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 12 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Troy Patterson's Scores

Average review score: 53
Highest review score: 90 Crossfire Hurricane
Lowest review score: 0 The 1/2 Hour News Hour: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 69 out of 206
  2. Negative: 43 out of 206
206 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Troy Patterson
    Eleventh Hour is ambitiously shameless in patterning its counterintuitive crank of an ill-socialized hero on the Hugh Laurie character. We sent it down after nine minutes as yet another generic detective drama.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Troy Patterson
    The show's success may depend on whether the public's fascination with Slater trumps its collective attention-deficit disorders.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Troy Patterson
    The prosecutors on this new show--led by actor Peter Coyote, who hauls loads of Adam Schiff gravel in his voice--are given to putting whole systems on trial, metaphorically and otherwise....Though [Detectives] Rex and T.J. do, in fact, dig for clues, it somehow feels that they're just watching them erupt.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Troy Patterson
    A middling documentary about a major actor-director-buffoon.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Troy Patterson
    The illustrated title sequence of Comic Book Men depicts these guys as musclemen in tights, but the scenes that follow are strictly mild-mannered.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Troy Patterson
    The show--a sporadically excellent adaption of a British teen drama--is superlative teensploitation, enabling youth to rejoice in the fantasy of their corruption, among other things.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Troy Patterson
    Once you get past the fact of the producers' milking more than the usual volume of pathos from scenes of pre-elimination anxiety and post-dismissal distress, More To Love is much the same as its slimmer sisters.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Troy Patterson
    Common Law, with its storylines moving forward in broad strokes and an airiness in its exposition, does not demand too much of you or of anyone, beyond its own efficient technicians and unshowily inventive actors.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Troy Patterson
    The show rises to mediocrity on the strength of the occasional snappiness of the dialogue.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Troy Patterson
    Naturally, Happy Town is excessively sudsy in its soap-opera aspect, just as its atmosphere is a bit too atmospheric.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Troy Patterson
    Occasionally sharp as an epidural needle, often dumb as a pea pod, sometimes half decent.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Troy Patterson
    Hemingway & Gellhorn's daft romanticization of its subjects proves central to its overwrought sense of self.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Troy Patterson
    Depicting their triumphs and setbacks with imperfect sincerity, smooshing together various reality-show formulae with an awkwardness that is at times touching, the series sheds light on a corner of the psyche where the princess-y obsessions of the wedding culture meets a mutation of the great American tradition of self-improvement.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Troy Patterson
    It is both an active agent of moral depravation and a total hoot.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Troy Patterson
    While no one beyond the show's target audience--teens in need of something to squeal over until Gossip Girl returns next season--would claim that Pretty Little Liars has a voluminous body, I must concede that it has a lustrous shine.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Troy Patterson
    The jokes never got any better than that, not even when the girl-moppet later waxed ecstatic about Zac Efron in High School Musical.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Troy Patterson
    The Newsroom's focus is on putting on a show, and because its weak points are howlers and it will be a hoot to laugh not with but at them.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Troy Patterson
    Soto helps the mood of the show with his wry attitude and occasional gee-whiz-ardry, and he helps to move the plot along by stating facts that Rebecca would otherwise have to pause and look up.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Troy Patterson
    The series' approach to violence against woman is the only complex thing about it. Otherwise, you cannot even call Rizzoli & Isles run of the mill, it being that mills usually run more smoothly.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Troy Patterson
    On the bright side, no one is in danger of having to watch this inert action show.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Troy Patterson
    It should be evident that Same Name is as warm and mindless as an idyllic Sunday in idlest July.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Troy Patterson
    The Jay Leno Show is of course not the "brand-new hour of comedy" its promos claim; it is brand-old to the bone. But the notion of Leno running some combination of pop-culture confessional booth and prime-time torture chamber has some real appeal.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Troy Patterson
    I don't exactly know what to say to [a quote from the Updike book], nor did the 1987 film adaptation starring Jack Nicholson, nor does the predictably bland and totally adequate Eastwick.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Troy Patterson
    Rolling the wars on terror, drugs, and illegal immigration into one rhetorical package, Homeland Security USA plays partly like a pumped-up recruiting film, partly like a public-affairs outreach video for hard-core video gamers.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Troy Patterson
    It offers a vision of dinner as a special effect, and its appeal is akin to that of the freeze-dried ice cream available at finer space-museum gift shops. It's a novelty item that makes no claim to please discerning palates.

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