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

Jack Mathews' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Mumford
Lowest review score: 0 Carpool
Score distribution:
1368 movie reviews
    • 93 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    Passes like an evening spent with friends.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    School of Rock may be to Black what "The Nutty Professor" was to Jerry Lewis, or "Groundhog Day" was to Bill Murray - that rare, perfectly tailored opportunity to play against one's broadest impulses. Not to neutralize them, necessarily, but to tame them and turn them into something very human and charming.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    Tony Gilroy, co-author of the superb Jason Bourne film trilogy, makes a stunning directorial debut with Michael Clayton, an out-of-courtroom drama that helps solidify George Clooney's acting bona fides.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    Kempner demonstrates how the star's success and dignified bearing inspired a generation of Jews to fight through the ethnic barriers in all fields.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    Though made 31 years after D-Day, the dramatic scenes have the period look of a '40s movie, which links them perfectly with the stunning archival footage.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    There is a little of all of us in their awkwardness, fears and neuroses, and we root for their success in the mundane as if they were ascending Everest. Elling is still in the running for 2002's most uplifting movie.
    • New York Daily News
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    A love story told from the point of impact, at the heart, and no conventional resolution could be more profound.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    The stories are eye-opening and heartwarming at the same time, but you'll be moved less by empathy for the characters than by the summoning of your own emotional memories. This movie is personal.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    A movie-movie about the movies.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    Parents, who are more apt to be bored by the simple story line, are going to be amazed nevertheless by the smooth, convincing animation that lends Stuart his lifelike physicality and expressive facial gestures.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    What we need to remember, what Black Hawk Down reminds us, is that there are no safe missions when you're chasing bad guys. Especially when you have to chase them down a hole.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    Amy Berg's riveting documentary, tracks O'Grady's predatory trail from San Andreas, Calif., to Ireland, where he is now living on a church pension that was apparently meant to buy his silence.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    Moore's most assured, least antagonistic and potentially most important film.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    A smartly written, confidently directed film that delivers big laughs while developing two of the year's most earnest characters and some of its most rewarding sentiments.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    The black-and-white animation won't dazzle your eyes, but everything else about Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud's adaptation of Satrapi's graphic comic book series Persepolis will hold you in its thrall.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    Hilariously inventive Hollywood satire.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    A brilliantly spare and poignant tragicomedy that projects such savage self-criticism of China's "economic miracle" that the film has been banned at home.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    A hive of broad, brilliant performances.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    As the relationship between the two British schoolteachers begins (quietly), builds (deceptively) and dissolves (spectacularly), Dench and Blanchett give a master class in acting. Pick your own sports metaphor, but watching them go at each other is the match of the year.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    The clear powerhouse in the new film is a scene where Kurtz, speaking with the twisted coherence of the true paranoid-schizophrenic, uses Time magazine articles and other references to justify his actions.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    It's more fun than a turkey shoot. It's also one of the most entertaining riffs on American culture in years.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    A sweetly hilarious romantic comedy about a soccer fan whose favorite pro team's unexpected success threatens to push him over the edge.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    Peter O'Toole, looking frail beyond his 74 years, gives what may be his farewell performance as a leading movie actor in Roger Michell's Venus. It's one for the books - and maybe the Oscars, too.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    It is a devastating indictment of the ruling class of Money, Miss.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    The actors are solid at every position, but Broderick, who seems to get better with each performance, is especially good at playing the impulsively self-destructive yet sympathetic loser.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    The face-to-face interviews laced throughout the movie are fascinating and often laugh-out-loud funny. Ask people to talk dirty and you don't know what they'll say.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    In some ways, The Queen is a comedy of manners - bad, good and archaic. The formal bowing and scraping surrounding Her Majesty is as hilarious as it is (apparently) accurate.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    The Manhattan movie of the year, Francis Lawrence's I Am Legend, offers a stunning glimpse into how the city - as we know it today - might look in 2012 if it were abandoned in 2009.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    Strong stuff, compelling drama.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    More fun than a company picnic - and a lot more fun than the classic 18th century novel that inspired it - Michael Winterbottom's Tristram Shandy: A Cock & Bull Story is the first good comedy of 2006.

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