For 911 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 3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Matt Roush's Scores

Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Girls: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Work It : Season 1
Score distribution:
911 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    BBC America delivers a satirical treat in the uncannily topical Twenty Twelve.
    • 65 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.
    • 60 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).
    • 68 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.
    • 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.
    • 71 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    A quietly absorbing elegy for old-school spooks, Page Eight bristles with jazzy intelligence.
    • 59 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.
    • 67 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.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Even if the bitch leaves you cold, something happening in and around Apartment 23 ought to make you laugh.
    • 81 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.
    • 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.
    • 85 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.
    • 65 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.
    • 76 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.
    • 56 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Archer, meanwhile, is all about the funny, and kicks off its fourth season of deranged spy parody.
    • 78 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.
    • 85 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.
    • 87 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.
    • 64 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.
    • 67 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Heartfelt and rarely schmaltzy, call this one a winner.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    [A] snarky-yet-heartfelt sitcom.... It helps that these barbs are delivered by authentically endearing pros.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Hostages piles on twists upon complications upon secrets with enough breathless zeal to keep us wondering what will happen next, even when it challenges our disbelief.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    No one saves face in director Steven Soderbergh's ghoulishly entertaining, opulently produced Behind the Candelabra, HBO's grandest, gaudiest and most fascinating movie in quite a long while.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    An unsparing and sobering documentary by Marina Zenovich.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    While the device seems pasted on, its cleverness and occasional shock value gives Dream On the distinction it otherwise lacks. [6 July 1990]
    • USA Today
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    This is a very special, terribly fragile, series. [7 Oct 1991]
    • USA Today
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Futurama is still firing on all creative thrusters, especially in the second of two back-to-back episodes.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    There's considerable cast chemistry, but also nice touches as the cops go about their business, when in the middle of tense stand-offs and perp pursuits they encounter stubborn Brooklyn-ites who refuse to get out of their way.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Sunny gets its ninth season off to a strong start with a typically perverse episode.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    In these quieter moments, Dead reinforces its claim as TV's greatest horror drama by making us care so desperately about the characters' humanity.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    This is how you honor show-biz legends, by hiring authentic actors to deliver sensitive interpretations (not caricatures), evoking the essence and burden of stardom without becoming a voyeuristic sideshow.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    [A] tantalizing quasi-mock-documentary.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    With warmth and gravity, [David Bradley's] the heart and soul of this grand Adventure.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    This tribute to the pioneering comic's life and legacy, with TV clips and audio excerpts (enhanced with crude animation) from her many comedy albums hold up surprisingly well. A rich roster of admiring celebrities weighs in.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Cosby is in fine form as he mugs with that expressive face and riffs in his distinctive voice on his favorite topics of love, marriage and family. His timing is masterful.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Whether riffing on the show's past, unruly present ("re-piloting" as an act of reinvention) or unpredictable future, Abed is always hilariously self-aware of the TV and sitcom clichés Community excels in upending.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Actually, his greatest gift was that of imagination, and Fleming is especially enjoyable as it dramatizes the exploits that would give birth the immortal 007.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Everyone's ruthlessly cynical machinations can take on a wearying predictability if devoured hour after hour without a break.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Klondike delivers its dramatic bounty more effectively and compactly [than Black Sails], capitalizing on some of Discovery's favorite obsessions: dangerous vocations, gold prospecting and harsh Alaska-adjacent terrain, in a fictionalized account of the 1897 gold rush.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    This performance was the spectacular centerpiece of a confident opening night for the boyish Fallon. He quickly reminded us how different of a host he'll be from his immediate predecessor, Jay Leno.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Even if you're not as crazy about Psycho as I am, Bates Motel has a delirious allure, and its name is Vera Farmiga.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    As fables go, Bountiful is fairly uneventful yet unexpectedly affecting, thanks to Tyson's unsparing honesty.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    It's like watching Nancy Drew grow up into Wonder Woman.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    This could and should be the season when Orphan Black graduates from cult curiosity and is adopted by the pop culture at large as the watercooler sensation it deserves to be.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    While prolonging the inevitable, and potentially blunting whatever narrative momentum still exists in a most inelegant and desperate-seeming way, it's no wonder the often dazzling opening episode--titled Time Zones, in a nod to the firm's now-bicoastal focus--is so preoccupied with time.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Inside Amy Schumer is triumphantly raunchy as it toggles between stand-up vignettes, person-on-the-street interviews and barbed sketches with a gamy sting.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    What Creature Shop may lack in originality it makes up for in creative energy, with the contestants further challenged in mentoring sessions by being made to focus on having the full-body costumes be fully functional for the skilled Henson puppeteers within.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    A creepier, freakier Resurrection, in which the returned are almost human but just "other" enough to cause problems, Flesh aims high as an allegory of social prejudice and political extremism.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Who the real animal is here remains to be seen, with surprising and mostly satisfying fallout in this taut legal thriller.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Skepticism turns to pleasure as Greg reveals himself to be a wide-eyed charmer (think a less smarmy Greg Kinnear) and Sweden becomes an unexpectedly welcome and disarming diversion in a summer cluttered with noisy mediocrity.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    So generous in its jolts that you barely have time to dwell on the plot holes, The Strain may not be the most original thrill ride, but it's among the summer's most enjoyable, elevating its genre clichés with a pulp urgency that, like the monster's icky wormy offspring, gets under your skin and stays there.

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