For 1,050 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 Friday Night Lights: Season 5
Lowest review score: 0 Emily Owens, M.D.: Season 1
Score distribution:
1050 tv reviews
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    So far, so good.
    • TV Guide Magazine
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Duchovny is as rakishly appealing as any cad can be.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Terriers has license to entertain, and this fall, that's saying something.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Even richer and spookier in its second season, this inspired creep show plays like a Hammer horror film rendered by a poet consumed by a fatal romanticism. [4-17 May 2015, p.12]
    • TV Guide Magazine
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    It's like watching Nancy Drew grow up into Wonder Woman.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Ted is a seriously wacky show and deserves to be seen.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Heartfelt and rarely schmaltzy, call this one a winner.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    The actresses' chemistry makes up for an earnest predictability in the storytelling.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Even though it was starting to feel a bit threadbare in recent years, its classy departure is likely to leave its legion of fans pining for more. [4-17 Jan 2015, p.14]
    • TV Guide Magazine
    • 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).
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Mirren... hits a dazzling career high.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Powerful new season. [4-17 Jan 2015, p.15]
    • TV Guide Magazine
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    This show lives up to its franchise's reputation for suspenseful action.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    If the season premiere is heavier on atmosphere than plot, by the second week, stories begin to kick into full gear, and you’re caught up again in the turbulent marriages, personal secrets and caustic office politics that make Mad Men so madly, marvelously mesmerizing.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    This is a very special, terribly fragile, series. [7 Oct 1991]
    • USA Today
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    The emotions, tears and laughter ring true in this small but deeply moving and entertaining gem. [11-24 Jul 2016, p.17]
    • TV Guide Magazine
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    By the time the sing-along version of High School Musical 2 airs Sunday (8/19, 8/7c), two nights after the first screening, many kids already will have memorized the lyrics--and probably many of the dance moves. It's going to be that addictive.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    A wafer-thin but bonbon-yummy romantic sitcom that sweeps you off your feet and deposits you in a gale of giddy laughter. [24 Sept 1997, p.3D]
    • USA Today
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    The CW's The Flash is one of the most enjoyable, agreeable and infectiously exuberant new shows of the fall, a welcome respite from the angst-heavy gloom that burdens so many comics-inspired superhero action shows these days.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Richly plotted and totally absorbing, one of summer TV's best surprises.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    The show has found its footing again after a scattershot second season. The dramatic focus is very tight, not to mention topical
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    The best parts of the occasionally overwrought Vinyl depict the whirlwind of hustling required to keep American Century solvent and relevant, with funky, sometimes funny subplots. [15-28 Feb 2016, p.16]
    • TV Guide Magazine
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Primeval mixes elements of "Jurassic Park” and "Stargate," rarely taking itself seriously while also warning of the consequences of not confronting these threats to mankind.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    This appealing and emotionally engaging series about life in a weight-loss summer camp comes with high expectations
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Don't expect the new or revolutionary. There's nothing the least bit special about this ensemble drama, set at a barely-scraping-by Boston law firm, except that it's all done so well. [4 Mar 1997]
    • USA Today
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    An unsparing and sobering documentary by Marina Zenovich.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    The first two episodes feel like the rebirth of a recharged series, with Dobrev taking the reins with gusto as she emotes.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    This subversive dark fantasy feels too real to ignore. [9-22 Nov 2015, p.13]
    • TV Guide Magazine
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Law revels in reckless, rude antiheroics. But Margulies also excels in giving her character emotional depth, with a tragic backstory and a rocky personal life involving a long-suffering husband (Aidan Quinn) and a hot private eye (James McCaffrey) on the side.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    The Office gets off to a good start with an episode about office gossip... And what about the latest Jim-Pam rumor? You’ll have to watch to see how that plays out. It’s a terrific payoff.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    No complaints from this corner after attending an advance screening a week ago of the gorgeously entertaining premiere.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    This is a find for anyone who likes their thrills and chills laced with ribald irreverence.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    [A] tantalizing quasi-mock-documentary.
