Matthew Gilbert
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For 811 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 7.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Matthew Gilbert's Scores

Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 The Office (UK): Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Unan1mous: Season 1
Score distribution:
811 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    Those [dialogue] imperfections never jolted me out of the spell Copper casts.
    • 57 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.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    By episode 2, though, after the crammed (and super-sized) premiere, [creator] Weisberg reveals a sure sense of detail that bodes well for the future of the series.
    • 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
    The show has a scruffy, adolescent sweetness with a seeming insensitivity to people with physical disabilities that ultimately feels quite sensitive.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    After the forced setup, evolves into a rich portrait of hard lives and the possibility of healing. By episode 3, the miniseries feels like a smart crime novel, steeped in very specific locales and individuals.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    Orphan Black has the potential to be memorable entertainment, if they [creators Graeme Manson and John Fawcett] can continue to deliver each and every plot development with a human touch.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    It’s a bit of a rarity, an intimate, sprawling, and at times touching procedural that makes the networks’ versions of the genre look like simple board games.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    It’s honest, credible, trustworthy storytelling.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    It’s thoroughly transporting.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    The show unfolds like a rich, gritty, and addictive novel, with some surprising detours and lots of transporting, grainy imagery.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    It’s an inviting, beautifully acted, and smartly written period drama set in the 1950s
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey is certainly trippy and visually dazzling, but it’s also a big-thought-provoking series crammed with scientific and historical fact. Hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, it is a transporting mass of CGI special effects and cartoon sequences, but it has the heft and scope of cable’s most esteemed science series, “Planet Earth” and “Life.”
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    Weird and jagged, inventive and energetic, Orphan Black is a small blessing. While Hollywood is busy cloning, this show about clones is a singular pleasure.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    Occasionally, logic is forsaken. But still The Escape Artist maintains its suspense despite the flaws, thanks to rich acting and smart direction.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    The first five new episodes sent for preview are excellent--as brilliantly painful as the old ones.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    Mr. Dynamite isn’t hagiography, and we hear enough about Brown’s personal flaws to make him quite human.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    Everything else about A Poet in New York, which is timed to air alongside the centennial of Thomas’s birth, is small and underwhelming. That sounds like a damning complaint, but the limits of the script, by Andrew Davies, actually benefit Hollander’s performance to some extent.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Matthew Gilbert
    The romance and the attractively stylized innocence of the era is addictive, but the espionage plot, with its link to political history, is absurd.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Matthew Gilbert
    This is a million miles from PBS and Mirren, but it works because of Bello's visceral energy.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Matthew Gilbert
    I want to be [hooked], because the actors are so charismatic. Remember Ehle with Colin Firth in PBS's 1995 "Pride & Prejudice"? But the New Agey ghost-as-conscience thing--done better with so much crazy verve in the hallucinatory "Eli Stone"--is strained by the end of the first episode
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Matthew Gilbert
    The cast is appealing, despite Bakula’s questionable accent.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Matthew Gilbert
    It does break your heart, to some extent, if you’re willing to let go of your cynicism for an hour.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Matthew Gilbert
    The pilot so closely resembles the original, it renders the endeavor redundant.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    It's not quite the revelation that "The Simpsons" was, but "Futurama" contains enough inventiveness and heart to make it a worthy follow-up. [26 Mar 1999]
    • Boston Globe

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