For 1,371 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 2.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jack Mathews' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Lowest review score: 0 Ted Bundy
Score distribution:
1371 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Has the gentlest feel of any movie I can remember.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 25 Jack Mathews
    It's nonsense. Even when its big secret is revealed in the final moments, it adds up to nothing more than a dizzy, dark, hysterical waste of time.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Feels like a college knockoff of Billy Wilder's "The Apartment."
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    The themes are about the power and consequences of sex, but the stories are too glib and episodic to leave any impression.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    Intimate, deeply affecting family drama.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Super Size Me produces more laughs than a man's gastrointestinal distress should.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Among the creepiest adult monologues you'll hear in a regular theater this year comes from Karen Young in Heading South, a well-acted but misguided tale of displaced sexual longing on the beaches of Baby Doc Duvalier's 1970s Haiti.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Jack Mathews
    The Macao settings are beautifully rendered, and the dark humor is often very funny. But it is noisy.

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