For 786 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 49% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 48% 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

  • TV
Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 The Honorable Woman: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Zero Hour: Season 1
Score distribution:
786 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    This could be the start of something great. In just a handful of episodes, it's already powerfully terrific.
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    [A] quietly creepy and profoundly unsettling supernatural mystery.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    The Americans redefines domestic espionage with its multiple layers of emotionally charged suspense.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    Lapine uses a half-dozen of Sondheim's most notable songs as a springboard for a biographical study that's contemplative, analytical and transcendentally emotional.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey is science non-fiction at its most accessible and enjoyable.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    Embracing with raw, unsettling honesty the random absurdities that regularly befall this urban dweller, Louie brilliantly mines the all-too-human comedy of anxiety, insecurity and disappointment--in himself and others.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    It's hard not to be moved by Rectify's unique approach to a redemption story, with an aching tenderness cloaked in a suffocating sadness.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Nothing about the seventh and final season of The Shield feels like a show running out of gas.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    The circuitous plot is challenging, but the true glory of Deadwood is in its vivid creation of a volatile world where scoundrels, wretches and tormented heroes coexist in an unvarnished time capsule of Wild West history.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    The new setting and a fresh, swank look help restore energy and a sense of freakish fun to what had become a morose melodrama.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    This is the sort of classy entertainment we used to find on A&E before that channel got bit by the reality bug.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    The Office gets off to a good start with an episode about office gossip... And what about the latest Jim-Pam rumor? You’ll have to watch to see how that plays out. It’s a terrific payoff.
    • 77 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
    I’m just as tickled to have Project Runway back on any network, and the move to Lifetime, change of locale and long wait between seasons don’t appear to have dimmed its bitchy allure.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    This is one fabulous ride.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    This engrossing and unnerving nail-biter is a rare treat: a thriller with a brain and a soul.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Earl is unashamedly crude, at times downright stupid in its lowlife caricatures, yet it's all so cheerfully endearing that you can't help but be won over by its lowbrow high jinks.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Darkly comedic and richly entertaining.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Extras captures the stifling boredom and raging egotism of life behind the camera.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    You might think you can't possibly fit one more crime-solving procedural onto an overcrowded calendar, but consider giving Bones a break.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    It's sexy, funny, hip and heartfelt.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    So far, so good.
    • 77 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Torchwood, a cheeky and often startlingly adult spin-off.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Mars is an entertaining collision of bare-knuckled police-procedural realism and mind-blowing surrealism.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Top Chef: Las Vegas gets off to a strong start in its opening round, introducing an impressive number of contestants who are already on top of their game.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    An endlessly curious and unexpectedly intelligent social experiment.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    I hung on and laughed at nearly every word.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Nerdy sweetness and deep silliness flow effortlessly from Andy Richter.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Intensely stirring.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Who's a villain and who's a hero here? Can you tell the pawns from the players? All excellent questions as we become absorbed in FX's latest thrill ride.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    The show has found its footing again after a scattershot second season. The dramatic focus is very tight, not to mention topical
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Mirren... hits a dazzling career high.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Richly plotted and totally absorbing, one of summer TV's best surprises.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    [A] macabre gem.
    • 75 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    It is intensely serious, and seriously well done.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    It's refreshing to watch an interview in which the guest needn't worry about sharing the spotlight.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    I watched with an escalating sense of dread, but still was unprepared for the powerful twists along the way.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Primeval mixes elements of "Jurassic Park” and "Stargate," rarely taking itself seriously while also warning of the consequences of not confronting these threats to mankind.
    • 62 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Law revels in reckless, rude antiheroics. But Margulies also excels in giving her character emotional depth, with a tragic backstory and a rocky personal life involving a long-suffering husband (Aidan Quinn) and a hot private eye (James McCaffrey) on the side.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    This show lives up to its franchise's reputation for suspenseful action.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Chuck is a terrifically appealing, super-slick mix of comedy, action and (often thwarted) romance.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Duchovny is as rakishly appealing as any cad can be.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Worth the price of admission? Absolutely.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    I find I’m even more enthralled by Showtime’s costume melodrama The Tudors than I was a year ago.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    This captures the original series’ vibe nicely.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    By the time the sing-along version of High School Musical 2 airs Sunday (8/19, 8/7c), two nights after the first screening, many kids already will have memorized the lyrics--and probably many of the dance moves. It's going to be that addictive.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    It's Broadbent as Longford, made an outcast for his empathy, whom you'll not forget.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    This darkly engrossing and quietly suspenseful six-hour miniseries packages its chilly, cynical overview of international Cold War espionage in a brisk parade of sumptuously produced historical set pieces.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    If the season premiere is heavier on atmosphere than plot, by the second week, stories begin to kick into full gear, and you’re caught up again in the turbulent marriages, personal secrets and caustic office politics that make Mad Men so madly, marvelously mesmerizing.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Grisly and wacky, suspenseful and sorrowful, this darkly compelling cautionary fable of very abnormal chemistry is infused with a Coen Brothers-like flavor of macabre humor.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    As Shrek wishes "A smelly Christmas to all and to all a gross night," you may be appallingly charmed.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    The women are the main event here, including the wonderful Audra McDonald (also a Tony winner) as Walter Lee's long-suffering wife and Sanaa Lathan as his spunky sister. It would take a hard heart not to root for this family, to cry with them or to rejoice when they finally get their moment in the sun.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    HBO’s crisply told, colorfully acted Recount wants to be both legal thriller and nightmare farce as it recounts, with news footage and dramatic re-creation, the cliff-hanger aftermath in Florida of the 2000 “squeaker” election between George W. Bush and Al Gore (both mostly off camera).
