For 1,369 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 2.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jack Mathews' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 King Kong
Lowest review score: 0 Awake
Score distribution:
1369 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    One of the best things about Michael Apted's uniquely ambitious and continuing documentary series on the lives of a group of British schoolchildren is that you don't have to have seen the last one to enjoy the next.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    May be the year's most derivative film, but it's also the most original.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Features some of the year's most beautiful scenery and two of its most wooden characters.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    For a black comedy whose tangled sequence of events is completely improbable, Pedro Almodóvar's Volver feels absolutely authentic. So, think of everything as metaphor and enjoy one of the year's most delectably twisted treats.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Jack Mathews
    May be the best movie of the year.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    Arguably Lumet's best film in 20 years.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 63 Jack Mathews
    The film is at its most compelling when the witnesses are telling their stories, and at its least in covering Pinochet's circuitous legal route to Britain's House of Lords.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    Strong stuff, compelling drama.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    Ale's community is like a band of pirates - collegial, bickering, larcenous and supportive - and his life within it is both heartening and heartbreaking.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    The story itself is a smooth little gem.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    You have never seen a concert film like U2 3D, and it may change your expectations for the rest of your rocking years.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    The whole system was sadistic and indefensible, and the church, looking the other way as long as profits rolled in from the laundries, deserves the scorn that Mullan and his fine cast heap on it.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Depp may not be a trained singer, but his voice is more than passable, and his presence - his Sweeney is Edward Scissorhands gone bad - is perfect. Bonham Carter sings well, too, and young Ed Sanders, as the pie shop's Dickensian apprentice, is a delight.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    The actors are solid at every position, but Broderick, who seems to get better with each performance, is especially good at playing the impulsively self-destructive yet sympathetic loser.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    Peter O'Toole, looking frail beyond his 74 years, gives what may be his farewell performance as a leading movie actor in Roger Michell's Venus. It's one for the books - and maybe the Oscars, too.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    A remarkable and moving account of a part of the French experience that needs more remembering and less forgetting.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    A slick, fast-paced production with first-rate performances and an emotional punch you won't soon forget.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    Beautifully shot, both in darkened homes and on the misty green Irish landscape by Loach's frequent cinematographer Barry Aykroyd, "Wind" has a you-are-there intensity and intimacy about it that make it nearly overwhelming. But for all its violence and subsequent sadness, it's a movie of extraordinary importance.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    Breathtaking.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    School of Rock may be to Black what "The Nutty Professor" was to Jerry Lewis, or "Groundhog Day" was to Bill Murray - that rare, perfectly tailored opportunity to play against one's broadest impulses. Not to neutralize them, necessarily, but to tame them and turn them into something very human and charming.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    Tony Gilroy, co-author of the superb Jason Bourne film trilogy, makes a stunning directorial debut with Michael Clayton, an out-of-courtroom drama that helps solidify George Clooney's acting bona fides.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 63 Jack Mathews
    The very thought of humanizing Hitler makes me queasy. If he had a good side, I don't want to know about it.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Jack Mathews
    At times, Chicago has the feel of a revue, with the major characters taking turns at their own show-stopping numbers. If it's too much of a good thing, I say, bring it on.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    A gritty thriller on the theme of the con man conned. It works as well as it does thanks to a captivating lead performance by Emmanuelle Devos and the superb direction of Jacques Audiard.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 63 Jack Mathews
    a despairing movie that you can't look away from, though you'll wish you could.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 25 Jack Mathews
    Greenebaum's tedious, film-school level exercise in self-indulgence and exploitation.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    The Exorcist is still shocking, but mostly because of its graphic, anti-religious language. [2000 re-release]

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