For 781 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 3.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Matt Roush's Scores

  • TV
Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Desperate Housewives: Season 5
Lowest review score: 0 October Road: Season 1
Score distribution:
781 tv reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    Excellent questions propel us back into the world of one of TV's most uncompromising dark comedies.
    • 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.
    • 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
    Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey is science non-fiction at its most accessible and enjoyable.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    We actually root for many of the people we find living among The Walking Dead, which packs a raw, emotional punch while delivering the creepy and queasy thrills all genre fans truly crave.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    What's not to love in Friday Night Lights? This is a place, and a show, I will never want to leave. It feels like family. But we're lucky to have been given this much of their story. Underdogs to the end, these are my TV heroes.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    Rectify is touching in so many ways, and the only drawback is that six hours is not nearly enough to tell this story, with an open-ended conclusion that's more disturbing than satisfying.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    If you can handle it, The Walking Dead is grade-A terror.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    This is classic Law & Order through and through, where only the wigs worn in court and the accents are significantly different. The London environs evoke the urban New York feel, and the cast here is top-notch, refreshingly reintroducing us to the notion of a lead detective who's been around the block a few times.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    I can attest there’s no such thing as too much Larry. Or, more to the point, too much Curb. Weak with laughter, I couldn’t be happier to welcome it back.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    This is a gorgeous piece of storytelling that requires and rewards patience.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    Dexter's quality has ebbed and flowed over the years (peaking in the John Lithgow season), but so far, this season is looking like a riveting winner.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    Torchwood: Children of Earth is one of the TV events of the year, and anyone with a taste for serious dark fantasy is encouraged to strap in for the thrilling, chilling and unnerving ride.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    This is sleek, sexy, smart, densely written and deliberately paced adult entertainment.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    This is the best new series, network or cable, of the midseason. An immediately addictive brew of action, suspense and wry humor, the show is grounded in Olyphant's low-key but high-impact star-making performance, the work of a confident and cunning leading man who's always good company.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    This dwarf [Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage)] has game--and so does this fabulous dark fable. Dig in.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    Netflix finally achieves its eureka moment with a terrifically entertaining piece of original programming that's truly and bracingly original.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    ABC's Toy Story of Terror! is a delightful half-hour vignette of gags, action and self-empowerment, couching its never-give-up message in terrific non-stop entertainment.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    It lacks the star power (Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet) of Ang Lee's 1995 Oscar winner. But Austen's characters are so enduring and endearing in their virtues, vanities and passionate follies that they don't require movie stars to bring them to life.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    Finally, cable's hit design show is back, still the best and most flamboyantly entertaining of TV's skill-based competitions.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    The Hour teems with flawed but driven professionals who, even at their worst, never come off as ridiculous as Newsroom's fools' gallery. The hours just fly by
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    For Fringe's small but loyal following, resistance is truly futile. We'll stick with this remarkable series to the end.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    John Adams, based on David McCullough's acclaimed biography, is as sumptuous and satisfying as TV gets: gorgeously produced, marvelously acted and written with a sense of high drama amid generous displays of wit.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    Trust me, Damages is worth it. And for those without access to DirecTV, worth the wait.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    Though the subject matter is wrenching, the tone here is more about emotional uplift, emphasizing the importance of bringing loved ones along for the fight.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    Vulgar and noisy, and often disgustingly hilarious, Dead Set is the perfect pop-culture poison for those of us convinced the world of Big Brother and its spawn is an endless night of the living dead, turning participants and fans alike into craven zombies.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    This sleek, sexy, smartly cynical drama about selling everything from cigarettes to Nixon also nails the era's attitudes of casual prejudice and sexual manipulation.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    This is a fascinating experiment that feels like first-rate TV, and for subscribers old and (I'm betting quite a few) new, Cards is a great deal.