For 861 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 47% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Matt Roush's Scores

Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Downton Abbey: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Zero Hour: Season 1
Score distribution:
861 tv reviews
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    Brilliant. [18 Jul 1995]
    • USA Today
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    In theory and practice, Murder One is everything that's best about TV. [19 Sept 1995, p.1D]
    • USA Today
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    The first half of the final season gets underway for AMC's masterpiece of intensity Breaking Bad.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    This is TV as great modern literature, a shattering and heartbreaking urban epic about a city (Baltimore) rotting from within.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    From the edge of your seat, you wonder if they can possibly keep topping themselves. Based on the first two episodes, the answer is a resounding and brilliant yes.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    For those who prefer a more riveting, nail-biting variety of TV, one of cable's darkest masterpieces of mayhem is back after a long absence, having lost none of its sinister allure in its fourth season.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    Was it worth the wait? Was it ever!
    • TV Guide
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    One of TV’s boldest and best dramas.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    It's sexy, violent, witty, emotionally devastating and visually spectacular--those dragons are bigger and more unruly than ever--delivering an experience not unlike how the glorious Diana Rigg (as Lady Olenna, Queen of Thorns) responds when she first lays eyes on the Amazonian warrior Lady Brienne (Gwendoline Christie): "Aren't you just marvelous, absolutely singular!" Yes, she is, and so's the show.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    Louie isn't exactly what you'd call a joy ride, but there's joy to be had in its pungent authenticity, the element so sorely lacking in Anger Management.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    Embracing with raw, unsettling honesty the random absurdities that regularly befall this urban dweller, Louie brilliantly mines the all-too-human comedy of anxiety, insecurity and disappointment--in himself and others.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    The only bleak aspect to this miniseries is that it doesn't last forever.
    • TV Guide
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    The return of the two-time Emmy winning best drama instantly eclipses the rest of summer TV with its dazzling wit, its posh mid-'60s style and its timelessly provocative substance.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    A darkly hilarious look at the neurotic personalities and duplicitous machinations of late-night talk shows, it's the smartest and most ruthless show about TV ever on TV. [22 Jun 1994]
    • USA Today
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    It's hard not to be moved by Rectify's unique approach to a redemption story, with an aching tenderness cloaked in a suffocating sadness.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    [A] quietly creepy and profoundly unsettling supernatural mystery.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    Shows like Homeland have a way of keeping us deliciously off balance. Can't think of a place I'd rather be or a show I'd more highly recommend.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    The funniest family ever. [11 Oct 1990]
    • USA Today
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    Buoyed by the effortless charisma of Timothy Olyphant's star turn as the laconic but lethal Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, this series is a twisted triumph.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    In BBC America's shattering and brilliantly paced eight-episode Broadchurch, a high point of a summer already teeming with terrific drama, you'll get a solution in a lot less time than it took The Killing to reveal the murderer of Rosie Larsen, and with considerably more cumulative emotional impact.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    Laugh-out-loud and sad all at once, The Larry Sanders Show shines merciless light in the heartless dark night of TV. [14 Aug 1992]
    • USA Today
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    Watching Downton Abbey is like curling up with a really satisfying book, and I can't think of a better way to get through one of the crueler months of winter. This is one of those shows that after finishing it, I immediately began to envy those who had yet to experience the pleasure.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    Three scintillating new Sherlock brain-teasers.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    [A] brilliant and acid satire of late-night TV that scores its bitter points with the zing of a Variety headline. [2 Jun 1993]
    • USA Today
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    A fourth season of wryly amusing but often shockingly brutal backwoods mayhem.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    An endlessly fascinating seven-part foray into the most remote and unforgiving regions of the Arctic and Antarctic.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    For the next four Fridays, PBS's Great Performances lives up to its billing with a spectacular and dazzlingly acted mega-miniseries titled The Hollow Crown.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    So far (judging from the first four episodes), it's living up to our highest expectations.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    The circuitous plot is challenging, but the true glory of Deadwood is in its vivid creation of a volatile world where scoundrels, wretches and tormented heroes coexist in an unvarnished time capsule of Wild West history.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    The stakes couldn’t be higher, or the drama more compelling. Breaking Bad is back, badder and better than ever.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    Masters and Johnson's work was all about bringing sex in its infinite varieties out into the open. The psychological richness of Masters of Sex positions it to be a worthy successor to the fast-fading (except in Emmy voters' eyes) Mad Men.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    I didn’t know how 24 could top last season, but so far it’s working. And the edge of my seat is already frayed.