    • 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
    Grisly and wacky, suspenseful and sorrowful, this darkly compelling cautionary fable of very abnormal chemistry is infused with a Coen Brothers-like flavor of macabre humor.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Doesn't really matter if hip-hop is your musical genre of choice, because the beat the deliciously entertaining Empire grooves to echoes the more traditional and timeless rhythms of grand soap operas. [5-18 Jan 2015, p.16]
    • TV Guide Magazine
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    It's refreshing to watch an interview in which the guest needn't worry about sharing the spotlight.
    • TV Guide Magazine
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Rob Smith's wildly original five-part London Spy is an emotional tour de force for rising star Ben Whishaw. [18-31 Jan 2016, p.15]
    • TV Guide Magazine
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Darwinians, take note. Even the fittest don’t have it easy on this show, which is down-to-earth sci-fi at its gritty best.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Even if they're barely keeping hope alive through mordant laughter, Mom is oddly uplifting in its portrayal of scrappy survival against the economic odds.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Exacerbating the estrangement is the presence of Sherlock's abrasive and mysterious new protégée from across the pond, Kitty (the vividly spunky Ophelia Lovibond), whose first encounter with Watson is promising only if baton-wielding catfights are your idea of a good time. Their slow, tentative bonding over the next few episodes is one of the most intriguing elements of Elementary's unusual and potentially risky new direction.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Torchwood, a cheeky and often startlingly adult spin-off.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Every frame of this beautifully filmed living-ghost fable is suffused with mystery and the alluring dread of the unknown. There are very few hard scares in the story, more like sustained and hypnotic tingle of unease. [26 Oct - 8 Nov 2015, p.15]
    • TV Guide Magazine
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Matt Roush
    With relative rookies Jeremy Sisto and Anthony Anderson solving the crimes and scrappy Linus Roache leading the prosecution (with Alana de la Garza) and butting heads with his boss, Law & Order rarely feels like a show entering its 19th season.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Matt Roush
    A funny/sad Office-style mockumentary depicting a year in the life of an Australian public high school, this wildly talented writer-star loves making you squirm (à la Gervais) while submerging himself inside the skin of characters so diverse (à la Ullman) you can hardly believe it's the same guy.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Matt Roush
    The whodunit isn't bad, satisfying enough in an old-hat way, but what sets JAG apart is its crisp, sleek tone. [22 Sep 1995]
    • USA Today
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Matt Roush
    Too often, the writing stretches for cheap shock -- gags about phallic-shaped food and not wearing undies -- when the shock of Neil's culture clash already makes perfectly audacious comedy. [11 Sep 1992]
    • USA Today
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Matt Roush
    There are times when you don’t whether to scream with fear or laughter. Being Human is frighteningly good.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Matt Roush
    It's sometimes lyrical, other times cruel, provocatively adult and often profane. The downside: a suffocating ambiguity that may smother its hopes for commercial success. [25 Oct 1996]
    • USA Today
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Matt Roush
    So little of Raymond is actually new, yet almost all of it feels absolutely fresh. It reminds you how long it has been since we've seen a non-gimmicky, neither cutesy nor smutty, multigenerational family sitcom anchored by strong personalities with distinctly rib-tickling identities. [13 Sep 1996]
    • USA Today
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Matt Roush
    Though it has its share of irritating characters and moronic moments - especially in the pilot - this is far and away the best of this season's so-called Gen X comedies. [22 Sept 1994, p.3D]
    • USA Today
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Matt Roush
    Watching Nick (Peter Krause), family lawyer and honorary Darling, struggle to preserve his soul while fixing the family's messes is such fun you can almost forget the show's such a gaudy anachronism.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    It's too early yet to know if the writing can avoid the pitfalls of the "Who Killed Rosie Larsen?" story, but this is off to a promising start.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    House is already shopping for a new mate. The situation is comic yet dramatic, as House is almost dangerously distracted from his medical-sleuth work. Some powerful stuff, but many of us are even more impatient for House to reunite his old team (the marginalized Cameron and Chase). The newbies just aren’t cutting it.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    The pilot is enjoyable, but it's hard to know where it's heading.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Effective as a thriller until its predictably over-the-top climax, Thirteen is even better as a character study of an emotionally fragile, needy and enigmatic young woman trying to regain her sense of self as she tests all of the relationships in her new world. [20-26 Jun 2016, p.17]
