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 Crossfire Hurricane
Lowest review score: 0 Dance Moms: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 69 out of 206
  2. Negative: 43 out of 206
206 tv reviews
    • 55 Metascore
    • 30 Troy Patterson
    It seems a statement of the obvious to call the new Melrose trash, but a reviewer must observe certain formalities--and at least it is trash we can dig into and learn something from,
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Troy Patterson
    Grimm is most alive in the scenes where Nick teams up with Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell), a monster who is trying hard to walk the straight path. These moments introduce some much-needed levity to a drama where every echoing slam of a file-cabinet drawer amounts to a portentous groan.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Troy Patterson
    Hemingway & Gellhorn's daft romanticization of its subjects proves central to its overwrought sense of self.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 0 Troy Patterson
    The new worst show on television debuted Wednesday night on Lifetime--Dance Moms, an ugly docu-circus featuring a megaton bully of a Pittsburgh dance instructor, the little princesses she costumes as lunatic street whores, and a quorum of strenuously pathetic stage mothers, one of whom warbles that she would slit her wrists if her daughter even thought of trying out for softball.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Troy Patterson
    On average, the viewer must wait through two tossed-off fart jokes in order to savor one lovingly crafted one. Bob's Burgers is done medium well.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Troy Patterson
    The only problem with 1 vs. 100 is its determined idiocy.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Troy Patterson
    MTV is milking the culture clash to the emptiest.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Troy Patterson
    Where the two leads are fledgling performers at the start of the careers, the actors playing their older relations have no such excuses for appearing herein.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Troy Patterson
    The prep-school soap opera Gossip Girl is not as good--that is, not as bad, not quite so fabulously trashy--as the best-selling series of young-adult novels on which it's based.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Troy Patterson
    Too superficial to be insincere, the show never even pretends to care about her interests or her character.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Troy Patterson
    Steadfastly crass in content, The League is generally subtle in execution.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Troy Patterson
    The pilot episode of this caper series is cheaply derivative, generally condescending, and largely hollow. It is also swank and busy enough to create the occasional illusion that it is entertaining.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Troy Patterson
    It takes us to the South and to a class-conscious frame of mind and then introduces a web of complicated relationships that the eye recognizes as cross-racial but the dialogue does not. For now, it seems that this is a tale of collegiate self-discovery and hand-spring liberation that just happens to be set in the post-racial America I keep hearing about it.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 20 Troy Patterson
    The actors playing the BL:TA duo are healthy and wholesome, if not terribly expressive; perhaps the matter is that both are Australian, and it's all they can do to keep their accents under control. Or maybe it's that both are fluent in English, and it's all they can do to keep from cracking while reading their dialogue.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Troy Patterson
    A tolerably flavorsome ball of crimson bubblegum.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Troy Patterson
    Judged by the standards of the form, it is totally OK. There is a soothing mundanity to it, and voyeurs will come away gratified. Though this is hardly an intimate portrait.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Troy Patterson
    The relative tameness of Swingtown makes the unease it provokes more inviting: You tune in to see the bodies and stick around for the minds.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Troy Patterson
    If you caught a snippet of Whitney unawares, you would be forgiven for assuming that it's one of those shows-within-a-show that exists to caricature bad television.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Troy Patterson
    In all, Oprah's Big Give is a triumph of virtue, which leaves only the question of who would want to watch it.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Troy Patterson
    It should be evident that Same Name is as warm and mindless as an idyllic Sunday in idlest July.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Troy Patterson
    As confected by ABC, the gayest and girliest of the big networks, Cashmere Mafia is the brighter of two ["Lipstick Jungle" is the other], with an "Ugly Betty" flair for color and a "Desperate Housewives" air of camp.

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