Matthew Gilbert

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For 1,036 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 46% higher than the average critic
  • 3% 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: 60
Highest review score: 100 Homeland: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Tuesday Night Book Club: Season 1
Score distribution:
1036 tv reviews
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Matthew Gilbert
    The premiere is sloppily made, as it careens loosely among plotlines and characters, but Morgan is a worthy character played by a promising young actor.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Matthew Gilbert
    The characters are so shallow, it's hard to invest interest in them.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Matthew Gilbert
    Thomas, who has shown more originality with "Veronica Mars" and his new Starz series "Party Down," seems bent on making this concept work, despite its impossibly flat premise.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Matthew Gilbert
    The middling show plays too much like “The O.C.’’ with swords, crowns, and a cheesy CGI dragon (voiced by John Hurt).
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Matthew Gilbert
    It's too bad Body of Proof is so unambitious and, at times, clumsy, as it goes through the motions of solving murder mysteries. If the writing were fresher, Delany might have a better chance of finally creating a dynamic and successful drama.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Matthew Gilbert
    Scream ... isn’t completely awful. It’s just thoroughly mediocre, with a cast of actors who are generically pretty playing characters who are generic types.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Matthew Gilbert
    Valentine is sweet and amusingly cheesy but quite forgettable.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Matthew Gilbert
    Despite a good cast led by Jonny Lee Miller as Eli, and despite the happy San Francisco setting, Eli Stone is a bag of too-familiar tricks.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Matthew Gilbert
    Southie Rules definitely has the characters. That's the positive news.... [But] Southie Rules is woefully short on story line, and so the producers have clearly set up situations and edited episodes in order to provide viewers with a narrative.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Matthew Gilbert
    It’s actually kind of depressing just how obviously “The Deep End’’ has been constructed of used parts from the likes of “LA Law,’’ “The Practice,’’ “Boston Legal,’’ “Damages,’’ “Eli Stone,’’ and “The Good Wife.’’
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Matthew Gilbert
    OK, ''Four Kings" isn't the worst of its type, in that some of the jokes hit their mark.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Matthew Gilbert
    A run-of-the-mill family comedy that wants to be the show that follows it, "Everybody Loves Raymond," but ends up more like a wan wannabe. [21 Sept 1998, p.C9]
    • Boston Globe
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Matthew Gilbert
    Killing Jesus is a shallow telling of the Jesus story, with no more distinction than you might find in the generic reenactments of some historical documentary.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Matthew Gilbert
    It's the kind of story that asks you to either take off your thinking cap or be bored and indifferent.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Matthew Gilbert
    The shtick flies fast and furiously, but with only one decent joke for every 10 rote punch lines.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Matthew Gilbert
    Cautious and slow. [25 Sept 2001, p.E8]
    • Boston Globe
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Matthew Gilbert
    These two extraordinary talents have done an average job with what is a surprisingly unimaginative premise.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Matthew Gilbert
    It fails to transform those events into anything valuable or special, beyond docudramatic re-creation. Ultimately, it's scope is too big, and it fails.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Matthew Gilbert
    It breaks no new ground and offers viewers only another forgettable--if not unpleasant--half-hour of shtick.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Matthew Gilbert
    The most banal family-sitcom setup possible. [17 Sep 2002]
    • Boston Globe
    • 28 Metascore
    • 40 Matthew Gilbert
    I do have a problem with the way $#*! My Dad Says is so blandly traditional, so predictably brash, and so lazy.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 40 Matthew Gilbert
    Gideon's Crossing is soulful and serious. It's also heavy-handed and ponderous, the equivalent of an hour with a philosophy grad student who just won't lighten up. [10 Oct 2000, p.C1]
    • Boston Globe
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Matthew Gilbert
    The Goodwin Games isn’t awful, really, but it might have made a better light-hearted movie than a weekly series. The concept is so limited, it gets very tiresome very fast.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Matthew Gilbert
    "Day Break" doesn't quite work, not only because of its redundancies but because its story line becomes simultaneously convoluted and pointless.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Matthew Gilbert
    Alas, show creator David DiGilio forgot to put distinct personalities on his fast-moving bodies.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Matthew Gilbert
    It comes off as a straining, overly serious wannabe.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Matthew Gilbert
    It has a disappointing lack of suspense. [3 Jan 2005]
    • Boston Globe
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Matthew Gilbert
    Feed the Beast often traffics in clichés, including some of Tommy’s grief as he talks to his wife’s headstone, much of his drinking problem, and almost all of the somewhat silly mob material. The acting, too, is exceedingly amped, with Schwimmer and Sturgess overdoing it to the point of irritation.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Matthew Gilbert
    Not surprisingly, watching a functional maniac pitching fits gets old pretty quickly. It's like listening to "You are the weakest link" on a loop for an hour straight. [30 May 2005]
    • Boston Globe
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Matthew Gilbert
    Very little that happens is done subtly, and more often than not, the scenes build to a physically and/or emotionally violent crescendo. It’s not boring.... But it’s awfully wearing, like having your nose rubbed in malevolence and turgidity, without offering up enough character drama to make it worthwhile.

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