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 A Hard Day's Night (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 Date Movie
Score distribution:
1368 movie reviews
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    That there was no squirming among the kids at my screening may be the best recommendation of all.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Could well end up on the coming Oscar ballot for best foreign language film.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    A fascinating fly-on-the-wall documentary.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    The Specialist allows Eichmann to convict himself, not of complicity in the Holocaust -- to that he pleads guilty, by reason of nationalism -- but as a man unfazed by his own inhumanity.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    A long sit for those unfamiliar with Proust's literary quest and output, but the view is sensational.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Savvy, unflinching, often bloody documentary.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    More than the sum of its parts.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    A personal eulogy, from one artist to another, and an indictment of all systems of government that deny people the right to free expression and the full realization of their talent.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    The story is fascinating for its simplicity and its inherent truths about the downside of progress.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    The performances are first-rate, with the always inventive Macy a standout as the hopeful, tormented Chappy, and Zahn a scream as the lovably imbecilic Wayne.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Hand-held cameras give their surface showbiz relationship a sense of immediacy that, like love itself, has more than a hint of danger.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Good music stands alone, and the documentary is jaunty fun.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Krabbe attempts to stuff too many themes and subplots into the story.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    No actress of her generation inhabits characters as thoroughly and convincingly as she (Streep) does, and this performance carries the movie
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    It provides the first genuine laughs I've had at the movies in this young year.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Offering often-hysterical testimony to Vilanch's talent.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Looks a lot like 1950s American gangster films -- particularly, John Huston's "The Asphalt Jungle" -- but it's decidedly French in its sexual candor and moral laissez-faire.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    A slog to get through, but Jeanie Drynan's nuanced performance as the enduring matriarch makes it all worthwhile.
    • 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.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Despite the movie's dramatic weaknesses, I was spellbound by the images.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    A relatively straightforward portrait of Holmes, using interviews with family members, friends, wives, X-film producers and his former co-stars.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Refreshingly nondogmatic.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    One of Rohmer's more engaging slices of life. The acting is impeccable.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Joy Ride is plenty spooky but there's also plenty of comic relief -- mostly from the perennially goofy Zahn.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    The island phase of Hanks' performance is simply amazing.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    It is remarkably, unsentimentally dramatized by Fred Schepisi, courtesy of the pitch-perfect performances of its ensemble British cast.
    • New York Daily News
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    The question is not whether the movie exactly duplicates the experience of the book, but whether the movie stands on its own. Angela's Ashes clearly does.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Gaudi Afternoon, adapted from Barbara Wilson's novel, is a setup for a smart ensemble comedy, and the cast delivers in hilarious deadpan style.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Thornton, directing his first film since the minimalist "Sling Blade" (1996), has a much better grip on the material when he's focused on the scruffy desert landscape and the adventures of the two Texans.

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