Matthew Gilbert

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For 913 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 44% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 52% 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 Louie: Season 4
Lowest review score: 0 Twenty Good Years: Season 1
Score distribution:
913 tv reviews
    • 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
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    She was one of the best and brightest correspondents on “The Daily Show,” and she puts that same sharp, clever, unflinching sensibility front and center on Full Frontal. It helps that she is backed by dexterous writers who slip in a lot of wily asides.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    To embrace "Knights," you have to have a taste for the kind of comedy that teases because it loves.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    It’s thoroughly transporting.
    • 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
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    At points, the new episodes strain to link past and present, with Thackery launching into didacticism about how addiction needs to be viewed as an illness, and not a moral failing. His argument seems a bit too forward-thinking, and it threatens the show’s hard-earned period authenticity. But generally, the writing pulls in still-festering themes effortlessly, blending them with plotlines that are never less than engaging.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    The Affair is still going to be a melodrama with pretty people having big feelings, but the potential to transcend that genre is happily in play. The first two episodes of Season 2 are rich, as series creators Sarah Treem and Hagai Levi expand the points of view to include those of Alison’s ex, Cole (Joshua Jackson), and Noah’s ex, Helen (Maura Tierney).
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    [Aidan Turner] strips Poldark’s Henry Higgins-like tendencies of any potentially unseemly qualities, which helps to make him easy to root for. Like everything else in Poldark, he’s old-fashioned and winning.
    • 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.

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