Matthew Gilbert

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For 1,018 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 7.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Matthew Gilbert's Scores

Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Lost: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 The Real Wedding Crashers: Season 1
Score distribution:
1018 tv reviews
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Matthew Gilbert
    [The] sentimental streak in the show is compensated by Frank's coldness and the scrappy urban realism, translated so effectively from the British original.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Matthew Gilbert
    No, The Sopranos is not the equal of Scorsese's masterpiece ["Goodfellas"], but it manages to bring a new spin to the words "dysfunctional" and "family," and it deserves its place alongside other HBO gems like "The Larry Sanders Show" and "Sex and the City." [9 Jan 1999, p.C1]
    • Boston Globe
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Matthew Gilbert
    "Malcolm" is an instantly likable series, as it takes conventional TV-family material and gives it a good old-fashioned goose. [7 Jan 2000]
    • Boston Globe
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Matthew Gilbert
    Beyond the formulaic outline, White Collar, is actually one of the best new shows of the season.
    • 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]
    • Boston Globe
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Matthew Gilbert
    A really extraordinary new drama.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Matthew Gilbert
    Created by Mike Judge, it does for techies, venture capitalists, and tech-biz campuses what Judge’s film “Office Space” did for cubicle dwellers, their bosses, and office parks back in 1999.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Matthew Gilbert
    A faceted little gem. It’s an evocative collection of vignettes about the dealer’s various customers, who live in the countless niches and experience the random events that define New York.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Matthew Gilbert
    With none of the conventional plot techniques TV viewers are accustomed to, it is a collection of rich moments and poignant characters that loosely adds up to something quite powerful.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Matthew Gilbert
    The writing remains remarkable, as it toggles between the rhythms and cliches of 1950s movies and the timeless resonance of mid-20th-century theater. You rarely find such economical and evocative scripting on TV.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Matthew Gilbert
    The unfolding of the Parade’s End narrative has been directed (by Susanna White) and written to challenge--sometimes too much so. While you always understand the connections among the characters on “Downton,” you have to piece them together yourself in Parade’s End.... It’s the kind of demanding storytelling that differentiates “The Wire” from most other crime series.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Matthew Gilbert
    This is the kind of TV that viewers ask for but rarely get, driven by characters who are more than the sum of one or two qualities and who harbor depths that are revealed slowly, subtly, and authentically.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Matthew Gilbert
    Fiendishly excellent.
    • 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
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Matthew Gilbert
    It’s melancholy, amusing, clever, insightful, humane, and, with its beautifully shot Atlanta location, steeped in local specificity. There are a few moments in the four episodes sent to critics when the emotional beats are hazy, the ideas vague, the vibe too meditative; but there are many, many more points when the show blows you away with its intelligence, humanity, and unwillingness to rush or telegraph any of its jokes or misfortunes.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Matthew Gilbert
    Like “Louie,” “Atlanta,” and “Better Things,” the show operates more as a slice of life than as a plotted story. It’s an extraordinary portrait of an ordinary, relatable, and delightful person.
    • 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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Matthew Gilbert
    A dazzling and fascinating season two.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Matthew Gilbert
    This is cringe comedy at its giddiest best. [2 Jan 2004]
    • Boston Globe
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Matthew Gilbert
    The drama is sensitive, surprising, consistently engaging, and, most important, unblinking.

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