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 2.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jack Mathews' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Happy Feet
Lowest review score: 0 Scarlet Diva
Score distribution:
1368 movie reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    Intimate, deeply affecting family drama.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    Critics are already comparing the two movies and largely agreeing that Tarantino?s story about a psychopathic stuntman who targets women for highway carnage is the best. I disagree.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    For Hobbitués and adventure fans of all other ages, it's the year's best thrill ride -- maybe the best film.
    • New York Daily News
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    When it comes to sports movies, there's nothing like the real thing, and there's never been anything quite as real as the documentary Murderball.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    This is likely the fastest-moving intentionally funny action movie ever made. It's as if the 21 Bond movies and four "Die Hards" had been distilled to remove their body fat (that is, character development, buildup, rest stops, etc.) and left us with only the killing and the punch lines.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    Fascinating, amusing and ultimately disturbing.
    • 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
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    Based on the true story of the first emperor of unified China, could be downsized and told as an American Western.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    It's as harrowing as moviegoing gets.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    The strength of McKay's film is not in identifying a cultural period, but in giving voice to so many great theater people. Their passion is infectious, their stories are priceless and their humor is boundless.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    The naturalistic dialogue is a masterful bit of writing, credited to Linklater and his "Sunrise" co-writer Kim Krizan, as well as to the two stars.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    I wouldn't recommend the movie to anyone, but if the families of the victims take something positive from it, as their cooperation with Greengrass suggests they do, that's justification enough.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    A powerful movie that should win all the year's ensemble acting awards. Pitt has never done better dramatic work, Blanchett is as convincing as always, and - in introducing themselves to American audiences - veteran Mexican actress Barraza and Japan's Kikuchi are revelations.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    Man on Fire, with a best-ever Denzel Washington, is the first (nonreligious) sure thing to hit the multiplex this year.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    For a black comedy whose tangled sequence of events is completely improbable, Pedro Almodóvar's Volver feels absolutely authentic. So, think of everything as metaphor and enjoy one of the year's most delectably twisted treats.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    Spider-Man is an almost-perfect extension of the experience of reading comic-book adventures.
    • New York Daily News
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    Harris brings into focus a nearly forgotten success story, filling in another blank in the ultimate mosaic of the 20th century's greatest tragedy.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    Whether Adam Sandler can actually act is not actually answered in Paul Thomas Anderson's Punch-Drunk Love. But he's great in it.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    It's a sensation - both a milestone in computer-animation and a likely Christmas classic.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    Beautifully shot, both in darkened homes and on the misty green Irish landscape by Loach's frequent cinematographer Barry Aykroyd, "Wind" has a you-are-there intensity and intimacy about it that make it nearly overwhelming. But for all its violence and subsequent sadness, it's a movie of extraordinary importance.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    If you're at all curious about what it feels like to be inside a race car going 200 miles per hour at Daytona International Speedway, I don't think there's a better, quicker or safer way to find out than Simon Wincer's documentary.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    But there were few, if any, better performances in 2000 than the one Blanchett gives here, and Raimi's crafty blend of dramatic realism and supernatural knowledge is one of the year's best directing con jobs.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    This quiet yet jolting meditation on love, obsession, loneliness, friendship and fate has the quality to entrance you through a first viewing, and compel you to take its themes and characters home with you for further consideration.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    The whole system was sadistic and indefensible, and the church, looking the other way as long as profits rolled in from the laundries, deserves the scorn that Mullan and his fine cast heap on it.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    One of the most inventive, funny and ultimately tragic coming-of-age movies in years.
    • New York Daily News
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    An audacious, snappy visual and emotional feast of dishes both familiar and fresh. It's the first really good movie of 2001.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    This is Guest's fourth ensemble parody of showbiz subjects, and though his sketch-comedy style and acting troupe are now familiar, this is his most accomplished movie.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    The effects in "T3" are spectacular, and the action sequences -- particularly the fights between the good and bad terminators -- are exhilarating.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    Gently hilarious comedy.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    What follows is an extreme case of reverse courtship, which begins at conception and works backward toward getting to know each other, and then moves forward to one of the funniest birthing scenes ever filmed.

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