Matthew Gilbert

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For 972 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 7.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Matthew Gilbert's Scores

Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Behind the Candelabra
Lowest review score: 0 Unan1mous: Season 1
Score distribution:
972 tv reviews
    • 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.

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