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 8.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Matthew Gilbert's Scores

  • TV
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 Lost: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Sons Of Hollywood: Season 1
Score distribution:
736 tv reviews
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Matthew Gilbert
    HawthoRNe seems bent on being reverential, complete with musical montages meant to break our hearts. It's not awful, by any means, just too good to be true.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Matthew Gilbert
    Secret Girlfriend could add up to something worthwhile, with more of that kind of elliptical character revelation and fewer generic dirty-boy adventures. Ultimately, I want to know more about “you,’’ not them.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Matthew Gilbert
    The Memphis location is meant to add distinction, but it doesn't quite work. The setting and the musical references seem oddly artificial, right down to Lee's stage performance, for which his voice has been dubbed.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Matthew Gilbert
    It's a gathering of familiar material that never quite distinguishes itself. I'd say the show is a "mash-up'' of its many influences, but that word implies intentionality and he Gates seems more like a lazy assemblage of cliches.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Matthew Gilbert
    The boilerplate talk format was reminiscent not only of Leno’s “Tonight Show,’’ but of almost every other late-night talker on the air right now.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Matthew Gilbert
    The raunchy comedy on The League had me laughing out loud a few times, but mostly I felt as though I’d seen it all done better before.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Matthew Gilbert
    The CW remake isn't awful, by any means. The pilot rushes ahead nicely, with a twist at the end that gestures toward many possible future plotlines. But we've seen the whole thing many times before.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Matthew Gilbert
    Sure, it's nice to see Belushi in a new incarnation, and if I were trapped at a car repair shop in front of an episode I might be happy. But there are much better shows out there right now, and only so many hours in my day--and on my DVR.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Matthew Gilbert
    It's an average piece of work, crammed with every frat-boy cliche you can imagine, and cast with actors who don't initially stand out.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Matthew Gilbert
    There were no attempts during the hour to tweak the tiresome late-night moves for cable, to expand beyond what late night TV means on the networks.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Matthew Gilbert
    If Mad Love pushes toward a more distinctive identity and grows beyond TV's standard two-couple romantic situations, there may be hope.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Matthew Gilbert
    As entertaining as the crazy can be, there's an undercurrent of pathos in Celebrity Apprentice, hidden in the way these people bow to "Mr. Trump" and submit to the contrived challenges as if they're in rehab cleaning toilets.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Matthew Gilbert
    You will absolutely, one hundred percent love every second of Showtime's new series, The Borgias. If you are a set designer, that is. Or a costumer. Otherwise, you might be mildly entertained and yet still feel a gnawing hunger for something more--a flavor shot or two with your creme de la creme.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Matthew Gilbert
    The Playboy Club plods forward with no ballast, hoping that the vibrant early '60s music and the miles of bunny cleavage will compensate for the lack of original plotting and characters.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Matthew Gilbert
    MTV's scripted choices so far, including "Skins" and "The Hard Times of RJ Berger," have been interesting but ultimately disappointing. And Teen Wolf, so bland from the get-go, doesn't promise to change that streak.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Matthew Gilbert
    It stays old school and unambitious in order to blend in well with the classic sitcoms on TV Land's roster. The scripts are more like excuses for the stars to go on camera and ham it up than well-constructed state-of-the-art comic material.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Matthew Gilbert
    It's too bland to elicit very strong feelings either for or against. It's a legal drama with the same kind of buddy dynamic as "Psych" and "White Collar," and by the end of the hour--or, just for tonight, the hour and 20 minutes--I felt like shrugging my shoulders.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 50 Matthew Gilbert
    The show is a grim spectacle, and juicy bait for end-of-the-world addicts such as myself. But the living people in The Walking Dead, those uninfected with the mysterious virus, they are far less compelling.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 Matthew Gilbert
    The underwhelming cast brings nothing to the boilerplate action. Kelly is miscast as a biker chick, and making Bosley a hunk with computer skills fails to add life.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Matthew Gilbert
    No, not hooked on this generic-looking crime-solver. The premise is nonsensical.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Matthew Gilbert
    American Horror Story, from Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk of "Glee" and "Nip/Tuck," is a very standard creep-fest, an aggressively stylized mash-up of familiar haunted-house movies including "The Amityville Horror," "The Haunting," and "The Shining."
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Matthew Gilbert
    I love the way Allen Gregory talks down to every adult he encounters, as if they're members of a lower species. But the world built around that core of satire is a lot less promising.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Matthew Gilbert
    The movie is so carefully stylized, any and all emotional import has been sucked out of it.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Matthew Gilbert
    There is nothing exceptional or original about the show.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Matthew Gilbert
    The Cheezburger team is vaguely entertaining, a reality counterpart to "The Office."
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Matthew Gilbert
    It’s a straightforward piece of work that, with some deepening of characters and a few detours from too well-trodden plot paths, could be a decent addition to the TNT lineup.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Matthew Gilbert
    It's a bit of a mess. I found myself wishing that the series, which tracks a loosely knit group of nine friends in the Washington Heights area of New York, actually had more direction.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Matthew Gilbert
    It's a sweet, somewhat bland portrait of an Everygirl coming of age in suburban Connecticut in the 1980s, dealing with the class Heathers--here, they're Donna LaDonna and the two Jens--and crushing on the cutie transfer student with long blond hair.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Matthew Gilbert
    As actors, Lowe and Mitchell are burdened with shamelessly expository dialogue in which they must pretend to talk to each other when they're actually just explaining the case to viewers.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Matthew Gilbert
    None of the story lines, from the young maid’s love of her boss’s son to the murder plot, promises to defy expectations. All the show’s potential gets crushed under the weight of over-familiarity and Cherry’s cookie-cutter technique.