For 1,370 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 2.6 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 Carpool
Score distribution:
1370 movie reviews
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Penn hasn't attempted much comedy since "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," but he's masterful here.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Clever as it is, Blood Simple is derivative and self-consciously stylized.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Stevens, an actor taking charge from the other side of the camera, and writer and co-star Breen are going for a romantic black farce, a darkly noble idea, but one that requires far more empathetic characters and funnier situations than they've created.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Chinese director Zhang Yimou has made some of the most beautiful movies of the last 20 years, and with his latest, Curse of the Golden Flower, he has also made one of the most deliciously nutty.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Jack Mathews
    Darker than the shadow of death.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Jack Mathews
    A confused, empty, only occasionally funny mess of a movie.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 20 Jack Mathews
    Excess Baggage, a scruffy romantic comedy about a despairing rich girl who hatches a kidnapping scheme to test her father's love, is an aimless waste, a star vehicle without a compass. It wants very much to be both funny and poignant, but is more often just noisy and pointless. [29Aug1997 Pg 14]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    Fascinating, amusing and ultimately disturbing.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 25 Jack Mathews
    In these movies, it's always easy to figure out who's going to survive and make the killers cough up their own blood, but you still hope that the victims will go in the order of their performances -- worst actor first, etc. No such luck.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    It's an interesting profile in self-destruction until the script becomes unhinged itself and has Laura doing things that are not so much outrageous as hilariously stupid.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Posey is as over-the-top as a drunk in a game of charades, while DeVito wears the sunny, slavering grin of an old coot hoping to get lucky at Jack Nicholson's pool party. If it still sounds like fun, good luck. Don't blame me if you leave frustrated.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Jack Mathews
    Coppola won't win any Oscars, but the movie is a contender for cinematography, costumes and production design, and it's a lock for Prettiest Pastries.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Other than the terribly miscast Posey, the cast is solid, with Dukakis wrenching the heart as a mother tested to the max by her son's request. But the movie didn't tell me anything I didn't already know.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Jack Mathews
    Pure situation comedy, and it's still fresh enough to provoke laughs.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Jack Mathews
    The biggest little movie of the year - and one of the best ever about the news media.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Sophie Scholl is the subject of a feature film that has earned an Oscar nomination for a Germany she would have loved to live in.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    The casting of Ferrell and Heder turns out to be inspired. The direction, by a pair of NYU grads who've only made TV commercials and two short films, is pitch-perfect. And - miraculously - the skating sequences are passably realistic.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Dublin-born Byrne and native New Yorker Linney...are both exceptional at depicting characters about to burst from inner turmoil, and Linney, in particular, is heartbreaking.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 20 Jack Mathews
    There isn't a moment of genuine suspense or tension in the film, and the paltry laughs are supplied not by Murphy but by Hardison, whose character, a lowlife Brooklyn habitue forcefully turned into the vampire's bug-eating sidekick, spends the entire movie moaning about his decomposing body and embarrassing the boss with his earthy patter. [27 Oct 1995, p.1]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    The material here, written by Ehren Kruger, is beneath banal, and the three leads are so miscast that it's like watching a dress charade.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 Jack Mathews
    The choice made by Kevin Spacey in taking on the role of Quoyle in the film adaptation of E. Annie Proulx's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Shipping News nearly sinks it. But not quite.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 63 Jack Mathews
    A gripping, sometimes dramatic, sometimes annoying collection of jerky images and subjective impressions.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Jack Mathews
    A movie-movie of the first rank.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Jack Mathews
    Bacon's performance in "Saw" creator James Wan's laughably extreme revenge thriller Death Sentence is six degrees of ham.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    As tawdry as this may seem, Bertolucci is not trying to one-up himself. He was 27 when the student riots occurred and very much a participant in a revolution that was both complex in its implications and naive in much of the behavior. He has caught that perfectly
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    The salvaging operations, and the scavenging of B-52 parts for retail recycling and junk art that seem to consume most of the film take it to tedium, and beyond.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 63 Jack Mathews
    A sumptuous feast for the eyes and an occasionally exhilarating stimulant to the heart. But beware my hearty: It will tie your rum-soaked brain in knots.
    • 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.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    By the time the credits roll and a disclaimer informs us that there may, in fact, be a lost gospel of Jesus and that it is being suppressed by the Church, all we can think to say is, "Ah, shaudup!"

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