Matthew Gilbert
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For 843 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 45% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 51% 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: 58
Highest review score: 100 Lost: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Sons Of Hollywood: Season 1
Score distribution:
843 tv reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    But the real question is: Will Dharma & Greg be able to expand its central, single joke into an entire series? An entertaining premiere, yes, but there may be a finite number of laughs to be had over those wacky hippies and the cold-hearted WASPs. [24 Sept 1997, p.C6]
    • Boston Globe
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    The show seems to have a light step this season without the heavy-duty silliness of Kim ... And it is refreshing to see many new faces at CTU. [8 Jan 2005]
    • Boston Globe
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    This kind of material would wear thin after a while if the characters weren't as distinct and endearing as they are. [30 Apr 2005]
    • Boston Globe
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    The feverish action is as tantalizing as ever, and so is the script.
    • 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
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Matthew Gilbert
    This is a million miles from PBS and Mirren, but it works because of Bello's visceral energy.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Matthew Gilbert
    The cast is appealing, despite Bakula’s questionable accent.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Matthew Gilbert
    The pilot so closely resembles the original, it renders the endeavor redundant.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    Akerman is perfect for the role.... Whitford is low-key and wry, and Harden makes a great heavy. She uses her silky voice and her stiff posture to torment Kate, making even stock material fly.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    Written by Gwyneth Hughes, the script perhaps reaches too far and falls short. The whole is somehow less than the sum of its parts. And yet Five Days rewards with enough gripping moments to make it worth investigating.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    On occasion, McKinnon--perhaps in his appreciation of the actor--lingers too long on Young, as if we’re not already completely aware that he is dazed and confused. It unintentionally undermines Young’s performance. But for the most part, in Young’s Daniel we can clearly see what it means to mystified by freedom, to be on the outside and yet shackled on the inside.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    For fans of expertly hammy acting and heated-up supernatural doings, it’s a lot of fun. But if Logan wants to elevate Penny Dreadful from an entertaining and overdone lark to something richer and more thematic, he will need to keep changing things up.... With a bit of clever revisionism and an infusion of our current anxieties into these dated tropes, the show could become something a bit more interesting and dread-filled.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    The Office is less breezy and more warped than almost any sitcom on the American networks. For viewers accustomed to shiny, happy escapism, NBC's The Office speaks a new comic language of glum realism. Like the original, which was co-created by Stephen Merchant and the show's star, Ricky Gervais, it is a queasy portrait of corporate depression, characters who rarely smile, and bleak irony. It is funny, but slowly and painfully so.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    What distinguishes the good ones are colorful performances, scandalous twists, and the age-old reminder that money and power can't buy love--all of which Political Animals has.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    Haynes takes a few melodramatic moments too many feet over the top--the injuring of Veda's throat, for example, which rises into an almost laughable delirium. But those excesses are forgivable in this otherwise masterful, faithful, and deluxe adaptation.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    If you approach The Girl as a sliver, and don't expect a full serving, you are more apt to appreciate it.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    So I "like" the new Melrose Place, in that I think it has the potential to be as addictive, and phony, as a can of Pringles potato crisps.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    ''Rollergirls" is a colorful piece of reality TV.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    Boston’s Finest is refreshingly free of reality TV’s more insipid and manipulative dramatic tricks.... [But] It can be a little dull over the long haul, perhaps because the action we see isn’t particularly interesting and the family lives of the cops are relatively incident-free.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    No, it's not "quality cable TV" or Top 10 list material, and it's marred by lapses into character cutesiness. But still, I liked it. It's likable.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    Wisely, show creator Sean Jablonski does not cast blame on either of the Trumans for their marital mess. That makes the characters more interesting and sympathetic, rather than merely a victim and an offender.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    We know the end point for these two; they’re made for each other. But the writing makes the bumpy journey nonetheless entertaining.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    The show doesn't pretend to be anything more than what it is--a violent, sexy, somewhat cheesy, but generally entertaining genre drama--and that makes it easier to like.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    With only three one-hour episodes, screenwriter Heidi Thomas needed more time to do full justice to the large cast of characters and the many historical and melodramatic story lines she set up.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    The show has a nice sense of innocence, thanks to Wood's gentle performance and the theme of personal transformation; but it is also filled with uneven sexual and scatological jokes, delivered with a dog-like lack of modesty, so viewer be warned. For some, that level of humor is a deal breaker.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    This season is very good, but it’s only four episodes, and they’ve been tragically whittled down by BBC America to make room for commercials. The result is choppy, with a few critical connections missing in the investigation of Luther and in the progress of Luther’s relationship with Mary.