For 940 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 3.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Matt Roush's Scores

Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Louie: Season 3
Lowest review score: 0 October Road: Season 1
Score distribution:
940 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    As deadpan as it is high-concept, iZombie is genre-bending and beguiling hoot. [9-16 Mar 2015, p.13]
    • TV Guide
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    In a summer with so many heavy and dour alternatives (hello, Leftovers), this escapist fluff will be for some just what the doctor ... you know.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Self-consciously edgy while flirting with cosmic schmaltz, Saving Grace is overdone, but not run-of-the-mill.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    This show goes for Broke with its snappy dialogue, occasionally crossing the taste barrier with its grotesque ethnic caricatures (the girls' Asian boss in particular). But the girls have great chemistry.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Familiarity points deducted, Arrow is still a very slick piece of work.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Like the notorious family that bribed its way into the Vatican's papal chamber while sullying many a Roman bedchamber, we want our money's worth. And The Borgias wickedly delivers, serving up an operatic feast of delicious malice and unbridled lust: for power and wealth, for carnal pleasure and vulgar theatrics.
    • 63 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    An offbeat show that veers between wacky and truly poignant extremes.
    • TV Guide
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    How mad you'll be for the slice-of-strife romantic comedy of Mad About You may depend on your tolerance for the young-ish and restless, verbally glib and urban-ly neurotic. [23 Sep 1992]
    • USA Today
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Is Conan the sort of show that's going to revolutionize TV? Probably not. But Conan O'Brien remains a singularly appealing and wonderfully silly voice in the crowded clamor of late night, and it's good to see him back where he belongs.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Watching things go to hell was great fun. Being stuck in sitcom hell turns out to be a bit more trying.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    The first episode opens and closes on the cliffhanger of Bridget-as-Siobhan being stalked by an unseen menace, but which sister is the actual target? As long as Ringer keeps us asking questions like this, and Gellar keeps us engaged in the deluxe and twisted sister act, we're more than happy to be put through the romantic-suspense wringer.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    It's all very entertaining, and extremely well acted, but feels overly hectic. Not until next Sunday's episode, when Bill and Barbara's daughter Sarah makes a move toward determining her own future, does Big Love approach the kind of emotional, transcendent high that made so much of last season so memorable.
    • 67 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    HBO's woozy and often intoxicating Hemingway & Gellhorn [is] a sprawling docudrama (overlong at 160 minutes) about glamorous world adventurers whose weapons are words.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Reminiscent of 24 but about a dozen times more realistic (though dramatically more uneven).
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Even critics and fans who are intrigued (as I am) by the often riveting pilot--which ends on a whopper of a cliffhanger twist--can’t help projecting a bit into our own future, one that’s informed by a past that’s littered with ambitious pilot episodes that ultimately didn’t measure up.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    There are still pleasures to be found in Boardwalk Empire, but it's definitely time to wrap--and enjoy a good stiff drink as a reward.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Sons may be as busy as it is brutal, but at least its heartlessness is in the right place.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    It feels awfully dated, except when Bello takes matters in her own hands to keep things fresh.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Glee is off to a good start. Please let it last.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    There’s something actually at stake this season, and the art of the deal has never looked nastie
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Besides the location, there's little about Detroit that is particularly new or groundbreaking, but it should easily satisfy the millions who seem to have a bottomless appetite for this genre. There are plenty that do it worse.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    It's like the biggest-budget USA Network show you ever saw, fun to watch but rather forgettable, because the stakes just don't feel all that high. Still, for those who've had their fill of dark drama, Undercovers may be just the ticket for a good snuggle.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    If 24 is a roller coaster, The State Within is more of a cerebral maze of treachery. One's more fun, though the other has its dark pleasures.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Smash introduces its winsome ingénue Karen (Katharine McPhee) to a headstrong young songwriter with hip Rent ambitions (rising star Jeremy Jordan, who headlined two real Broadway musicals last year). This subplot, like much of Smash, is cheesy and corny, but works when the impassioned singing starts. Which, for a musical drama about musicals, is what matters most.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Less lurid than HBO's Rome, yet still quite the pageant of pomp and friskiness, it's a throwback to the old-fashioned miniseries of yore, spiced with pay-cable frankness.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    The less revealed about the story the better. Let's just say that if you make it to the end of Monday's introductory chapter, you'll very likely feel compelled to see where else this unusual space/soap opera is heading.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    This slick new sitcom, from three former producer/writers of Cheers, might be accused of gliding along too smoothly, as opposed to soaring. But what a pleasant journey it promises to be. [19 Apr 1990, p.3D]