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    This show is shocking in all the right ways. It's monstrously entertaining.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Darwinians, take note. Even the fittest don’t have it easy on this show, which is down-to-earth sci-fi at its gritty best.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Collision is a terrific example of an unconventional and original story, weaving suspense, irony, mystery and emotional turmoil in the aftermath of a deadly multicar freeway pileup.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    With its scenic photography, slick editing and relentless pop-rock soundtrack, Carrier has the feel of a movie, or maybe the world's longest recruitment video. It's also an engrossing, rewarding and addictive study of personal endurance and sacrifice.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    [An] evocative six-part crime thriller.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Fans who feared they'd seen the last of Matt Groening's cult classic will be thrilled to see the show return in good form.
    • 77 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Top Chef is the best-produced of TV's many cooking competitions (with Emmy nominations to attest to that fact), and the D.C. edition is already capital entertainment.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    The high concept of this buddy mystery-comedy is as familiar as it is inviting.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Glee finally presents its second act tonight. And yes, it was worth the wait.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    In its mix of the caustic and the compassionate, Jackie is as electrifying as its star.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    As enjoyable and exciting as the pilot is, it’s undeniably more simplistic than either Lost or FlashForward in its us-vs.-them setup. But I was instantly seduced and hooked by its lavish production values, the immediately gripping storyline and a strong cast.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    While things invariably and hilariously go wrong, Party Down’s appeal comes from the interplay of these endearingly delusional wannabes—now including Megan Mullally, replacing the irreplaceable Jane Lynch as a perky single-mom new recruit.
    • 70 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Ted is a seriously wacky show and deserves to be seen.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    This is one of those potboilers where the good guys (Madfadyen as a pious friar, Sewell as a master builder) are impossibly noble, suffering in a lawless time through the murderous machinations of the endlessly scheming villains (most notably McShane hamming it up as a cunningly ambitious church official).
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Divorced at 42, with two young daughters he dotes on, Louie is too sour and smart to be a true sad sack, but his ambling acid-laced misadventures have a raw and revealingly witty electricity, especially when he's sparring with his comedian buddies.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    This appealing and emotionally engaging series about life in a weight-loss summer camp comes with high expectations
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    It's an awfully attractive cast, and while the pilot has an often grim tone, it's enjoyable to watch and should fit comfortably into the NCIS network's schedule.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    I got many more sustained belly laughs out of the show that follows Sunny in an under-the-radar sneak preview.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Bear in mind that if Men were any more low-key, it might evaporate in front of you. This seriocomic slice of life is best when we're at the diner or on a hike with these superbly acted smaller-than-life not-quite-heroes (Braugher, Ray Romano and Scott Bakula).
    • 66 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.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Terriers has license to entertain, and this fall, that's saying something.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    It's a brash, enjoyable hour that doesn't take itself very seriously, though fighting for their underdog clients is very serious business.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    In an effort to (one hopes) broaden the show's appeal, Human Target immediately welcomes two new regular female characters, a rare example of tweaking a formula and making it even more fun to watch.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Bones reunites its team of squints after a 7-month break, and as is often the case, the mystery that brings them back together takes a back seat to the enjoyable interplay of these eccentric, lovable characters.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Their [Courteney Cox & Jennifer Aniston's] scenes are enjoyable enough, but pale next to the wine-sodden antics of Jules' circle of friends as they play a hilarious "movie mash-up" drinking game that Jules somehow can't get the hang of. Cougar Town developed in its first season from a crude and rather desperate sex farce to a terrifically enjoyable ensemble piece that doesn't need big guest stars to zing. (Although if it brings more eyeballs to the show, all the better.)
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Fringe return in fine form, with Fringe possibly taking top honors as the Show of the Night. It's that good.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    I'm already sold. Plimpton is sensational as Jimmy's tough-as-nails mom, who'd just as soon drop the baby at the fire station, but we soon learn she has a way with a lullaby. Leachman is a riot, Garret Dillahunt scores as Jimmy's proudly immature dad, and special props go to the stunt babies.