    • TV Guide Magazine
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    The pilot is such a mixed bag it's hard to predict. Often very entertaining as it piles on the mysteries and cliffhanger climaxes, it's also hopelessly and almost comically convoluted, presenting scenes with a "23 minutes earlier" or "13 months earlier" or "11 days earlier" tag with such frequency you end up barely knowing, let alone caring, when and where you are at any given time.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Comedy isn't pretty, but in the Short run, it can be painfully hilarious, even when it feels like Gervais is retreading some awfully familiar material here.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Better than the movie...How often can you say that about a network knockoff? [30 Sept 1996, p.3D]
    • USA Today
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Work of Art itself manages to elevate this often schlocky genre into an entertaining celebration of the process of creation, with some startling and visionary (and occasionally disturbing) pieces produced under intense pressure.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    What Mob City may lack in originality it compensates for in atmosphere and sharp characterizations.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    It's a little cheesy, but never takes itself very seriously.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Silverman performs her proudly raunchy set before an intimate 39-seat audience, which is only fitting for someone who is so defiantly in-your-face.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    There is nothing heightened or cheapened by contrivance as the detectives and patrol cops go about their often sordid business.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    The unsettling juxtaposition of Yankees fever with Son of Sam's reign of terror is intriguing, but could have used a stronger authorial voice to tie it together.... Still, even non-Yankees fans should enjoy this one.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    This remake achieves an Avengers-like balance of cheeky wit amid the cheesiness.
    • TV Guide Magazine
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Even when the show gets a bit silly, there's a healthy sense of wonder at the origin of the artifacts our heroes regularly track down.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Jack's "surrounded by idiots" misanthropy and drill-sergeant parenting threatens to wear thin, but Meloni sells it with an underlying intelligence and empathetic warmth.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    The twists are solid, if never as electrifying as on Showtime's Homeland, while George clearly learned her lessons well at the feet of Sydney Bristow.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Bent is the sort of funky offbeat comedy that grows on you, so watching more than one episode at a sitting turns out to be a good thing.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Dexter's scenes with Vogel and Deb are so electrifying and morbidly juicy that the subplots involving Dexter's co-workers in Miami Metro Homicide seem more than ever like dreary padding.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    His easy camaraderie with these women [in prison] forms the core of the film, HBO's eighth collaboration with filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi, and their mutual affection and hope for a better future is genuinely inspiring.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Sarah isn't easy to warm up to, and neither is The Killing, though I respect its moody insistence at depicting even the most sympathetic figures in the worst possible light.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Much of the casting is disappointingly flat, and the character development as shallow as in any video game.... Still, ambition counts for a lot in this expansive genre, and Defiance gets better with each episode.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Downton is on much firmer and more satisfying ground when charting the new romantic possibilities for Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) or spinning sentimental morality tales among the colorful servants below stairs.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    A slickly streamlined and impeccably cast reinterpretation. [23 May-3 Jun 2016, p.14]
    • TV Guide Magazine
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Even the bits that backfire--like the ridiculous stunt casting of Chris Rock as a supposedly menacing prison drug lord00rarely diminish the glee with which we ride along on each hairpin curve. [28 Sep - 11 Oct 2015, p.16]
    • TV Guide Magazine
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    It is satisfying in its own low-key way, a solid companion piece to the laid-back charms of The Glades
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    At just 90 minutes, The Girl can feel rushed and only occasionally convinces us that an actual movie is being made--this is so focused on Hitch-and-Tippi you'd think The Birds was a one-woman show.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    There's enough to enjoy in Weeds that you could get a contact high just by tuning in.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    UnReal is most enjoyable when its nasty and least convincing when its doling out soap-opera subplots. [8 Jun 2015, p.13]
    • TV Guide Magazine

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