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 1.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jack Mathews' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 King Kong
Lowest review score: 0 Ted Bundy
Score distribution:
1366 movie reviews
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Ken Liotti's script barely earns a C+.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    A fascinating contrast in lifestyles.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Ron Shelton's boxing pic is long on road work but strictly a flyweight.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Of this much I'm sure: It's an awful movie.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Takes the worst and most annoying elements of the first film and treats them like grand assets.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Dreamcatcher has no business being this bad.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    By the end of Francois Gerard's plodding, uninvolving melodrama, his boredom will have nothing on yours.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    A tormented dramatization of the exact same events, and it's as bad as the earlier film ("Dogtown and Z-Boys") was good.
    • 15 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    The characters are boring, the violence generic, the suspense nonexistent.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    On paper, the "rising stars" of Meiert Avis' low-flying romantic comedy Undiscovered are Steven Strait and Pell James, but the real star is Tyson the Skateboarding Dog.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Crowe was going for something magical in all this, but the film is so affected and mannered, so preciously in love with itself, that it's painful to watch. Scenes go on and on, and when you think the movie's over, it goes on and on some more.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Both a madcap comedy and a cautionary tale about the dangers of drug abuse. But it's not funny or smart enough to work as either one, let alone to strike a balance.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    A Christmas headache looking for an audience.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Kline will break your heart, while the rest of the movie will just make you sick.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Trudy is really the only character with the "Barrytown" zest, and Montgomery throws herself into the role with unselfconscious abandon. She makes the screen crackle with energy.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    A ticket to this movie is a season's pass on that train - and you must complete every ride.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    A weak documentary. There's very little here to demonstrate the personality and leadership qualities that made Massoud both a legend and a martyr. Raw, sloppily edited, unfocused and without any sense of scale, it's personal journalism with its heart in the right place, and that's about it.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Unremittingly bleak and hopelessly outdated parable of American race relations.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Convoluted and unsatisfying psychological drama.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Perhaps this is just a bad performance by Bana; he's not shown me anything yet. But there's a more basic problem. If money is just a way of keeping score, and Huck doesn't care whether he's flush or busted, why should we?
    • 32 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Dark, grim, and cliched Orwellian satire.
    • New York Daily News
    • 50 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Save your breath, and your money.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    It's an old maxim that you can't make a good movie from a bad script. But with the suspense thriller Twisted, Philip Kaufman shows that you can make one that looks like it should be good.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    The low-tech film looks like a kid's crude drawing, plays like entry-level Game Boy, and is about as nourishing as a Tootsie Pop.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    The real trouble is at its core, with an over-the-top performance from Sedgwick that borders on Baby Jane campiness.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    A screamingly bad melodrama whose message seems to be that people who think they're talking to a deaf person admit things they wouldn't admit to themselves. Silence, please.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    There is just no tension built prior to the murders.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    The movie - with some gamy sexual references, a one-night stand and a long look at a stud muffin's naked buns - targets an older female audience. They may see it as unbearably cute, filled with ridiculous coincidences and laced with performances that - like the obnoxious soundtrack music - overstate the mood.

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