For 1,365 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 1.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jack Mathews' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Spirited Away
Lowest review score: 0 Mr. Smith Gets a Hustler
Score distribution:
1365 movie reviews
    • 61 Metascore
    • 100 Jack Mathews
    The incredibly moving post-9/11 drama Reign Over Me proves that behind the funny guy facades of former standup comedians Mike Binder and Adam Sandler are a pair of very serious talents.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Jack Mathews
    A gorgeous, wonderfully inventive computer-animated comedy.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Jack Mathews
    A great big sloppy kiss of entertainment for audiences weary of explosions, CGI effects and sequels, sequels, sequels.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Jack Mathews
    This year’s foreign language Oscar scandal – there is always at least one – is the snub of director Cristian Mungiu’s disturbing, masterful realist drama following two college roommates as they carry out plans for one’s black market abortion in Communist Romania.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Jack Mathews
    Mostow, with his first feature, has made such a convincing, fast-paced, edge-of-the-seat thriller that you'd swear you'd never seen anything quite like it.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Jack Mathews
    Its characters are as entertainingly quirky as any he's given us before, and his familiar themes -- strangers in a strange land, lives reformed by chance encounters -- are played out with much higher stakes and with greater purpose.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    A hive of broad, brilliant performances.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    Funny and masterfully inventive.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    Remarkable first film.
    • 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
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    Showing as much courage and talent behind the camera as he has while acting in front of it, Roth has crafted for his first film one of the most bluntly graphic and disturbing movies ever done on the subject.
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    Passes like an evening spent with friends.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    Maybe you have to have experienced one of these anti-weather urban cocoons to appreciate the concept of the film, and the prickly people who populate it.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    For the initiated, the third time's a charm. For everyone else, it's just a scream.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    Stamp, whose ability to make Wilson simultaneously coarse and charismatic is irresistibly entertaining.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    Intimate, deeply affecting family drama.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    Sensational...as authentic as news footage, and far more intimate.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    It's a slice of life, with all the trimmings, and one of the strongest films of the year.
    • New York Daily News
    • 48 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    Even if The Mummy is imitation Spielberg, it offers more bang for the buck than we're used to getting.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    Go
    Darkly hilarious.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    Perversely funny.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    Strong stuff, compelling drama.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    One of the most inventive, funny and ultimately tragic coming-of-age movies in years.
    • New York Daily News
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    As inventive as "Being John Malkovich," as psychologically quirky as "Ghost World" and as honest as the day is long.
    • 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.

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