Matthew Gilbert
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For 842 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 7.5 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:
842 tv reviews
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    Not a single one of the characters were funny enough, or touching enough, to make me want to see more of them. If the Wests were thrown in jail, I'd be tempted to throw away the key.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    The tonal dissonance in "Standoff" is deafening, like pairing up, say, Jewel and Meat Loaf for a duet.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    The show takes the characters' angst and obsessions much too seriously, elevating their histrionics to soap-operatic levels when it should be flirting with satire.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    He is so relentlessly bitter in Lennon Naked that, ultimately, his bitterness has no emotional weight. The script, by Robert Jones, is remarkably spotty.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    It's just a flat traditional sitcom built around lazy, repetitive jokes and audience cackles. It's just bad.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    These actors deserve better material.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    The show is, essentially, three dated, clichéd jokes told over and over again.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    So far, and that's an important qualification, watching "Big Brother" is only slightly more exciting than watching a drugstore surveillance tape. One week in, CBS's five-nights-a-week series remains slow, self-conscious, and visually sterile. [13 Jul 2000]
    • Boston Globe
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    It is possible for an ensemble of actors to overcome a lousy script, but that doesn’t happen on Camp.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    Franklin & Bash is not a guilty pleasure, because there's no pleasure here to regret, just strained, sexist, frat-boy self-love.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    It's a dour retelling of the L. Frank Baum story, and it just keeps sinking further and further into pointless thematic complexity and visual density.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    Oh big sigh indeed. Quarterlife, is just plain creepy.... Rather than developing a clique of layered individuals, as they've done before, Herskovitz and Zwick deliver a small culture of flat, irritating generational emblems.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    It's entirely paint-by-numbers, a formulaic dating contest colored in with all the too-familiar characters, from the butch Matt to each of the ladies, city gals looking for a real man who doesn't bother with all that metrosexual nonsense. This is reality by rote.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    MTV's latest invitation to watch dislikable people do unattractive things.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    Much of Moonlight is amateurish, but nothing is more amateurish than the artificial chemistry between O'Loughlin and Myles.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    But even if you pushed those questions about production ethics out of your mind last night, the Kid Nation premiere was still an uncomfortable, irritating, and narratively subpar hour of TV. It was a disorganized mess that milked its young cast for cacophonous psychodrama.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    A missable new supernatural series populated by wooden actors and feeble plotlines.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    The animals can't make a sitcom work unless they're surrounded by good human writing and human originality, both of which are in short supply here.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    It's kind of boring.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    The series, premiering tomorrow night, is completely hackneyed, a dull dropout from the Adult Swim school of looney 'toons.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    Like "The View," The Talk was an hour of plastic blatherers pretending to be a microcosm of American women.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    What makes a cloney-baloney reality show such as the new ''Skating With Celebrities" bearable? For me, it's the constant awareness of how ''Saturday Night Live" might milk its silliness.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    Certainly a superhero needs to have gravitas, but Jones takes it too far -- further than Wesley Snipes in the "Blade" movies.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    Unfortunately, despite an interesting pair of lead actors, ''E-Ring" is stubbornly conventional and bland.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    If the writers and actors were willing to get a little campy, if they lifted the group's obnoxiousness factor over the top, the show might have some entertainment value. But as it stands, it's an hour spent watching dull, pretty people work very hard to be hipper than one another, as well as hipper than you.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    The show tries to get by on charm, hoping that we'll enjoy Fillion as a bad boy enough to overlook the half-baked plots and thin characters.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    Loosely based on the 1987-89 series, it's a silly, flat piece of work that is all about posing longingly in the face of impossible love.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    Not only is Backstrom hackneyed for giving us another TV misanthrope who’s forgiven for his sociopathic impulses, but it’s a bad example of that genre. The tone jumps all over the place, from slapstick to black comedy to drama to dramedy, in a way that often seems accidental and usually is awkward. The cases of the week are flat-out lame. And none of the nasty lines that Backstrom mutters fly; they just lie there.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    The more the script pushes its stock questions of faith, the more cerebral the movie becomes. And cerebral isn't a good thing when you're talking about horror.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    Crash tries too hard, and fails hard too.