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 Dinosaur
Lowest review score: 0 The Skulls
Score distribution:
1,365 movie reviews
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    The salvaging operations, and the scavenging of B-52 parts for retail recycling and junk art that seem to consume most of the film take it to tedium, and beyond.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Underdeveloped and badly diluted by overlong -- and overly stylized -- forays into the drug use, street hustling and cultural alienation that mostly affects the boys' friends.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Wretch of a B movie.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Ron Shelton's boxing pic is long on road work but strictly a flyweight.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Atoothless morality play.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Wells' vision of the distant future is cartoonishly simplistic without the subtext of British class consciousness that informed the novel.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    May be free of gay stereotypes, but it's absolutely riddled with romantic cliches. It's hard to see the progress in that.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Completely false, manipulative, exploitative and insulting.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    We wish other directors would keep Edward Burns busy acting so he wouldn't have time to make his own movies. This is his fourth since "The Brothers McMullen" and they get more tedious each time out.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Stevens, an actor taking charge from the other side of the camera, and writer and co-star Breen are going for a romantic black farce, a darkly noble idea, but one that requires far more empathetic characters and funnier situations than they've created.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    I don't know why Redford and the white-hot Gandolfini signed on for this fiasco, but the give-and-take between them is the film's sole pleasure.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Not all cartoon violence; there's cartoon nudity, too. Berry was paid a well-publicized $500,000 bonus to bare her breasts in the movie.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Only Stanley Tucci seems aware of the drop-dead stupidity of the plot, and acts up a storm of high camp as the narcissistic scientist.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Stole so many details from the earlier film, "The Hustler," that you have to think of it as either a bad parody or an unfortunate homage.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Gets too caught up in its escalating violence and strained-to-bursting moral subtexts. It's the blood of souls drenching the screen, and it's a hideous sight to behold.
    • New York Daily News
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Gere, who's credited with keeping the project alive for years, has never thrown himself quite so fully into a role, and Pellington tells the story without a hint of skepticism. I suppose he had no choice. If you're going to treat poppycock as history, you had better believe it.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Has a lot of nerve making fun of Olivia Newton-John's "I Honestly Love You," as the choice of newlyweds fated for divorce in 12 to 14 months. The Wedding Planner should have such a shelf life.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    An awkwardly executed, tedious and -- a near impossibility for a Holocaust movie -- emotionally uninvolving bore.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    A personal documentary on a family member. The question is, who -- outside of friends and family -- would want to watch it? The answer...is ... beyond me.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    More than a bad movie, it's an anti-movie.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Kline will break your heart, while the rest of the movie will just make you sick.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    This is clearly the Worst Performance by an Actress in a Death Scene since Sofia Coppola took a bullet for her dad in "The Godfather: Part III."
    • 24 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Something's wrong with the math here -- the inheritance of the story's small-town hero is enlarged from $20 million to $40 billion, yet the new movie isn't worth the price of a Depression-era ticket.
    • New York Daily News
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    History as filtered through the faux-liberal prism of Hollywood's dream factory, and an insult, I believe, to the people who actually carried the fight and endured the pain for civil rights.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Dreamcatcher has no business being this bad.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    This is the kind of misfire that can take everyone down with it. It's not just bad, it's mean-bad.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    If the 10th "Friday" sounds like the first "Alien," it's strictly intentional. Todd Farmer's script rips off that classic sci-fi horror film, replaces the acid-based monster with the hockey-masked Jason, adopts the self-mocking attitude of "Scream" and lets the heads, arms, legs and torsos fall where they may.
    • New York Daily News
    • 29 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Why Travolta is slumming in B movies is anybody's guess. (I'll take a wild flier: "Battlefield Earth"?)
    • 27 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    The stars have little opportunity to engage their characters. The gang-written screenplay and Chris Koch's artless direction turn their scenes into a series of broad, overplayed comic sketches.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Offers traditional cinematic gab about marital status, sexual orientation, nationality and degree of fulfillment.