For 1,366 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 1.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jack Mathews' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner
Lowest review score: 0 Perception
Score distribution:
1366 movie reviews
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Images wash over you like wind-blown rain, fierce and beautiful at the same time, largely shaped into themes by the haunting music of Philip Glass, who is here joined by cellist Yo-Yo Ma.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    It is remarkably, unsentimentally dramatized by Fred Schepisi, courtesy of the pitch-perfect performances of its ensemble British cast.
    • New York Daily News
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Energetic, provocative.
    • 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
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Whether he'll achieve his goal of setting the world land-speed record for motorcycles is never in doubt, of course, but getting to a film's climactic scene has rarely been more fun.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    It's a human drama, drawn in such careful emotional detail, its two acts of violence -- one shown, one not -- are almost incidental.
    • New York Daily News
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    As cool a summer lark as you'll find.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    The movie belongs to Luke, who brings the heroic Chamusso to life as richly as Forest Whitaker does the evil Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in "The Last King of Scotland."
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    The first pleasant surprise of 2003, a cross-cultural romantic comedy that doesn't stint on romance or comedy, and- - when you least expect and most need it- - throws in some jaunty musical numbers of its own.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    The dubbing from German to Polish is off-putting, but it is Schlondorff's best film since his classic "The Tin Drum."
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Has the gentlest feel of any movie I can remember.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Turgoose, in his first film role, is entirely convincing as the strong-willed but naïve Shaun, and Graham is a genuine fright as the feral prototype of the violent skinhead culture on the horizon.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    As tension mounts through the evening, Giraldi cleverly sweeps in and out of conversations -- and brings it all together in a climax that is as hard to see coming as it is to resist.
    • New York Daily News
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    This is a pitch-black sendup of a classic femme fatale, a teenage version of the husband-killers in "Double Indemnity" and "The Postman Always Rings Twice," without the saving grace of passion.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    You have never seen a concert film like U2 3D, and it may change your expectations for the rest of your rocking years.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    I quibble over a film that has none of the artistic pretensions of "The Silence of the Lambs." This is more of a greatest-hits Hannibal movie, with a thunderingly portentous soundtrack, lots of mugging and autopsy detail, and a bang-up double ending.
    • 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
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    If you're looking for a bit of an uplift, you could do worse among the gloom of so many holiday dramas.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    He's not someone you may wish you'd known, but he's a fascinating street character.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    North Country may be a simplistic account of a hard-won battle, but it will have audiences cheering.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Lost in La Mancha basically catches "Don Quixote" in free fall…It's our loss nonetheless. Gilliam is one of the great film fantasists of our age, and one expects he would have done Cervantes proud.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    A "Ben-Hur"-size epic with beefcake, beauty, outsize heroes, flashy duels and epic battles. There are breathtaking vistas, taut political intrigues, dangerous romantic liaisons and one of the greatest wardrobes ever assembled for a costume drama.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Newly minted celebrity couple Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston don't have many opportunities to demonstrate their romantic chemistry in Peyton Reed's funny, heart-wrenching The Break-Up, but they still give what may be the best performances of their careers.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    A breathtaking visual history of big wave surfing. This is vicarious daredevilry at its best.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Penn hasn't attempted much comedy since "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," but he's masterful here.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Clever as it is, Blood Simple is derivative and self-consciously stylized.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Chinese director Zhang Yimou has made some of the most beautiful movies of the last 20 years, and with his latest, Curse of the Golden Flower, he has also made one of the most deliciously nutty.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Sophie Scholl is the subject of a feature film that has earned an Oscar nomination for a Germany she would have loved to live in.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Despite all the violence that ensues, The Proposition is a psychological Western more in the mold of Clint Eastwood's "Unforgiven" than the John Ford films its stark cinematography resembles. It's about a good man, Stanley, who does bad things, and a bad man, Charlie, fighting his conscience.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    The casting of Ferrell and Heder turns out to be inspired. The direction, by a pair of NYU grads who've only made TV commercials and two short films, is pitch-perfect. And - miraculously - the skating sequences are passably realistic.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Dublin-born Byrne and native New Yorker Linney...are both exceptional at depicting characters about to burst from inner turmoil, and Linney, in particular, is heartbreaking.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    The Savages is a TV movie made for the big screen - and it needs the larger venue to accommodate the huge performances of its stars, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Laura Linney.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    In the end, I don't know that Delirious has all that much to say about the fame game, but you'll laugh nonetheless.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    It's too long, unnecessarily complicated and often silly, but Gore Verbinski's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest is still the purest popcorn entertainment of the summer.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Hurt and Dancy are terrific in these roles, but the power of the movie is in the tension created by Caton-Jones on the same sites where this historical event unfolded.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Hilariously funny, full of fang-popping scares, and guaranteed to increase travel by train.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    If you can watch it without weeping over your own predicament, you'll see some serious talent bursting out.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    A remarkable and moving account of a part of the French experience that needs more remembering and less forgetting.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    This is a riveting story about a man who for years moonlighted as an anonymous hangman while holding a day job as a wholesale grocery delivery man.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    The new buddy comedy movie that assumes the names of the series' characters and features the same hot-to-trot, tomato-red and shocking-white 1974 Ford Gran Torino is more fun than a Heidi Fleiss open house.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    In condensing Rusesabagina's story, George has undoubtedly overstated the specific dramatic moments; the movie has more cliff-hangers than the "Indiana Jones" series.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    People unfamiliar with either man may think Altman is mocking Keillor and his 32-year-old radio program here. But, it is pure affection, and the movie is as much up-tempo, irresistible fun to watch as the show is to hear.