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 A Hard Day's Night (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 Date Movie
Score distribution:
1368 movie reviews
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    Surges forward with barely a respite. It's like watching a propane factory burn, waiting for the tanks inside to explode, and when they do, we're right in the middle of it.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    The movie is over in a breezy 112 minutes, but it may be another half-hour before your sides quit aching.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    What stands out, not surprisingly, is the work and passion that goes into the shows. But seeing all this from the inside creates an extraordinary level of empathy for those involved.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    Funny and masterfully inventive.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Jack Mathews
    Boorman signals that he may not like what the real Cahill did, but as a storyteller with a proven affection for larger-than-life subjects, he can't resist him, either.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Jack Mathews
    The film is as faithful to its subject as perhaps any film biography has been. As Eastwood said, Parker was a paradoxical character, both self-destructive and full of life, and the movie, simultaneously dark and exhilarating, takes that as its theme. [22 Sep 1988, p. 1]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    The island phase of Hanks' performance is simply amazing.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    A giddy black comedy about a homicidal housekeeper in rural England, is a hilarious reminder of that 1944 Frank Capra classic about two old maids whose cellar is cluttered with the bodies of would-be suitors.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    This epic tale of survival, love and adjustment covers a 59-year period - from 1910, when a band of urban émigrés arrives to start a settlement, to 1969, when only one of them remains.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    No actress of her generation inhabits characters as thoroughly and convincingly as she (Streep) does, and this performance carries the movie
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    It takes a while to get used to the film's campy characters and its broad, "Ace Ventura" stylings. But Ferrell is the anti-Jim Carrey -- his deadpan comic mannerisms are infectiously funny, and his cluelessly narcissistic Burgundy is a joy to follow.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Left-wing flame-thrower Robert Greenwald (Uncovered: The War on Iraq) gets after the global giant anyway, and he may have you thinking twice before entering another Wal-Mart parking lot.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    It's often maddening, because of its structure, and some of its visuals are pretentious nonsense. But, as a story of undying love, it's certainly unique.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Good, clean fun, and the view is fabulous.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    The playfulness evident in the hundreds of bondage photos that made a pious young Tennessee model semi-famous in the 1950s and an 82-year-old legend today is also the driving force of Mary Harron's superb The Notorious Bettie Page.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    A slice of life in the most profound sense.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Some of this is elemental psychology; blood is thicker than water, etc. But the movie also reveals how the privileged class ignored, condoned or denied the reality of the Holocaust.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    The movie that launched a new era in horror films, and which, for one generation, remains one of the scariest experiences of their lives.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    A charming trifle, beautifully filmed in a Currier & Ives setting, with buttery-smooth performances from Binoche and Depp, and enough good tidings in its nougat center to get you through the holidays.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Ray and his writers found plenty of material to fill Cooper's capable hands. They've turned what must have been a tedious investigation into a sharp cat-and-mouse game between Hanssen and Eric O'Neill (Ryan Phillippe).
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Until he was shot to death in 2000, Haitian radio journalist Jean Dominique was a lone voice for truth and freedom in his politically riven country.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Both frustrating and instructive.
    • New York Daily News
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    A captivating piece of visual wizardry. The house, which eventually frees itself from its moorings and chases after our trio of tweener heroes, is a genuine original.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    With echoes of "Dave," in which Kevin Kline takes over for the comatose U.S. President he resembles, Kristoffer begins to feel the power given to him and to make his own decisions, leading to some hilarious situations and an unpredictable ending.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Their ultimate success is a classic victory for the little guy.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    The actresses create wonderfully rich characters, and Luis Callejo, as Caye's unknowing boyfriend Manuel, and Antonio Durán, as the sadistic civil servant, fill out the very strong cast.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    What Andersen does best is capture the sense of growing up and living among the landmarks of Hollywood's authentic back lot.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    In a sad twist of technological birth and infanticide, General Motors - with assists from the oil industry, the Bush administration, cowardly California energy officials and apathetic consumers - doomed the future car to the literal scrap heap of history.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    The successful bits, along with an amiable cast of losers and their prom-night prey, make American Pie a winner.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    If it weren't based on a true story, you might suspect Sydney McCartney's A Love Divided was created by a panel of militant Irish Protestants.

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