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 0.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jack Mathews' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Hairspray
Lowest review score: 0 Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo
Score distribution:
1,365 movie reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    The face-to-face interviews laced throughout the movie are fascinating and often laugh-out-loud funny. Ask people to talk dirty and you don't know what they'll say.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    But there were few, if any, better performances in 2000 than the one Blanchett gives here, and Raimi's crafty blend of dramatic realism and supernatural knowledge is one of the year's best directing con jobs.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    A movie-movie about the movies.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    An astonishingly intimate and painful coming-of-age story.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    When it comes to sports movies, there's nothing like the real thing, and there's never been anything quite as real as the documentary Murderball.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    What keeps the film from becoming obnoxiously redundant is the conviviality of the comedians. These are funny people even when they're not telling the joke.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    Works on every level. The humor and language are as crude as an R rating allows, but Carell and Apatow's script is so hip, funny and - yes - innocent that it's never offensive.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    It is a devastating indictment of the ruling class of Money, Miss.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    A slick, fast-paced production with first-rate performances and an emotional punch you won't soon forget.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    The story itself is a smooth little gem.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    More fun than a company picnic - and a lot more fun than the classic 18th century novel that inspired it - Michael Winterbottom's Tristram Shandy: A Cock & Bull Story is the first good comedy of 2006.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    It's more fun than a turkey shoot. It's also one of the most entertaining riffs on American culture in years.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    I wouldn't recommend the movie to anyone, but if the families of the victims take something positive from it, as their cooperation with Greengrass suggests they do, that's justification enough.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    The stories are eye-opening and heartwarming at the same time, but you'll be moved less by empathy for the characters than by the summoning of your own emotional memories. This movie is personal.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    Though made 31 years after D-Day, the dramatic scenes have the period look of a '40s movie, which links them perfectly with the stunning archival footage.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    It's as harrowing as moviegoing gets.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    This brilliant documentary, which shows not only how Belgian King Leopold II made the huge and resource-rich central African Congo his own private reserve, but how his legacy of exploiting the land and brutalizing its people continues in modern times.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    Fascinating, amusing and ultimately disturbing.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    In some ways, The Queen is a comedy of manners - bad, good and archaic. The formal bowing and scraping surrounding Her Majesty is as hilarious as it is (apparently) accurate.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    Built from a perfect story-telling collaboration.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    One of the best things about Michael Apted's uniquely ambitious and continuing documentary series on the lives of a group of British schoolchildren is that you don't have to have seen the last one to enjoy the next.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    Amy Berg's riveting documentary, tracks O'Grady's predatory trail from San Andreas, Calif., to Ireland, where he is now living on a church pension that was apparently meant to buy his silence.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    Eastwood's sepia-toned combat scenes are as graphic, if not quite as jolting, as those in "Ryan." And without a Tom Hanks-size star in the cast, "Flags" is not likely to do "Ryan's" blockbuster business. But "Flags," a true story directed by someone with far more faith in the audience's ability to empathize, is the better movie.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    A powerful movie that should win all the year's ensemble acting awards. Pitt has never done better dramatic work, Blanchett is as convincing as always, and - in introducing themselves to American audiences - veteran Mexican actress Barraza and Japan's Kikuchi are revelations.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    If "The Godfather" movies were based on real gangsters and some of them were still around to talk about the good old days, they might be as fascinating as the characters in Billy Corben's documentary about the cocaine import business in 1970s Miami.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    For a black comedy whose tangled sequence of events is completely improbable, Pedro Almodóvar's Volver feels absolutely authentic. So, think of everything as metaphor and enjoy one of the year's most delectably twisted treats.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    Fans of anyone other than Sean Connery who has played James Bond may want to look away, because admirers of Ian Fleming's 007 novels are almost bound to agree that Daniel Craig is the best Bond since Sean.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    This is Guest's fourth ensemble parody of showbiz subjects, and though his sketch-comedy style and acting troupe are now familiar, this is his most accomplished movie.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    Except for Hempf, every character is under incredible duress, and the performances are exceptional. With his first feature, an Oscar nominee for foreign-language film, von Donnersmarck has certainly left his mark.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    Peter O'Toole, looking frail beyond his 74 years, gives what may be his farewell performance as a leading movie actor in Roger Michell's Venus. It's one for the books - and maybe the Oscars, too.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    As the relationship between the two British schoolteachers begins (quietly), builds (deceptively) and dissolves (spectacularly), Dench and Blanchett give a master class in acting. Pick your own sports metaphor, but watching them go at each other is the match of the year.