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    Grantchester makes for very easy viewing, in the manner of so many of the “Masterpiece” mysteries. The murder plots are extremely light and undemanding, without being insulting.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    It’s all about the crimes, the technology, the guns, and, mostly about not having--or wanting--to think too much.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    The CBS show has very little dramatic heft or distinction, but it's wily and brisk enough to engage you for an hour.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    Coughlan smartly underplays Jenny's reaction to the thought of losing her friend. But Nagle and her writers plug a farcical charge into the show that is quickly annoying.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    Like "Knots Landing" and "Falcon Crest," it relies on the familiar romantic tangles and corporate scheming of a TV family business. But unlike anything TV has seen, it infuses an Aaron Spelling-identified genre with a large cast of black characters, a hip-hop soundtrack, lots of street vernacular, and a boldly rhythmic editing style. [14 Apr 2003]
    • Boston Globe
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    It’s binge-worthy, make no mistake. But still, a few well-placed casual moments among family members would help, so that the story can breathe a bit, and so can we.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    A sleekly engaging pilot that, with the right character development, could turn into a sleekly engaging series.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    By the way, I don't mean the word "trash" as an insult. I enjoy well-made, quick-witted trash, and if you do, too, then you will find "Rome" as irresistible as ever.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    This farcical new sitcom won’t blow you away so much as keep you lightly amused.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    Ultimately, though, your feelings about Passmore will determine whether or not you cotton to The Glades. The show rides on his personality, which I found likable enough.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    It’s a likable, natural extension of Maron’s brand.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    A promising newcomer that recalls the ethnic comedy and spirit of the movie "Moonstruck." [29 Sept 2000]
    • Boston Globe
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    The plot strands don’t always come together smoothly, some of da Vinci’s mystical, drug-addled visions are pretentious, and the CGI re-creating 15th-century Florence is spotty. And the general tone of the show will not satisfy anyone looking for a serious take on a historical figure or era. But Da Vinci’s Demons is an entertaining series with one huge factor working in its favor: Unlike so much of what we see on TV lineups, it aims to be different.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    Together, they [Dakota Johnson & Nat Faxon] bring a whole mess of cute.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    The show is what it is--no surprises, no disappointments.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    It's a light half-hour of adults acting like teens, and teens acting like teens, that won't trick you into thinking or rethinking much of anything important.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    "Sons & Daughters" is a sitcom whose method -- a script embellished by actors at play -- celebrates the unexpected comedy that can emerge among talented people.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    It never quite dazzles, even as it impresses, and it misses some of Austen's ironic turns. But this is certainly a worthy adaptation, summoning all that is enduring about Austen.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    It will engage--though not obsess--those of us who enjoy parsing out the morals and manners of another time and place.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    America Ferrera is instantly and consistently likable as Betty.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    It’s a sly, low-key comedy, one that makes affectionate fun of Americans and Swedes with equal vigor.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    They’ve done a smart job of building a cryptic, threatening world around the disturbing relationship at its center.... Highmore is just right as Norman.... I’m less convinced by Farmiga, who doesn’t seem to have a strong fix on Norma’s motivations.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    This promising series is really about a failed optimist, driven by the recession and his own midlife depression to sell his body to rich ladies.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    The mood is bright and whimsical--easy to take and just as easy to forget.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    If you're an avid fan of any of them, there's probably something here for you, especially if you like to monitor subtext.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    Louis-Dreyfus fits easily and naturally into the leading role of a vehicle built for one. She makes it a pleasure to watch Ellie - and to listen to her, too, when she sings in each episode. [26 Feb 2002]
    • Boston Globe
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    The gang of five -- star Vince, brother Johnny Drama, dude-in-waiting Turtle, manager Eric, and agent Ari -- has jelled into a dynamic unit.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    Fox's strongest newcomer this season.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    Parks and Recreation has many distinctions, not least of all the hugely talented Poehler from "Saturday Night Live," who promises to develop Leslie slowly, without the haste required in sketch comedy. And the show has the potential to become a flip, witty political allegory.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    It's a happy mix, a breezy, playful half-hour that has the potential to open up into something special. Only time will tell if Breaking In can break out.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    The characters and the plotlines offer almost no surprises. They are generic and much too “Smash”-ish.... And yet, it is enormous fun watching Bernal steal the show.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    The particulars of USA's Traffic are different enough to make it feel like a new viewing experience, as well as a satisfying one. [26 Jan 2004]
    • Boston Globe
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    This is a place holder that looks a little like an infomercial. But The Glee Project, has heart, too, as it takes you behind the slick, overproduced veneer that is "Glee."
