For 919 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 2.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Matt Roush's Scores

Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Downton Abbey: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Does Someone Have To Go: Season 1
Score distribution:
919 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    A hilarious holiday package. [15 Dec 1989, p.3D]
    • USA Today
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    The winsome Sarah Michelle Gellar is a huge improvement over bubblehead Kristy Swanson as the new Buffy, moving with her mom to the "one-Starbucks town" of Sunnydale, Calif. She's cute and pert but nobody's fool. [10 Mar 1997, p.3D]
    • USA Today
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    This dwarf [Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage)] has game--and so does this fabulous dark fable. Dig in.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    An oasis of becalmed eccentricity, this backwoods burg is a serene paradise of quirky humor and offbeat pathos. Here, using that old city-boy- meets-country-sages routine, is a show where intelligence, not ignorance, is bliss. [12 July 1990, p.3D]
    • USA Today
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    A trauma-rama that opens on an adrenaline rush and pretty much stays there, with timeouts for pathos and sex and dark hilarity, ER launches a surgical strike on the emotions that could make it the medical drama for the '90s. [19 Sep 1994]
    • USA Today
    • 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
    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
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    In what may be the most enjoyable transition from hit movie to TV series since M#A#S#H, Parenthood is for all those who yearn to see thirtysomething played for laughs. [20 Aug 1990, p.3D]
    • USA Today
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    Brooding in tone yet laced with mordant wit and tinged with sinister inference, The Game keeps us wondering what the Russian sleepers' end game might be. Having seen only the first half of the series in advance, I can only say that unraveling that mystery is so far darkly compelling fun.
    • 78 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.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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
    Even in a better season, ABC's provocative and very funny Black-ish would stand out for its broad and biting satire of an uneasily post racial society seen through a very modern-family prism.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Roush
    Moving the story ahead five years didn't so much reinvent the show as it recharged and refreshed the scintillating mix of domestic comedy and sudsy intrigue that we've always enjoyed.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    Like St. Elsewhere grafted onto L.A. Law, this is in the slick but endangered tradition of ensemble dramas showing heroes on the cutting edge of their vocation while personal lives entangle and unravel. [16 Sep 1994]
    • USA Today
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    There's always a surprise in baseball," says one of the game's biggest fans, Boston scribe Mike Barnicle. His lifelong emotional roller-coaster as a Red Sox loyalist--years of disappointment turned to rapture by the team's 2004 World Series victory--is one of the most enjoyable narrative threads in the glorious four hours of Baseball: The Tenth Inning.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    Suspenseful, tragic yet also uplifting in its audacious collision of fantasy and emotional realism, this haunting gem reminds us that we shouldn't speak ill of the dead.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    A show and a heroine larger than life, twice as colorful and infinitely more adorable.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Matt Roush
    This could be the start of something great. In just a handful of episodes, it's already powerfully terrific.

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