Matt Roush

Matt Roush
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: TV Guide, TV Insider

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
56% Mary & Martha (2013) Mary is headstrong and abrasive, Martha matronly and warm, and the actresses' chemistry makes up for an earnest predictability in the storytelling. - TV Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2020
55% Coastal Elites (2020) With a stellar cast of four current Emmy nominees and a past winner, in performances shot in quarantine, these hysterical if uneven showcases have the impact of soul-baring catharsis. - TV Insider EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2020
68% The Sunset Limited (2011) You say potato, I say dramatic arsenic. This actors' exercise is what it's like finding yourself trapped in a pretentious, self-important off-Broadway "experience," wishing you'd chosen to go to a movie or stay home with TV instead. - TV Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2020
70% The Girl (2012) Toby Jones is pitch-perfect and eerily nuanced in revealing the self-loathing underbelly of the corpulent Hitch. - TV Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2020
100% Host (2020) Host builds suspense in the style of the Paranormal Activity films, strictly limiting point-of-view through laptop screens as the danger signs escalate. - TV Insider EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2020
83% Psych 2: Lassie Come Home (2019) Fans of Psych will get exactly what they're looking for in this loony and frantically gag-heavy caper. - TV Insider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2020
61% Cinema Verite (2011) Unfortunately, the movie is so short (clocking in at around 90 minutes) that things stay pretty much on the surface in this episodic treatment. - TV Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2020
49% Hemingway & Gellhorn (2012) Woozy and often intoxicating. - TV Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2020
100% The Windermere Children (2020) Few children suffered more grievously than the young survivors of the Holocaust, and their reintroduction to a society of caring strangers is the subject of PBS' The Windermere Children, an overwhelmingly moving 90-minute movie based on a true story. - TV Insider EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2020
67% Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears (2020) Her fans would expect nothing less, and this madcap escapade of cheerfully preposterous and absurdly colorful escapism will not disappoint. - TV Insider EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2020
98% Deadwood: The Movie (2019) [David] Milch's gift for raw frontier poetry, with Shakespearean soliloquies filtered through X-rated doggerel, is as entertaining as ever in a violent yet appropriately elegiac (and oh-so-satisfying) two-hour farewell. - TV Insider EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
36% The Little Mermaid Live! (2019) I hate to be a crab about it, but ABC's hybrid 30th-anniversary presentation of The Little Mermaid-part movie, part gussied-up concert-felt more sink than swim. - TV Insider EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
No Score Yet Patsy & Loretta (2019) A brisk, sweet, touching and, naturally, tuneful tribute to female friendship is directed by Callie Khouri. - TV Insider EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
91% El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) It also feels slight by comparison with the original, feeling more like a longer-than-usual episode than a true or necessary event. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Just don't expect more. - TV Insider EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
100% Tig Notaro: Boyish Girl Interrupted (2015) With great deadpan timing, a coolly nonchalant attitude and a gift for making silly jokes feel smart, Notaro keeps her Boston audience enthralled. And ultimately moved. - TV Insider EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
89% Knock Knock, It's Tig Notaro (2015) An ironist like Notaro may shrink at having her act called life-affirming, but the journey shown in Knock Knock truly is. - TV Insider EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
97% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) Won't You Be My Neighbor? humanizes this icon, so prone to parody, as he despairs of the wasted potential of TV to "make goodness attractive" - which he achieved with low-key dedication. - TV Insider EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
27% Rent Live (2019) The climactic introduction of Rent's original Broadway cast for a jubilant reprise of Seasons of Love added to the what-might-have-been vibe. - TV Insider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
100% United We Fan (2018) A fun, if bittersweet, look at the perks and perils of fan activism. - TV Insider EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
83% My Dinner with Hervé (2018) This is based on writer/director Sacha Gervasi's own encounter with the actor shortly before his death in 1993, and his affection for the mercurial little diva poignantly shines through. - TV Insider EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
80% The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018) The emotions are real, even when the events are a bit sanitized. And when's the last time you saw a movie so besotted with the written word? - TV Insider EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
67% Freaky Friday (2018) Disney Channel's peppy musical version of Disney favorite Freaky Friday may not erase memories of the popular 1976 and 2003 movies, but the clever score by Pulitzer Prize winners Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey (Next to Normal) brings a fresh, fun energy. - TV Insider EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
99% The Tale (2018) Dern's performance grows more anguished as she relives this sordid history and confronts the aged Bill (the late John Heard) in an explosive climax that's as cathartic for her as for the viewer. - TV Insider EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2018
No Score Yet Warm and intimate, with an unforced realism that keeps schmaltz to a minimum, the adaptation by Heidi Thomas echoes Jo's epiphany that rescues her from writer's block: "Our house is full of stories, lives unfolding, wings waiting to take flight." - TV Insider EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
81% Tiny Shoulders, Rethinking Barbie (2018) The iconic Barbie doll has been revered and reviled for much of its nearly 60-year history, which is the fascinating subject of Andrea Nevins' marvelously spellbinding documentary. - TV Insider EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
100% Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert (2018) Superstar is the most alive of any of these live events to date-because it felt like an authentic performance, with a rapturous audience roaring their appreciation during and after each spectacular number. - TV Insider EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
43% A Christmas Story Live! (2017) The modest charms of this adaptation shone through only occasionally when bloated to three hours, making even this unapologetic show-tune enthusiast squirm at times, feeling like the kid brother who couldn't face yet another plate of meatloaf. - TV Insider EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2017
92% Spielberg (2017) At nearly two-and-a-half hours, Spielberg is as epic in scope and lively in detail as the classic films he devoured and studied while dreaming of helming his own masterpieces. - TV Insider EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2017
75% The Wizard of Lies (2017) This stark account of a family's downfall has the wrenching power of an Arthur Miller classic. - TV Insider EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
69% The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2017) Even if it sends you to the book to learn more, The Immortal Life will have done its job. - TV Insider EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2017
100% Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds (2017) These scrappy survivors are great company, for each other and for their admirers who will treasure this glimpse into their private and professional lives. - TV Insider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2017
76% Hairspray Live! (2016) Hairspray Live! was a snappy, happy, candy-colored and newly relevant delight. - TV Insider EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
28% The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again (2016) The remake quickly begins to lose steam in a static frenzy of clumsy direction and confused editing. By the end, it's all a hot-though perhaps not hot enough-mess. - TV Insider EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
100% O.J.: Made in America (2016) What Made in America exposes so memorably is the black community's need for any symbol, however imperfect, to score a win, however clouded, against a rigged system. - TV Insider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2016
87% All the Way (2016) For HBO's stirring docudrama All the Way, Cranston goes beyond a spot-on impersonation, aided by astonishing makeup effects, to channel President Lyndon B. Johnson's outsize personality and authority. - TV Insider EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2016
No Score Yet Master documentarian Ken Burns is back on very familiar ground in his glowing two-part biographical portrait of legendary athlete-turned-activist Jackie Robinson. - TV Insider EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2016
92% Grease: Live! (2016) The Hollywood rain didn't dampen the spirits of Fox's rambunctious, slickly produced Grease Live!, a happily and knowingly cheesy explosion of lovably cornball bubblegum pop. - TV Insider EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2016
91% The Wiz Live! (2015) A delight from the start, growing in confidence and showmanship... The Wiz is likely to endure as one of the most purely enjoyable flights of musical fancy ever produced for TV. - TV Insider EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2015
71% Ferrell Takes The Field (2015) Ferrell Takes the Field, a Funny Or Die collaboration with MLB, turns out to be more than a stunt-though it's a quite impressive one. - TV Insider EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2015
89% Back on Board: Greg Louganis (2014) [Louganis'] transformation from athlete to activist makes for compelling biography, and his poignant return to the sport as a mentor to the USA diving team at the 2012 London Olympics gives Back on Board a satisfying and moving conclusion. - TV Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2015
36% Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! (2015) The only truly terrifying aspect of this creature feature is its relentless product placement, hawking a certain studio's theme park while showcasing the stars of Today. - TV Insider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2015
56% Peter Pan Live! (2014) Though punishingly overlong and occasionally flat-footed, NBC's Thursday broadcast of Peter Pan Live! was another honorably ambitious and sporadically enjoyable attempt to bring the thrill of musical theater into America's living rooms. - TV Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2014
100% Toy Story That Time Forgot (2014) An instant delight that is sure to be a favorite perennial for years to come. - TV Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2014
50% Deliverance Creek (2014) The perhaps too-eventful plot, from creator Melissa Carter, involves runaway slaves and rogue bank-robbing Rebels and ends with a heap of cliffhangers, so let's hope for the Internet's sake that Lifetime finds a way to keep this story going. - TV Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2014
100% The Whole Gritty City (2013) [The film is] part rhapsody, part elegy on those occasions when the dissonance of senseless tragedy undercuts the tuneful exuberance. - TV Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2014
94% The Normal Heart (2014) Teeming with anger, sorrow, passion and purpose, this powerful and harrowing movie is part tragic love story in plague times, part agitprop manifesto and tribute to tireless activism. - TV Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2014
40% Lizzie Borden Took an Ax (2014) Lizzie is initially shown to be a party girl...and borderline-incestuous flirt until the grisly crimes put her in the local law's crosshairs, resulting in an anticlimactic trial that even pros like Billy Campbell and Gregg Henry can't enliven. - TV Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2014
83% Mitt (2014) Regardless of who you voted for in the last presidential campaign, the remarkably personal documentary film Mitt fascinates with its fly-on-the-wall study of Mitt Romney and his large, earnestly supportive family as he pursued the presidency twice. - TV Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2014
52% Flowers in the Attic (2014) Escape can't come too soon. - TV Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2014
100% Six By Sondheim (2013) In HBO's fascinating documentary portrait Six by Sondheim, longtime collaborator James Lapine assembles an intricate and revealing mosaic of vintage and recent interviews with the always quotable Sondheim. - TV Guide EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2013