Matthew Gilbert
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For 783 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 44% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 53% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Matthew Gilbert's Scores

Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 24: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 The Real Wedding Crashers: Season 1
Score distribution:
783 tv reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    The entire series... has been amped up this time around. It's all gotten a little more Hollywood, even if it's as ensconced as ever in the plush offices and dramatic skyscrapers of New York. [9 Sep 2004]
    • Boston Globe
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    What a treat it is to find a medical show that doesn't turn its talented MDs into bedside saints in order to calm viewers' fears about mechanical HMO factories.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    No, it's not "groundbreaking," as HBO calls its programming. And I doubt it will give the ratings-slipping channel its much-needed hit. But it will probably find a small, loyal, "Deadwood"-size audience that enjoys a good serial melodrama charged up by a villainess named Atia who turns mothering into something akin to pimping. [26 Aug 2005, p.D1]
    • Boston Globe
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    So much of the pleasure of Lost is in the way surprise twists arrive completely out of the blue.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    The feverish action is as tantalizing as ever, and so is the script.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    The FX drama returns for its fifth season tonight at 10, after a 19-month absence, and it returns to its former glory after an unfortunate fourth-season slump.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    Unique, fresh, and quite entertaining. [1 Oct 2004]
    • Boston Globe
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    ''Big Love,"... is layered enough to do what HBO's ''The Sopranos" and ''Six Feet Under" have done so well: make atypical heroes knowable and universal. It pulls us into its parallel moral universe, rather than keep us standing outside in judgment.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    "The Boondocks" takes on racism the way ''All in the Family" did, by sending up ignorance and extremism rather than moralizing about them.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    An eerie -- and excellent -- new series that makes ''24" look more than ever like a broadly drawn comic strip.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    The action is intense in "Sleeper Cell," and each episode includes at least one stunning moment of violence or betrayal. But character depth isn't sacrificed to keep the pace moving, and there are valuable calms between the storms.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    If the show can stay as gripping as its premiere... it will be a welcome new prime-time puzzle.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    It's funny, but painfully funny, as it skewers the world of banal sitcoms and youth-market mania. It's mean, but touching, too, as Kudrow's Valerie undergoes the humiliations of being a Nixed Big Thing. [3 June 2005, p.D1]
    • Boston Globe
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    Like ''Lost"... the mystery is provocatively open-ended and, assuming the writing continues to be good, absorbing.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    The nonfictional veneer feels authentic, and so does Lilley's talent.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    [It] passes quickly but gleefully.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    Like ''Friends," this is not a big-themed series so much as a bunch of little character jokes and relationship confusions getting batted around by an able cast.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    If you're prudish or just polite, in other words, you'll be turned off by all the happy offensiveness. If you're not turned off, though, you may be entertained, as I am. The show is the quintessential slacker comedy. [29 Jun 2006]
    • Boston Globe
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    If Rock and co-creator Ali LeRoi can continue to bring depth to the characters without succumbing to cliche or sentiment, they will be on a promising path.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    One of Colbert's strengths has always been wordplay, which is in full force on ''The Colbert Report" and gives the show an added level of wit.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    The best of a recent group of heist dramas, including NBC's "Heist" and FX's "Thief."
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    Berg has done a fine job of lifting his series above familiar teen melodrama and making it into a group portrait of a town.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    "Studio 60" is one of the best new dramas of the season, assuming you aren't Sorkin-phobic, and with some tweaking it could be the very best.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    Tonight's premiere isn't one of the series' most cleverly wrought scripts; it's more of a welcome-back party than a gem.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    30 Rock returns tonight with its best foot forward.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    When you watch the show, which returns for season two tonight at 10, you'll find a legal thriller that's trashier and more fun than you might have expected.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    The ABC show... is one of the pleasures of the new season, although it may strike some viewers as too conceptually loose to love.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    To embrace "Knights," you have to have a taste for the kind of comedy that teases because it loves.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    Based on the pilot, [the] mystery promises to be surprising, psychological, and addictive.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    Dexter enters season 3 on Sunday at 9 p.m. with an increasing--and pleasing--urge to make us like the curious man-child at its center.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    Thankfully, this season Dexter continues to play with our moral bearings, which is the show’s best quality.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    You'll love "The Sarah Silverman Program," but only if, like me, you have a healthy appetite for sick comedy.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    Izzard is a great surprise in FX's "The Riches," and just one of this fascinating new series' unexpectedly soulful pleasures.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    Dirty Sexy is right on the money.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    Tonally, "Private Practice" has not found its sweet spot. Dirty Sexy Money, on the other hand, has. The soap opera fully owns its soapiness.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    Pushing Daisies is good, as well as distinctive.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    British actress Lena Headey makes Sarah into the heart and soul of this series. Without Headey and her maternal magnetism, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles would probably deteriorate into a nonstop series of effects-laden fight scenes that's as cold and grim as NBC's "Bionic Woman" remake.