Matthew Gilbert

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For 941 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 44% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 53% 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: 58
Highest review score: 100 The Larry Sanders Show: Season 6
Lowest review score: 0 Sons Of Hollywood: Season 1
Score distribution:
941 tv reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    If Rock and co-creator Ali LeRoi can continue to bring depth to the characters without succumbing to cliche or sentiment, they will be on a promising path.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    Despite the occasional artificial reality flourish, Catfish: The TV Show is a timely, engaging, and often poignant addition to MTV's lineup.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    To embrace "Knights," you have to have a taste for the kind of comedy that teases because it loves.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    It’s thoroughly transporting.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    But the real question is: Will Dharma & Greg be able to expand its central, single joke into an entire series? An entertaining premiere, yes, but there may be a finite number of laughs to be had over those wacky hippies and the cold-hearted WASPs. [24 Sept 1997, p.C6]
    • Boston Globe
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    At points, the new episodes strain to link past and present, with Thackery launching into didacticism about how addiction needs to be viewed as an illness, and not a moral failing. His argument seems a bit too forward-thinking, and it threatens the show’s hard-earned period authenticity. But generally, the writing pulls in still-festering themes effortlessly, blending them with plotlines that are never less than engaging.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    Tonight's premiere isn't one of the series' most cleverly wrought scripts; it's more of a welcome-back party than a gem.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    It’s a bit of a rarity, an intimate, sprawling, and at times touching procedural that makes the networks’ versions of the genre look like simple board games.
    • 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]
    • Boston Globe
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    This kind of material would wear thin after a while if the characters weren't as distinct and endearing as they are. [30 Apr 2005]
    • Boston Globe
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    The feverish action is as tantalizing as ever, and so is the script.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    The Affair is still going to be a melodrama with pretty people having big feelings, but the potential to transcend that genre is happily in play. The first two episodes of Season 2 are rich, as series creators Sarah Treem and Hagai Levi expand the points of view to include those of Alison’s ex, Cole (Joshua Jackson), and Noah’s ex, Helen (Maura Tierney).
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Matthew Gilbert
    I want to be [hooked], because the actors are so charismatic. Remember Ehle with Colin Firth in PBS's 1995 "Pride & Prejudice"? But the New Agey ghost-as-conscience thing--done better with so much crazy verve in the hallucinatory "Eli Stone"--is strained by the end of the first episode
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Matthew Gilbert
    This is a million miles from PBS and Mirren, but it works because of Bello's visceral energy.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Matthew Gilbert
    The romance and the attractively stylized innocence of the era is addictive, but the espionage plot, with its link to political history, is absurd.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Matthew Gilbert
    It does break your heart, to some extent, if you’re willing to let go of your cynicism for an hour.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Matthew Gilbert
    The cast is appealing, despite Bakula’s questionable accent.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Matthew Gilbert
    The pilot so closely resembles the original, it renders the endeavor redundant.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    Akerman is perfect for the role.... Whitford is low-key and wry, and Harden makes a great heavy. She uses her silky voice and her stiff posture to torment Kate, making even stock material fly.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    Written by Gwyneth Hughes, the script perhaps reaches too far and falls short. The whole is somehow less than the sum of its parts. And yet Five Days rewards with enough gripping moments to make it worth investigating.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    Hap and Leonard turns into an unsteady but nonetheless engaging series.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    On occasion, McKinnon--perhaps in his appreciation of the actor--lingers too long on Young, as if we’re not already completely aware that he is dazed and confused. It unintentionally undermines Young’s performance. But for the most part, in Young’s Daniel we can clearly see what it means to mystified by freedom, to be on the outside and yet shackled on the inside.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    For fans of expertly hammy acting and heated-up supernatural doings, it’s a lot of fun. But if Logan wants to elevate Penny Dreadful from an entertaining and overdone lark to something richer and more thematic, he will need to keep changing things up.... With a bit of clever revisionism and an infusion of our current anxieties into these dated tropes, the show could become something a bit more interesting and dread-filled.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    The Office is less breezy and more warped than almost any sitcom on the American networks. For viewers accustomed to shiny, happy escapism, NBC's The Office speaks a new comic language of glum realism. Like the original, which was co-created by Stephen Merchant and the show's star, Ricky Gervais, it is a queasy portrait of corporate depression, characters who rarely smile, and bleak irony. It is funny, but slowly and painfully so.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    What distinguishes the good ones are colorful performances, scandalous twists, and the age-old reminder that money and power can't buy love--all of which Political Animals has.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    Haynes takes a few melodramatic moments too many feet over the top--the injuring of Veda's throat, for example, which rises into an almost laughable delirium. But those excesses are forgivable in this otherwise masterful, faithful, and deluxe adaptation.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    If you approach The Girl as a sliver, and don't expect a full serving, you are more apt to appreciate it.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    So I "like" the new Melrose Place, in that I think it has the potential to be as addictive, and phony, as a can of Pringles potato crisps.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    ''Rollergirls" is a colorful piece of reality TV.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    Boston’s Finest is refreshingly free of reality TV’s more insipid and manipulative dramatic tricks.... [But] It can be a little dull over the long haul, perhaps because the action we see isn’t particularly interesting and the family lives of the cops are relatively incident-free.

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