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

Jack Mathews' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Letters from Iwo Jima
Lowest review score: 0 Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000
Score distribution:
1,365 movie reviews
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Jack Mathews
    A critic trots out the word "masterpiece" at his own peril, but there it is.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Jack Mathews
    This year’s foreign language Oscar scandal – there is always at least one – is the snub of director Cristian Mungiu’s disturbing, masterful realist drama following two college roommates as they carry out plans for one’s black market abortion in Communist Romania.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Jack Mathews
    A gorgeous, wonderfully inventive computer-animated comedy.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Jack Mathews
    As joyously energetic now as the day it arrived.
    • New York Daily News
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Jack Mathews
    Turns everything we know about the contemporary world on its head, and substitutes it with one in which spirits, monsters, magicians and animals mix it up in a carnival of energy, good humor and freewheeling illusion.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Jack Mathews
    The best comedy of 2004. In fact, it's so far the best movie of the year.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Jack Mathews
    The most emotionally satisfying because, in addition to having both more intimate drama and more spectacular battles, it resolves all of the issues raised before.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Jack Mathews
    "Amadeus is about as close to perfection as movies get," I wrote in 1984. Now, it's 20 minutes closer.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    Passes like an evening spent with friends.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Jack Mathews
    Universally appealing story that plays as well now as it did on opening day a half-century ago. Maybe better.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    With a grating symphonic score by ­Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood and the constant sense of danger following Plainview, "Blood" does not release its grip on the audience until its last, bizarrely crazy minutes.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    For Hobbitués and adventure fans of all other ages, it's the year's best thrill ride -- maybe the best film.
    • New York Daily News
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Jack Mathews
    Don't miss The Fast Runner. If you do, you will deprive yourself of not only one of the most intriguing feature-film projects in decades and enough plain-spoken anthropology for three credits at Harvard, but one of the most flat-out entertaining movies of the year.
    • New York Daily News
    • 91 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    If you've got the patience, this is still one of the all-time exercises in cinematic cool.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    In some ways, The Queen is a comedy of manners - bad, good and archaic. The formal bowing and scraping surrounding Her Majesty is as hilarious as it is (apparently) accurate.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    If the structure is a tad out of whack, "No Country" does not lack for action or suspense. Some of the scenes of Chigurh's stalking of Moss are nearly unbearably tense. Bring your worry beads.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    The clear powerhouse in the new film is a scene where Kurtz, speaking with the twisted coherence of the true paranoid-schizophrenic, uses Time magazine articles and other references to justify his actions.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    A hive of broad, brilliant performances.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    The naturalistic dialogue is a masterful bit of writing, credited to Linklater and his "Sunrise" co-writer Kim Krizan, as well as to the two stars.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Jack Mathews
    A great movie -- and the best movie ever about the '70s rock era.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    As inventive as "Being John Malkovich," as psychologically quirky as "Ghost World" and as honest as the day is long.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    I wouldn't recommend the movie to anyone, but if the families of the victims take something positive from it, as their cooperation with Greengrass suggests they do, that's justification enough.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    The black-and-white animation won't dazzle your eyes, but everything else about Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud's adaptation of Satrapi's graphic comic book series Persepolis will hold you in its thrall.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    A smartly written, confidently directed film that delivers big laughs while developing two of the year's most earnest characters and some of its most rewarding sentiments.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    Except for Hempf, every character is under incredible duress, and the performances are exceptional. With his first feature, an Oscar nominee for foreign-language film, von Donnersmarck has certainly left his mark.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Jack Mathews
    Though Borat has been likened to "Jackass," there's a huge difference. The "Jackass" movies are about extreme stunts. Borat is about interaction and gullibility, and its success is unique to both Cohen and to this one-time-only movie.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    The most compelling and least partisan of all the Iraq documentaries.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Jack Mathews
    A masterpiece? Probably. Ingenious? Absolutely! Unforgettable? I'll see you at the 10th-year anniversary.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Jack Mathews
    "Letters" isn't about numbers or the battle or even the morality of war. It's about the sanctity of life and how we value our own.

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