For 1,365 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 49% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 48% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jack Mathews' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
Lowest review score: 0 Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000
Score distribution:
1365 movie reviews
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Jack Mathews
    Fear, thanks mostly to Foley's stylish direction and a couple of strong performances, is a much better movie than "Whispers," but those familiar with the formula will get no major surprises. [12 Apr 1996]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Jack Mathews
    The script (written by Susan Minot from a story by Bertolucci) suffers from the same tired blood as his characters, and his direction is often ponderously self-conscious.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Billed as an action thriller, it plays out as an urban-fairy tale version of "Bonnie and Clyde," with an ending suitable for a Harlequin romance.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    There weren't enough good laughs for me to recommend it to anyone other than the most devoted Beanheads.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Casting Williams in this thriller, adapted from Armistead Maupin's novel, was a bigger mistake than the actor's performance.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    The Coen brothers might have pulled this off, but it's out of Allen's faltering reach.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Billed as the first film to go from conception to the big screen within the Sundance program, Dopamine is an amiably slight independent film that probably should have gone directly to the Sundance Channel.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Might have worked as a sex comedy, certainly as porn. But as a suspense thriller, it's creepy for all the wrong reasons.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    A claustrophobic psychodrama.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    It's a good thing Jaume Serra's House of Wax wasn't shot in 3-D like the original 1953 horror classic - Paris Hilton is in it and she doesn't have a third dimension.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Where's the levity, you ask? There is none, or rather, there is none that Manuel can perceive.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Tamahori attempts to cover the ludicrousness of the story with a wickedly fast pace and sensational action set pieces. And in a film more than an hour and half long, events do whiz by.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    If you feel anything other than admiration for its craftsmanship, let me know; The Good German is as emotionally cold and unconvincing as any movie I've seen this year.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    the director works way too hard to cover his tracks, and the resolution is a disappointment - if you get it at all.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    There's great music and lovely settings, but the filmmakers have done little more with their subject than reiterate the Britannica's description of her.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Banderas has some very effective moments, but in his emotional scenes, Cristofer has him screaming his lines into Jolie's face with such a spritzing fury, she might have filed a union grievance.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    A black comedy that some viewers may take as an assault. The disconnect between the realism of its violence and the near-slapstick tone of some of its comedy is too much to be framed within one movie.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Often tedious, sometimes fascinating anthology.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    The Last Time feels like a script that was written backwards, as if the twist ending occurred to Caleo first and he then filled out a story to get to it. Fair enough, except getting there in this case is just no fun.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Goldblum, who has made psychological confusion his actor's stock-in-trade, gives Nolan's behavior just enough credibility to keep his quest alive for us, and Heche gives a delightfully unaffected performance as Lucy.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Evening is a case study in how a subtly evocative book can elude the most well-intentioned filmmakers and some of our finest actors.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Has many of the qualities that made the actor such a great target for self-parody in Spike Jonze's "Being John Malkovich" - it's sober, deliberate, self-consciously mysterious and no fun at all.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Essentially conversations, confrontations, and an extremely pat -- and very verbal -- reconciliation.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Sitting through the film is punishing work. The jittery closeups create a response that is more physical (I'm thinking nausea) than emotional, and there are no respites.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    In trying to disguise his themes within the structure of a noir thriller, Parker was simply more successful at fooling himself than us.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    When the producers of Eros, a triptych of short stories about eroticism and desire, described what they wanted from Hong Kong director Wong Kar Wai, American Steven Soderbergh and Italian master Michelangelo Antonioni, they must have written the memo in Chinese. Only Wong attempted something sensual.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    The movie turns into something strange and annoying, an attempted blend of a suburban thriller with an Old West shoot-'em-up.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Dunst makes Davies the most confident and interesting person aboard the Oneida and makes this voyage almost, but not quite, worth taking.
    • New York Daily News
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    There is one good, legitimate scare in Robert Zemeckis' quasi-ghost thriller What Lies Beneath, and that's just not enough for a movie that lasts more than two hours.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    It's never a good thing to notice that the actors in a movie are having a better time than you are. It's so unfair. They're paid to work, you're paying for fun.

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