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    A week between each episode is highly recommended. But in small doses, his shamelessness, persistence, and humor are remarkable.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    It takes on a familiar formula with urgency and emotion. [26 Sep 2002]
    • Boston Globe
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    It's a competent clone, one that features a promising ensemble cast led by Mark Harmon and David McCallum - that's right folks, Illya Kuryakin from "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." If you have a taste for procedurals and a liking for Harmon's quiet charm, you'll find the show engaging enough. [23 Sept 2003, p.D14]
    • Boston Globe
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    This New York legal drama doesn't have the living, breathing dimensionality and character depth of FX's finest, including "Rescue Me" and "The Shield," on which Close guest starred in 2005. But it's a tense fun ride like the better John Grisham movies.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    iZombie isn’t nearly must-see TV, as it breezes through formulaic murder plots. But it’s a friendly, easy-going hour, and one that will definitely not put you in the mood for chewy snacks.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    [Rudolph's] new character brings a wackier element to the show, which undermines the fine authenticity that Spivey initially set up. Now Rudolph has a more expandable role, I suppose, but she is also less connected to the other characters. The whole Ava talk show business feels like it belongs in a more satirical sitcom of its own.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    Faking It is an odd, interesting, lightly subversive, and potentially offensive concoction from MTV. It’s a twisted comedy that has charm, but also a premise that could be insulting if not handled intelligently.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    As with most nighttime soap operas, the young-and-restless plot turns come fast and furious and without many nuances, from the sick infant to the two-timing husband. But the characters are so likable, the acting is so effortless, the family feel is so natural, and the look of the show is so pleasingly stylized, you probably won't care too much. [28 Jun 2000]
    • Boston Globe
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    Bullet in the Face is hit or miss, but in a comedy series like this one, the hits are meant to be misses. The jokes are so bad they are funny, if you have a twisted sense of humor.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    Will the writing of the crimes continue to be as strong as it was on "The Closer"? I'm cautiously optimistic.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    Your feelings about Gossip Girl will depend on just how guilty you are willing to feel about your guilty pleasures. It can be entertaining to watch adults throw around money, attitude, and alcohol on soap operas; it can be grotesque to see teenagers doing the same things.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    A fine way to pass a half hour.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    And even though the potential for irritation feels high--everyone but Gene is a smidge too sad-sacky and whiny--there's something about Bob's that feels fresh, sweet even.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    You feel as if you're right there in the room with the characters for a time, during which their true selves emerge slowly but surely.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    The show is overstuffed with political and pop culture jokes about everything from 9/11 to “The Breakfast Club,’’ but they’re always secondary to the warm ensemble character comedy. The free-floating irony isn’t terminal.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    This new Bravo series is definitely in, if you find amusement in fierce fashionistas and extravagant clothing that only skeletal models will ever wear. [1 Dec 2004]
    • Boston Globe
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    If not for the narrative clunkiness, Blue Bloods has the potential to be a juicy multigenerational family drama set in a moodily evoked New York, with Selleck's furrier-than-ever mustache as a bonus.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    Despite a few flaws, The Mindy Project could evolve into an interesting hybrid, an anti-romantic-comedy romantic comedy.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    For the most part, the procedural material is boilerplate stuff we've seen zillions of times already on "Law & Order," with right turns and smoking guns and unexpected witnesses. The pleasure to be found on the show is in watching Tierney and Morrow riff off each other like very competitive tennis players.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    Ultimately, Detroit 1-8-7, ABC's new cop series just may have enough forward thrust and raw emotion to take off.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    Comedy Central appears to have come up with a worthy partner to “The Daily Show,” with Stewart and Wilmore as the salt and pepper shakers of late-night TV. A half-hour of humor, opinion, issues, and conversation, The Nightly Show has the potential to resonate as it evolves in the coming months.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    Almost none of the characters is particularly likable - unless he or she is angling for something. What's refreshing about Sex and the City is that it pushes to a darkly comic extreme the situations that already fuel the many urban-singles sitcoms on network TV, particularly those with female leads like "Suddenly Susan" and "Caroline in the City." More social satire than sitcom, it looks openly at relationships steeped in ambivalence, fear, and the games people play. [6 Jun 1998, p.C6]
    • Boston Globe
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    One of TV's more interesting reality competitions. ... This season, the series promises to be less revelatory but equally absorbing. [7 Dec 2005]
    • Boston Globe
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    It's a generally pleasing but flawed production.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    The Inbetweeners has a refreshing sincerity.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    The new ABC show is significantly better than its corny title promises.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    It's a fluffy hour of flimflam, spun with silk and told with a wink.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    The show's setup has some charm, especially since Joan's reactions are anything but beatific. [26 Sept 2003, p.D4]
    • Boston Globe
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    Based on the first five new episodes, I'd say Boardwalk Empire does recover, mostly if not completely, but only after a period of creeping aimlessness.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    The White Queen is gauzier than “The Tudors,” and it contains more overacting; but it scratches the same itch.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    It's a welcome addition to nonfiction television and a loyal friend to the radio show.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    Aliens in America is decent, and quiet, and genuinely sweet.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    The pieces don't tend to add up to much; the suspects and victims often slip out of custody too easily; and each episode's crimes dovetail with some predictability. These aren't brain teasers. Still, the series has great hypnotic allure, as the murders and deaths drive Wallander further into himself.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    A try at a male "My So-Called Life," with a heaping helping of "Dawson's Creek" on top. [7 Oct 2004]
    • Boston Globe
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    The cases on "Boston Legal" will inevitably become ridiculous; that's the trend in Kelley's shows, as he pushes the envelope beyond reason. But the show's regular cast has great promise. [2 Oct 2004]
    • Boston Globe
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    It’s flawed, with the kinds of cheesy trappings and historical freedoms that turn off some viewers.... But the series is nonetheless transporting in its way, largely because it doesn’t try too hard to soften or civilize the characters.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    An engaging crime show that borrows plenty from the ''CSI" franchise but adds a layer of light character drama.

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