For 1,368 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 2.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jack Mathews' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Pan's Labyrinth
Lowest review score: 0 Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo
Score distribution:
1368 movie reviews
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Directed with his usual flair for the obvious by Dennis Dugan ("The Benchwarmers), "Chuck and Larry" has the nowness factor of a Polish joke. Does anybody laugh at this stuff anymore?
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    The movie has a terrible premise compounded by a lame script and the miscasting of its surfeit of talented stars. You have to wonder why Dobkin, whose last film was the hilariously raunchy "Wedding Crashers," would be attracted to this tame material.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    A pretty run-of-the-mill B suspense movie.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Finally, you get down to the music, which is easy to take for the first hour, before it starts doubling and tripling back on itself, in an unnerving and seemingly unending spiral of repetition.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Gerry isn't much of anything, and doesn't claim to be. It's a movie stripped of its movieness.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    The themes are about the power and consequences of sex, but the stories are too glib and episodic to leave any impression.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Like a lost recording by the Beatles, Sylvester Stallone's Rambo arrives with its feet planted firmly in the past, a reminder of a time when Stallone, Chuck Norris and other wooden soldiers of the big screen filled multiplexes with the floor-shaking thunder of trivialized war.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    The movie includes a postscript about her (McKinney's) loss, blaming it on more dirty tricks. That may be true, but it doesn't put the steam back in the film.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Beautifully shot but overly spare documentary.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    The cat-and-mouse game between the patient and doctor and the coy is-he-or-isn't-he? game being played on us by the filmmakers becomes tiring.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Awkward, unconvincing bisexual roundelay.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Failures on the scale of writer-director Steven Zaillian's All the King's Men are as rare as falling sequoias, and they make a noise even if no one's in the woods to hear them. This sequoia is very noisy indeed.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    The film's biggest problem is its psychologically false ending. Having created a complex relationship, Anselmo seems to throw up his hands at the end and admit he doesn't have a clue about how to resolve it.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Among the year's biggest disappointments.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    That final night of competition is exciting stuff, capped by a heroic victory ride, but this is otherwise a plodding feature about decent young people in a rough-and-tumble sport that makes you wonder how many IQ points they have being bucked around inside their heads.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    While I understand Verg├Ęs' oft-repeated claim that he wants to use these sensational cases to point out that the French were no better than the Nazis in their treatment of colonial subjects, it's impossible to overlook his glib dismissal of his clients' crimes and the smug righteousness that rests in the smirk constantly on his face.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    The characters she (Ephron) invents are not very interesting, and aside from the always reliable Travolta, the performances are uniformly aligned.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Besides repeating his premise that only fools fall in love and deserve whatever circle of hell they enter for it, he seems to really believe that morality has no place in art. Certainly, he's keeping it out of his.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Mostly, though, Hayek's problem is one of physical miscasting. She's so tiny next to the tall, rotund Molina that she looks like child in their scenes together. And despite a fake caterpillar brow, she's just not believable as a woman bemoaning her disfigurements.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Bug
    A tale of love, desperation and conspiratorial madness, comes off on the big screen as a wacky psychological snow job.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Soft porn for people who like to watch - and want to be punished for it.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    No one makes something out of nothing like the French, and in this wispy tale about a jilted middle-age man and the very young housekeeper who briefly lights up his life, writer-director Claude Berri's got plenty of nothing.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Farrell, adding to the case for his impending stardom, locks into his role with the laser precision of the sniper's rifle scope.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Looks stunning, but it's an ill-conceived mess that plays like two movies awkwardly spliced together. In one movie, parents are asked to stand by while the kids are entertained with cute animal tricks and slapstick pratfalls. In the other, the kids will be hushed while the parents are treated to inside jokes.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    A combination ghost and shaggy dog story that is so well-made and acted you can nearly overlook its murky, unsatisfying ending.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Watching Garry Marshall's Raising Helen is like eating a box of Forrest Gump's chocolates. You may not know exactly what you're going to get, but you can count on a high sugar content.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Trying to resist Reese is like trying to resist Reese's Pieces: They're always the same but you can't help yourself.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    There are a couple of surprises in the I-can't-believe-they're-doing-this vein, but mostly, "Pie 3" is an aimless charade of doggy poo, latex breasts and really, really bad language.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    For Kidman, it is a one-note performance dictated by the script. Leigh had more dimension to work with and gives the film's most honest performance. Meanwhile, Black, whose job is mostly to deliver comic relief, is completely lost - that is to say, not funny - in the material.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Posey is as over-the-top as a drunk in a game of charades, while DeVito wears the sunny, slavering grin of an old coot hoping to get lucky at Jack Nicholson's pool party. If it still sounds like fun, good luck. Don't blame me if you leave frustrated.

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