For 1,130 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 3.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Matt Roush's Scores

Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Game of Thrones: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Liz & Dick
Score distribution:
1130 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    [A] compellingly extreme thriller. [5-18 Sep 2016, p.23]
    • TV Guide Magazine
    • 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
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Lean in, don't over think it, and go along for the hectic ride. [13-26 Feb 2017, p.19]
    • TV Guide Magazine
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    These runaways aren't shown to be saints, but their treacherous quest for liberation has an almost biblical quality of deliverance. [7-10 Mar 2016, p.18]
    • TV Guide Magazine
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Harry Bosch knows who he is, and it's a pleasure getting to know him better. [7-10 Mar 2016, p.19]
    • TV Guide Magazine
    • 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.
    • 85 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 Magazine
    • 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 Magazine
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Executive producer Graham Yost sustains a tone of suspenseful and offbeat humor in this well-cast, smartly written sleeper. [16-29 Jan 2017, p.17]
    • TV Guide Magazine
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Rise is at its most striking as the real-life characters awaken to their sexuality and purpose, and crushingly sad when dramatizing the devastation of AIDS. [27 Feb - 5 Mar 2017, p.16]
    • TV Guide Magazine
    • 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.

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