Matthew Gilbert
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For 810 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 7.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Matthew Gilbert's Scores

Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 Rescue Me: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 The Real Wedding Crashers: Season 1
Score distribution:
810 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    [Malibu Country] is a traffic jam of culture-clash cliches, numbing laugh track cackles, and fake stage-set lighting.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    It’s an oddly unnecessary piece of work, a vanity production from top to bottom with very little that feels genuinely candid.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    The problem is almost everything around [Sarah Chalke], including the title, which is cutesy on a stick.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    On just about every other, deeper level--plotting, acting, dialogue--Hannibal is lousy.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    "Enlightened" with Laura Dern covered some of the same territory with sensitivity and honesty. Save Me, in the premiere, turns this subtle idea into a romp devoid of charm.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    The writing is stock, the acting is hollow, and the direction is perky and workmanlike. It lacks any of the clever stylistic accents and camp humor of the somewhat similar “Desperate Housewives,” and pity the poor viewer who tries to apply logic to some of the plot twists.
    • 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
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    One Tree Hill needs a lot of work. The characters are painfully one-dimensional, as they fall on either the good or the bad side of the fence. Their actions are predictable based on whether they've been designated as angels or devils. The writers need to humanize them - especially the brothers - by giving them mixed feelings and unexpected lines. Also, some humor please. [23 Sept 2003, p.D14]
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    "CSI: NY" is a big disappointment, even if you're a diehard fan of the "CSI" formula. It's a groggy, overly atmospheric, and grim series that works much too hard to evoke "the city that never sleeps." [22 Sep 2004]
    • Boston Globe
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    ABC Family has assembled 11 mannequins for “The Vineyard” who are so plastic, so Barbie and Ken, so perfectly put together, that they might as well have come marching off a factory line.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    Underneath the lively shape-shifting surface, there are just new depths of irritation waiting to be plumbed. There are banal insights on issues such as privacy, feminism, and sex.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    This is the kind of material that gives sitcoms a bad name - not because it's so awful, but because it aims so low. It's middle-of-the-road, generic claptrap. [27 Mar 2002, p.D1]
    • Boston Globe
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    The first half-hour of The Millers is so banal, it’s just sad. There’s no promise lurking anywhere in the setup, nothing that could get better and become more central as the writers find the show’s voice.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    A missable new supernatural series populated by wooden actors and feeble plotlines.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    Not only does this sort of McDonald's approach to crime drama represent a serious lack of network imagination, it also threatens the dignity of the original "Law & Order" as it clones its formula. Think of the show's trademark ching-ching as the equivalent of the Golden Arches. [29 Sept 2001, p.F1]
    • Boston Globe
    • 29 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    The creators of the show, some of whom were involved in the movie, have done little more than throw together familiar sci-fi fantasy influences, including H.G. Welles, "The Time Tunnel," "Quantum Leap," and even the movie "Mad Max," and then presented these elements without much intelligence or brio, despite the slick futuristic gadgetry and the moody, "X-Files" lighting. [22 Sept 1997, p.C9]
    • Boston Globe
    • 63 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    The show is, essentially, three dated, clichéd jokes told over and over again.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    The material is wooden, lacking the kind of deft writing that would push the premise beyond sitcom cliché and make the characters more engaging. Show creator Andrew Gurland tries to add some racy fun with a few super quirky supporting players, but they only feel tacked on and forced.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    It's all thin melodrama and B-grade action steeped in generic nighttime city scapes. All the while, there's the serious Fimmel, doing his workout with a jut in his jawline and a grunt on his lips. [3 Oct 2003, p.D16]
    • Boston Globe
    • 29 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    Underneath the slick production effects and the affluent LA setting, there are only stale jokes and plastic people. The ads for the series promise us, "It's like your life. Only funnier." To borrow from another NBC sitcom, if that is true, just shoot me. [24 Sept 2002, p.A16]
    • Boston Globe
    • 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.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Matthew Gilbert
    It's one joke ground to dust as the moms abuse their daughters and vice versa, ad infinitum.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 Matthew Gilbert
    Allen tries too hard to be cranky and offensive and misogynistic and yet ultimately--aww--a good guy.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 25 Matthew Gilbert
    There’s something desperate and torture porny about this show.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 20 Matthew Gilbert
    A painfully simplistic sitcom that has exactly one thing going for it: Sara Gilbert.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 20 Matthew Gilbert
    A boring prison-sentence of a silly biopic.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 20 Matthew Gilbert
    It's only a few shades more adult than, say, playing with blocks.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 20 Matthew Gilbert
    This disappointing new series operates by one rule alone: When all else fails, refer to genitalia.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 20 Matthew Gilbert
    It's one of HBO's more fascinating series -- but not because it's good, or funny.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 20 Matthew Gilbert
    "Treasure Hunters" is slickly annoying right off the bat.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 20 Matthew Gilbert
    I kept waiting for the unexpected beat, the surprising plot riff, the inverted cliche , but they never came.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 20 Matthew Gilbert
    [It] recycles all the comedy cliches of pregnancy.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 20 Matthew Gilbert
    It feels more like a TV gathering of stick figures from an instruction manual.
    • 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.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 20 Matthew Gilbert
    Everything--the characters, the action--seems stubbornly flat.
    • 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?
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.”
    • 50 Metascore
    • 10 Matthew Gilbert
    [It] isn't very good at all, even for a frothy nighttime serial.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 10 Matthew Gilbert
    Has absolutely nothing going for it.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 10 Matthew Gilbert
    Each character on ''Love, Inc." is a one-joke affair.
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 10 Matthew Gilbert
    A TV commercial for lips, hair, and clothing products.
    • 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.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 10 Matthew Gilbert
    Turns the pope into a pious stick figure.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 10 Matthew Gilbert
    A do-good reality show that makes a big deal about how morally superior it is.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 10 Matthew Gilbert
    It is so mediocre it's almost fascinating to behold, ''almost" being the operative word.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 10 Matthew Gilbert
    Not a single note in the premiere of "Brothers & Sisters" rings true.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 10 Matthew Gilbert
    The show is a full-fledged Fox flop.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 10 Matthew Gilbert
    ABC's The Neighbors is this season's awful sitcom, the one that defies all kind of sense.
    • 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.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 10 Matthew Gilbert
    As slow and plodding as an arthritic T. Rex on painkillers. [28 Nov 2002]
    • Boston Globe
    • 32 Metascore
    • 0 Matthew Gilbert
    [An] intolerable piece of attention-getting TV.
    • Boston Globe
    • 24 Metascore
    • 0 Matthew Gilbert
    It's the new bottom of the barrel.
    • 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.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 0 Matthew Gilbert
    The show is just awful.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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