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 Superman Returns
Lowest review score: 0 Ted Bundy
Score distribution:
1368 movie reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 63 Jack Mathews
    The failure of a movie that is so good in so many ways leaves me to wonder if Spielberg is up to this kind of complex, multi-tasking story.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    This is a family movie in the best sense; it plays to children without talking down and to their parents without pandering. Mostly, it's just good fun.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Jonathan Berman's documentary about California's famous Black Bear Ranch is a trip.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    The movie never really comes alive, and Crialese's coyness with Lucy's character is more frustrating than mysterious.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Lost in La Mancha basically catches "Don Quixote" in free fall…It's our loss nonetheless. Gilliam is one of the great film fantasists of our age, and one expects he would have done Cervantes proud.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 63 Jack Mathews
    The play's most acclaimed performance - rotund Richard Griffiths as the closeted teacher Hector - is great in the movie, too.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    The story feels as urgent as the latest bad news out of the Middle East.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Sin City snaps, crackles and pops like no graphic novel ever brought to the screen. Mixing live-action with computer-generated images, it looks like the novels, talks and bleeds like the novels, is as muscular and voluptuous as the novels - and it leaves you breathless as only a movie can.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    There's nothing here for commercial reality-TV shows, just history caught on the run, offering a raw and timeless reminder of the day we had our eyes opened to the power of blind hatred.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Seth, who played Nehru in the Oscar-winning "Gandhi," gives a subtly layered performance as a complex, tormented and very decent man in crisis.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    Intimate, deeply affecting family drama.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 63 Jack Mathews
    I'm no psychologist, but it took about half this film's overlong running time to figure out that Metallica's problem is that Ulrich is a major pain in the butt.
    • 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).
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    The island phase of Hanks' performance is simply amazing.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Jack Mathews
    [Boyle] shrugs off any intellectual pretense to rollick in a dead-on scare fest. On that level, 28 Days Later is indeed a frightfully good time.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Japanese Story could have been a two-character play staged in front of a desert mural. It wouldn't have been as pretty, but it's that tight.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Jack Mathews
    A well-conceived story that is very hard to shake.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Jack Mathews
    Penn is projecting heroic qualities onto a young guy who simply got in over his head.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Jack Mathews
    Scanner is mostly all talk, and the talk is entertaining only when it's coming from Downey. The actor's long history of drug abuse taught him a thing or two about cooked behavior, and he gives some anxious run-on monologues that are very funny.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    Stamp, whose ability to make Wilson simultaneously coarse and charismatic is irresistibly entertaining.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Jack Mathews
    The story, which was inspired by an Albanian novel and the Greek tragedies of Aeschylus, ends with a literary patness. But it's still a potent tale of fraternal love and the loss of innocence.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Jack Mathews
    Gerstel's efforts are a testament to her own humanity and a ray of inspiration for some ultimate peace. But it also speaks to the near futility of individual forgiveness in a continuing tinderbox of hatred.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    In this documentary, I learn there are people who can solve a Monday New York Times puzzle in less than three minutes - without looking words up! I don't necessarily want to know these people, but they put on a good show at the annual crossword championship in Stamford, Ct., which is the centerpiece of this affectionate, smartly-done promo for puzzling.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Jack Mathews
    Some of it is brilliant, some is tedious and some is just plain incoherent.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Despite all the violence that ensues, The Proposition is a psychological Western more in the mold of Clint Eastwood's "Unforgiven" than the John Ford films its stark cinematography resembles. It's about a good man, Stanley, who does bad things, and a bad man, Charlie, fighting his conscience.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Roberts carries the film in the best sense, by taking us on a human journey of genuine discovery and growth.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Shortland's script takes some unnecessary turns, mostly with Joe's drinking and sexual insecurities. But as long as it's focused on Heidi's predicament, it is riveting drama.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    The film serves him well, replaying a few surviving recordings that make clear what a beautifully melodious voice he had and what a talent went wasted.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    We're treated to two smashing performances from Morel and Blanc, and all of the mysteries raised before are satisfyingly resolved.

Top Trailers