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 11.4 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 Roseanne's Nuts: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 69 out of 206
  2. Negative: 43 out of 206
206 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Troy Patterson
    In all, Oprah's Big Give is a triumph of virtue, which leaves only the question of who would want to watch it.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Troy Patterson
    The relative tameness of Swingtown makes the unease it provokes more inviting: You tune in to see the bodies and stick around for the minds.
    • 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.
    • 71 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Troy Patterson
    It's an ambitious if occasionally pushy effort.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Troy Patterson
    The details of the play between Hunter and her co-stars are engrossing enough that you're glad to let the big arc sail over your head.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Troy Patterson
    This being Disney product, these issues are dealt with in primary colors, uplifting tones, and production levels that aim for exact competence—a workaday professionalism that's never too slick to alienate anyone.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Troy Patterson
    Though the show is quick and exciting in its particulars, slick and captivating in its details, it is unfolding slowly as a whole, with perhaps one too many investigations, conspiracies, return-of-the-repressed traumas, and busy backstories curling leisurely into view.
    • 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.
    • 57 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Troy Patterson
    The success or failure of Little Britain USA will depend on the prevalence of a particular strain of Anglophilia.
    • 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.
    • 66 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Troy Patterson
    It's funny and cute.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Troy Patterson
    A fine summer show is launched, slick but with feeling, and all the orange-and-red football-season foliage on-screen contributes to a diverting brisk breeziness.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Troy Patterson
    Its greasy-spoon spunk is regularly palatable, good for a cheap chuckle.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Troy Patterson
    Though the Up All Night pilot falls short of great hilarity, the series demonstrates considerable potential.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Troy Patterson
    So far, American Horror Story isn't the great American horror story but rather a pretty good fright night.
    • 75 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.