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    Beautifully shot, both in darkened homes and on the misty green Irish landscape by Loach's frequent cinematographer Barry Aykroyd, "Wind" has a you-are-there intensity and intimacy about it that make it nearly overwhelming. But for all its violence and subsequent sadness, it's a movie of extraordinary importance.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    Critics are already comparing the two movies and largely agreeing that Tarantino?s story about a psychopathic stuntman who targets women for highway carnage is the best. I disagree.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    With nifty new villains, a revived Green Goblin, plus $300 million worth of aerial special effects, Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 3 is definitely good to go.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    28 Weeks Later has a stronger story line, equally fine performances, greater tension, enough gore to satisfy the most hard-core zombie fan, and a narrative pace that flings us from the opening scenes to the very last image.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    What stands out, not surprisingly, is the work and passion that goes into the shows. But seeing all this from the inside creates an extraordinary level of empathy for those involved.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    Michael Corrente's Brooklyn Rules takes him to the mean streets of Gotti country, circa 1985, and it's another gem.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    What follows is an extreme case of reverse courtship, which begins at conception and works backward toward getting to know each other, and then moves forward to one of the funniest birthing scenes ever filmed.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    Moore's most assured, least antagonistic and potentially most important film.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    The most compelling and least partisan of all the Iraq documentaries.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    While it won't rival the Harry Potter movies as a cultural milestone, the luminous, irresistible Stardust is no less industrious at scavenging myths and legends and making something altogether new from the familiar pickings.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    Unlike Glenn Ford, a soft-spoken studio star who was cast against type as Wade 50 years ago, Crowe is a perfect fit. Not because of his bad boy behavior offscreen, but because he can blend charm and menace better than anyone.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    This is likely the fastest-moving intentionally funny action movie ever made. It's as if the 21 Bond movies and four "Die Hards" had been distilled to remove their body fat (that is, character development, buildup, rest stops, etc.) and left us with only the killing and the punch lines.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    Tony Gilroy, co-author of the superb Jason Bourne film trilogy, makes a stunning directorial debut with Michael Clayton, an out-of-courtroom drama that helps solidify George Clooney's acting bona fides.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    Berry gives a riveting performance, but as a deeply decent man trapped in a hell of his own making, Del Toro gives the kind of career performance Berry gave in "Monster's Ball."
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    Arguably Lumet's best film in 20 years.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    If the structure is a tad out of whack, "No Country" does not lack for action or suspense. Some of the scenes of Chigurh's stalking of Moss are nearly unbearably tense. Bring your worry beads.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    Whether this reserved, hypercautious widower can deal with the arousal she creates in him - let alone be physically able to act on it - is one of the many layers of tension that drive this unusual and absolutely riveting dance.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    Represents the year's biggest gamble - and it delivers the year's biggest and most ambitious fantasy.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    The Manhattan movie of the year, Francis Lawrence's I Am Legend, offers a stunning glimpse into how the city - as we know it today - might look in 2012 if it were abandoned in 2009.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    The black-and-white animation won't dazzle your eyes, but everything else about Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud's adaptation of Satrapi's graphic comic book series Persepolis will hold you in its thrall.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    With a grating symphonic score by ­Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood and the constant sense of danger following Plainview, "Blood" does not release its grip on the audience until its last, bizarrely crazy minutes.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    Ale's community is like a band of pirates - collegial, bickering, larcenous and supportive - and his life within it is both heartening and heartbreaking.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Jack Mathews
    The film is as faithful to its subject as perhaps any film biography has been. As Eastwood said, Parker was a paradoxical character, both self-destructive and full of life, and the movie, simultaneously dark and exhilarating, takes that as its theme. [22 Sep 1988, p. 1]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Plumbs the issue of sibling love and family responsibility in quietly powerful ways, and the performances of the two stars surpass convincing to reach a level of biographical realism.
    • New York Daily News
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    That's what Bond is all about -- dazzle, some really bad puns and the kind of sexy fun that satisfies high-school urges while masquerading in tux and tails.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Jack Nicholson in a performance that ranks among his best, yet leaves you feeling unfulfilled as never before.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Offers nothing new to the long tradition of boxing films. But Hill's reverence for the classic form and the stone-cold performances of Rhames and Snipes propel the whole thing forward with a prefight buildup that's more fun -- and probably more honest -- than the awkward attempts at macho showmanship we get from real fighters these days.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Fresh and often very funny, and it makes its point that when our native urges conflict with social norms, the former shall give in to the latter, or else.