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    The story is fanciful, with grotesquely improbable twists involving the fictional Garrigan (James McAvoy) and one of the dictator's three wives (Kerry Washington). But as Amin, Forest Whitaker's command of the screen is so thorough, so frightening, so ripe with malice that you won't move in your seat for fear of catching his eye.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    A charmer, a comedy with drama -- or vice versa.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    A mostly accomplished first film, with precise comic timing and some hilarious moments.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    A dazzlingly original visual adventure.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    This is a family movie in the best sense; it plays to children without talking down and to their parents without pandering. Mostly, it's just good fun.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Other than a tortured apology from Bill Clinton for having misunderstood the gravity of the situation, there isn't a peep of remorse heard from the normally sanctimonious West. And Dellaire's final bit of self-abuse is to blame himself for his failure to shame the world to action.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    The first of three planned remakes of Dutch films by the late Theo van Gogh, Steve Buscemi's Interview takes the most unnatural act in human intercourse - the celebrity interview - and makes an explosively funny two-character psychodrama out of it.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    This is as bitter and despairing an exploration of the human spirit as any of Bergman's films, and it is just as vibrantly written and directed.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Any opportunity to see Pete Seeger perform, even at age 85, is worth taking - and Seeger is front, center and full-throated in Jim Brown's concert film.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    As a sign of how stubborn some irrational religious traditions can be, Hindu protesters forced Mehta to close down her Indian location and finish the film in neighboring Sri Lanka.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    There is no turning back; the biggest project in China since the Great Wall and the Grand Canal has claimed its human cost and now must prove its own worth. -
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    This is good clean fun, with or without the soap, and one of the most spirited entries of the season.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Connelly's better-than-routine potboiler has a high-concept premise built for the movies, and it's the first of the former L.A. Times reporter's 11 crime novels to make the journey from bookshelf to big screen.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    It provides the first genuine laughs I've had at the movies in this young year.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    The fourth documentary screed this summer to have grown out of the left's frustration with the nation's turn to the right. Keep 'em coming, I say.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    In Aniston's previous film roles, the "Friends" star has made little impression, but under the direction of the gifted young Arteta, she's certainly grown to fill the big screen here, and looks ready to leap from TV to film.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    If you want an hour or so of terror, put your faith in Them.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    The film serves him well, replaying a few surviving recordings that make clear what a beautifully melodious voice he had and what a talent went wasted.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    A raucous gospel comedy that's as broad as co-star Beyonce Knowles' vowels and chockablock with foot-stomping, up-with-the-choir music that will have even atheists praising the Lord.
    • 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
    Whether the movie leaves you confused or angry, you will be stimulated to long discussion afterward. How often does that happen these days?
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Whoever wanders into the theater should leave a winner.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Though The Lookout is eventually a genre film, with a tense, bang-up ending, it is also a thoughtful study of a young man trying to make sense of a world that he is having to learn all over again.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    For those who didn't get enough violence from Martin Scorsese's "Gangs of New York," welcome to City of God.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Lucky Number Slevin would be too clever for its own good if it weren't so ... darn clever. This violent flick is not in the same league as "The Sting," which has my vote for the cleverest winding road toward a happy ending in screenwriting history, but it contains nearly as deft a con job as that 1973 film.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    A well-crafted indictment of the dark side of the modern work ethic.
    • New York Daily News
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Winslet and Keitel are brilliant as cult member & deprogrammer.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Mostly, it's a story of violence, and it's superbly told.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    The result is a feast for the senses.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    This fine documentary mixes archival footage, interviews with the sailor's family and sponsors, and - most amazingly - excerpts from the film and audiotape diary kept by Crowhurst.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Superb, ultimately exhilarating account of Coney Island basketball phenom Sebastian Telfair's senior year at Lincoln High.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Offers a chillingly effective look at the ease with which a suicide bomber could wreak havoc on U.S. soil - specifically in Times Square.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Of all the Middle East-theme movies this season, Mike Nichols' Charlie Wilson's War is the least political and most entertaining. That doesn't mean it's great, just that it's unimportant.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    LaBeouf ("Holes") has a scrubbed, ego-free innocence that is perfect for his working-class hero.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    It captures the animal attraction we call lust and carefully tracks its evolution to true love. For all its faults, this beautifully shot, sexually graphic film is a gem.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    It takes a while for Frank Oz's ensemble black comedy Death at a Funeral to hit its deliriously nutty stride. But when it does, the laughs don't stop until the movie, like the subject of its family get-together, has taken its last breath.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    A gritty thriller on the theme of the con man conned. It works as well as it does thanks to a captivating lead performance by Emmanuelle Devos and the superb direction of Jacques Audiard.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    As pulp entertainment, Confidence is great fun and Foley's first good movie since the very different "Glengarry Glen Ross."
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Though the sitcom humor of this is much broader and funnier than in May's film, it is also the part most faithful in spirit to the original.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    What Walk the Line does well, it does really well. Mangold was ­wisely gen­erous with the amount of musical performance he included in the film, and the later scenes - showing Cash and Carter as partners - are so well shot and edited, they defy you to sit still.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Whether we've reached the critical mass of "misplaced power" is the gist of the current national debate, and Why We Fight is a useful tool in that argument.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    The question is not whether the movie exactly duplicates the experience of the book, but whether the movie stands on its own. Angela's Ashes clearly does.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Compston, with Loach's uncanny guidance, gives a performance of such natural power you'd think you were watching a drama-class prodigy like James Dean rather than a moonlighting high-schooler.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Redford has rarely done this kind of intimate drama, effectively a two-character play on the mountain, and he's very convincing. As is Dafoe.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    One of the curmudgeonly director's sweetest films, and features one of Richard Gere's most affecting performances.

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