Troy Patterson

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For 280 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 38% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 60% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 10.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Troy Patterson's Scores

Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 Planet Earth: Blue Planet II
Lowest review score: 0 The 1/2 Hour News Hour: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 45 out of 280
280 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Troy Patterson
    Storage Wars--trivial and magnetic, sociologically peculiar and elementally creepy-gives the reality-show treatment to a class of merchants slinking beneath the radar of many a solvent citizen.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Troy Patterson
    The Fairy Jobmother, adapted from a British show of the same name, follows the model of Supernanny--that child-rearing-rehab spectacular--with a diligent slavishness.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Troy Patterson
    Even the most ardent fans of 30 Rock will concede that it doesn't look its sharpest as its third season opens. Only the most churlish will be much put out by this, though. A relatively flat episode of Tina Fey's backstage farce is still the fizziest thing in prime-time comedy.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 30 Troy Patterson
    This doesn't feel mindless, just unmindful, and the best way to honor its late creators is to look away from it.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Troy Patterson
    Failing to realize high ambitions, High School Confidential skims across the lives of 12 teenage girls growing up in placid Kansas.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Troy Patterson
    Occasionally sharp as an epidural needle, often dumb as a pea pod, sometimes half decent.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Troy Patterson
    With the drama so thin, it must be the richness of Alicia's situation that makes 13 million people a week want to enjoy her company.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Troy Patterson
    In the 3-D digital animation of this series, [Yoda's] skin glows a healthy shade of moss, and his sprightliness helps this latest George Lucas diversion achieve some commendable action-adventure zip.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Troy Patterson
    Falco has the strength to sell the overwrought cliches and to force each important moment to its crisis.
    • 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,
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Troy Patterson
    It's pretty decent hokum--fast, corny, genial, honest in its schlock.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Troy Patterson
    The only problem with 1 vs. 100 is its determined idiocy.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 30 Troy Patterson
    Paul Weston's (Byrne) nonadventures straddle the realms of the scarcely credible and the incredibly boring.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Troy Patterson
    Ben Franklin (Tom Wilkinson ) enlivens the painterly prettiness and dutiful solemnity of John Adams with a healthy sense of the vulgar, as in the vernacular, as in the native voice of America.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 Troy Patterson
    Why didn't HBO just go ahead and cut each episode of the hour-long Tell Me You Love Me to 50 minutes? The trims would have gone some way toward relieving the boredom inspired by the show's inchworm pace, and the shrink's-hour format would have made an exact fit for the spirit of the exercise.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Troy Patterson
    Costello, unlike public television, asks viewers like you for nothing but your attention, which he rewards with intimate assessments of songcraft and the underappreciated architects of modern pop.

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