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 Superman Returns
Lowest review score: 0 Ted Bundy
Score distribution:
1368 movie reviews
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    I love this series; it's possibly the most exciting use of the documentary medium ever.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Cage is a wonderful light comedian; were someone to remake "It's a Wonderful Life," he'd be on the short list for the role of George Bailey. And Leoni is Donna Reed, reborn.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    A well-crafted indictment of the dark side of the modern work ethic.
    • New York Daily News
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    The documentary plays it down the middle, neither condemning nor romanticizing the political outlaws, but making sense of who they were and what they did.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Rarely does an animated character merge as perfectly with the persona of the actor providing his voice as the star of Monsters, Inc. does with John Goodman.
    • New York Daily News
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Carrey's performance is a tour de force of physical mime.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    The movie is filled with sweetly funny moments, but its exposure of class, income and cultural differences makes it an uneasy charmer right up to its violent denouement.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Mendes -- wants to have it both ways, to get close to mob life, but be no part of it. And he keeps us at a dime-novel distance, too. He has made a dreamy, poetic impression of a world that exists only on film and in comic strips, and that has no resonance for most of us.
    • New York Daily News
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    The first pleasant surprise of 2003, a cross-cultural romantic comedy that doesn't stint on romance or comedy, and- - when you least expect and most need it- - throws in some jaunty musical numbers of its own.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    A fascinating movie that, if you are able to make the leap it asks of you at about the three-quarter mark, will give you something to think and talk about for days. One thing is certain: It isn't predictable.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    A flawed but highly entertaining B Western blown up to John Ford scale.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Lost in La Mancha basically catches "Don Quixote" in free fall…It's our loss nonetheless. Gilliam is one of the great film fantasists of our age, and one expects he would have done Cervantes proud.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    The movie that launched a new era in horror films, and which, for one generation, remains one of the scariest experiences of their lives.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    As pulp entertainment, Confidence is great fun and Foley's first good movie since the very different "Glengarry Glen Ross."
    • 38 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    A fairly nifty piece of suspense filmmaking, with a strong if relatively undemanding performance from Douglas.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    A remarkable and moving account of a part of the French experience that needs more remembering and less forgetting.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Winslet and Keitel are brilliant as cult member & deprogrammer.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Though the film is dark and the ideas run deep, it's perversely fun to think about.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    When it's funny, Best is hilarious.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Fascinating and often very funny behind-the-scenes look at the tedium and hard work that go into making strangers laugh.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Energetic, provocative.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    In Aniston's previous film roles, the "Friends" star has made little impression, but under the direction of the gifted young Arteta, she's certainly grown to fill the big screen here, and looks ready to leap from TV to film.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Compston, with Loach's uncanny guidance, gives a performance of such natural power you'd think you were watching a drama-class prodigy like James Dean rather than a moonlighting high-schooler.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Images wash over you like wind-blown rain, fierce and beautiful at the same time, largely shaped into themes by the haunting music of Philip Glass, who is here joined by cellist Yo-Yo Ma.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    It's a human drama, drawn in such careful emotional detail, its two acts of violence -- one shown, one not -- are almost incidental.
    • New York Daily News
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    The unlikely cowboys play off each other's strengths like the best doubles team in tennis. The exquisiteness of this match is that Chan and Wilson are both reactive comedy actors.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Ultimately, Eyes Wide Shut doesn't rank among Kubrick's best work.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Has the gentlest feel of any movie I can remember.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Doesn't so much crackle as pop. It has enough double entendres to fill a D-cup, but it has a premise that would have burned a hole in the screen in 1962, when its story is set.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    If you've got the patience, this is still one of the all-time exercises in cinematic cool.

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