For 1,352 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 0.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jack Mathews' Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Pan's Labyrinth
Lowest review score: 0 Jackass: The Movie
Score distribution:
1,352 movie reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Among cautionary tales of gloom-and-doom, it may out-gore Gore, but it doesn't entertain.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Gets too caught up in its escalating violence and strained-to-bursting moral subtexts. It's the blood of souls drenching the screen, and it's a hideous sight to behold.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    A ponderously slow experience.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    The latest - and really last-minute - documentary hoping to affect the presidential election is a deceptively partisan view of the Iraq War.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Frenzied, gothic nonsense.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    The second half of Antoine de Caunes' Monsieur N., about the post-exile life and death of Napoleon, plays less like a movie than a suggestion for one. This is a great disappointment because the first half is very cinematic and very compelling.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    A bad Altman impression of the L.A. rock scene.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    It's described as a black comedy, but you can forget the comedy part. There wasn't so much as a snicker at the screening I attended, though I may have heard a snore or two.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    These are three characters in search of a moral pulse.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    If there's anything more tiresome in film today than hip irony, it is forced irony, and here comes a boatload with Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Father Amaro comes off as another pedophile in a frock. You'd have to hose this guy down if he were driving a school bus.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    A weak documentary. There's very little here to demonstrate the personality and leadership qualities that made Massoud both a legend and a martyr. Raw, sloppily edited, unfocused and without any sense of scale, it's personal journalism with its heart in the right place, and that's about it.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Frankly, after watching writer-director Timur Bekmambetov's grim fantasy - the first leg of a trilogy adapted from the sci-fi novels of Sergei Lukyanenko - I'm still a little confused.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Eric Steel's documentary has more than a whiff of exploitation about it.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    It doesn't strike a single note of authentic emotion.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    I hated it, but I grant that it does tap into a vein of technological horror - the fear of the VCR! - that will have young videophiles chatting it up for weeks
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    More than a bad movie, it's an anti-movie.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    It's an interesting profile in self-destruction until the script becomes unhinged itself and has Laura doing things that are not so much outrageous as hilariously stupid.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 25 Jack Mathews
    Greenebaum's tedious, film-school level exercise in self-indulgence and exploitation.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Creates a hellishly evil portrait of a police department in which every white cop is either a racist thug or an enabler, and every black cop a disgusted observer or crusading hero.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    The film is lovely to look at, but makes not a lick of sense.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    A tormented dramatization of the exact same events, and it's as bad as the earlier film ("Dogtown and Z-Boys") was good.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    But look up the word "slight" in the dictionary and you could find a still from this film.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    The question is, can a Slovakian lawsuit against the filmmaker be far behind?
    • 54 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Jovovich, Besson's 24-year-old ex-wife, hasn't a clue how to project shadings, interior emotions, character or personality. Everything's in a full screech.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    The movie is dismally organized, his (Keys) interviews are shallow and uninformative, and the project has a whole lacks a strong point of view.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    It took one novelist, one screenwriter and two directors - Scott McGehee and David Siegel - to cobble together this earnest nonsense, and if it weren't for 12-year-old novice Flora Cross, who plays its central character, all would be lost.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 Jack Mathews
    This documentary doesn't probe too deeply, and it presupposes that there is a general interest in Jeremy commensurate with his Q rating among the porn-renting public.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 Jack Mathews
    Ishii instills this unpleasantness with some Hitchcockian black humor.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 Jack Mathews
    Two hours of the worst sort of sentimental sap.