For 1,370 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 2.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jack Mathews' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Superman Returns
Lowest review score: 0 Ted Bundy
Score distribution:
1370 movie reviews
    • 21 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Larry offers enough scatological humor to fertilize the wheat fields in the star's home state of Nebraska.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Dark, grim, and cliched Orwellian satire.
    • New York Daily News
    • 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.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    So badly conceived and executed, its good intentions don't help.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    As an allegory of religious conflict, the '73 film is brilliantly constructed and ends with a punctuation mark that was shocking in its day. LaBute's movie attempts to shock, as well, and does: Given the names involved and the casting of Cage, it is shockingly bad.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Nearly devoid of both dialogue and narrative cohesion, Yongman Kim's first feature - Part 1 of a planned trilogy inspired by Dante's "Inferno" - suggests that the founder of the popular downtown Kim's Video store should not give up his day job.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Eric Steel's documentary has more than a whiff of exploitation about it.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Like a fragile Provence wine left too long in the sun, Ridley Scott's romantic comedy A Good Year spoiled somewhere between the publication of Peter Mayle's novel and this cockamamie adaptation.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    A Christmas headache looking for an audience.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Though there are giggles here and there, the film is inexcusably unfunny.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    For a much better film about a similar story, rent "The World's Fastest Indian," with Anthony Hopkins on a motorcycle.
    • New York Daily News
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Really, women drag their husbands and boyfriends to films like writer-director Susannah Grant's emotionally bogus Catch and Release and I feel their pain. They should get a free Boys Night Out pass every time they make the sacrifice.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    What's here is a glimpse not into how far people will go to win a reality TV show, but how far greedy writers and producers will go to degrade, debouch and enrich themselves.
    • 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?
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    The film is lovely to look at, but makes not a lick of sense.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Dreadfully unfunny.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Nothing in the movie rings true, least of all its depiction of gambling, both in casinos and in the bookie world that ultimately drives the story.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    The confusing time line of Pascal Arnold and Jean-Marc Barr's bizarre tale of sibling romance, murder and obsession is just one of its problems. The others are the romance, the murder and the obsession.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    It's an interesting profile in self-destruction until the script becomes unhinged itself and has Laura doing things that are not so much outrageous as hilariously stupid.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    It's a romantic comedy, though neither funny nor romantic. It's a ghost story, though not scary. It's a satire about publishing, but without teeth.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    September Dawn, written by an evangelical Christian, may be the worst historical drama ever made.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Obliterating the original structure and intent of "Body Snatchers" is cinema-lit blasphemy.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    There is just no tension built prior to the murders.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    The upbeat brothers are full of sweetness and love, but the script is made of taffy, and if you can chew and laugh at the same time, you're welcome to it.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    By the end of Francois Gerard's plodding, uninvolving melodrama, his boredom will have nothing on yours.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Among cautionary tales of gloom-and-doom, it may out-gore Gore, but it doesn't entertain.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    There's still time, but for now, Fogler gets my vote for the worst performance of the year.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    If it weren't for retro-gartered Milla Jovovich, I don't know why anyone would want to survive the virus that is turning humans into zombies and destroying the Earth in Resident Evil: Extinction.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    It's described as a black comedy, but you can forget the comedy part. There wasn't so much as a snicker at the screening I attended, though I may have heard a snore or two.

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