For 919 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 46% 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 Desperate Housewives: Season 5
Lowest review score: 0 Work It : Season 1
Score distribution:
919 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Ted is a seriously wacky show and deserves to be seen.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    In its mix of the caustic and the compassionate, Jackie is as electrifying as its star.
    • 84 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.
    • 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.
    • 67 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.
    • 76 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    This appealing and emotionally engaging series about life in a weight-loss summer camp comes with high expectations
    • 69 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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).
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Terriers has license to entertain, and this fall, that's saying something.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 66 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 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
    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.)
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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).
    • 80 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    The Killing is deliberately paced, but creepily engrossing in a way that may take the audience by surprise.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Well, Talking Funny is certainly addictive.
    • 70 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Rescue Me is going into its twilight fully locked and loaded.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    This is the rare crime drama that revels in actual mystery, its dark, paranoid tone embodied by two damaged heroes.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Watching Pan Am is like getting a free upgrade to escapist class.

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