Matthew Gilbert

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For 1,010 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 45% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 52% 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: 59
Highest review score: 100 The Office (UK): Season 3
Lowest review score: 0 The Real Wedding Crashers: Season 1
Score distribution:
1010 tv reviews
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Matthew Gilbert
    "The Larry Sanders Show" begins its sixth season in top form, with no letup in its steady flow of spot-on sendups and ironic rubs. [13 Mar 1998]
    • Boston Globe
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Matthew Gilbert
    It's hard to imagine any other comedy series putting such a fitting cap on its run. [21 Oct 2004]
    • Boston Globe
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Matthew Gilbert
    Chase has kept his vision unspoiled despite the torrents of praise, hyperbole, and Emmy nomination that have rained down on his show. Yes, the exhilarating sense of discovery that electrified the first season of "The Sopranos" is gone; the first cut is always the deepest. But last season's revelatory buzz is replaced by a certainty that this show has got legs, that the writing is as comic and edgy as ever, and that Chase has a few new monsters up his sleeve. [14 Jan 2000]
    • Boston Globe
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Matthew Gilbert
    Extraordinary. [2 Mar 2001]
    • Boston Globe
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Matthew Gilbert
    The show doesn't seem to have lost any ballast moving forward from the intensity of season one.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Matthew Gilbert
    A taut exercise in withheld disaster, Breaking Bad is riveting.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Matthew Gilbert
    The show is back in magnificent form, with all its humor, psychological thorniness, and bleak tragedy intact. It remains the highest peak of series TV.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Matthew Gilbert
    The new season of Fargo shows TV-making at its most impressive, with every single aspect--the writing, the acting, the directing, the cinematography, the music, the set design--spot on and in sync.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Matthew Gilbert
    A dazzling and fascinating season two.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Matthew Gilbert
    The drama remains as tense as ever, with strong, careful writing and an abundance of fine performances.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Matthew Gilbert
    It is depressing, brilliant, hysterical, excruciating, full of irony, and nothing you'd ever expect to find on American network TV. Rather than sweetening the workplace with fantasies of a home away from home, "The Office" heightens the reality and disconnection of corporate life until it is absurdly funny. The show doesn't touch your heart so much as tickle your spleen. [9 Oct 2003]
    • Boston Globe
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Matthew Gilbert
    Back for its fourth season, Louie continues to be TV’s finest oddity.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Matthew Gilbert
    It's hard to know where to aim the praise first.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Matthew Gilbert
    The writing remains remarkable, as it toggles between the rhythms and cliches of 1950s movies and the timeless resonance of mid-20th-century theater. You rarely find such economical and evocative scripting on TV.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Matthew Gilbert
    It’s a fantastic return to the story, if you’re in no hurry for action and can admire show creator Ray McKinnon’s quietly fraught set pieces.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Matthew Gilbert
    Of all the drama pilots I watched, this was my favorite.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Matthew Gilbert
    Right in the first episode, the relationships are well lived-in, the writing is honest and bound up with the actors, the tone effortlessly embodies drama, comedy, and life’s absurdities, the contemporary homes and locations click, and the ensemble acting is filled with little moments and jewels.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Matthew Gilbert
    This is a show that has taken the comedic rhythms of TV to a different level, that moves at the slower, more intimate pace of an independent film.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Matthew Gilbert
    It has been top-notch from the start--but in the new episodes available for review, the storytelling is more focused and straightforward, less aggressively confusing for casual viewers.... All you need to like to enjoy this unique series is exceptional and ambitious TV storytelling.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Matthew Gilbert
    It is a vibrant, original pleasure.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Matthew Gilbert
    Based on the first three episodes, I'm thinking season 2 is going to be even better and certainly more consistent.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Matthew Gilbert
    The first few episodes of this import promise no slack--and plenty of poignancy--as the story line moves closer to the truth of the matter.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Matthew Gilbert
    The show beautifully depicts a massive game of musical chairs, a world at war with doom ever present just across the border.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Matthew Gilbert
    This extraordinary upstairs-downstairs drama, written by Oscar-winning "Gosford Park" screenwriter Julian Fellowes, is a dramatic, intelligent, soapy, comic, and wise piece of work, one that explores social shifts on the eve of World War I while delivering a remarkably engaging cast of characters.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Matthew Gilbert
    Looks as though the TV drama of the summer, perhaps of the year, has finally arrived. The Night Of is a remarkable piece of work, restoring meaning to overused adjectives such as “gripping” and “powerful.”
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Matthew Gilbert
    It’s melancholy, amusing, clever, insightful, humane, and, with its beautifully shot Atlanta location, steeped in local specificity. There are a few moments in the four episodes sent to critics when the emotional beats are hazy, the ideas vague, the vibe too meditative; but there are many, many more points when the show blows you away with its intelligence, humanity, and unwillingness to rush or telegraph any of its jokes or misfortunes.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Matthew Gilbert
    While The Corner may sound like just more preachy TV cliches about drug abuse and African-American self-destruction, it is so much more than that. It is about the life and death forces at war in that inner-city staple, The Corner, and it is a jarring introduction to the people behind the statistics and the cliches. I hope it finds an audience, despite its rawness. No one ever said great drama had to be pretty. [14 Apr 2000, p.D1]
    • Boston Globe
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Matthew Gilbert
    The writing strikes a masterful balance between the general issues afflicting America and the individual characters, each so specific and relatable.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Matthew Gilbert
    Rescue Me isn't for everyone, particularly those who find Leary's fuming a little too convincing. But it's certainly a TV gem, rough but gleaming. [30 May 2006, p.E1]
    • Boston Globe
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Matthew Gilbert
    FX’s 10-part series The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story" is a superior effort, a successful attempt both to vividly re-create the original case and to intelligently reframe it from a more knowing 2016 perspective.

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