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 Amadeus
Lowest review score: 0 Swept Away
Score distribution:
1,365 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Jack Mathews
    A critic trots out the word "masterpiece" at his own peril, but there it is.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Jack Mathews
    The best comedy of 2004. In fact, it's so far the best movie of the year.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Jack Mathews
    A movie-movie of the first rank.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Jack Mathews
    A gorgeous, wonderfully inventive computer-animated comedy.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Jack Mathews
    The biggest little movie of the year - and one of the best ever about the news media.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Jack Mathews
    What a movie! This is how the medium seduced us originally.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Jack Mathews
    Whether the movie will make you believe a shocking-orange stock car has a future with a lavender Carrera, it's more fun to follow than a televised freeway chase.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Jack Mathews
    America's favorite superhero reappears in Bryan Singer's Superman Returns, and all we can say is, "Man, oh Man of Steel, it's good to have you back."
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Jack Mathews
    In the year of the animated movie, this one soars above them all.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Jack Mathews
    Hudson, taking over the role of Effie played on stage by Jennifer Holliday, is in charge of Dreamgirls from her opening scene, blowing away Grammy-winner Beyoncé Knowles, Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx and anyone else who gets in her way.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 100 Jack Mathews
    The incredibly moving post-9/11 drama Reign Over Me proves that behind the funny guy facades of former standup comedians Mike Binder and Adam Sandler are a pair of very serious talents.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Jack Mathews
    A great big sloppy kiss of entertainment for audiences weary of explosions, CGI effects and sequels, sequels, sequels.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Jack Mathews
    One of the most skillful, mesmerizing, tense and satisfying time-warp thrillers ever made.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 100 Jack Mathews
    Among the funniest and most satisfying films I've seen in years.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Jack Mathews
    As joyously energetic now as the day it arrived.
    • New York Daily News
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Jack Mathews
    May be the best movie of the year.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Jack Mathews
    The best movie I've seen this year.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Jack Mathews
    One of the most original and ultimately confounding mind games to reach the screen since "The Usual Suspects."
    • 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
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Jack Mathews
    It's an antidote to complacency. The question is, whom is it trying to wake up?
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Jack Mathews
    Levinson is so skillful at developing personalities, even among the story's would-be villains, that by the halfway point of the movie, every gesture and expression has unexpected depth and texture. The performances are across-the-board superb.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Jack Mathews
    As darkness falls over the movie landscape comes the year's darkest and best movie of them all - Alejandro González Iñárritu's 21 Grams.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 100 Jack Mathews
    For sheer bravura film making, for creating a cartoon world with real air, flesh, blood and the exhilarating cycle of fear and escape, Dinosaur is tops.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Jack Mathews
    A great movie -- and the best movie ever about the '70s rock era.

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