For 1,056 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 3.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Matt Roush's Scores

Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Game of Thrones: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Stalker: Season 1
Score distribution:
1056 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    A terrifically offbeat caper, serving up a sultry, sexy brew of wry humor with flashes of psycho suspense. [29 Feb-6 Mar 2016, p.17]
    • TV Guide Magazine
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Pyramid is the night's gem, a word-association contest of skill and speed, the joy of watching enhanced when the celebrity and contestant are in sync and the game is played seriously. [8-21 Aug 2016, p.17]
    • TV Guide Magazine
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Darkly comedic and richly entertaining.
    • TV Guide Magazine
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Whenever they lash out in exhaustion and frustration, which is often the moment invariably leads to shocked laughter, a humor laced with desperation and need. Somehow, they're still into each other, and the only true calamity of Catastrophe is its brevity. [4-17 Apr 2016, p.21]
    • TV Guide Magazine
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Ripper Street is mighty fine bloodsport.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Doyle, commandingly brought to blustery life by Martin Clunes.... A very enjoyable story it is. [31 Aug - 13 Sep 2015, p.10]
    • TV Guide Magazine
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    The characters, like the show, send off an ingratiatingly kooky vibe, and I look forward to getting to know them better.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Glee finally presents its second act tonight. And yes, it was worth the wait.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Nerdy sweetness and deep silliness flow effortlessly from Andy Richter.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    In this clever series of politically and sexually charged Masterpiece Mystery! movies based on books by Michael Dibdin, and beautifully filmed on location, lone wolf Zen finds his reputation for integrity challenged on all sides.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    The scenes in which the older and younger versions interact, with Hamm counseling and cajoling the panicked and miserable Radcliffe as a Ghost of Torment to Come, crackle with a surreal bite.... Not for the squeamish, Notebook is worth bookmarking if you've an adventurous streak.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    He [David Walton] and About a Boy are at its best in those disarming moments when Will lets down his guard and faces his grown-up responsibilities to teach Marcus how to enjoy the "total exuberance" of boyhood.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    The high concept of this buddy mystery-comedy is as familiar as it is inviting.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Its third macabre season magnifies every succulent image and sound to its creepiest potential. [1 Jun 2015, p.18]
    • TV Guide Magazine
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    The spirit of John Hughes lives on in this rowdy ensemble of insecure spazzes and delightfully fresh mean girls (yes, we're talking about you, Sadie).
    • 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).
    • 44 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    If Around the World doesn't exactly reinvent the genre, it still manages to refine the familiar bits with sumptuous location shooting and a sense of adventure.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    BBC America delivers a satirical treat in the uncannily topical Twenty Twelve.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    It would all be terribly sad it if it weren't so incredibly funny.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    It's an awfully good [documentary].
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Well, Talking Funny is certainly addictive.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    An endlessly curious and unexpectedly intelligent social experiment.
    • TV Guide Magazine
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Engrossing six-hour docudrama.... Nick's decline, grounded in a somber, unflashy realism by director Paul Haggis plays out within a parable of race and class schisms, wit serialized subplots humanizing the disadvantaged citizens from the projects. [10-23 Aug 2015, p.12]
    • TV Guide Magazine
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    This is one fabulous ride.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    A searing, sizzlingly well acted docudrama.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Manhunt goes beyond the actual raid to explore the CIA's culture of intelligence gathering, including the internal debates on Bush-era "enhanced interrogation techniques." Even though we all know how it turns out, this is as gripping an account as you're likely to find.

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