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 1.2 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 Head Over Heels
Score distribution:
1365 movie reviews
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Failure to Launch sounds like really bad Oscar Wilde, but it's not that good. You are not supposed to dislike anybody here.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Despite some clever early fantasy scenes, Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini's adaptation of best seller The Nanny Diaries won't make Bridget Jones give up her writing.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    You can't have as many twists and turns in a story as dot the i without testing the audience's patience, and losing it before delivering the punch line.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Surely, this bloodthirsty comic farce about a sadistic backwoods family being hunted by a sadistic backwoods sheriff is the "Citizen Kane" of hix-ploitation horror.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    D.O.A.P. would be more effective, and more entertaining, if it took a cue from "Dr. Strangelove" and used Sterling Hayden's paranoid, quick-triggered Brig. Gen. Jack D. Ripper as the model for Cheney to get more outlandish behavior from him.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Keaton is so over-the-top, so loud and so physically animated that when Daphne develops a case of laryngitis mid-way through the movie, it's as if a neighbor's car alarm has finally been shut down. However, in those silent moments, when Daphne is communicating with notes, you realize how much you like this actress.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    If this were a more serious film, its cynicism about the U.S. government would put it in a league with "The Manchurian Candidate." But it is simply an Arnold Schwarzenegger action flick with bantamweight Wahlberg doing the heavy lifting for the preoccupied Governator.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    The film's overriding messages are of personal responsibility and redemption. If that is Villeneuve's objective, it's done as an insidious polemic. If not, it's guilty of an even greater sin: It's boring.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    The tragedy that separates the Good Crush from the Bad Crush is a cleaver that severs the film's relationship with reality.
    • New York Daily News
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Night at the Museum takes a can't-miss comedy premise and misses by a country mile.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    The author is not to blame. Published in 1999, "Be Cool" is hipper, cooler and better than "Get Shorty," but everything hipper, cooler and better about it is either missing from the film or camped-up beyond recognition.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Two hours of ludicrous action, forced humor and self-conscious romance.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Features some of the year's most beautiful scenery and two of its most wooden characters.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Star-packed fiasco.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    The hand-held camera work gives the film an effective documentary pulse, but it adds up to only half a movie.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    What might have read as a dense allegory comparing the rituals of the super-rich with the tribal customs of the violent Ishkanani tribe in the Amazon becomes a tedious, over-ripe soap opera on screen.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    What they say, mostly over black-and-white stills from his early career and meandering footage of desolate Mali, could be said in 10 minutes. The good news is that much of the remaining documentary is devoted to Kar Kar's elegant voice and exquisite guitar playing.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    A by-the-numbers, let's-put-on-a-show quasi-musical that has absolutely nothing going for it, except Alba.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Jelski's dialogue is razor sharp and she got a terrific performance from the relatively inexperienced Gummersall, who runs a gamut of emotions and holds the screen like a seasoned star.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Though the film, adapted from a novel by Robert O'Connor, is obviously trying to reference "Catch-22," it is far too dark and violent to be funny.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Might as well have been titled "That Kentucky Fried Chicken Movie." That's how it will be referred to, anyway, though some people may insert an adjective such as "convoluted," "disappointing," or "anti-climactic" before the name of the fast-food franchise.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Rush has never played anyone this starkly unsympathetic, and he proves to be very good at playing very bad.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    CSA is a sophomoric film essay that would have barely rated a passing grade from a tougher teacher.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Miller takes Chekhov's themes and checks them off, but he never gets under his egocentric characters' thin skins.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Though some of the action cinematography is stunning, and practicing snowboarders will love the sense of camaraderie established, it's not riveting entertainment for the rest of us.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    The only thing to be said for it is The Rock. I've never seen the guy wrestle, but as a movie action hero, he's the real deal.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    When 3 Needles premiered at Toronto last year, the stories were overlapping, in the style of "Babel" but without a unifying theme. It's less cumbersome as three separate stories, but they do not add up to much.

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