Troy Patterson
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For 206 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 33% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 67% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 11.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Troy Patterson's Scores

Average review score: 53
Highest review score: 90 Louie: Season 3
Lowest review score: 0 Dance Moms: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 69 out of 206
  2. Negative: 43 out of 206
206 tv reviews
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Troy Patterson
    At the outset, this show aimed for hilarity and hit the mark, consistently and cathartically, while also trafficking in provocative sidewalk philosophy, achieving moral seriousness amid masturbation jokes.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Troy Patterson
    Doors are opening. Mind the gap.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Troy Patterson
    The tempo, thus far, is notably deliberate; the show's got mortality on its mind.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Troy Patterson
    Like Peter Jackson’s Heavenly Creatures, the paranoid screenplays of Andrew Niccol, and the absurdist horror of Black Sheep (an ovine analog of The Birds), it gets beneath the skin by examining the state of isolation at the bottom of the world.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Troy Patterson
    It smoothly toggles between working as a crime melodrama and a coming-of-age tale, as a harrowing piece of social commentary and a gentle bit of farce.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 20 Troy Patterson
    If there exists a device called a Procedural-O-Matic, then it created this show.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Troy Patterson
    Dirt is quick-moving but painfully solemn, somehow constituting a plodding romp. At their very best, the first three episodes play like bad Kubrick.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Troy Patterson
    Over three nights and five and half hours, Prohibition provides a very fine analytic survey of the noble experiment, and most criticisms of it are quibbles.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Troy Patterson
    The pacing of the show's jokes, which heralds a welcome respect for the quickness of the audience, helps all the humor pop. Of course, good-old dumb physical juxtapositions don't hurt, either.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Troy Patterson
    It's a breath of fresh air even for those of us who find our allergies stimulated by the countless particles of whimsy suspended in its thick atmosphere.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Troy Patterson
    Nashville feels fresh because it catches a different tone. The few ironic winks it makes do not disfigure its straight face for quality pulp, nor does the sincerity harden into hokum.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Troy Patterson
    Appropriate to the pace and the space of series television, it welcomes you into its intrigues at a walking pace.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Troy Patterson
    In the suspenseful early hours of The Killing, Rosie's family goes about its bereavement in muted tones, and a subplot about a mayoral candidate drawn into the crime's eccentric orbit flashes with potential, and, primarily, our expectations for cop shows are teased, gratified, and artfully upended.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Troy Patterson
    Party Down, which is funny, would seem even funnier if it were not so heavily indebted to the funniest TV shows of recent years. It's also problematic that the show is so highly inconsistent.
    • 13 Metascore
    • 0 Troy Patterson
    You couldn't skewer a cube of tofu with material this dull.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Troy Patterson
    Even the most ardent fans of 30 Rock will concede that it doesn't look its sharpest as its third season opens. Only the most churlish will be much put out by this, though. A relatively flat episode of Tina Fey's backstage farce is still the fizziest thing in prime-time comedy.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 50 Troy Patterson
    It plays like it's been built for antisocial boys--mchair heroes in love with guns and in search of demented adventure.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Troy Patterson
    The writing is as crisp as Brooks' perfect raincoat, and the partners share a father-son chemistry unseen elsewhere in the franchise, and anyone exhibiting the faintest traces of Anglophilia will delight to see the crown prosecutor and the defense counsel talking trash in the changing room while donning and doffing their barristers' wigs.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Troy Patterson
    Perhaps it's best to consider The Hour as a kind of retro Broadcast News that is most alive when Freddie and Bel banter like Beatrice and Benedick and especially when getting inside of Hector's talking head.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Troy Patterson
    Now comes Grey Gardens, largely enjoyable in spite of being almost entirely superfluous.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Troy Patterson
    [Scott's] playfulness is essential to making this show a pleasurable trifle instead of a sodden one.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 30 Troy Patterson
    There is--beneath the stale crust of the new Beavis and Butt-head, baked in with the program's existential outlook--a special grimness.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 40 Troy Patterson
    The way things are going, I would pay $100 if the purchase exempted me from having to watch any more of the show itself.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Troy Patterson
    It's an ambitious if occasionally pushy effort.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Troy Patterson
