For 749 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 4.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Matt Roush's Scores

  • TV
Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Hannibal: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Zero Hour: Season 1
Score distribution:
749 tv reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    It's a solid premise executed with the usual CBS professionalism.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    The show's predictably melodramatic rhythms and telegraphed twists will be like nectar to those still pining for this old-school style of skullduggery.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Sons may be as busy as it is brutal, but at least its heartlessness is in the right place.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Glee is off to a good start. Please let it last.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    The not-half-bad British Sinbad is good family fun, a visually appealing romp filmed in Malta.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    It's the absurdly over-the-top machismo of countless firefights and explosions and high-body-count carnage that makes Strike Back such a cheese-tastic guilty pleasure.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    As you'd expect from co-creator Ryan Murphy (Glee), the tone can wobble from sappy to flamboyantly snarky, but there's a real emotional undercurrent that makes Normal a good fit with Matthew Perry's new sitcom Go On.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Some of the episode is forced--Sarah's babbling job tryout with Hank, for instance--but in those universal moments of family togetherness and transition, as these grown-ups who sometimes still feel like kids marvel at the mystery of parenthood, Parenthood is worth its weight in sentimental angst.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Familiarity points deducted, Arrow is still a very slick piece of work.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Once again the veterans wipe the floor with the young whippersnappers.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Cougar Town is as unrepentantly shallow and silly as ever.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    The cast is solid and admirably diverse.... While never as engaging as Grey's Anatomy nor clever enough to make us forget the void left by House's departure, Mornings at least does no harm.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    It's a step above the typical CW soap, and worth penciling in an appointment in your own TV diary.
    • 69 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Curiously compelling.
    • 51 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.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Recovery won't be easy, but so far it's an enjoyably bumpy ride.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    The sardonically squirm-inducing Maron alternates between slice-of-rant sitcom and self-obsessed podcast from the comedian's garage.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    The intriguing three-part The Bletchley Circle, which admirably avoids preciousness as it depicts the teamwork of four women who during WWII worked secretly for the government as code breakers (Bletchley Park was their HQ).
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Like many HBO half-hours, this is a slow, slow burn to get to a payoff. The smiles here are of recognition that even the most ordinary families can have wonderfully strange roots.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Earnest but rarely saccharine.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Homeland has its own rebuilding to do, and while some may miss the faster pace of last season, these are dark times, and the show is better for dealing with that reality in uncompromising terms.
    • 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
    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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    If the S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot is a bit of a slow-burner, not so much a "wow" as a "hmmmm" as it assembles its team of head-turning secret agents--they're the heroes behind the superheroes, operating in the shadows as the more famous good guys reap the headlines--the potential is sky's-the-limit huge for this clever action romp.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    What Mob City may lack in originality it compensates for in atmosphere and sharp characterizations.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Resurrection subverts expectations by sidestepping the creepy and macabre--although there are layers of mysteries and secrets in the small town of Arcadia, Missouri--and dwelling in a more bucolic and even tear-jerking manner on the spiritual and societal ramifications of this apparent miracle.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    The pilot is enjoyable, but it's hard to know where it's heading.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Because for all of the show's high-octane action trappings, the human connection between these buddy cops is what ultimately will make Almost Human compute.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    While the show is uniformly silly and slight, it becomes rather endearing the more we get to know this band of knucklehead brothers within a Bad News Platoon.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Paradise is based on a Zola novel but is redolent of Dickens, envisioning the store as an insular world full of colorful characters, with its sentimental and romantic upstairs-downstairs intrigues opulently packaged.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    It's the best original comedy TBS has yet produced--which may not be saying much, but given the mostly lousy track record among broadcast sitcoms this fall, it's hardly bargain basement.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    It may not be not the most original premise, and the supporting cast leaves much to be desired (with the exception of droll Catherine Lemieux as a feisty veterinary pathologist), but Helix creates an intense atmosphere of dread and fear in which a fade to snowy white can be as scary as the deepest black.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Vikings has a primitive grandeur, with generous helpings of sex and savagery. Missing Spartacus this winter? Give these warriors a look.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    If the brisk 90-minute film can feel incomplete at times--almost no mention is made of the colorful circus of opponents Romney defeated to gain the 2012 nomination, and running mate Paul Ryan isn't shown until the actual election day--Mitt is less concerned with being a chronicle of recent political events than it is with providing an unguarded profile of a man who rarely let his hair down in public.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    A breezy new keepsake documentary that relives the Academy Awards' 85-year history.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    I suppose you could save time by just going back and watching the original movie (which starred George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino, who wrote the script), but if you liked that one, you'll almost certainly dig this.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 67 Matt Roush
    Fringe returns in fine form for its second season.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    It's like Deadwood in togas, a violent and bawdy tapestry of a vanished civilization.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    More of a curiosity than a necessity.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    Mostly overcomes its contrived premise and clichéd courtroom theatrics with well-played characters you might actually root for.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    An entertaining mishmash that uneasily juggles jargony sci-fi theories with elements of military conspiracy, action-adventure, disaster movie and surreal psychological suspense.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    Think "Ally McCouric" in a bubbly slapstick trifle that plays like David E. Kelley lite: less offensive, also less original.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    It’s painfully derivative, but we’ve seen worse.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    The skating is slow and rarely pretty, and it’s not live.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    My Boys can overdo the voiceover sports metaphors, but at least it's agreeable.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    The disaster-movie clichés pile up in 10.5 Apocalypse.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    On the glossy surface, it’s an earnestly predictable but impeccably produced soap opera. [13 Sep 2006]