    • New York Daily News
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    A solidly crafted, entertaining melodrama.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    One of the curmudgeonly director's sweetest films, and features one of Richard Gere's most affecting performances.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Roberts carries the film in the best sense, by taking us on a human journey of genuine discovery and growth.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    There's nothing here for commercial reality-TV shows, just history caught on the run, offering a raw and timeless reminder of the day we had our eyes opened to the power of blind hatred.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    By turns cheerful, funny and melancholy, and at all times honest, Nicole Holofcener's Lovely and Amazing stands out in the current run of ensemble women's films.
    • New York Daily News
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Its sprawling canvas is mere backdrop for the most intimate of character studies -- a portrait of a man who chose material wealth and found emotional ruin.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    It's a slight, old-fashioned B movie, the last thing you would expect from an actress coming off a breakout year, but it has a charm and freshness we don't see much these days.
    • New York Daily News
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    A fascinating story.
    • New York Daily News
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Clever as it is, Blood Simple is derivative and self-consciously stylized.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    The movie falls apart toward the end as it enters "Eyes Wide Shut" territory, but until then, it's fun to see bookworms cast in the James Bond mode.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    A raunchy, irreverent, generally hilarious sendup of ritual and papal decree.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    A mostly accomplished first film, with precise comic timing and some hilarious moments.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Blunt, alternately prurient, funny and depressing.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Has the schematic feel of a disease-of-the-week TV movie, but the connections made between jazz and the minds that produce it turns the film into something much more intimate and compelling.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    A slice of life in the most profound sense.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    As a film, The Score may not add up to much, but take it apart and it's something to see.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    A small gem in the postholiday depression.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    The things you can look forward to, however, are the humor, intellectual musing, emotional tumult, superb acting and challenging adult questions.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    The greatest strength of this modest production is Jones. ZigZag's autism is mild, meaning his symptoms are subtle, and the 19-year-old novice is completely convincing.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    That there was no squirming among the kids at my screening may be the best recommendation of all.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Could well end up on the coming Oscar ballot for best foreign language film.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    A fascinating fly-on-the-wall documentary.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    The Specialist allows Eichmann to convict himself, not of complicity in the Holocaust -- to that he pleads guilty, by reason of nationalism -- but as a man unfazed by his own inhumanity.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    A long sit for those unfamiliar with Proust's literary quest and output, but the view is sensational.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Savvy, unflinching, often bloody documentary.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    More than the sum of its parts.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    A personal eulogy, from one artist to another, and an indictment of all systems of government that deny people the right to free expression and the full realization of their talent.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    The story is fascinating for its simplicity and its inherent truths about the downside of progress.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    The performances are first-rate, with the always inventive Macy a standout as the hopeful, tormented Chappy, and Zahn a scream as the lovably imbecilic Wayne.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Hand-held cameras give their surface showbiz relationship a sense of immediacy that, like love itself, has more than a hint of danger.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Good music stands alone, and the documentary is jaunty fun.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Krabbe attempts to stuff too many themes and subplots into the story.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    No actress of her generation inhabits characters as thoroughly and convincingly as she (Streep) does, and this performance carries the movie
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    It provides the first genuine laughs I've had at the movies in this young year.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Offering often-hysterical testimony to Vilanch's talent.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    This is melodrama with broad theatrical flourishes, but Dietrich's sensuality is still a natural wonder, and with a new print, the Film Forum run offers a rare opportunity to see it big-screen-size.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Looks a lot like 1950s American gangster films -- particularly, John Huston's "The Asphalt Jungle" -- but it's decidedly French in its sexual candor and moral laissez-faire.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    A slog to get through, but Jeanie Drynan's nuanced performance as the enduring matriarch makes it all worthwhile.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Seth, who played Nehru in the Oscar-winning "Gandhi," gives a subtly layered performance as a complex, tormented and very decent man in crisis.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Despite the movie's dramatic weaknesses, I was spellbound by the images.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    A relatively straightforward portrait of Holmes, using interviews with family members, friends, wives, X-film producers and his former co-stars.

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