For 1,372 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 3.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jack Mathews' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Good Night, and Good Luck.
Lowest review score: 0 Ted Bundy
Score distribution:
1372 movie reviews
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 Jack Mathews
    Exploits and trivializes public anxiety for entertainment and commercial gain. They've been doing it for years. But this little piggie didn't get to the market in time.
    • New York Daily News
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Jack Mathews
    So far beyond Bollywood, I think it's set in the suburbs of L.A.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    A hive of broad, brilliant performances.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Overwrought comedy-drama.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 Jack Mathews
    Ishii instills this unpleasantness with some Hitchcockian black humor.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Its sprawling canvas is mere backdrop for the most intimate of character studies -- a portrait of a man who chose material wealth and found emotional ruin.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    The film's pace is just plain wacky, moving with the haste of a receding glacier most of the time, but then jumping ahead as if Hartley hit the gas on a time machine.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    The cat-and-mouse game between the patient and doctor and the coy is-he-or-isn't-he? game being played on us by the filmmakers becomes tiring.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Jack Mathews
    While the football sequences are carefully constructed, the sensation we get from the blizzard of images and teeth-jarring sound effects is of having our head used as the football.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    It's a slight, old-fashioned B movie, the last thing you would expect from an actress coming off a breakout year, but it has a charm and freshness we don't see much these days.
    • New York Daily News
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Jack Mathews
    A shell of a romantic fantasy festooned with characters inspired by and resembling those in the bar scene in "Star Wars," the waiting room in "Beetlejuice" and the circus in "A Bug's Life."
    • 16 Metascore
    • 25 Jack Mathews
    Deuces Wild is the worst thing to have happened to Brooklyn since the Ice Age severed it from the mainland.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    Funny and masterfully inventive.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    A fascinating story.
    • New York Daily News
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Sillier than it is clever, and Toback's self-indulgence is tiresome. He's a genuine auteur, all right, but his life and the funky tastes that inspire him are just not as interesting as he thinks they are.
    • New York Daily News
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Jack Mathews
    Shines an admiring light on some lawyers who endure low pay, terrible win-loss records and the occasional scorn of family, friends and the media for "defending the bad guys."
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    A ghetto horror movie that sets up some decent scares before becoming so amused with itself, it's a wonder we don't hear the crew laughing.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Not just unromantic, it's unfunny, too.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Offers a dazzling showcase for Samuel L. Jackson.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Feels like a college knockoff of Billy Wilder's "The Apartment."
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Jack Mathews
    Ends up a portrait through a rose-colored lens, turning a social parasite into a Greek hero.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Clever as it is, Blood Simple is derivative and self-consciously stylized.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    The movie falls apart toward the end as it enters "Eyes Wide Shut" territory, but until then, it's fun to see bookworms cast in the James Bond mode.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    A raunchy, irreverent, generally hilarious sendup of ritual and papal decree.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Jack Mathews
    Gilliam's first fully equipped playpen and if he musses it up -- I mean, really musses it up --well, prodigies will be prodigies.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Judd has genuine movie star magnetism -- beauty, intelligence, presence and talent to spare. In the old studio days, she'd be Ingrid Bergman by now.
    • New York Daily News
    • 37 Metascore
    • 63 Jack Mathews
    Mostly a lazy string of setups and sight gags, of tongue-in-cheek confrontations between the two stars that barely amount to sketches.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Jack Mathews
    Whether it's any good depends on your expectations.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Solondz's refusal to frame his dark, misanthropic impulses with an overriding point-of-view seems a cheap copout for a film whose title proposes that it's about the storytelling process.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    A mostly accomplished first film, with precise comic timing and some hilarious moments.

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