For 937 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 51% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 45% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Matt Roush's Scores

Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Spin City: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 October Road: Season 1
Score distribution:
937 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    The show's a little frantic and more than a little crude, but the jokes keep coming and many of them score in this depiction of Courteney Cox as a newly divorced and woefully insecure mom of a teenager.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    While this Little League comedy doesn't quite measure up to the big leagues, we shouldn't be surprised if family audiences rally around the team, turning a solid base hit into something potentially worthy of extra innings.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    There's some lovely Jazz Age music (by Adrian Johnston), charismatic performances and a story worth telling in Starz's evocative but languorous five-part miniseries.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    A breezy new keepsake documentary that relives the Academy Awards' 85-year history.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    [Touch is] emotionally compelling but wildly fantastical and undeniably manipulative.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    It may lack the emotional depth of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but like that modern classic, Teen Wolf isn't joking about friendship and loyalty in the gnarly face of terror.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    This warm and fuzzy show could grow on you.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    It’s all very sweet and tuneful, and took me back to my days as a Hayley Mills groupie.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    So far, this seems a very promising ride. Maybe not one for the ages like BSG, but for the next few weeks, I’ll be curious to see how these space castaways cope.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    American Crime unfolds its troubling and gripping story over a broad urban canvas of racial disharmony, class animosity and familial dysfunction. [2 Mar 2015, p.12]
    • TV Guide
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    An efficient if predictable procedural that arrives on the scene after last spring’s two-part “backdoor pilot” with plenty of fistfights and gunfights and the sort of jovial camaraderie that endears classic NCIS to its millions of fans.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Adapted from three overlapping page-turners by the prolific Philippa Gregory, this enjoyably propulsive high melodrama replays the classic Wars of the Roses family feud (York vs. Lancaster) from the perspective of the women who are both pawns and players in a violent, turbulent game of claiming and keeping the English throne.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    It may be formula, but one where all the elements reliably click. [16 Sep 1992]
    • USA Today
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    The dumb-laugh ratio is surprisingly high. Much of the credit goes to pros like Beau Bridges and Margo Martindale.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    It's a solid premise executed with the usual CBS professionalism.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Syfy's best new show in ages. [16 Feb-1 Mar 2015, p.15]
    • TV Guide
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Three seasons in, Cinemax's Strike Back is the ultimate shoot-first think-later exercise in outrageous mayhem and explosively over-the-top buddy heroics.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Falling Skies has amped up the dramatic stakes this season, even offering a glimmer of hope when an unexpected visitor drops into their midst, balancing the earnest family values with a visceral survival saga that keeps the hokum mostly at bay.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    With only three hours to develop character and story, it can't help but suffer by comparison to the Emmy-winning '70s series that helped put Masterpiece Theater on the map, as well as to the recent Masterpiece triumph of the similarly themed Downton Abbey. But there are considerable pleasures.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    The visuals help distract from the hokey sampler-ready dialogue: "When you really love someone, you don't need proof. You can feel it."... but I'd be happy to follow this White Rabbit just about anywhere. On a less busy night.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    This agreeable, though hardly groundbreaking, hour-long buddy comedy-with-music is almost as catchy as the cover tunes these wedding (and occasional Bar Mitzvah) singer/musicians specialize in.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Mostly, despite a title that sounds like a roofie, this is good harmless fun.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    On a much higher plane, Bravo wastes no time between its various versions of Top Chef by serving up a new and improved twist on the venerable Top Chef Masters.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    While an industry darling, 30 Rock has never been what you’d call a mainstream hit. That’s unlikely to change.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    It's a step above the typical CW soap, and worth penciling in an appointment in your own TV diary.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    It never takes itself very seriously, yet there is serious chemistry between these guys.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Jerry Bruckheimer's latest fun-to-watch procedural.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    If you can make it past the exposition, and the earnest family cliches--a rebellious teenage son, an awkward brainiac daughter--there's plenty of satisfying dino action. And it all looks gorgeous.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    The Big C is tonally all over the place, to the point where a terminal illness almost seems a relief. Linney has her best moments as she tries to reform an overweight student (Gabourey Sidibe, way sparklier than in Precious) and befriends a cranky neighbor widow (scene-stealer Phyllis Somerville).
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Our heroes' new companions may be less than electrifying, but there's plenty of action to compensate--and, as always, sex (though Capt. Jack now asks about protection)--and a chilling adversary in Oswald Danes (Bill Pullman), a psycho killer who survives execution and becomes a perverse cult hero in the media.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Despite a cliché video-journal gimmick that has everyone talking to the camera Modern Family style, which ends up belaboring each point, and schmaltzy life lessons ("Sometimes you underestimate the ones you love") wrapping each of the three episodes I've screened, the Fox Show has an appealingly unforced rhythm to its humor.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    While not quite as inspired as last year's breakthrough comedy Awkward, MTV's Pants appears to have legs.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Their [Jim and Billy's] relationship deepens as the series continues, and while I'm not sure there's an actual series in this set-up, for now Legit achieves a legitimately engaging balance between the shockingly grotesque and the genuinely heartfelt.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    The not-half-bad British Sinbad is good family fun, a visually appealing romp filmed in Malta.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    The Newsroom returns for a truncated six-episode final season, it appears that less may be more--as in, more absorbing and more entertaining, with less irritation from slapstick rom-com subplots that tend to make smart people (especially the women) look insultingly stupid.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    A bit generic, despite the creepy particulars of this series’ science-based mysteries--think a more mainstream "Fringe."
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Curiously compelling.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    HBO's punchy, pungent but ultimately facile Cinema Verite dramatizes the making of 1973's revolutionary PBS (!) docu-series An American Family, a precursor to today's exhibitionistic "reality" freak shows.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    A high-concept guilty pleasure that comes as a bit of a creative relief after a dreary season of derivative spin-offs, reboots and retreads.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Earnest but rarely saccharine.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    First impression is that Halt is fresh and fraught with calculated promise, but whether that's enough to catch fire remains to be seen.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Though boringly narrated by a 93-year-old Indy, the tales are the stuff of many a kid's adventure story - back when kids still read. [4 Mar 1992, p.1D]
    • USA Today
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Cougar Town is as unrepentantly shallow and silly as ever.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Scrubs has lost none of its endearing ability to mix earnest sentiment with sardonic gag-centric humor.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    The best parts of this sleek but scaled-down show are what made the first film such an unexpected gas back in 1987: cartoonish mayhem, puns and visual gags, a cheeky tweaking of TV "infotainment" and a cheerful cynicism about a corporate culture grown even more mendacious on the back of the computer chip. [14 Mar 1994]
    • USA Today
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    This may not be Peabody material, but if you like a show that's not afraid to go bananas, this might just be your type of low-hanging fruit.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    The enjoyable if less-than-inspired two-hour pilot introduces us to the warehouse, its bizarre inventory and the mismatched new agents in charge.

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