    • TV Guide
    • 33 Metascore
    • 20 Matt Roush
    It wants to be shockingly frank but is mostly dour and phony.
    • TV Guide
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    It raises its emotional game almost instantly, as Alicia (the enigmatic and compellingly subtle Julianna Margulies) makes a fateful choice between her disgraced husband Peter (Chris Noth) and amorous boss Will (Josh Charles), though the decision is clouded by another character's manipulative deceit.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    HBO's brilliant and bleak The Wire may have saved the best for last.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    Surreal and harrowing.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    This instantly captivating period piece feels thrillingly modern as it captures with remarkable detail a chaotic time of invention and re-invention, of social progress and prosperity upstaged by the gaudy corruption and jazzy debauchery of the Prohibition era.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    Once you get back in the rhythm of this enthrallingly sprawling, lusty and brutal saga, flaunting enough sex and violence to make a Hobbit faint, it's impossible not to succumb to Thrones' visceral, dark magic.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    Three episodes are never enough to satisfy our appetite for the dazzling BBC/Masterpiece Mystery! version of Sherlock, which thanks to its stars' busy movie careers, made us wait two long years for the latest trilogy of 90-minute delights. Was it worth the wait? The answer is (to borrow the title of TV's other enjoyable contemporary Holmes series) elementary: Did you ever doubt it?
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    Brooklyn Bridge is a show to love, not merely to watch. A sentimental knockout, it's a valentine rooted in the warm glow of a specific place and bygone time, yet oddly universal and relevant. [20 Sep 1991]
    • USA Today
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    It's Broadbent as Longford, made an outcast for his empathy, whom you'll not forget.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    That's Mad Men in a woozy nutshell: intoxicating, sophisticated, demanding, uncompromising and always seductively satisfying. Even after a stupefying 17-month absence that somehow hasn't dampened our ardor for this one-of-a-kind series.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    The Americans redefines domestic espionage with its multiple layers of emotionally charged suspense.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    Its intensity, intelligence and dark power are the equal of anything on cable, with riveting performances led by Mikkelsen as the dapper, sinister fiend-in-plain-sight and Hugh Dancy as his tormented patsy, FBI profiler Will Graham.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    It's a brisk, naughty little show, among the freshest of genre parodies. Despite its vintage look, Archer feels very modern.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Even at its most ponderous and indulgent, Mad Men casts a mesmerizing spell, and that's true throughout this less-than-satisfying but intermittently intriguing chapter.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    This show delivers the dramatic goods with painstaking authenticity each week, and even when it isn’t trying to make you cry, you can’t help but get emotionally involved in the lives of these instantly recognizable and compelling characters.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    A feast for the senses and a gritty tribute to the soul and irresistible culture of a mighty city, this series is a pungent slice of New Orleans life, set in the aftermath of Katrina. This show sings, and it cooks with all creative burners firing on high.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Matt Roush
    AMC's dazzling Mad Men, returning this weekend for a third season of rich and provocative drama poised at the brink of cataclysmic cultural change.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    [Silicon Valley is] paired with the third season of the savagely hilarious Veep, this combo promises to be HBO's most robust and certainly most entertaining comedy hour in years.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    A creepier, freakier Resurrection, in which the returned are almost human but just "other" enough to cause problems, Flesh aims high as an allegory of social prejudice and political extremism.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    Lena Dunham's brilliantly raw and raunchy Girls [is] a true breakthrough series.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 10 Matt Roush
    Big Day should be retitled "The Longest Day," as it spends an entire season showing us how many dreadfully unfunny complications can spoil a single wedding day.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    Boston Med reminds us that truth is often much more compelling and affecting than recycled fiction. Nothing is heightened or cheapened with newsmag-style manipulation on this series.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    This show earns its laughter with sharp writing, brilliant casting and characters that hit very close to home while often striking a nerve (mostly the funny bone).
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    The crime they're investigating often takes such a back seat to the show's tricky structure and the all-pervasive angst you may once again wonder what exactly HBO has against the notion of narrative urgency. But be patient with this slow-burner of a disturbing, demanding drama. These detectives are truly fascinating.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    The Pacific is magnificent in its visual and graphically visceral scope and shattering in its emotional, deeply personal impact.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    The randomness of the action and the sense of futility (most notable in Lydia's dealings with a male rape victim) distinguish Southland from run-of-the-mill cop dramas.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    Four seasons in, The Good Wife remains a marvel of clever plotting and tremendously witty ensemble acting.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Top of the Lake is reminiscent of AMC's The Killing in ways both good (its moodiness) and unfortunate--Robin has a fiancé back home who keeps pleading for her to return--but its world is so specific and transcendently trippy, haunted by mythic legends rooted in this unforgiving geography, that it feels wondrously fresh, alien and unforgettable.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Matt Roush
    The very definition of generic.
