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
    • 66 Metascore
    • 30 Troy Patterson
    The one redeeming factor here is Laura Dern, who puts that elastic jolie laide mug of hers to memorable use as Katherine Harris. The performance makes you wish that Recount--which does contain a few fine moments of wild farce--had instead been created as a seven-episode sitcom playing out from her point of 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Troy Patterson
    Its greasy-spoon spunk is regularly palatable, good for a cheap chuckle.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Troy Patterson
    The series, fueling itself with folklore, proceeds as if no characterization is required.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Troy Patterson
    There are just enough witty lines and interesting choices, such as in the editing of the bulimia scene, to create fleeting sensations that all is not dross.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Troy Patterson
    Aided by snappy editing, these people express feelings of tedium, frustration, and contempt in a generally amusing fashion, and the series succeeds as light comedy.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 30 Troy Patterson
    The adaptation of Mahler's book deals with this material in a fashion not so much dumbed-down as lobotomized.
    • 65 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.
    • 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.
    • 62 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
    • 30 Troy Patterson
    The Sarah Silverman Program isn't about anything but its own supposed daring and the hyperbolic smugness of its star.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Troy Patterson
    Comfort food to its core, the show is a retro casserole tapping into a popular appetite for leftovers.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Troy Patterson
    Less scary than freaky, it's deliberately unhinged-light horror about low camp, a showcase for scenery chewing and giddy blasphemy, an exploitation chamber piece.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Troy Patterson
    Secret Diary of a Call Girl is a series of sketches, and its eight episodes do not trace an arc or advance a narrative.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Troy Patterson
    Though the Up All Night pilot falls short of great hilarity, the series demonstrates considerable potential.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 40 Troy Patterson
    On the bright side, no one is in danger of having to watch this inert action show.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Troy Patterson
    Rhimes hustles the audience into episodes in the middle of things. Pope and her colleagues speak at a clip suggesting years of study at the West Wing School of Elocution and Composition. In the rush, I scarcely had time to scoff at the over-the-top content of the pilot.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Troy Patterson
    One hesitates to say that [Rhys Meyers] phones his performance in. It's more like he dictates it to an assistant who then submits it via fax. You too might lack an appropriate sense of conviction if delivered this script.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Troy Patterson
    Covert Affairs is a zippy character study, and it puts Perabo's features to playful use in the earliest moments of the pilot, filling the screen with them in a context where they're begging to be studied.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 30 Troy Patterson
    Guide to Style is too glazed and slick for its own good, too clinical and forensic to be any fun.
    • 35 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
    • 30 Troy Patterson
    When I say that The RH of NJ is the most synthetic installment of the show yet produced.
    • 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.
    • 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.