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 0.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jack Mathews' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Dreamgirls
Lowest review score: 0 Swept Away
Score distribution:
1,365 movie reviews
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    If you're in the mood for a horror movie, this ought to do you.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    It's not as clever, or as consistently funny, or as well-cast as "Shakespeare in Love," but Richard Eyre's Stage Beauty is the most fun I've had with the Bard since that 1998 Oscar winner.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    Ray
    Every once in a while, a performance pops out of a Hollywood movie that is so brilliant and unique to the matching of actor to role that it's impossible to imagine anyone else achieving it.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    Does a meticulous job of summarizing these notorious events, but it is the stories of Liuzzo's five children that gives it fresh emotional power.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    It's a sensation - both a milestone in computer-animation and a likely Christmas classic.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    A movie-movie about the movies.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    An astonishingly intimate and painful coming-of-age story.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    What keeps the film from becoming obnoxiously redundant is the conviviality of the comedians. These are funny people even when they're not telling the joke.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    Works on every level. The humor and language are as crude as an R rating allows, but Carell and Apatow's script is so hip, funny and - yes - innocent that it's never offensive.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    It is a devastating indictment of the ruling class of Money, Miss.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    A slick, fast-paced production with first-rate performances and an emotional punch you won't soon forget.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    The story itself is a smooth little gem.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    It's as harrowing as moviegoing gets.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    This brilliant documentary, which shows not only how Belgian King Leopold II made the huge and resource-rich central African Congo his own private reserve, but how his legacy of exploiting the land and brutalizing its people continues in modern times.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    Fascinating, amusing and ultimately disturbing.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    Built from a perfect story-telling collaboration.

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