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    If you've been wondering about the art of series-TV writing, and how potent and resonant it truly can be, you need look no further than HBO's extraordinary new In Treatment.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    The actor [Lewis], who uses a flawless American accent, makes Life worth a gander. And he is surrounded by a distinctive cast.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    This melodrama isn't high TV art, or even middling; but it's dishy, farcical, and funny, as the willowy Serena (Blake Lively) and her circle prey on one another.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    All the details have color, and so do the characters, right down to Sam's guilt-ridden parents, with whom he still lives. And there are fleeting hints of drama in the scenario that will surely gain momentum and weight.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    Never mind the clichés, because Duchovny makes his character worth watching, as he swaggers from bad predicament to bad predicament, pretending not to care about his life anymore.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    The impulse to protect his family comes much less naturally to David Duchovny's Hank Moody, the hero of Californication, which returns in top form for its second season.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    They've pulled together a vivid cast and evoked the ideal tone - not comedy, not psychodrama, not sci fi, but an intriguingly evasive blend of them all.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    Sookie remains a compelling plucky heroine, undaunted by the violent strangeness of Bill's nighttime world but still holding fast to her moral center.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    The show, as fast-paced as ever, is crammed with subplots this season, some of which will be more engaging than others.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    Breaking Bad works as an unabashedly bold story about a man in extremis, told with the iconographic and ironic sensibility of Quentin Tarantino.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    The emotional strains of keeping her secret from Ben (Iddo Goldberg) grow across the eight episodes and lend the season an unexpected poignancy.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    The beautifully filmed half-hour comedy, lets Ullman clown around with her face and her voices and her wigs without confining her to too much story line.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    It is reverent enough, and profoundly heroic; and yet it is a living, breathing piece of work that brings American history down to earth.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    I do think it has real potential to become a solid dramatic addition to the FX slate, as The Shield enters its final season.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    Even when Leverage flirts with serious issues, including the mistreatment of an Army reservist who is shot in Iraq by a private contractor, the dramatic tone is whimsical and tongue in cheek. This motley crew is a kind of guerilla comedy troupe that can pick pockets and empty bank accounts, too.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    You don't like comedy that pushes the boundaries of good taste, you have no business here. But the material is presented with enough comic skill, cultural resonance, and clever mockery to rise above.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    I was surprised at how much adrenalized horror there is to be found in the story, as it races forward into bloody human-zombie battles and scary entrapments. This isn't a wink-winkfest so much as a sly screamfest, with lots of post-apocalyptic misery and carnage afoot.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    Mazzello and Dale both add to the humanity of The Pacific with their committed performances, even when the disorienting narrative seems to be working against them.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    All the performances are rough and under-rehearsed, which makes them appealing. Costello also keeps the atmosphere relaxed during the interviews, never seeming too eager to interject his own commentary or jokes.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    Collision is a satisfying emotional journey through the twists, turns, and overpasses of a dozen or so lives.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    The filmmakers deliver a fine balance of both elated big-gun worship and humiliated bathroom cleaning, melting-pot team-making and the cliquishness of ethnic groups.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    HBO sent out three advance episodes of Bored to Death, and by the third one (also the best one) I felt confident that Schwartzman was exactly where he belongs--in Brooklyn, in a cafe, watching, and worrying.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    It’s a remarkable performance in its straightforward simplicity; she’s like a feral animal ferociously protecting her secrets.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    No gold mine of symbolism is worth a damn when the show itself doesn’t have good old storytelling mojo behind it. And, based on the premiere, V has enough narrative drive and character definition to pull viewers into the creepy suspense of its dystopian world.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    All of the characters are misfits, and the pleasure of Party Down is watching the actors riff off one another as they go to extremes.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    Truly there can be something rich and lovely about hospitals, and there is something rich and lovely about Boston Med.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    The abundance of material plays out naturally, in a nicely arranged script by John Pielmeier that leans heavily on the R-rated soap side of things. You'll probably get lost in the high melodrama while watching this massive chess game, where the pawns are as prominent as the bishops, the king, and the queen.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    They make an appealing team, and it doesn't hurt that they're chasing bad guys through the breathtaking--and HDTV-ready--beauty of Hawaii. There's nothing groundbreaking going on here, just old-fashioned action-adventure fun. New old-fashioned fun, that is.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    A strange, fascinating, and sometimes brilliant contemporary take on the father of forensic crime-solving.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    It's not too early, however, to heap praise onto this astute, well-written show and its many specific wonders.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    The show works, in its own hokey, feel-good, alt-soundtrack way.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    I like Archer because it succeeds where so many of the snarky animated series tend to fail. Reed and his writers and voice actors balance all the pop satire and raunch with a strong sense of the characters.