For 861 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 47% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Matt Roush's Scores

Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Downton Abbey: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Zero Hour: Season 1
Score distribution:
861 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Whitechapel is like a British Criminal Minds, albeit with a much more appealing sense of macabre wit in its appreciation for the history of Grand Guignol.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Circus is a series with an abundance of life, and reality. If you decide to run away from the regular network fare to join this company for the next few weeks, can't say I blame you.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Tension runs high throughout this densely layered story, which is well worth your time. Hope all the Super Bowl exposure pays off for this one.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Rescue Me is going into its twilight fully locked and loaded.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Lights Out has its work cut out for it to find and hold an audience and deliver the proverbial TKO, but on the basis of the work alone, it's a triumph.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    The writing in Episodes, by sitcom vets David Crane (Friends, The Class) and Jeffrey Klarik (The Class), is sharp and merciless, and, except for a trite jealousy subplot, on point.
    • 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.