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

Jack Mathews' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Memento
Lowest review score: 0 From Justin to Kelly
Score distribution:
1365 movie reviews
    • 54 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    The movie is dismally organized, his (Keys) interviews are shallow and uninformative, and the project has a whole lacks a strong point of view.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Only sharp dialogue and a suspenseful buglary might have given this lame, quasi morality play some energy. It has neither.
    • 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.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    It might have been a marketing nightmare, but if Lopez and Tyler had switched roles, it would have been a better movie.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    There's a reason filmmaking is considered a craft, and Hoge, a former teacher in a juvenile prison, cannot pull off what would be a tricky proposition for a skilled veteran.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    I love golf, history and good stories, and I found this to be among the most boring, flat and cliched sports movies I've ever seen.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    I have not read the Anne Tyler novella from which the movie is adapted, but it is clear from the earliest scenes that Evie and Drumstrings are of a different generation from 37-year-old Taylor and 36-year-old Pearce.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Whether Jawed Wassel could have made more of it with further editing we'll never know, but it's a clunky bit of storytelling.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    With the exception of one masterfully choreographed - and improbably bloodless - martial-arts gang fight, the new version of Jules Verne's Around the World in 80 Days is one of the lamest remakes of a classic film I've ever seen.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    As much as I love swing, all I got out of Martin Guigui's murky, incomprehensible grade B romantic fantasy was a few twitches of nostalgia for the music.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    "Quantum Bull-Bleep" would be a more apt title for the conclusions that the movie draws, but one concept was a revelation to me. One of the scientists said it's a fact that a single object can be in two places at the same time. I guess that explains O.J.'s alibi.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    The Intended is well-intended, but it is also the dreariest, most uninvolving movie I've seen this year.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    A ticket to this movie is a season's pass on that train - and you must complete every ride.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Shot with an annoyingly jerky hand-held camera, Virgin is a test to stick with, and despite the best efforts of Moss, it wore me out.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Toback is a smart guy with kinky tastes who has nothing left but to tempt actors into performing in his sex fantasies.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    The last act, when the movie falls apart like a cheap toy, is both a deus ex machina and an anticlimax.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    This is a "What were they thinking?"-size disaster, with the wrong actors in the wrong roles in a project that had no reason to be remade in the USA.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    The latest - and really last-minute - documentary hoping to affect the presidential election is a deceptively partisan view of the Iraq War.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Surely, Vinterberg was high on some inert gas when he embarked on it.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    You'd have to go back to Blake Edwards' "10" and Bo Derek to find a mainstream movie that spends more time gawking at a star's body - or a more cooperative and alluring subject.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Takes the worst and most annoying elements of the first film and treats them like grand assets.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    If there's anything more tiresome in film today than hip irony, it is forced irony, and here comes a boatload with Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Clumsily merges fiction and reality, biography and musical fantasy, and breaks the fourth wall in a way that allows Spacey to lamely address his own miscasting.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Unfortunately, what you'll remember most about the movie is its banal script and dialogue so ripe it almost laughs at itself.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Save your breath, and your money.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    As the story of a romantic office lump, Janice Beard resembles last year's "Bridget Jones's Diary." But it is a far, far lesser thing.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    A fascinating contrast in lifestyles.
    • 15 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    The characters are boring, the violence generic, the suspense nonexistent.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    The second half of Antoine de Caunes' Monsieur N., about the post-exile life and death of Napoleon, plays less like a movie than a suggestion for one. This is a great disappointment because the first half is very cinematic and very compelling.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    What the filmmakers missed in assuming the mask from the earlier film is that it was Carrey's astonishing physical comedy that made that film a hit, not the animation.

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