    • USA Today
    • 61 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Expectations couldn't be lower for this unrequested reunion, which is why it comes as such a nice surprise that Playing House, while hardly anything new, provides a much happier showcase for these gals' effortlessly snarky chemistry.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Stick around past the disappointing opening night, and on Monday, you’ll get a terrific third-hour cliffhanger and, in hour four, the arrival of a seriously damaged Renee Walker (Annie Wersching), who contributes to a shocking climax that, in fabled 24 tradition, leaves you wanting more.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    This season, with flatly played new characters introduced in the world of fantasy, I found myself itching to get back to Storybrooke, although the way the lands eventually intersect makes for a nifty cliffhanger.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Recovery won't be easy, but so far it's an enjoyably bumpy ride.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    The humor isn't exactly subtle, but much of it rings true.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    This slick and often scary update presents a gripping medical mystery of scientific trial and error against a topical backdrop of bioterrorism, environmental activism and 24-style government conspiracy.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Lifetime gives the [western] genre a try with the enjoyably chaotic Civil War-era potboiler Deliverance Creek.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Provocative and sexily surprising, reminiscent at times of HBO's Hung, only more entertaining than depressing, the Trumans' story plays out with a funny-sad poignancy that rings true even when some of the details feel off.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    TNT complies with a delightful series version of its Librarian TV-movie franchise, mixing elements of Indiana Jones, The DaVinci Code and even Warehouse 13 in jaunty and fantastical capers extolling the power and allure, and sometimes danger, of magic.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    It has sharpened this season (judging from the first five episodes) into a bolder, though still hardly subtle, urban melodrama of moral, political and sexual chicanery.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    The procedural stuff is mostly drab, but John's institutional memories of the Big Apple (dating back to when it was still a big jungle) make New Amsterdam more intriguing than it initially appears.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    As with Monk, the crime is largely an afterthought. Psych similarly serves up murder as a fluffy soufflé, but what a tasty way to end the week.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    While Wednesday's pilot episode of Extant (all that was available for review) lacks the sort of unforgettable "wow" moment provided by the severed cow in Dome's opener, the new series also seems less likely to lapse irrevocably into silly hysteria.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    The series is low-key to a fault but likable, not so different from Bones in its sense of off-kilter humanistic humor, though never as graphic.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Rudolph is the wacky comic icing on what otherwise is a more grounded and endearingly realistic comedy about two exhausted new parents (Christina Applegate and Will Arnett) who are still adjusting to the loss of their it's-all-about-me, hard-partying lifestyle to make way for adorable baby Amy.
    • 61 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    I wouldn't say Remember Sunday is unforgettable, but it sure is sweet.
    • 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
    Gordon bristles with self-righteousness as he grimly takes the measure of Gotham's considerable underbelly. And that's where the lurid fun, such as it is, of Gotham can be found. And savored, as in Jada Pinkett Smith's sinewy nightclub gangster Fish Mooney.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    The sardonically squirm-inducing Maron alternates between slice-of-rant sitcom and self-obsessed podcast from the comedian's garage.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    You'll root for these inept amateurs, but sustaining this premise won't be easy.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    [An] amusing docu-reality series.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    This one is trying something different, although its look and tone are conventional enough not to shake the TV fan from their comfort zone.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Matt Roush
    Deeply silly, endearingly sweet, a little creepy and undeniably weird.

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