For 736 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 43% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 54% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 8.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Matthew Gilbert's Scores

  • TV
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 The Larry Sanders Show: Season 6
Lowest review score: 0 Twenty Good Years: Season 1
Score distribution:
736 tv reviews
    • 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]
    • 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]
    • 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]
    • 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]
    • 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.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    Crash tries too hard, and fails hard too.
    • 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]
    • 71 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    It walks the walk of Important Series Television, but no matter how hard it tries to be gutsy and existential, it rings hollow.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    As unimaginative as its title.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    It all feels inessential.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    It's not awful, exactly, but it's so willfully bleak as to become monotonous.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    It's a bland Spielberg wannabe that doesn't succeed in evoking much creepiness or wonder
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    Unfortunately, despite an interesting pair of lead actors, ''E-Ring" is stubbornly conventional and bland.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    If they can emphasize the science over the tiresome characters, they might add a few ounces to this lightweight copycat.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    While there's nothing cringingly awful about this new WB series -- see Fox's ''Unan1mous" for that -- it nonetheless succumbs to one of the great TV sins: mediocrity.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    These actors deserve better material.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    A charmless sitcom with absolutely nothing original in it.
    • 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.
    • 50 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    Relies so heavily on... amateurish re-creations that it undermines its otherwise mind-blowing survival stories.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    The production doesn't engage the ears, the eyes, or the laugh muscles. It engages only the snooze button.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    It's kind of boring.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    "Jericho" turns nuclear catastrophe into an excuse for a series of suspenseful "24"-like set pieces, and the result is a ham-fisted concoction overcrowded with incident and rigged thrills.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    No, "Drive" isn't awful... But the show still lacks the charisma that a serialized story requires to keep viewers coming back for more.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    The tonal dissonance in "Standoff" is deafening, like pairing up, say, Jewel and Meat Loaf for a duet.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    With its population of must-love oddballs, the series drowns its cool sci-fi concept in a flood of "Northern Exposure" quaintness.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    It's thoroughly artificial and proud of it. The four women are a little too attractive, their comments and voiceovers feel a little too semi-scripted, and everyone is a little too willing to ignore the camera crew on the dates.