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Matt Roush

Matt Roush
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
46% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2017
94% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2017
72% The Wizard of Lies (2017) This stark account of a family's downfall has the wrenching power of an Arthur Miller classic.‐ TV Insider
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
67% 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
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
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2017
79% Hairspray Live! (2016) Hairspray Live! was a snappy, happy, candy-colored and newly relevant delight.‐ TV Insider
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
30% 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
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
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2016
88% 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
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
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2016
91% 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
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
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2015
56% 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
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
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
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2015
59% 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
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
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
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
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
Read More | Posted May 23, 2014
43% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2014
82% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2014
52% Flowers in the Attic (2014) Escape can't come too soon.‐ TV Guide
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
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2013
44% The Sound Of Music Live! (2013) This was a pleasurable one-night-only stunt that felt like a major TV event. ‐ TV Guide
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2013
95% An Adventure in Space and Time (2013) You don't have to be a Whovian to appreciate this jaunty re-creation of a simpler, scrappier time in TV history.‐ TV Guide
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2013
94% It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966) No matter how often we see it, we'll still be happy to wait in the pumpkin patch with Linus, and wait-for-it when Lucy pulls the football away from Charlie Brown, and delight when Snoopy is on the other end of the apple when Lucy goes bobbing.‐ TV Guide
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2013
100% Burton And Taylor (2013) Unlike last year's miserable Liz & Dick Lifetime biopic, BBC America's Burton and Taylor takes a more mature and artful approach - even the title is more respectful - with a giddy Helena Bonham Carter and a wearily dignified Dominic West‐ TV Guide
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2013
93% Toy Story of Terror! (2013) If this does well enough - and it deserves to be huge - maybe they can all come back for another TV special. It's that good.‐ TV Guide
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2013
90% Scott Turow's Innocent (2011) The final twists and reveals are inelegantly dramatized, but as TV, it's still a pretty fair page-turner.‐ TV Guide
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2013
No Score Yet Ricochet (2011) Simply dreadful.‐ TV Guide
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2013
60% Mockingbird Lane (2012) This is not going to be everyone's, or possibly anyone's, cup of hemlock.‐ TV Guide
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2013
86% Endeavor (2012) A treat for the faithful.‐ TV Guide
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2013
82% Sharknado (2013) Is this really any sillier than an entire town trapped under a mysterious invisible dome? OK, I suppose it is.‐ TV Guide
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2013
95% Behind the Candelabra (2013) No one saves face in director Steven Soderbergh's ghoulishly entertaining, opulently produced Behind the Candelabra, HBO's grandest, gaudiest and most fascinating movie in quite a long while.‐ TV Guide
Read More | Posted May 28, 2013
50% Phil Spector (2013) It all adds up, or doesn't, to an unhinged (as opposed to "unchained") melody that's likely to fall on deaf ears.‐ TV Guide
Read More | Posted May 22, 2013
No Score Yet Its world is so specific and transcendently trippy, haunted by mythic legends rooted in this unforgiving geography, that it feels wondrously fresh, alien and unforgettable.‐ TV Guide
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2013
67% Method to the Madness of Jerry Lewis (2012) As we watch, it's clear we'll always be Jerry's kids, engulfed in helpless laughter and admiration.‐ TV Guide
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2012
66% Game Change (2012) A searing, sizzlingly well acted docudrama.‐ TV Guide
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2012
93% Page Eight (2011) A quietly absorbing elegy for old-school spooks, Page Eight bristles with jazzy intelligence.‐ TV Guide
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2012