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    Don't ask me what Retired at 35 has to offer. TV Land's new companion sitcom for "Hot in Cleveland" is a piece of brash nonsense that, with jokes featuring older people talking about "Facialbook" and "texturizing," seems like it was written to target people who died about 30 years ago.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    "The Path to 9/11" never quite arrives at narrative coherence and depth.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    As unimaginative as its title.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    A junky sitcom that isn’t old school so much as mold school.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    A charmless sitcom with absolutely nothing original in it.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    " 'Til Death Do Us Part"... almost contains enough comically clumsy filming and overacting to achieve camp. Almost, but not quite enough, even with Waters doing his twisted Rod Serling bit.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    "Heartland" doesn't use its talent in service of anything other than predictable, inoffensive stories and a contrived relationship between the two leads.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    The animated comedy, which premieres on HBO tomorrow at 11 after Little Britain USA, is unnecessarily slow and slack.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    The show strained to create oh-so-legendary moments. Alas, most of the efforts were as unsteady as Chris Martin's voice.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    A very hit-or-miss improvisational exercise, with miles of miss for every inch of hit.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    Feresten's not awful, and the show he has built around himself with video segments has a few laugh-out-loud moments. But he clearly needs to find his identity behind the desk.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    Alas, it’s an amateurish take that feels more like a string of failed “Funny or Die’’ sketches than a fully developed series with distinct characters.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    The show never takes off, and Reiser, best known for "Mad About You," winds up looking like a shoddy replica.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    The Jerry Seinfeld-produced reality show may just slide backward into the ditch and push NBC farther down into the hole....It was an underwhelming, contrived product that didn’t bode well for the hourlong version of the series.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    Jones plays her clichéd role to the hilt, which is clear early on, when she paints her toenails pink while driving her car.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    It's not the weakest of the new supernatural pilots, but it so quickly falls into generic horror moves and a stifling atmosphere that it doesn't make for a terribly auspicious hour.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    Pointless and inert.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    For the most part, The Pee-wee Herman Show on Broadway is stale sugary shtick on a candy-colored set with no new resonance--no undercurrents about childhood, or innocence, or even Pee-wee Herman.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 Matthew Gilbert
    Allen tries too hard to be cranky and offensive and misogynistic and yet ultimately--aww--a good guy.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 25 Matthew Gilbert
    The lousy effects that put the twins in the same room are sloppy, and the story line--ripped from a cheesy daytime soap--is worse.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 Matthew Gilbert
    What demotes it from a C to a D is some of the laziest plot setups ever, as well as the dumbing down of "Friday Night Lights" alums Porter and Cress Williams.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 25 Matthew Gilbert
    There’s something desperate and torture porny about this show.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Matthew Gilbert
    It's one joke ground to dust as the moms abuse their daughters and vice versa, ad infinitum.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 20 Matthew Gilbert
    It's only a few shades more adult than, say, playing with blocks.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 20 Matthew Gilbert
    Freakylinks stinks, mostly... Created by a "Blair Witch Project" producer, Freakylinks includes hand-held camera shots that try to add creepy realism. Alas, they only drive home the show's creepy amateurism. [6 Oct 2000, p.D1]
    • Boston Globe
    • 27 Metascore
    • 20 Matthew Gilbert
    A peculiar piece of work that's a whole lot creepier than it means to be.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 20 Matthew Gilbert
    A painfully lightweight collection of stock comic wedding situations... that Kelley could have written on his PDA at the gym.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 20 Matthew Gilbert
    It feels more like a TV gathering of stick figures from an instruction manual.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 20 Matthew Gilbert
    This disappointing new series operates by one rule alone: When all else fails, refer to genitalia.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 20 Matthew Gilbert
    ''Freddie" tries to distinguish itself with Puerto Rican dash, and it has been even more ruthlessly built to appeal to TV's most coveted audience, young women, by exploiting Prinze's pinup appeal. Maybe ABC should think about adding a third element to help the show attract viewers: It's called good writing.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 20 Matthew Gilbert
    It's one of HBO's more fascinating series -- but not because it's good, or funny.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 20 Matthew Gilbert
    Wahlberg is winningly sincere and yet sneaky.... But the lazy, simplistic script plays more like an episode of a second-rate crime series.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 20 Matthew Gilbert
    Domestic comedy doesn't get more generic, more insipid, or more pointless than "Surviving Suburbia," and no, I haven't forgotten about "Gary Unmarried" or "In the Motherhood."