    Boss is electric with self-importance, and that is in itself is a hoot, given its particular combination of thematic pomp and expressionistic pulp.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Troy Patterson
    Ben Franklin (Tom Wilkinson ) enlivens the painterly prettiness and dutiful solemnity of John Adams with a healthy sense of the vulgar, as in the vernacular, as in the native voice of America.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Troy Patterson
    The most engrossing new drama of the fall season.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Troy Patterson
    At its best, Glee is not just entertaining but elating, dramatizing Breakfast Club-quality teen angst with the aid of tight production numbers covering new and classic popular songs.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Troy Patterson
    Some us also go in for TV shows that have the potential to ripen into astringent Billy Wilder-style examinations of what lust can do to the white-collar soul.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Troy Patterson
    Using new audio-only interviews with the Stones as invisible tape, [director Brett Morgen] splices 50 years of footage into a 110-minute education, remixing the work of earlier filmmakers with splendid editing and a critical eye.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Troy Patterson
    Because the show is sidling up to its premise very gently, it looks more like a sweet-natured high-school comedy than the risky riff on tolerance it teases us with.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Troy Patterson
    Too jaded to lament the backroom maneuvering of politicians, the creators of House of Cards instead take that state of affairs as a given, tart it up, and fashion a wry piece of escapism--a backstabbing procedural delivered in a sophisticated style.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Troy Patterson
    When Boardwalk Empire is dealing with the consequences of the 18th Amendment, it plays like a sound and steady drama. When addressing the energy around the 19th, it begins to jazz things up.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 30 Troy Patterson
    This doesn't feel mindless, just unmindful, and the best way to honor its late creators is to look away from it.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Troy Patterson
    Falco has the strength to sell the overwrought cliches and to force each important moment to its crisis.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 30 Troy Patterson
    By far the dumber and hammier of the two shows ["Saving Grace" is the other].
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Troy Patterson
    Costello, unlike public television, asks viewers like you for nothing but your attention, which he rewards with intimate assessments of songcraft and the underappreciated architects of modern pop.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Troy Patterson
    A typical episode of Terriers jolts abruptly from cutesy escapades to head-cracking fights, from loud escapism to misty tenderness, from easygoing comedy to strained seriousness. The tonal unevenness feels less like the conscious product of an ambitious design than the unplanned consequence of an exceedingly ambitious one.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Troy Patterson
    With the drama so thin, it must be the richness of Alicia's situation that makes 13 million people a week want to enjoy her company.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Troy Patterson
    The show rises to mediocrity on the strength of the occasional snappiness of the dialogue.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Troy Patterson
    Failing to realize high ambitions, High School Confidential skims across the lives of 12 teenage girls growing up in placid Kansas.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Troy Patterson
    A black comedy working many shades of gray, Enlightened is about dark mornings of the soul and the fool's-golden glow of the new convert, and it measures the weight of the world with an eccentric scale.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Troy Patterson
    It is both an active agent of moral depravation and a total hoot.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Troy Patterson
    Like "Alias" or "The X-Files," Jericho has enough wheel-within-wheels, double agents, and ad hoc alliances to draw in viewers who love a long-playing puzzle.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Troy Patterson
    Their new show has both the nerve to link up twentysomething malaise and 21st-century terror-angst and the good nature to make the proposition look endearing.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Troy Patterson
    It offers memorable looks at rehearsals, auditions, ballet-company competitions, and dreams of names in lights.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Troy Patterson
    It plays, for better and worse, like a slightly elevated version of one of those issue-of-the-week telefilms of the old school, with their teen traumas and kitchen-sink melodramas.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Troy Patterson
    A brisk film extracted from the campaign-trail saga of that title--has delivered to Julianne Moore the meatiest role of her career.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Troy Patterson
    Its achievement rarely matches its ambitions, but the effect is still pretty dope.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Troy Patterson
    In a time span shorter than a T.G.I. Friday's commercial, we saw a pungent contrast between two sets of cultural values. This was all very funny and more than a bit embarrassing.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 40 Troy Patterson
    Farmer Wants a Wife moseyed onto the air last week bearing the best title of any pop-culture commodity of the year to date and, given its standard-issue inanity, a surprising subtextual richness.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 Troy Patterson
