Matthew Gilbert

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For 1,021 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 7.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Matthew Gilbert's Scores

Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Louie: Season 4
Lowest review score: 0 Tuesday Night Book Club: Season 1
Score distribution:
1021 tv reviews
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Matthew Gilbert
    Despite its unique premise, the show delivers little more than network sitcom material tarted up with cable raciness. [5 Aug 2005]
    • Boston Globe
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Matthew Gilbert
    Ultimately "The Black Donnellys" pales in the light of its lofty influences.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Matthew Gilbert
    While the initial arrival of the dome is intriguing, the characters are not.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Matthew Gilbert
    The two-part miniseries makes missteps aplenty, with tone and plot changes from the novel that will likely offend purists. But it nonetheless has a warm spirit and an original vision, which is more than I can say for Roman Polanski's rote 2005 version.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Matthew Gilbert
    The most banal family-sitcom setup possible. [17 Sep 2002]
    • Boston Globe
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Matthew Gilbert
    It's made of familiar slacker material that's slightly freshened with an improvisatory feel as the actors um-and-ah their way to their punch lines. And it's blissfully missing the canned laughs that make the likes of ''That '70s Show" so obnoxious. Still, ''Free Ride" is far from essential TV viewing.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Matthew Gilbert
    "Casanova" is a giddily unconventional tale of an adventurous youth, but then it's also a stock and inflated portrait of old age.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Matthew Gilbert
    As much as I like Parker and Kudrow and the subjects of later episodes such as Susan Sarandon and Spike Lee, I’m not sure I like them enough to care about their long-gone ancestors. It’s primarily when the stars’ family trees overlap with history--the Holocaust, for example, in Kudrow’s case--that the show feels like something more than Hollywood self-indulgence.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Matthew Gilbert
    Despite Cohen's talent for submerging himself in his characters, Da Ali G Show is a spotty venture. As on "Saturday Night Live," the sketches are overextended instead of staying short and tart. And Cohen only flirts with political and cultural satire as he toys with his guests, who also include former US attorney general Richard L. Thornburgh. He resists making real points about America, falling back on the more small-minded fun of saying dirty words in front of unsuspecting people or watching them writhe when they hear his sex talk. Ultimately, he's a version of Howard Stern's interviewer Stuttering John, only in more exotic drag. [22 Feb 2003, p.F12]
    • Boston Globe
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Matthew Gilbert
    The NBC talk show wasn't a legendary late-night train wreck so much as a train stalled between stations, going nowhere, filled with impatient passengers.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Matthew Gilbert
    This show amounts to yet another example of the pains people will take to appear on TV. By the end of the premiere, even the crabs are starting to look a little bored.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Matthew Gilbert
    It’s just fine, although it never strays outside the conventions of poignant coming-of-age stories. Everything about the show is too familiar. The sincerity is refreshing in an animated context, but the characters and the stories are old hat.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Matthew Gilbert
    While The Path is engaging, and smart when it comes to portraying the strangeness of cult life, it suffers from a bad case of tonal overkill.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Matthew Gilbert
    It's hard to know where The Middle will go after tonight's decent pilot. And that's part of the sitcom's promise, that it has the potential to blossom into a sweet if small celebration of a family of oddballs living distinctly unhip lives.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Matthew Gilbert
    When The Chair highlights the differences between its two stars, it is engaging and enlightening.... However, the show is significantly less interesting during some of the conversations that surround some of the decision-making.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Matthew Gilbert
    It all feels like “Curb”-cutting-room-floor material set atop a feeble plotline and a group of unrealized and disposable supporting performances. Clear History is pretty, pretty average.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Matthew Gilbert
    Human Target is perfectly adequate action fluff. It’s fast-paced, chock full of fight choreography, and filled with gimmicks including an out-of-control train and an upside-down airplane.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Matthew Gilbert
    A slight but appealing mix of old-school Saturday morning cartoons from the early 1970s along with happy hip-hop tunes.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Matthew Gilbert
    While the pacing and acting of the new show is admirable, it's an overtold story and its familiarity lessens the intrigue. Baby, maybe he wasn't born to run, and run, and run. [6 Oct 2000, p.D1]
    • Boston Globe
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Matthew Gilbert
    Ultimately, though, Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy isn't as sensational as it might have been. It unfolds without too much of the lurid caricature of so many other Lifetime movies.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 58 Matthew Gilbert
    The writers telegraph every single point, especially the sentimental ones, because subtlety can be so darn challenging. Bunbury, though, delivers an appealingly tough performance.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Matthew Gilbert
    [Writer-director Steve Conrad] tries all kinds of ways to dodge genre expectations and come up with something distinctive. His ambition is consistent, even when his success rate isn’t.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Matthew Gilbert
    You've got to be something of a Bette-a-holic to take this much of Midler's raging insecurities and slapstick stylings on a weekly basis. Even when she's missing from a scene in "Bette," which is rare, the rest of the show's character ensemble is fixated on her and her bottomless pit of need. [11 Oct 2000, p.C1]
    • Boston Globe
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Matthew Gilbert
    The scripts pander too much to the sensibility they should be mocking - that Hollywood is a playland for big boys with an eye for scrawny women. Entourage doesn't need to become moralistic or politically correct, just self-aware. If the writers took another step back from their immature characters, the show's satirical edge might be sharper. [16 July 2004, p.C1]
    • Boston Globe
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Matthew Gilbert
    It's good, but not quite inventive or mysterious enough to demand we swallow yet another serving of serial.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 58 Matthew Gilbert
    It’s straining to be TV’s new obsession, instead of a riveting drama.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Matthew Gilbert
    You won't be bored, as you strain to keep track of everything, and Isaacs, with his piercing eyes and reserve, is a great lead.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Matthew Gilbert
    The characters may be shallow, but that doesn’t keep the show from giving the easy pleasures of reading a quickie mystery novel. And a few of the actors are entertaining despite the limitations of the script.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Matthew Gilbert
    Based on a preview of two episodes, Idiotsitter is fairly amusing.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Matthew Gilbert
    By the end, I was wrung out from disappointment, from the awareness that Cross’s script was woefully underdeveloped, more like a double episode of a “Criminal Minds”-like procedural than part of an outstanding franchise.

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