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

Jack Mathews' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Superman Returns
Lowest review score: 0 Carpool
Score distribution:
1370 movie reviews
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    You can guess how it all ends, but getting there is a repetitious parade of put-downs and smackdowns that suggest you can't go home again - not when your mom's sleeping with a monster from your past.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    The story of the victims on the road is harrowing, but the tale of the kind cop and the teenager with an attitude is a string of big brother clichés.
    • New York Daily News
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    As thin and wispy as a dream you can't quite remember in the morning, writer-director Jake Paltrow's The Good Night wastes the ample comedy talent of Martin Freeman, turns his famous sister Gwyneth into a shrew, and makes you wish Danny DeVito had directed the movie instead of acting in it.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    While I understand Vergès' 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.
    • 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.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    As a movie on its own, it's simple monotony. Olyphant, affecting Clint Eastwood's Dirty Harry voice, is about as menacing as Mr. Clean, and the action scenes - whether the weapons are fists, feet, swords or guns - fly past without any tension or suspense. Hitman is a miss.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    The brutally ironic ending, I might add, won't make anybody very happy about having chosen The Mist for their evening's entertainment.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    The Coen brothers might have pulled this off, but it's out of Allen's faltering reach.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    If there was an iota of plausibility to any of this, we could forgive the film's greater leaps of imagination - all those break-ins of absurdly unprotected bastions of Western civilization. But this is not audience-participation suspense. All you can do is sit and watch, and wish there was more wonder.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Jack Mathews
    My Fellow Americans is a gang-written comedy that doesn't have a political bone in its body, or much evidence of a funny one, either.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Jack Mathews
    A film of epically hollow sentimentality, a movie that tells you how to feel every step of the way and ends on a symphony of false notes. The moment when we learn what Mr. Holland's Opus really means makes the ending of It's a Wonderful Life look like an exercise in restraint.

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