    Why didn't HBO just go ahead and cut each episode of the hour-long Tell Me You Love Me to 50 minutes? The trims would have gone some way toward relieving the boredom inspired by the show's inchworm pace, and the shrink's-hour format would have made an exact fit for the spirit of the exercise.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Troy Patterson
    Back to You doesn't have a mandate to be inventive--to try new comedic beats or to attempt daring flights of absurdity. It just needs to be uninventive in a snappy way, a feat readily accomplished.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Troy Patterson
    In the 3-D digital animation of this series, [Yoda's] skin glows a healthy shade of moss, and his sprightliness helps this latest George Lucas diversion achieve some commendable action-adventure zip.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Troy Patterson
    Hit & Miss has so many ups and downs that it cannot dodge the critical judgment any hack might deliver by quoting its title.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Troy Patterson
    Appetizingly pulpy and yet not at all crass, the series presents a new angle on the phenomenon of shows-so-bad-that-they're-good: It sucks hard and thus plays very well.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 30 Troy Patterson
    Paul Weston's (Byrne) nonadventures straddle the realms of the scarcely credible and the incredibly boring.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Troy Patterson
    The next four episodes are nowhere near as patient and controlled as that cinematic pilot, but, man, are they Irish: the wakes, the neon shamrock, the epigraphs from W.B. Yeats and D.P. Moynihan. And the show keeps this magnificent blarney up even as it swipes half its ideas from the playbooks of Scorsese and The Godfather.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 40 Troy Patterson
    Vaughan, writing and directing these lines, is hauling the Stephen King brand into risky territory. The risk is boredom—the half-puzzled, half-irritated sort of boredom elicited by later seasons of Lost.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Troy Patterson
    Viewers of a particular sensibility--that is, mine--will find themselves unwholesomely engaged by the tone Stylista brings to scenes about laying out sidebars and rethinking silly hats.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 40 Troy Patterson
    Fantasy plots require fantastic details, but the show, rolling steadily downhill from a compelling premise, is utterly casual about the particulars of its speculative time-tripping and post-catastrophe atmospherics.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Troy Patterson
    The show would probably be too ponderous to enjoy if Braugher weren't an actor of tremendous restraint.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Troy Patterson
    What Surburgatory lacks in novelty, it compensates for with a steady stream of gags, splashes of nuance (and nuance's vivid opposite), the comedic flow of Ana Gasteyer and Chris Parnell as the Altmans' neighbors, and an undercurrent of sweetness.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Troy Patterson
    The show is sometimes sweet and wry, sometimes crass and vicious, and, though often subtle, it embraces that embarrassing title and flings itself boisterously into a hacky premise
    • 40 Metascore
    • 20 Troy Patterson
    It's all the same stuff--magazine parties, feckless husbands, tempting male bimbos...but without "Cashmere Mafia's" redeeming air of farce.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Troy Patterson
    "Six Feet Under's" Peter Krause plays the role with a sense of detachment that represents either the artistic choice of an actor playing it straight amid interminable clowning or the weary resignation of a dude who didn't know what he was getting into.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Troy Patterson
    The way things turned out, it was no worse than rather bad, and Fallon, if he can quit squirming long enough, should take a modest bow.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Troy Patterson
    It's pretty decent hokum--fast, corny, genial, honest in its schlock.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Troy Patterson
    For a smart take on a dumb summer dating show, join the millions tuning into Dating in the Dark.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Troy Patterson
    After watching the first four episodes, I'm content to settle on the euphemism deliberate and to note that the performances-centrally that of James Badge Dale as an intelligence analyst named Will Travers-have so far been sharp enough to ward off outright drowsiness.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Troy Patterson
    Preferring to redomesticize Mildred Pierce, Haynes arrives at a film--a five-part, five-hour miniseries--that is merely pretty good.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Troy Patterson
    What makes the show something better than a guilty pleasure is the way that, after introducing its subjects as borderline-reprehensible cartoons, it allows them flickers of self-awareness or shows them trying their damnedest to be terrific parents.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Troy Patterson
    We like to fantasize, every now and then, about rich people looking good while behaving badly. That kind of escapism will never go out of business, and Gossip Girl delivers it in of-the-moment fashion.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Troy Patterson
    It is a show about a high-school superheroine--a Catwoman without the camp or the S&M gear--and it enables longtime fans of the subgenre to watch with pride as their children digest its venerable tropes for only the fourth or fifth time.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Troy Patterson
    Each of them rolls the creative process, the finished work, and her public performance as an artist into an eager consumer package. They're all operators with soundbites on line one.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Troy Patterson
