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

Troy Patterson's Scores

Average review score: 53
Highest review score: 90 Pushing Daisies: Season 1
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
    • 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
    • 40 Troy Patterson
    The series, fueling itself with folklore, proceeds as if no characterization is required.
    • 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
    • 60 Troy Patterson
    The show, warm and cheesy, fits right in as another nacho plate on the network's menu of comfort food, another new sitcom that plays like a re-enactment of an old one.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Troy Patterson
    Indeed, it is hard to knock Terra Nova overall, such does it succeed on its own terms, which involve working over the pituitary brain and the sympathetic soul.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Troy Patterson
    At various points, Bored to Death seems nicely restrained, curiously deadpan, and just flat. It is moderate, and it is middling.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Troy Patterson
    Comfort food to its core, the show is a retro casserole tapping into a popular appetite for leftovers.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Troy Patterson
    On the bright side, no one is in danger of having to watch this inert action show.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Troy Patterson
    Alphas proceeds with a relative sobriety that will prove attractive to some and simply unintoxicating to others. If there are any grown-up fanboys left in America--people who can bring themselves to admit that this summer's blockbusters-in-tights are meager gruel--then Alphas may have enough beta charm to see them through the season.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Troy Patterson
    Not content to exploit their subject's inherent themes, the series' fraternal creators, Joe and Tony Gayton, have adhered them promiscuously, pasting neon Post-it indications of symbolic import in a way that obscures moments of straightforward drama.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Troy Patterson
    This is up-to-the-minute celebrity kitsch--zippy, knowing, and joyfully hollow.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Troy Patterson
    The show's an entertaining provocation, but it's also only skin-deep.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Troy Patterson
    The production's appeal is all on the surfaces--in a moment where a killer's image is reflected in a fresh pool of blood, say, or a megalomaniac catches his own eye in the mirror.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Troy Patterson
    When the show talks about crime literature, it's quite dull, but when it shows instead of tells, it's something to see.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Troy Patterson
    The very special scheduling is one of several ways the network has been signaling that it means serious business with this light and passably witty supernatural drama.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Troy Patterson
    The show works only because Woods is a honey-baked ham playing a character who lives to be a showman.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Troy Patterson
    Diggs has considerable magnetism, but it would take the charisma of a cult leader to disguise the fact that this show sometimes reads like a '70s conspiracy thriller as interpreted by the makers of Bad Boys II.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Troy Patterson
    [A] serviceable heist drama.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Troy Patterson
    The Voice (NBC) is a horrifically entertaining vocal competition produced by Mark Burnett.
    • 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.

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