For 1,366 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 1.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jack Mathews' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Liberty Heights
Lowest review score: 0 Swept Away
Score distribution:
1366 movie reviews
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    The result is a gorgeous, third-person version of an extended family-vacation movie that the Piersons, their friends and their former Fijian neighbors can enjoy for years to come.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    The source for Jieho Lee's The Air I Breathe is an ancient Chinese proverb about the four cornerstones of emotion - love, pleasure, happiness and sorrow. But Lee and co-writer Bob DeRosa went 0-4 with their convoluted screenplay, making me thankful they didn't try to adapt the Seven Deadly Sins.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    To see Allen, now 70, trying to reclaim the persona he's been handing off is like watching Willie Mays fall down trying to hit a slow curve during his last season. Woody may go on to direct many great films, but it's time for him to retire Alvy Singer.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Offers a passably entertaining bridge between empty-headed summer fare and fall awards hunting.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Horror fans will be appalled by the frivolity of the beheadings, amputations and blunt-force trauma. But when Tilly, complaining about all the good roles going to Julia Roberts, says she could have played Erin Brockovich and done it without the Wonderbra, you know you're into something almost inspired.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Among the creepiest adult monologues you'll hear in a regular theater this year comes from Karen Young in Heading South, a well-acted but misguided tale of displaced sexual longing on the beaches of Baby Doc Duvalier's 1970s Haiti.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    In the funniest and, coincidentally, most "Jackass"-like scene in Todd Phillips' School for Scoundrels, a planned game of paintball gets off to a bad start when the players begin shooting each other at point-blank range.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    It is both inside-baseball and self-parody, exposing a world that is just as ruthless and shallow as we've been shown it is in films like "The Player" and "Permanent Midnight."
    • 81 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    The World has a pokey pace, but it presents a uniquely powerful look at the new big kid in the global economy.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    A ghetto horror movie that sets up some decent scares before becoming so amused with itself, it's a wonder we don't hear the crew laughing.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    For all its spiritual angst, Constantine is about as silly as fantasies get.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Essentially a home movie, nicely shot but dull.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    The three actors do their best to breathe life into their caricatured roles.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    A bungled mess that spends an hour creating two characters whose lives are about as believable as a successful ambush set by Wile E. Coyote for the Roadrunner.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Clintonistas may want to look away when Carville and his colleagues lay out their political philosophy for Lozada, or, as he's affectionately known, "Gani." It's pragmatic in a way that defies the needs of the impoverished majority of Bolivians.
    • 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.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Truly weird and unworkable thriller.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    It irks the ink out of me to see Lane exalted as a hero for doing what any responsible editor would do, then being paid to consult on his own canonization.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    An intended throwback to the halcyon days of colorful studio cartoons, more in the Chuck Jones style than Disney, and the animation of its characters and Western motif is fine. But the writing of co-directors Will Finn and John Sanford and their characterizations are embarrassingly bad.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Wild West Show would have really been something if Vaughn had taken a few of his fellow Frat Packers with him - say, Will Ferrell, Jack Black, Ben Stiller and Steve Carell - instead of the struggling unknowns.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Clearly, Caan's major influence is Quentin Tarantino, though he manages only a weak imitation. But give him credit for casting Kelly Lynch and Jeff Goldblum and letting them go.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Yukol has spread a huge canvas, gloriously costumed and photographed, but the staging and acting are often awkward and the saga is simply too dense for good drama.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Buscemi's latest, Lonesome Jim, written by James C. Strouse, asks you to spend 91 minutes with a 30-year-old slacker and would-be writer who has the DNA of a sloth. "Slowsome Jim" is more like it.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Earnest but ambling drama.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Though Brother Bear is as beautiful as any of Disney's hand-drawn features, the gang-written script is deadly flat.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Solondz's refusal to frame his dark, misanthropic impulses with an overriding point-of-view seems a cheap copout for a film whose title proposes that it's about the storytelling process.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Without the surprise, realism, audacity and upstart cheekiness -- pun intended -- that made "The Full Monty's" blue-collar strippers so irresistible.
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