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

  • TV
Average review score: 53
Highest review score: 90 Crossfire Hurricane: 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
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 69 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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
    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
    • 80 Troy Patterson
    Pan Am's easy whirl fits the bill, when its chatter is snappy and also when it's not.
    • 67 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.
    • 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.
    • 52 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.
    • 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.
    • 66 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Troy Patterson
    This HBO original [is] clean and smart and dull.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Troy Patterson
    A middling documentary about a major actor-director-buffoon.