    Pan Am's easy whirl fits the bill, when its chatter is snappy and also when it's not.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 10 Troy Patterson
    In the light of summer television, civilization does not seem to have a pulse. It looks quite dead indeed.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Troy Patterson
    The Pitch is like an all-you-can-eat buffet of salesmanship.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Troy Patterson
    Ms. Q's Nikita is only half so crush-worthy as Bionic Woman's Jaime Sommers or Dollhouse's what's-her-name, but her predicament is no less tasty.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Troy Patterson
    Tara doesn't yet show the same emotional depth as Juno--not in its first four episodes, at least--but if you have the fortitude to make it through the tonal assault of its first 10 minutes, then you'll get to see some recognizable human feeling seep up through the wisecracks.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Troy Patterson
    It borrows indiscriminately from hazy magic realism, sketch-show Dada, and underground-comics allegory according to alternating whim. If you don't give a hoot about such logistical issues--and if you're willing to forgive the half-hearted crudity that fills the space between good crude jokes and the bizarro non-jokes-then you have come to the right place.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Troy Patterson
    Though she isn't quite a credible character, she's a thoroughly fun one, for which much credit is due to the actress's steady subtlety and elastic wit.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Troy Patterson
    Too Big To Fail adapted by director Curtis Hanson and screenwriter Peter Gould from a book by journalist Andrew Ross Sorkin, is a decent movie with a stellar title.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Troy Patterson
    A middling documentary about a major actor-director-buffoon.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Troy Patterson
    Everybody already knows everything there is to know about this maverick make of stock figure and the ready-made tone of cop shows where all the barroom jukeboxes play only electric blues.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Troy Patterson
    Watching these post-Lost sci-fi-mytho-mystery series, you also watch yourself watching, and the thrill of alertness passes for decent entertainment even when other pleasures are in short supply. When Sean returned from a day trip to find that his girlfriend had vanished as if redacted from the file of life, I was kind of glad to see her gone. With her murky disappearance out of the way, we were on our way to achieving clarity-or at least toward failing to achieve it.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Troy Patterson
    Better Off Ted, which feels more devoted to establishing its cool than earning some laughs, is hardly so bad to deserve a bleh from halfway-discerning viewers. Eh or meh would be closer to the mark.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Troy Patterson
    Indeed, if the show is to have the symbolic import that we expect from a science-fiction story, this is the only possible way to read V as a coherent text. The only problem with this analysis lies in its generous presupposition that the text is, in fact, coherent.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Troy Patterson
    This HBO original [is] clean and smart and dull.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 30 Troy Patterson
    The one redeeming factor here is Laura Dern, who puts that elastic jolie laide mug of hers to memorable use as Katherine Harris. The performance makes you wish that Recount--which does contain a few fine moments of wild farce--had instead been created as a seven-episode sitcom playing out from her point of view.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Troy Patterson
    Its greasy-spoon spunk is regularly palatable, good for a cheap chuckle.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Troy Patterson
    It's funny and cute.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Troy Patterson
    This show makes a virtue of vice in its own way. Co-imagined by Alexander Payne, who directed the pilot, Hung is a purposeful lark about emasculation.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Troy Patterson
    The series, fueling itself with folklore, proceeds as if no characterization is required.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Troy Patterson
    Its detective plots are cozily formulaic, its defining twist cheerfully preposterous. As cop-show comfort food, it's a kind of California fusion cooked up to appeal to people fed up with techno-beat lab scenes.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 30 Troy Patterson
    The adaptation of Mahler's book deals with this material in a fashion not so much dumbed-down as lobotomized.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Troy Patterson
    Though No Ordinary Family bears many hallmarks of an interesting failure, it falls slightly short of the distinction on account of its resistance to being consistently interesting.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Troy Patterson
    We bailed after the first of these dudes entered the frame, jolted by his frankly cheesy display of torso--"infomercial abs" was the damning phrase. But, until that moment, The Ex List had commanded our full attention in a way that the previous shows hadn't.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Troy Patterson
    There are just enough witty lines and interesting choices, such as in the editing of the bulimia scene, to create fleeting sensations that all is not dross.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Troy Patterson
    Less scary than freaky, it's deliberately unhinged-light horror about low camp, a showcase for scenery chewing and giddy blasphemy, an exploitation chamber piece.

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