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

Jack Mathews' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Liberty Heights
Lowest review score: 0 The Skulls
Score distribution:
1370 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Turgoose, in his first film role, is entirely convincing as the strong-willed but naïve Shaun, and Graham is a genuine fright as the feral prototype of the violent skinhead culture on the horizon.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 63 Jack Mathews
    What's good about the idea is that it triggers the kind of debate we would be having over Iraq if there was a draft. What's bad about it is that the three main characters in Robert Malkani's script - anti-war lawyer George (Chris Klein), gung-ho cab driver Dixon (Jon Bernthal) and sissy novelist Aaron (Elijah Wood) - are not interesting, either as individuals or as three amigos.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Toback is a smart guy with kinky tastes who has nothing left but to tempt actors into performing in his sex fantasies.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Jack Mathews
    For all its scale, grandeur, historical context and political brass, "Kingdom" is no more compelling a period drama than last year's "Alexander."
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    This is melodrama with broad theatrical flourishes, but Dietrich's sensuality is still a natural wonder, and with a new print, the Film Forum run offers a rare opportunity to see it big-screen-size.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 Jack Mathews
    I have an idea for a Mars movie. When our first astronauts step onto the Red Planet, they discover that Martians not only exist but that they've hired Johnnie Cochran to represent them in a massive defamation suit against American filmmakers.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Creates a hellishly evil portrait of a police department in which every white cop is either a racist thug or an enabler, and every black cop a disgusted observer or crusading hero.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    As tension mounts through the evening, Giraldi cleverly sweeps in and out of conversations -- and brings it all together in a climax that is as hard to see coming as it is to resist.
    • New York Daily News
    • 24 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    First-time writer-director Hunter Richards? London is even worse torture than it sounds. It includes flashbacks that actually demonstrate just how miserable a jerk the main character is.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    This is a pitch-black sendup of a classic femme fatale, a teenage version of the husband-killers in "Double Indemnity" and "The Postman Always Rings Twice," without the saving grace of passion.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    While I understand Vergès' oft-repeated claim that he wants to use these sensational cases to point out that the French were no better than the Nazis in their treatment of colonial subjects, it's impossible to overlook his glib dismissal of his clients' crimes and the smug righteousness that rests in the smirk constantly on his face.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    The characters she (Ephron) invents are not very interesting, and aside from the always reliable Travolta, the performances are uniformly aligned.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Besides repeating his premise that only fools fall in love and deserve whatever circle of hell they enter for it, he seems to really believe that morality has no place in art. Certainly, he's keeping it out of his.
    • 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
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    You have never seen a concert film like U2 3D, and it may change your expectations for the rest of your rocking years.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    I quibble over a film that has none of the artistic pretensions of "The Silence of the Lambs." This is more of a greatest-hits Hannibal movie, with a thunderingly portentous soundtrack, lots of mugging and autopsy detail, and a bang-up double ending.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    By turns cheerful, funny and melancholy, and at all times honest, Nicole Holofcener's Lovely and Amazing stands out in the current run of ensemble women's films.
    • New York Daily News
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Mostly, though, Hayek's problem is one of physical miscasting. She's so tiny next to the tall, rotund Molina that she looks like child in their scenes together. And despite a fake caterpillar brow, she's just not believable as a woman bemoaning her disfigurements.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Bug
    A tale of love, desperation and conspiratorial madness, comes off on the big screen as a wacky psychological snow job.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Jack Mathews
    It may be that Gronkjaer couldn't get the nun to open up to her. But not knowing much about her creates an awkward imbalance that Vig, fascinating as he is, can't overcome.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Drop Dead Ugly is more like it.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    If you're looking for a bit of an uplift, you could do worse among the gloom of so many holiday dramas.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 63 Jack Mathews
    Pure dumb fun -- horror slapstick that rudely parodies both the arterial violence of slasher films and the topless hedonism of the spring-break ritual.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 Jack Mathews
    Critics are inclined to describe the action in films like "XXX" and Lee Tamahori's sequel, XXX: State of the Union, as "cartoon violence." I'll resist doing that out of respect for cartoons.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Soft porn for people who like to watch - and want to be punished for it.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    No one makes something out of nothing like the French, and in this wispy tale about a jilted middle-age man and the very young housekeeper who briefly lights up his life, writer-director Claude Berri's got plenty of nothing.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Jack Mathews
    A riveting story.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Seth, who played Nehru in the Oscar-winning "Gandhi," gives a subtly layered performance as a complex, tormented and very decent man in crisis.

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