Matthew Gilbert

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For 869 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 7.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Matthew Gilbert's Scores

Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Breaking Bad: Season 4
Lowest review score: 0 Rules of Engagement: Season 1
Score distribution:
869 tv reviews
    • 49 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    The script is by novelist and essayist Shalom Auslander, who created the show, and it is remarkably tight, thought-provoking, literary, and jeweled with absurdist wit.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    Based on the pilot, [the] mystery promises to be surprising, psychological, and addictive.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    It's a more visceral impression of a band on fire, and as such it offers plenty of satisfaction.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    A surprisingly stylish adaptation of a story that would seem to be played out after so many incarnations on the small and big screens. If Smallville can keep its supernatural plots engaging, and avoid focusing solely on Clark Kent's familiar teen alienation, it could evolve into a top-tier WB series. [16 Oct 2001, p.D16]
    • Boston Globe
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    The series is gripping, nicely styled, and smartly written, with a solid leading performance by Matthew Macfadyen as Inspector Edmund Reid, the head of H Division.
    • 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
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    It’s honest, credible, trustworthy storytelling.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    An eerie -- and excellent -- new series that makes ''24" look more than ever like a broadly drawn comic strip.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    The story races forward happily and aggressively, but none of the plot strands among the many characters is ever dropped or given short shrift.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    Based on the first two episodes of season two, "24" returns tonight with the promise of another year of ambitious, outrageous, and addictive TV drama. [29 Oct 2002]
    • Boston Globe
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    It’s less brooding than its progenitor, less emotionally wrenching (at least at first), and its references to the “Breaking Bad” mythology could ultimately become tiresome. But it’s also entertaining and smart and, like its piteous semi-hero, persuasive.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    As with a number of moments in the completely enjoyable Family Tree, I’m not sure how the actors kept themselves from laughing.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    It’s as candid and absorbing as reality TV isn’t.
    • 64 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    Like ''Lost"... the mystery is provocatively open-ended and, assuming the writing continues to be good, absorbing.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    The show has a scruffy, adolescent sweetness with a seeming insensitivity to people with physical disabilities that ultimately feels quite sensitive.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    It's beautifully filmed in and around Washington, D.C., it's well-acted, and it's cleverly written by Beau Willimon.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    A surprisingly promising hour that could become something special if it doesn't cop out and decide to become a hipped-up "Beverly Hills 90210." [29 Sept 1999, p.F10]
    • Boston Globe
    • 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.
    • 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
    Pushing Daisies is good, as well as distinctive.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    Of the 36 new network shows premiering this fall, Las Vegas is among the more promising. [22 Sept 2003, p.B7]
    • Boston Globe
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    The show, based on the novel by Elmore Leonard, brings us some of the nuttiest backwoods characters since Sheriff Harry S. Truman and Agent Dale Cooper looked into the murder of Laura Palmer. [4 Aug 1998, p.E1]
    • Boston Globe
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    It’s such a lovely thing--Cher helping her mother realize her dream after all these years--that I was able to let go of the special’s ulterior motive.
    • 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.
    • 78 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.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    While there’s something vintage about the show, as it follows in the footsteps of “Barney Miller,” it’s also got fresh twists that firmly place it in the now. Braugher anchors Samberg’s performance, and indeed he anchors the whole show.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    This documentary, which promises to twist and turn a bit with each new episode, is one of those macabre sagas that once again proves that truth is stranger than fiction. The most haunting part of The Jinx, though, is Durst himself and his ice-cold eyes. They’ll send chills right up your spine.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    The rebooted Homeland promises to be an engaging, streamlined CIA thriller with a few big ideas about America and the war on terrorism.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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