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 Almost Famous
Lowest review score: 0 Scarlet Diva
Score distribution:
1,365 movie reviews
    • 19 Metascore
    • 25 Jack Mathews
    Here's one for the Sick Voyeurs Club.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 Jack Mathews
    A deadly script.
    • 9 Metascore
    • 25 Jack Mathews
    No better than whatever you might pick up while wearing a blindfold at Blockbuster, even if you happen to reach into a trash can.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 25 Jack Mathews
    Greenebaum's tedious, film-school level exercise in self-indulgence and exploitation.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 Jack Mathews
    This is extremely dark and politically loaded material.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 Jack Mathews
    There isn't a scene, an action or a character that rings true, yet the narrative summary of the events that inspired it is a matter of record.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 Jack Mathews
    Critics are inclined to describe the action in films like "XXX" and Lee Tamahori's sequel, XXX: State of the Union, as "cartoon violence." I'll resist doing that out of respect for cartoons.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 25 Jack Mathews
    Rates an inquisition of its own. It may not be heresy to fill out an ensemble cast of Peruvian and Spanish characters almost exclusively with non-Hispanic actors, but it certainly destroys any sense of authenticity.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 25 Jack Mathews
    Earnest but practically unwatchable movie. I haven't spent an hour and a half with worse company since high school detention.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 Jack Mathews
    While there is a great deal of laughter among the quartet, there's scarcely a giggle in it for the audience.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 Jack Mathews
    At the end of her spontaneous date, she says it's been the best night of her life. It will not be one of yours.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 Jack Mathews
    This, the 10th and worst-written entry in the series, would have been better if it had followed Dreyfuss instead of Clouseau, or if Kline had been cast as Clouseau instead of Martin.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 25 Jack Mathews
    Ultraviolet, unscreened for critics, is unfit for consumption.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 25 Jack Mathews
    This is an execrable movie depicting the improbable events in the life of a young boy being intermittently raised by his crackhead, highway-hookin' mom (actress-director Asia Argento, with a face that makes Courtney Love's mug shot look glamorous), her plumb-nuts evangelical parents and a cartoonishly incompetent West Virginia social system.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 25 Jack Mathews
    Less a movie than an 80-minute promo for a self-help program for the seriously desperate.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 25 Jack Mathews
    Hideously ugly to look at and not even worth following.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 25 Jack Mathews
    If you liked "Van Wilder," which starred Ryan Reynolds and Tara Reid, be warned: The only person returning from the cast is the boring Indian kid Taj Mahal Badalandabad (Kal Penn).
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Jack Mathews
    What might work as a narrative device in a novel - the spirit guiding readers through Nick's revelations - is just plain ridiculous in a movie.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 Jack Mathews
    "Charlie's Angels," "Survivor," "American Gladiators" and "Girls Gone Wild" are just some of the bad influences on Hong Kong action director Corey Yuen's laughably silly adaptation of the video game DOA: Dead or Alive.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Jack Mathews
    There is no excusing date rape, but the revenge conceived and executed by Rosario Dawson's Maya in this revolting, amateurish drama is something you might only wish on Osama Bin Laden.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Jack Mathews
    Bacon's performance in "Saw" creator James Wan's laughably extreme revenge thriller Death Sentence is six degrees of ham.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 Jack Mathews
    Apparently, the show’s appeal is due to the good-heartedness of its undereducated anti-heroes, but their kind of dumb grows old fast.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 20 Jack Mathews
    Excess Baggage, a scruffy romantic comedy about a despairing rich girl who hatches a kidnapping scheme to test her father's love, is an aimless waste, a star vehicle without a compass. It wants very much to be both funny and poignant, but is more often just noisy and pointless. [29Aug1997 Pg 14]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 27 Metascore
    • 20 Jack Mathews
    There isn't a moment of genuine suspense or tension in the film, and the paltry laughs are supplied not by Murphy but by Hardison, whose character, a lowlife Brooklyn habitue forcefully turned into the vampire's bug-eating sidekick, spends the entire movie moaning about his decomposing body and embarrassing the boss with his earthy patter. [27 Oct 1995, p.1]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 15 Metascore
    • 0 Jack Mathews
    Warner Bros. quietly releases Hiller's latest film, Carpool, without advance critics screenings, without more than a whisper of promotion, without warning or apology to the lost souls who might wander in to see it.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 0 Jack Mathews
    The Bundy portrayed here doesn't have even the veneer of charm; he's a raving psycho, and watching him work, whatever the filmmakers' intent, is revolting exploitation.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 0 Jack Mathews
    Never graduates above the boneheaded.
    • 14 Metascore
    • 0 Jack Mathews
    The only good thing about this on-the-fly, low-budget quickie is its Cape Cod setting and the in-focus cinematography of Ernst Kubitza. Very pretty. Otherwise, it is a speechifying bore.
    • 14 Metascore
    • 0 Jack Mathews
    More than awful, more than dreadful, and easily the worst beach movie ever made.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 0 Jack Mathews
    Italian actress, writer and director Asia Argento's performance in the godawful Scarlet Diva is one of those bawl, spit, scream and vomit exhibitions that provoke admiring applause in acting classes and great gales of laughter in theaters.

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