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 higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jack Mathews' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
Lowest review score: 0 Head Over Heels
Score distribution:
1,365 movie reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    Funny, insightful, unpredictable and blessed with pitch-perfect performances, Ghost World is one of the year's best movies.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    What "Capote" fails to reveal to the audience is the sense of a homoerotic attraction between the author and Perry Smith (Clifton Collins Jr.). It is more than implied that one exists, but there isn't a scene between them that supports it or even makes it believable.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    Though made 31 years after D-Day, the dramatic scenes have the period look of a '40s movie, which links them perfectly with the stunning archival footage.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    This is melodrama with broad theatrical flourishes, but Dietrich's sensuality is still a natural wonder, and with a new print, the Film Forum run offers a rare opportunity to see it big-screen-size.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    A well-crafted indictment of the dark side of the modern work ethic.
    • New York Daily News
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Jack Mathews
    The Two Towers moves faster, covers more ground, has more action and -- with the introduction of the marvelous character Gollum -- packs some much-appreciated laughs.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    The film's greatest strength is its inadvertent timeliness. Parallels between LBJ's Vietnam policy and George W. Bush's Iraq policy go off in your head like flares.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    When it comes to sports movies, there's nothing like the real thing, and there's never been anything quite as real as the documentary Murderball.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    I love this series; it's possibly the most exciting use of the documentary medium ever.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    A powerful, deeply moving tale, immeasurably facilitated by the performance of relatively unknown Hilary Swank as Brandon...smartly shot and edited, and the performances are dead-on.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    It's a human drama, drawn in such careful emotional detail, its two acts of violence -- one shown, one not -- are almost incidental.
    • New York Daily News
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    Amy Berg's riveting documentary, tracks O'Grady's predatory trail from San Andreas, Calif., to Ireland, where he is now living on a church pension that was apparently meant to buy his silence.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    This quiet yet jolting meditation on love, obsession, loneliness, friendship and fate has the quality to entrance you through a first viewing, and compel you to take its themes and characters home with you for further consideration.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Turgoose, in his first film role, is entirely convincing as the strong-willed but naïve Shaun, and Graham is a genuine fright as the feral prototype of the violent skinhead culture on the horizon.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Compston, with Loach's uncanny guidance, gives a performance of such natural power you'd think you were watching a drama-class prodigy like James Dean rather than a moonlighting high-schooler.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Sitting through the film is punishing work. The jittery closeups create a response that is more physical (I'm thinking nausea) than emotional, and there are no respites.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Jack Mathews
    A movie-movie of the first rank.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    A personal eulogy, from one artist to another, and an indictment of all systems of government that deny people the right to free expression and the full realization of their talent.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    The Savages is a TV movie made for the big screen - and it needs the larger venue to accommodate the huge performances of its stars, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Laura Linney.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    A love story told from the point of impact, at the heart, and no conventional resolution could be more profound.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Jack Mathews
    A combination homage, living obituary and darkly moody piece of cinematic poetry.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    What follows is an extreme case of reverse courtship, which begins at conception and works backward toward getting to know each other, and then moves forward to one of the funniest birthing scenes ever filmed.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    It is not easy to watch, yet beyond the traps that society and the urban culture have set up for Drey and the other kids, and the traps that Dan is falling into on his own, this is ultimately a hopeful story of common humanity.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Newark Mayor Sharpe James is the kind of politician that Tony Soprano would be happy to own.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 63 Jack Mathews
    Personally, I'd rather have my brain invaded by flesh-eating beetles than listen to 10 seconds of the Sex Pistols -- Truth is, I've rarely had a worse time watching a good movie.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Jack Mathews
    It's an antidote to complacency. The question is, whom is it trying to wake up?
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    It is an amazing story, filled with quiet moments of profundity and more surprises than you could imagine.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Cuarón relies on his ample visual style, and he has indeed created a film you cannot tear your eyes away from.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    A solid delight, the sort of cinematic concoction you might expect from a time-warp collaboration between Preston Sturges and Jim Jarmusch.

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