For 749 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 4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Matt Roush's Scores

  • TV
Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 The Sopranos: Season 6
Lowest review score: 0 Does Someone Have To Go: Season 1
Score distribution:
749 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    When resting between thrilling action scenes, it's all very earnest, never campy or cheesy--but not particularly sophisticated or deep, either. It doesn't really have to be as long as it's entertaining. By those standards, Falling Skies succeeds.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    The Killing is deliberately paced, but creepily engrossing in a way that may take the audience by surprise.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    BBC America delivers a satirical treat in the uncannily topical Twenty Twelve.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    It's also a pungent, harrowing and thoroughly captivating entertainment, a welcome reminder of the power of the classic miniseries, which the networks have shunned for far too long.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Well, Talking Funny is certainly addictive.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Brodie's cases tend to dwell as much on mysteries of the heart as on the usual blood-and-guts. It's a nice change and a great start to a delightful franchise.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Seriously, everyone, Luther is no joke.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    There's gorgeous fun to be had here.
    • 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
    Watching Pan Am is like getting a free upgrade to escapist class.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    The Walking Dead will leave you hungry for more.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    This is the rare crime drama that revels in actual mystery, its dark, paranoid tone embodied by two damaged heroes.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    You'd never accuse Suburgatory of subtlety, but it's a fun place to visit, even if you'd never want to live there. It's also a hoot.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Witty and wacky--but emphasizing the wacky above all--this sharp-tongued, sweet-souled sitcom picks up without losing a (heart)beat.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    This is a find for anyone who likes their thrills and chills laced with ribald irreverence.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    A quietly absorbing elegy for old-school spooks, Page Eight bristles with jazzy intelligence.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Neverland adds clever new twists to the origin story of Peter Pan and Captain Hook while remaining unpretentiously faithful to the adventurous spirit of the original.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Appropriate Adult is a psychologically harrowing character study of emotional manipulation against a backdrop of utter depravity.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    A revealing and entertaining career retrospective.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    A treat for the faithful.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    As a pitiless, biting satire of the debauched state of American big business, it's no lie to call this one of the smartest, funniest shows of the new year.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    The first few episodes after tonight's sensational pilot struggle to find the right balance between the musical and the dramatic, but by the fourth hour, as the new leading lady makes things difficult for the also-ran during the tense rehearsal process, Smash finds its footing.
    • 73 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Even if the bitch leaves you cold, something happening in and around Apartment 23 ought to make you laugh.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Once again, PBS delivers the goods--and while it may be too harrowing at times to describe as a bundle of joy, the heart-tugging Call the Midwife is a delight to watch.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    A searing, sizzlingly well acted docudrama.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Much more conventional than Girls in its savagely profane workplace humor, its bad behavior recalls Curb Your Enthusiasm while the setting is reminiscent of The Larry Sanders Show in its hysterical behind-the-curtain peek at dysfunction and incompetence in high places.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    The channel may have hit pay dirt with a gritty project that feels like the real McCoy.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Hit & Miss, the fun is just beginning, and I can't wait to see where this twisted but strangely affecting story goes next.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Elementary brings edgy new life to CBS' procedural formula, and is just different enough from the Masterpiece Mystery! version (and Benedict Cumberbatch's Emmy-nominated spin) to prove yet again just how versatile this legendary character is.
    • 57 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    ABC has done well in filling the time period with a show that's both sassy and smart, singing a tune we can name in three words: It's a winner.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Political Animals is a welcome escape from the current campaign grind, leaving us already hoping for a second term.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Damages' endgame is on, and so far it's a doozy--with a fatalistic framework suggesting not everyone emerges alive.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Kaling makes for an unconventional sitcom heroine, to put it mildly.
    • 64 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    This movie comes most alive in those scenes when all the well-cast women (including Jill Scott as an unusually reserved Truvy) are bouncing off each other, biting but never drawing blood.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    These young Chicagoans are seriously, but amusingly, Underemployed--the title of a disarmingly scruffy new MTV hour-long dramedy from Six Feet Under's Craig Wright that nails the confusion (sometimes sexual) and disappointment (usually economic) of a generation raised to expect more than today's society is offering.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Archer, meanwhile, is all about the funny, and kicks off its fourth season of deranged spy parody.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    The juxtaposition of surface banality and the high-octane spy intrigue of their shadow identities gives The Americans a suspenseful kick.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    The randomness of the action and the sense of futility (most notable in Lydia's dealings with a male rape victim) distinguish Southland from run-of-the-mill cop dramas.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    A treat for armchair travelers.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Ripper Street is mighty fine bloodsport.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Under the Dome is TV as page-turner.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Top of the Lake is reminiscent of AMC's The Killing in ways both good (its moodiness) and unfortunate--Robin has a fiancé back home who keeps pleading for her to return--but its world is so specific and transcendently trippy, haunted by mythic legends rooted in this unforgiving geography, that it feels wondrously fresh, alien and unforgettable.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Funky, freaky and fascinating, Orphan deserves to be adopted by any pulp-fantasy fan.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Throughout, Spies delivers the vicarious pleasures of old-fashioned spy movies with the bold contemporary frankness of the best of cable.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    The actresses' chemistry makes up for an earnest predictability in the storytelling.
    • 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.