Matthew Gilbert
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For 860 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 7.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Matthew Gilbert's Scores

Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 The Office (UK): Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Unan1mous: Season 1
Score distribution:
860 tv reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Matthew Gilbert
    This knockout adaptation of the Lorraine Hansberry play is a model of both the pure power of stage acting and TV’s potential to bring us up close to that acting without deadening it.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Matthew Gilbert
    There may be a smaller number of top-notch newbies this season, but Raising Hope, a celebration of parenthood and childhood, of small joys and big struggles, is certainly one of them.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Matthew Gilbert
    HBO's Generation Kill is remarkable.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Matthew Gilbert
    The new layout of the action - Coach Eric Taylor lives in Austin, coaching college football, while Tami Taylor is at home in Dillon on maternity leave - doesn't make the story any less cohesive or satisfying. [5 Oct 2007, p.D2]
    • Boston Globe
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Matthew Gilbert
    Along with its refreshing cast, led by Keri Russell, the WB's Felicity is blessed with a sweet realism that captures the emotional roller coaster that is freshman year in college. It also offers an appealingly non-gritty look at New York City, as seen through the eyes of optimism and innocence...The show transcends formula by staying steadily focused on its characters' shifting emotional realities, and by avoiding the issue-of-the-week plot twists of a series like "Beverly Hills 90210." [29 Sept 1998, p.C1]
    • Boston Globe
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Matthew Gilbert
    'Extras" is far less terminally existential than ''The Office," less depressing to watch.
    • 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
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Matthew Gilbert
    Can Alias work on a weekly basis? While the Alias pilot plunges forward effortlessly, it also leads to some fairly complicated twists involving Sydney's father (Victor Garber) and the nature of her agency. These twists could make future episodes overly layered, or too dependent on backstory. Also, any CIA suspense series, with or without a flashy pilot, faces the challenge of coming up with 20 or so fresh espionage plots each season - no easy task.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Matthew Gilbert
    The NBC sitcom is so unpretentious and original, it will probably win you over on its own sweet merits.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Matthew Gilbert
    The story of the plague has been told before, and it will and should continue to find new life. But The Normal Heart tells it with admirable honesty and plenty of emotion.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Matthew Gilbert
    The Knick is an astonishing new medical drama that has the potential to be one of the year’s best and most talked-about shows, as well as a breakthrough into TV series excellence for its star, Clive Owen, and its director and executive producer, Steven Soderbergh.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Matthew Gilbert
    Mad Men remains TV at its most artful. Like Don Draper, it's beautiful, stealthy, troubling, and, above all, addictive.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Matthew Gilbert
    This is cringe comedy at its giddiest best. [2 Jan 2004]
    • Boston Globe
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Matthew Gilbert
    Orange Is the New Black is a funny, dramatically sound, poignant, and thoroughly addictive adventure through a bleak looking glass.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 Matthew Gilbert
    A wonderful, imaginative mess brimming with possibility. About a dysfunctional family of space cowboys, the sci-fi series arrives not fully formed, like an elaborate photo that's still clarifying in developing fluid. While many shows burst onto the scene with slick pilots and quickly deteriorate into mediocrity, I'm thinking Firefly is on the opposite creative journey.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Matthew Gilbert
    It's an extraordinarily appealing series, one that's so much more than its easy label as a teen private-eye series. [22 Sept 2004, p.D12]
    • Boston Globe
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Matthew Gilbert
    Mad Men returns for season 2 in excellent form: There's a rich and active subtext in this series, you just have to discover it.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Matthew Gilbert
    Directed by Barak Goodman, the documentary is an information-stuffed and yet affecting and engrossing work made in the straightforward manner of its executive producer, Ken Burns.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Matthew Gilbert
    Starz’s The Missing is a reminder that familiar material can indeed yield extremely absorbing drama, that often the excellence of a series comes from the crispness of the script, the intelligence of the directing, and the intensity of the acting, and not necessarily the newness of the concept.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Matthew Gilbert
    In its own affectionate way, Freaks and Geeks puts a pimple into the TV-ized approach to adolescence. This delightfully observed 1980s-set dramedy is high school as many of us remember it, with Twinkie-pounding bullies and Army-jacket wearing druggies and pale nerds with speech impediments and "Star Trek" fixations. It's high school unplugged, a sort of "Dazed and Confused" for the small screen, and it is one of the fall season's most likable new shows. That NBC has thrown "Freaks and Geeks" into the wilds of Saturday night - it premieres tonight at 8 on Ch. 7 - is only further evidence of network nitwitness. [25 Sept 1999, p.C1]
    • Boston Globe
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Matthew Gilbert
    It’s a promising reentry. All the major themes, so subtly articulated across the first six seasons, are coming to a head.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Matthew Gilbert
    The Killing quickly hooks you with its steadily unfolding story line. Created by Veena Sud, based on a Danish TV hit named "Forbrydelsen," the show draws you into the tragedy of the crime, and then makes you crave its solution.
    • 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.
    • 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]
    • Boston Globe
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Matthew Gilbert
    Dexter is a masterfully creepy-funny serial-killer series, and it continues to both frighten and amuse as it enters its fifth season.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Matthew Gilbert
    It is the epitome of slow drama, with action taking place off-screen while intentional silences wreak havoc in the hollow Tudor halls. The miniseries pays off along the way, particularly with Rylance’s extraordinary performance, and it also accumulates into something gripping in the last three episodes.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Matthew Gilbert
    From the brilliant performance by Michael C. Hall to the dryly witty scripting, Dexter secures a position near the top of another year's best list.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Matthew Gilbert
    This is a classic guilty pleasure, with campy twists and a fabulously diva-esque performance by Stowe.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Matthew Gilbert
    After the forced opening minutes, it's the best multi-cam-com of the season.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 83 Matthew Gilbert
    The tone tips awkwardly between crude and romantic, and a little of Azaria goes a long way. But I'm game for episode 2.

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