For 736 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 43% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 54% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 8.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Matthew Gilbert's Scores

  • TV
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 Breaking Bad: Season 4
Lowest review score: 0 Sons Of Hollywood: Season 1
Score distribution:
736 tv reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Matthew Gilbert
    Much as I am compelled to watch "24," and admire its craft, I find that I can't take it seriously.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    It's a welcome addition to nonfiction television and a loyal friend to the radio show.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    The story of Patrick "Lights" Leary is engrossing from the first bell, with nicely developed plots and psychological twists that transcend the genre cliches of the boxing drama. And the acting is strong where it matters.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Matthew Gilbert
    Little more than an empty vehicle for clever jokes on America since 9/11. [30 Apr 2005]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    The show seems to have a light step this season without the heavy-duty silliness of Kim ... And it is refreshing to see many new faces at CTU. [8 Jan 2005]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    Thankfully, this season Dexter continues to play with our moral bearings, which is the show’s best quality.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Matthew Gilbert
    A smart, exhilarating, well-written hour that, if anything, is a little naive about the folks who run our nation's most important office. [22 Sept 1999, p.E1]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Matthew Gilbert
    The Hour is not "Breaking Bad" good, or "Mad Men" good, but it's close.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    With this bracing and comic new set of 12 episodes, Nurse Jackie has evolved into a rigorous, fascinating portrait of denial, of how it works when someone deceives herself and everyone around her
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    The show's setup has some charm, especially since Joan's reactions are anything but beatific. [26 Sept 2003, p.D4]
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    The Wire is a cop drama from top to bottom. It does take a systemic view of the issue, like "Traffic," Steven Soderbergh's drug-trade saga. But it never sacrifices drama and character for lecture. [31 May 2002, p.E14]
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    It is reverent enough, and profoundly heroic; and yet it is a living, breathing piece of work that brings American history down to earth.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    I like Archer because it succeeds where so many of the snarky animated series tend to fail. Reed and his writers and voice actors balance all the pop satire and raunch with a strong sense of the characters.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Matthew Gilbert
    Beyond the formulaic outline, White Collar, is actually one of the best new shows of the season.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    The tonal dissonance in "Standoff" is deafening, like pairing up, say, Jewel and Meat Loaf for a duet.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    The feverish action is as tantalizing as ever, and so is the script.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    A charmless sitcom with absolutely nothing original in it.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    I promise you will roll your eyes at least once. And yet, each hour is so spellbinding, you may not realize you're leaving grip marks on your couch.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Matthew Gilbert
    We've seen all these characters countless times before in movie and TV westerns, but the actors give them distinction here.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    It's both dramatic and unique, from the sometimes graphic material about his double mastectomy to his self-revelation in the media limelight.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Matthew Gilbert
    The script is tight and ambitious, as it attempts to anatomize corruption in the big city.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    Berg has done a fine job of lifting his series above familiar teen melodrama and making it into a group portrait of a town.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Matthew Gilbert
    The NBC sitcom is so unpretentious and original, it will probably win you over on its own sweet merits.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    By episode 2, though, after the crammed (and super-sized) premiere, [creator] Weisberg reveals a sure sense of detail that bodes well for the future of the series.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Matthew Gilbert
    Sweet and intelligent...A genre-bender if ever there was one, Roswell takes the "Romeo and Juliet" love story, dresses it in "Rebel Without a Cause" Americana, and then gives the whole thing an "X-Files" twist. The show is a long, long way from "My Favorite Martian" and "Mork & Mindy." [6 Oct 1999, p.E1]
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Matthew Gilbert
    It's a plot-driven, multi-generational melodrama, which feels particularly shallow at a time when shows such as "Friday Night Lights," "Mad Men," "Dexter," and "Nip/Tuck" are pushing their narrative reach.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Matthew Gilbert
    Fiendishly excellent.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    The series is animated mostly by the perfectly legitimate reason of invoking sheer wonder, but the scientific episode gives a fascinating glimpse of what scientists still have to learn from these creatures.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    You feel as if you're right there in the room with the characters for a time, during which their true selves emerge slowly but surely.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    The show unfolds like a rich, gritty, and addictive novel, with some surprising detours and lots of transporting, grainy imagery.