Matthew Gilbert
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For 844 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 7.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Matthew Gilbert's Scores

Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Rescue Me: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Twenty Good Years: Season 1
Score distribution:
844 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    The production doesn't engage the ears, the eyes, or the laugh muscles. It engages only the snooze button.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    NBC's new anthology horror series is, like far too many TV horror anthologies before it, just not scary enough.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    The show remains a poorly conceived piece of work that throws a whole mess of relationship and medical cliches at us and hopes for the best.
    • 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
    • 70 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    On just about every other, deeper level--plotting, acting, dialogue--Hannibal is lousy.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    The problem is almost everything around [Sarah Chalke], including the title, which is cutesy on a stick.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    Sure, the show will raise awareness of organ donation; but it is certainly not going to raise the profile of good TV drama. Casting and nuanced writing might have helped, but neither are in evidence here.
    • 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
    • 29 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    At four hours, you are left with far too much time to ponder the feebleness of the endeavor. If you decide to get on this ride, prepare to be dazzled by little more than the glorious scenery.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    They don't promise to be more than a collection of types, like the generic figures in TV's "Poseidon Adventure'' remake. And if we don't care about them, then it's hard to care about the possible threats that surround them.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    These are some of the most lackluster, unimaginative trials brought to TV in years, as every defendant's guilt or innocence is written all over his or her face from the get-go.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    It's a bland Spielberg wannabe that doesn't succeed in evoking much creepiness or wonder
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    It all feels inessential.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    Everything other than Harmon, who has thrown her "Law & Order" reserve out the window, feels unnatural and contrived.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    There's not a hint of logic in the procedural aspect of the show. The development and the resolution of tonight's case, in which a man on death row is trying to prove he isn't a cop killer, represent the sloppiest, most factory-like TV writing there is. And there's not much realism afoot, either.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    Let's hope Welcome, as forced as "Christine" is relaxed, runs itself into cancellation sooner rather than later.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    Halfway through the premiere, the basis for the entire show is already worn thin.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    This is the kind of dull-witted, over-laugh-tracked, artificial sitcom that makes you wonder if the Hollywood honchos ever got the memo about the 21st century and all.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    It's a jumbled construct that doesn't feel natural - particularly when Alfred the butler appears to tidy up for the ladies. The show's look is sleek, but all the Batman mythology seems like little more than yet another way to repackage WB angst. [9 Oct 2002, p.C14]
    • Boston Globe
    • 25 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    It's not awful, exactly, but it's so willfully bleak as to become monotonous.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    The wacky situations and jokes on The Bill Engvall Show seem almost willfully dated.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    This attempt to milk the success of the 2008 movie “300’’ is a major dud, from the C-level production values and shoddy green-screen technology to the horrible makeup that turns star Lucy Lawless into a Raggedy Ann doll.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    [Malibu Country] is a traffic jam of culture-clash cliches, numbing laugh track cackles, and fake stage-set lighting.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    HBO's new series Eastbound & Down falls into the grating category of totally obnoxious dude comedies.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    90210, the CW remake that premiered last night, is pretty bad.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    Relies so heavily on... amateurish re-creations that it undermines its otherwise mind-blowing survival stories.
    • 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.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    Too much like a dull season of MTV's "Road Rules," without the women.
    • Boston Globe
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    This new CBS series is just too silly, as it tries to mix up science and crime-solving like a sloppy kid with a chemistry set.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    The new Odd Couple is sad because it speaks so directly to the general lack of imagination in network comedy.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    Mercy is a bunch of played-out hospital cliches placed together in hopes of being the next “Grey’s.’’
    • 63 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    After July 2, you won't need to worry about stumbling across this enervating, vapid, and obscenely over-promoted thriller when you're channel surfing.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    There's nothing dishy, or infuriating, or entertaining about the miniseries. It's enervating and unnecessary.
    • 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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