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

Jack Mathews' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Frequency
Lowest review score: 0 Dischord
Score distribution:
1370 movie reviews
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    The setting and circumstances of the war overwhelm the personal story and diminish the dilemma of the title character's love life.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Pie 2's greatest asset is the rare, infectious amiability of its cast of characters and the actors playing them.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    One long camp joke, with vamped scenes strung together.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    There is one good, legitimate scare in Robert Zemeckis' quasi-ghost thriller What Lies Beneath, and that's just not enough for a movie that lasts more than two hours.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Shyamalan has learned from his idol (Spielberg) how to manipulate audience emotion through the intimacy of an ordinary family that is "contacted." But he is even more shameless about it.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Often tedious, sometimes fascinating anthology.
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    The changes are meant to make it easier for audiences to accept Vincent's loyalty to Angelo and Joey, but they blunt the genetic mystery that made McAlary's story so compelling in the first place.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    The Czech Republic and Russia, the respective homes of Emil and Oleg, should sue.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    You have no idea how determined director Rich Cowan is to suck the last drop of sap out of this tree.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    The movie is as unpleasant as its hero, and the film audience gets no more for its money than the customers at the Laughing Stock. Still, watching Whaley take Jimmy down his tortured path has some morbid appeal -- like a train wreck in progress.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Allen was out of his element in creating characters who feel like East Coast cousins of the Clampetts, and his dialogue has never been more banal or forced.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    I may be wrong, but I think Guy Pearce is wearing Nicole Kidman's false nose in The Hard Word. Whatever it is that's on his face, it looks like a dead cod and won't win him an Oscar.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Despite the audience pandering -- not just in its violence, but in its wall-to-wall sexual vulgarity -- there are terrific elements in Baby Boy.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Dunst makes Davies the most confident and interesting person aboard the Oneida and makes this voyage almost, but not quite, worth taking.
    • New York Daily News
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    There's only so much meaningful interplay you can get out of a beachful of slackers and some tanning oil.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    The overall effect of Lucas' digital mania has been detrimental to the saga. Where the first trilogy was mythological fantasy, the second is pure cartoon. The sad truth is, the more three-dimensional they look, the more two-dimensional they are.
    • New York Daily News
    • 14 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    The special effects work fine for minor acts of magic, but the climactic aerial dragon fight is lame, and most of the performances are at the level of high school plays.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    A brutally claustrophobic battle of wits and will, whose cruel nature ultimately seems to turn on the audience.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Tough, unsentimental British film.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Might have worked as a sex comedy, certainly as porn. But as a suspense thriller, it's creepy for all the wrong reasons.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    It's not honest, and it's certainly no solution.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Wenham and Porter are appealing actors, and Teplitzky's depiction of their coupling has an unflinching realism.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    The film is at its worst, however, when Daredevil takes over. That's partly because Affleck, a handsome fellow with possibly the most inert film presence of any actor since Sonny Tufts, looks ridiculous in Daredevil's red leather pantsuit and horned mask.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Something less than a gem. It has a brilliant lead performance from Yuliya Vysotskaya as Janna.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Amen is propelled by a most dubious assumption -- Gerstein's belief that if the German people knew of the Holocaust, they'd stop it.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Has sentimental goo oozing from its opening frame, and the gunk gets so thick so fast, it's a wonder the projector doesn't freeze before the molasses-strapped finale.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Has all the appeal of a video game without the joystick. All you can do is watch. It's noisy and moves fast, but if you can't play, why pay?

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