it's also recklessly full of wit, passion, anger and humor--and timely purpose.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Kaling makes for an unconventional sitcom heroine, to put it mildly.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Nothing about the seventh and final season of The Shield feels like a show running out of gas.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Truth is there’s nothing off in either Smith’s infectiously enthusiastic spin on the good Doctor or in newly installed executive producer Steven Moffat's confident storytelling.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Futurama is still firing on all creative thrusters, especially in the second of two back-to-back episodes.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Archer, meanwhile, is all about the funny, and kicks off its fourth season of deranged spy parody.

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