    • 38 Metascore
    • 20 Matthew Gilbert
    Even if you're a shameless lover of "Laguna Beach" and its spinoff, "The Hills," you should probably avoid this country-flavored iteration of the semi-scripted reality soap formula. It's pretty doggone dull.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 20 Matthew Gilbert
    Sorvino is as wooden as can be throughout. Perhaps she didn't connect with her poorly written role; perhaps she's just straining to understate.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 20 Matthew Gilbert
    The series is a powerfully stupidity-ridden vision of poorly done science fiction, an inexcusably generic take on the movie.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 20 Matthew Gilbert
    Everything--the characters, the action--seems stubbornly flat.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 20 Matthew Gilbert
    In between all the poolside exhibitionism and dance-floor romantic politics, guns appear and faceless thugs are killed. That means our young cast members get to angst about whether they're truly in danger and some villain is going to force them to eat a loaf of bread at gunpoint.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 20 Matthew Gilbert
    Watching 13 - Fear Is Real, I was, like, shaking, too, from giggling at the awesome flimsiness of this new horror reality show--when I wasn't bored out of my skull, that is.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 20 Matthew Gilbert
    A boring prison-sentence of a silly biopic.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 20 Matthew Gilbert
    I kept waiting for the unexpected beat, the surprising plot riff, the inverted cliche , but they never came.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 20 Matthew Gilbert
    It's sad, really, how unimaginative Howie Do It is. Given all the resources at NBC's disposal, and given the fact that NBC is desperate to regain ratings footing, this is the best the executives could come up with?
    • 41 Metascore
    • 20 Matthew Gilbert
    "Treasure Hunters" is slickly annoying right off the bat.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 20 Matthew Gilbert
    Cavemen is pretty bad. It's definitely among the stalest pieces of bread in the loaf, which already includes 'Two and a Half Men' and 'According to Jim.' And it's certainly the most tasteless.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 20 Matthew Gilbert
    [It] looks like a TV commercial with plots. The people are pretty, their homes are pretty, their problems are pretty, and it's all pretty shallow.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 20 Matthew Gilbert
    Bowler and Lohan never approach the kind of magnetism that a movie about Burton and Taylor must conjure in order to be convincing.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 20 Matthew Gilbert
    Private Practice is just plain McLousy, from its stock cast of whiny healers down to the hokey, gimmicky medical cases of the week.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 20 Matthew Gilbert
    Do Not Disturb is a sitcom that bombards you with a whole mess of loud, stupid, obvious, politically incorrect material, hoping it will make you forget about the pervasive pointlessness.
    • 15 Metascore
    • 20 Matthew Gilbert
    The show isn’t exactly “reprehensible,” but it is definitely “tired,” “forced,” “predictable,” “lazy”--choose your own critical adjective that means “bad.”