    • TV Guide
    • 40 Metascore
    • 20 Matt Roush
    An embarrassing dud that's both trashy and self-pitying.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    As fables go, Bountiful is fairly uneventful yet unexpectedly affecting, thanks to Tyson's unsparing honesty.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    With deft detail, and the usual sparkling mix of vivid archival footage and jazzy period music, we're treated to an evocative portrait of a young nation wracked by alcoholism and a debauched saloon culture, taking drastic measures to ban the manufacture and sale of alcohol.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    This Technicolored kaleidoscope fable of life, love and perpetual whimsy restores my faith in TV's ability to amuse, enchant and entertain with endless invention and eye-popping style.
    • 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).
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    Fargo's compelling, powerfully entertaining story is as strong as its great performances.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    No matter the language, or the decade, AbFab lives up to its title, and its reputation.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    There is no more fascinating, or entertaining, new series this fall season.
    • 85 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
    • 90 Matt Roush
    Sherlock is the rare reinvention that's likely to enchant purists as well as those yearning for a new look at an old favorite. Should you bookmark it now on your DVR? The answer, my dear reader and viewer, is elementary.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Nothing about the seventh and final season of The Shield feels like a show running out of gas.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    Teeming with anger, sorrow, passion and purpose, this powerful and harrowing movie is part tragic love story in plague times, part agitprop manifesto and tribute to tireless activism.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    Simply put, the journey of Battlestar Galactica is one long, exhilarating headtrip.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    Lapine uses a half-dozen of Sondheim's most notable songs as a springboard for a biographical study that's contemplative, analytical and transcendentally emotional.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Sunny gets its ninth season off to a strong start with a typically perverse episode.
    • 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
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    ABC has done well in filling the time period with a show that's both sassy and smart, singing a tune we can name in three words: It's a winner.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    Brilliantly performed. [29 Mar 1991]
    • USA Today
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    Will Antoine achieve his musical dream? How long can Ladonna hold onto her business when her husband and sons (and now mother) live long distance in Baton Rouge? Theirs are among the myriad stories swirling in the funky gumbo of this one-of-a-kind drama.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    A treat for armchair travelers.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    The Killing is deliberately paced, but creepily engrossing in a way that may take the audience by surprise.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    For those of us who hungered for a year to witness these new chapters, the appetite is insatiable.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Ted is a seriously wacky show and deserves to be seen.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    Exasperating but fascinating.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    Dexter is real, all right. Real good.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    The deft, resonant satire that helped make Judge's Office Space a cult hit takes on farcical new dimension in Silicon Valley.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    Almost the Truth (The Lawyer’s Cut) is a serious history of sublime nonsense, packaged with classic Python-esque irreverence.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    Excellent questions propel us back into the world of one of TV's most uncompromising dark comedies.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    Easily the best and most original entertainment too few are watching, Daisies dazzles and delights with a sensory overload of perfectly surreal whimsy that juggles screwball fairy tale, romantic comedy and mystery.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    Downton Abbey is like British catnip, a dazzling entertainment where saucy always trumps stuffy. It's popcorn TV with a champagne aftertaste.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    Critical without being overtly political, with stretches of boredom punctuated by the sudden chaos of firefights where it’s impossible to distinguish innocent bystanders from insurgents, Generation Kill is both timely and timeless.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    Richly plotted and totally absorbing, one of summer TV's best surprises.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    This bold British import is among the best TV I've seen in a mediocre (on network TV, anyway) fall season. Fast-paced, constantly surprising and darkly entertaining, Luther is about as far as you can get from a cookie-cutter procedural.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    Here's a show full of delightful surprises, with something for everyone. It's hard to imagine anyone resisting its many charms. Twin Peaks too ponderous? Lawyer shows too heavy (and too many)? Sitcoms too silly? As Goldilocks said of the little bear's porridge, this one gets it just right. [8 Apr 1991, p.1D]
    • USA Today
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Matt Roush
    This show is shocking in all the right ways. It's monstrously entertaining.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey is science non-fiction at its most accessible and enjoyable.