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 Roseanne's Nuts: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 69 out of 206
  2. Negative: 43 out of 206
206 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Troy Patterson
    This Countdown isn't terribly televisual and might gain in force and intimacy if it were transferred straight to radio, though it would suffer from the loss of light-hearted video clips that serve to cleanse the palate of bile.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Troy Patterson
    Ambiently amusing but generally inert, the show is badly in need of a hard-edged producer to tell the series' creators that they cannot get by on charm, no matter how much of that precious quality is imported by such guest stars as Lily Tomlin, Rashida Jones, and Bob Balaban.
    • 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.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Troy Patterson
    This is a goofy docu-reality show about the sex lives of settled married couples.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Troy Patterson
    Occasionally sharp as an epidural needle, often dumb as a pea pod, sometimes half decent.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Troy Patterson
    It is both an active agent of moral depravation and a total hoot.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Troy Patterson
    Glory Daze is a frathouse-of-mirth comedy and so generic in its particulars that it is barely even necessary to describe its characters and their situation.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Troy Patterson
    Instead, The Kennedys is blandly admiring when paying due respect, mildly cheesy when hauling out the trash, and understaged at every turn, the better for viewers to project their own fantasies onto it.

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