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    One thing's for sure: Raines is weird.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    A divertingly original but awfully precious comic fantasy.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    If NBC must use game shows as spackle to fill holes in its schedule, it could do worse. It already has.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    Caprica takes itself awfully seriously, with plenty of thematic integrity but not so much intensity. So far, it’s a bit dramatically anemic.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    The show is entertaining enough on the job that it doesn’t need so-called comic relief.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    As a weekly series, this predictable but agreeable comedy-soap about spurned Hollywood wife Molly (Debra Messing, her neurotic sitcom mojo intact) is less heavy-handed than the starter miniseries.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    Miss/Guided is silly but sweet and would be more embraceable if it would drop the misguided (sorry) gimmick of having everyone deliver jokes right into the camera.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    Cheerfully cheesy.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    Well-made, but heavy-handed and hardly inviting.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    The overstuffed pilot piles on a few too many weepy crises, many involving Adam’s young son (who may have Asperger’s syndrome), but the strong cast’s considerable charm breaks through.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    Yes, there’s much that’s awful here, as there always was--some laughably bad acting, portentous flashbacks telegraphed so obviously you expect the screen to do one of those wiggly dissolves, writing that won’t cause Matthew Weiner (or his kids) any sleepless nights--and yet there’s an enjoyably lurid energy to this place that makes it only about 1,000 times more instantly watchable than last season’s dreary redo of 90210.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    The show almost lost me early on with a clumsy gag when Molly's workout routine is upstaged by mom and sis eating chocolate cake right in front of her. (Who would do that?) But it gets better from there, although the whole enterprise seems like a lot of empty (for now) calories.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    From the few episodes I've seen so far, Body of Proof is just ordinary enough to be a success. There's nothing in it you haven't seen several hundred times before: a blend of CSI science, Bones banter, Mentalist uncanny acuity, House haughtiness, Rizzoli & Isles eye candy.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    The chats are amusing, quirky and strangely obsessed with monkeys (which, granted, is always a funny topic), but the illustrations tend to overemphasize the throwaway moments, draining them of spontaneity and often of their original humor.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    This nearly six-hour adaptation is an over-indulgently languid showcase for Winslet to shine as the iconic and ultimate Mother Martyr.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    The episodes play out in a series of uneven vignettes: droll, ironic and twisted. It's great to see Kudrow back on TV, but this visually static and comically stunted gimmick wears thin pretty quickly.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    It's all a bit edgier than you might imagine, and I'll be giving this another look--though it's probably not going to keep me home on Fridays.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    Ultimately, this is an easier show to admire than it is to recommend.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    The hot mess of American Horror Story is berserk to a fault, though it does have an unnerving originality compelling us to watch while we cringe, or perhaps smirk.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    Substantive without being stuffy, workmanlike but something less than a wow, the show often seemed indistinguishable from his Nightly News gig, albeit with longer stories and more opportunity for in-studio banter.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    The plot is as stubbornly slow-burning as Hoffman's sharply reined-in performance and ultimately far less inspired.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    The final twists and reveals are inelegantly dramatized, but as TV, it's still a pretty fair page-turner.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    There are worse ideas. And far worse shows this fall.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    With most of The Closer's original crew staying on, it's almost business as usual--though with Sedgwick no longer at the center, replaced by Mary McDonnell's inscrutably smug and unsympathetic Capt. Sharon Raydor, the franchise can't help but be diminished.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    The broad comedy in 1600 Penn derives from familiar sitcom clichés being magnified by the Oval Office fishbowl. It's a gimmick that may have trouble holding up to a second term, though the cast is certainly game.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    Making things more intriguing this time, Spartacus' main adversary as the series builds toward its final showdown isn't the usual sniveling, craven, oversexed patsy.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    Banshee is a mangy mutt of a TV show and doesn't care if you know it.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    Not quite as riveting as some of Tyra Banks' Top Model panels, but the prospect of Naomi getting in her rivals' faces to save her girls should entice the Bad Girls audience to give it a look.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    The satire is vicious, the behaviors of all parties reprehensible, which makes for a bracingly unsavory series but also one that's ultimately sour and predictable.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    The characters and situations may be different, but creator/executive producer Cherry's signature tone of arch cattiness leavened with sentimental schmaltz is unmistakable.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    A proficient if initially perfunctory action thriller that benefits immeasurably from its star's gruff, bluff machismo.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    The sharp performances of the combative in-laws-to-be help sell the overdone situation.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    A perverse parable of envy and misfortune that loses some steam as it turns into a wacky but predictable revenge caper that you know can't end well.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    What feels so tightly focused and earned in Breaking Bad too often comes off as forced and unconvincing in the land of the soulful bikers.... Still, Sons has a propulsive allure as it dramatizes Jax's attempts to take the gang legit (though he still condones murder when it's convenient) while battle lines continue to be drawn between the show's ferociously impressive leading ladies.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    The ever-present but unseen film crew adds a layer of patronizing self-consciousness to a series that is at its best when it relaxes into the slow rhythms of the Broad Hill nursing home, whose residents aren't nearly as hopeless and forlorn as they look.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    Even though many will find this brand of overripe melodrama as silly as the indelible "Death of Mary Queen of Scots" sketch from Monty Python's Flying Circus, I can't help but root a little for such a zany risk.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Matt Roush
    This much more conventional biopic is a grittier, drabber journey from crime-spree joyride to high-stakes manhunt as their crimes and the ensuing fallout escalate in grim intensity.