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    Olyphant creates a sense of suspended time whenever Raylan comes into contact with thugs--as if a gun standoff isn't so far from standing at a bar with a drink in hand. His Raylan is the kind of guy who doesn't say much, but gives us plenty to talk about.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    If you enjoy slowly piecing together a puzzle without having first seen the final image, Rubicon is right up your alley; if not, the brainteasing will likely unnerve you.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    The plots are really secondary to the show's winning, easy-going style and its bittersweet tone. This isn't John Cassavetes, but there's something of the director's spaciously paced, slightly improvised technique about the way the men on the show interact as they take their regular hikes and breakfast at the diner.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    Every so often, a show arrives and instantly feels lived-in, like a comfortable old couch with slight depressions in all the right places. FX's Terriers is one of those shows, beautifully torn and frayed from the get-go.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    What I like about Lone Star, what could make it the strongest TV newcomer of the season, is the ways in which it differs from classic nighttime melodramas. The show is as much a bittersweet character study of con man Bob Allen as it is a new spin on the Ewings.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    The Walking Dead may depend more on suspense, desolate atmosphere, and creative storytelling than fine acting. The show takes a nightmare generally told in movies and opens it up for the medium of TV. I'm optimistic that Darabont & Co. will continue to find ways to make the characters interestingly human as they dodge death's slow, ruthless pursuit.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    Linney and this role were made for each other. There are a few problems with The Big C. Occasionally, the tone veers off course into forced comic absurdity. But my cavils are irrelevant in the face of Linney's extraordinary work.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    The series is animated mostly by the perfectly legitimate reason of invoking sheer wonder, but the scientific episode gives a fascinating glimpse of what scientists still have to learn from these creatures.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    While it's not the triumph that "Downton" was, it's a special, lovely miniseries that lingers in your imagination like a richly drawn memoir.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    The show is an intelligent addition to the Fox lineup, with both the broad canvas of "The Wire" and the street procedural of "NYPD Blue" in its DNA.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    The story of Patrick "Lights" Leary is engrossing from the first bell, with nicely developed plots and psychological twists that transcend the genre cliches of the boxing drama. And the acting is strong where it matters.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    Too often, TV's sci-fi creators fail to give us characters to identify with, focusing instead on special effects and plot manipulations. But the father-son-bond material in Falling Skies brings humanity to the story and grounds it in emotion rather than spectacle.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    With this bracing and comic new set of 12 episodes, Nurse Jackie has evolved into a rigorous, fascinating portrait of denial, of how it works when someone deceives herself and everyone around her
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    It's witty, irreverent, and joyously juvenile.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    There are a few revelations in this rich adaptation, concisely written for the screen by Lucinda Coxon.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    A finely constructed docu-dramatic piece, Cinema Verite folds together the stories of the Louds of Santa Barbara and the PBS filmmakers who took over their home, and it adds in both real and expertly re-created footage from the 12 episodes of "An American Family."
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    It's both dramatic and unique, from the sometimes graphic material about his double mastectomy to his self-revelation in the media limelight.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    I promise you will roll your eyes at least once. And yet, each hour is so spellbinding, you may not realize you're leaving grip marks on your couch.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    The story line is expertly structured, especially after the first hour's exposition, as potential explanations emerge and the pieces begin to fit together. And the writers maintain an all-important sense of humor, not just with the one-liners among the team members but with shrewd social satire.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    Still, even if Curb has lost some of its original wallop, it remains a great comedy of manners.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    It offers amusement and a tad of suspense, but little to ponder over the long run.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    There's no false modesty here, just a level-headed look back as Belafonte recalls decades of music, family, and activism, but mostly activism.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    Despite the blood and the labor, Call the Midwife is filled with heart.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    Nashville falls somewhere in between the two extremes, a story that thrives on heightened melodrama and big twists but gives its characters more depth than you generally find in network lather-fests.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    For a new series, Sports Night already has a nicely developed sense of ensemble and texture. Charles and Krause show a natural chemistry as anchors and friends, and Robert Guillaume has strong presence as the imposing executive producer. The most appealing actor, though, is Huffman, who is dynamic as the committed producer who lives only for airtime. She's got caffeine running through her veins. [22 Sept 1998, p.C1]
    • Boston Globe
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    It's a nicely assembled, topical film that gives us both a sweeping view of gay rights across almost 30 years, as well as an intimate look at an extraordinary person swept up in those times.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    In the first four new episodes, her characters remain in their self-contained cultural warp, still only just beginning to mingle with hipsters and hard drugs and cold, careering artists, and, yes, black people.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    All of the material crammed into tonight's episode is both intriguing and tensely directed (by Martin Campbell, "Casino Royale"), raising a host of strong possibilities for the show's future.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    Those [dialogue] imperfections never jolted me out of the spell Copper casts.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    Despite the occasional artificial reality flourish, Catfish: The TV Show is a timely, engaging, and often poignant addition to MTV's lineup.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    It's a more visceral impression of a band on fire, and as such it offers plenty of satisfaction.