    • 37 Metascore
    • 20 Matthew Gilbert
    A painfully simplistic sitcom that has exactly one thing going for it: Sara Gilbert.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 20 Matthew Gilbert
    [It] recycles all the comedy cliches of pregnancy.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 10 Matthew Gilbert
    As slow and plodding as an arthritic T. Rex on painkillers. [28 Nov 2002]
    • Boston Globe
    • 28 Metascore
    • 10 Matthew Gilbert
    Each character on ''Love, Inc." is a one-joke affair.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 10 Matthew Gilbert
    The show is a full-fledged Fox flop.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 10 Matthew Gilbert
    At times during ''Ghost Whisperer," the sentiment is so thick you might want to go away from the light -- the light from the TV set, that is.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 10 Matthew Gilbert
    It's hard to quibble with such a philanthropic series, even while its motives are, of course, Nielsen-based. But it's easy to quibble with the condescension, fraudulence, and manipulation of ''Three Wishes," as every single scene is ruthlessly choreographed to put a lump in our throats.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 10 Matthew Gilbert
    You haven't seen ''Teachers" yet. But in a sense you have, on every other fifth-rate workplace sitcom ever made.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 10 Matthew Gilbert
    Shannon and Blair have none of the clueless peas-in-a-pod chemistry of the actresses in the Australian original. Shannon is wound too tightly, and Blair is terribly miscast.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 10 Matthew Gilbert
    The show, executive produced by self-labeled momma's boy Ryan Seacrest, is totally stupid, but you knew that already.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 10 Matthew Gilbert
    This new CW series cranks out brash jokes that evaporate upon hitting the air, winds them into situations where women submit to their men, and leaves no aftertaste when it's gone. It's on TV, but it's never truly on.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 10 Matthew Gilbert
    Big Shots is an extremely unflattering showcase for these actors, particularly McDermott, whose overacting as the show’s bad boy puts the mug in smug.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 10 Matthew Gilbert
    [It] isn't very good at all, even for a frothy nighttime serial.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 10 Matthew Gilbert
    Watching HBO's surfing drama "John From Cincinnati" is like sitting through a bad play at a tiny experimental theater.... In short, if Gary Busey were a TV series, he would be "John From Cincinnati."
    • 20 Metascore
    • 10 Matthew Gilbert
    What we see for the entire hour is a vain woman who can only behave like a snarky, self-absorbed 17-year-old, making a mess of her mother's kitchen and her sister's house and mean-girling every non-rich woman who enters her orbit.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 10 Matthew Gilbert
    Has absolutely nothing going for it.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 10 Matthew Gilbert
    It has been given a little more direction and clarity of vision (directly onto Anderson's upper torso), although it's still fully awful.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 10 Matthew Gilbert
    Portrayed by actor Dougray Scott, Moses is so lacking in leader-like charisma and confidence that he seems ready to break into tears at every sand dune.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 10 Matthew Gilbert
    Turns the pope into a pious stick figure.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 10 Matthew Gilbert
    The acting is half-hearted, the characters are paper thin, and the dialogue and plot development are embarrassing. It’s as sophisticated as “Jonny Quest.”
    • 45 Metascore
    • 10 Matthew Gilbert
    It’s storytelling at its most shallow and unsatisfying.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 10 Matthew Gilbert
    Not a single note in the premiere of "Brothers & Sisters" rings true.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 10 Matthew Gilbert
    ABC's The Neighbors is this season's awful sitcom, the one that defies all kind of sense.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 10 Matthew Gilbert
    A do-good reality show that makes a big deal about how morally superior it is.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 10 Matthew Gilbert
    A TV commercial for lips, hair, and clothing products.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 10 Matthew Gilbert
    "The Winner" isn't, by any stretch of the imagination, and it's sad to see Corddry pour his likable comic style -- a form of ironic cluelessness -- into such a feeble and misguided project.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 10 Matthew Gilbert
    It is so mediocre it's almost fascinating to behold, ''almost" being the operative word.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 0 Matthew Gilbert
    OK, so is "The Real Wedding Crashers" juvenile, disappointing, disastrous, hollow, devoid, desperate, or disingenuous? Let's just say the show is "bad," plain and simple, and leave it at that.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 0 Matthew Gilbert
    It's the new bottom of the barrel.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 0 Matthew Gilbert
    [An] intolerable piece of attention-getting TV.
    • Boston Globe
    • 28 Metascore
    • 0 Matthew Gilbert
    While TV comedy is getting good again, the network has decided it's time to resurrect the groan-inducing cliches of stinky sitcoms to remind us of just how truly rancid the genre can get.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 0 Matthew Gilbert
    Every moment of this repugnant product is absolutely precious, if you have a fetish for counterfeit emotions, Tupperware cheeks, ice-pick fingernails, and "real women" who can cry on cue -- without spoiling their makeup.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 0 Matthew Gilbert
    Once again, reality TV invites us to marvel at the idiocy, futility, and self-destructive tendencies of the rich and famous. But this petty, home-movie-level material wouldn't even fly on YouTube.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 0 Matthew Gilbert
    The show is just awful.

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