Matthew Gilbert
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For 846 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 44% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 52% 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 Downton Abbey: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Sons Of Hollywood: Season 1
Score distribution:
846 tv reviews
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Matthew Gilbert
    As a weekly series, the effects need to remain impressive and the writers need to avoid falling into "Lost" and "Walking Dead" band-of-survivors rehash.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Matthew Gilbert
    All the potential here is in the show’s resistance to the joyless atmospherics that have become the bane of comic-book shows and movies.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    The bottom line is that "Ally McBeal" features wonderfully provocative scripts that are as clever as they are wise; supporting actors who are the definitive opposite of stock; and a carefully struck tone that balances the fantastic, the romantic, the sardonic, and the sincere. It is a uniquely imagined TV series that, with producer/writer David E. Kelley as the engine behind it, goes further than ever seemed possible. [14 Sep 1998]
    • Boston Globe
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    If you've been wondering about the art of series-TV writing, and how potent and resonant it truly can be, you need look no further than HBO's extraordinary new In Treatment.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    In the first four new episodes, her characters remain in their self-contained cultural warp, still only just beginning to mingle with hipsters and hard drugs and cold, careering artists, and, yes, black people.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    Sookie remains a compelling plucky heroine, undaunted by the violent strangeness of Bill's nighttime world but still holding fast to her moral center.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    What a treat it is to find a medical show that doesn't turn its talented MDs into bedside saints in order to calm viewers' fears about mechanical HMO factories.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    The emotional strains of keeping her secret from Ben (Iddo Goldberg) grow across the eight episodes and lend the season an unexpected poignancy.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    The nonfictional veneer feels authentic, and so does Lilley's talent.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    The first five new episodes sent for preview are excellent--as brilliantly painful as the old ones.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    The show works, in its own hokey, feel-good, alt-soundtrack way.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    It's a nicely assembled, topical film that gives us both a sweeping view of gay rights across almost 30 years, as well as an intimate look at an extraordinary person swept up in those times.
    • 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
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    It’s not as sharp and lovable as “Broad City”; Abbi and Ilana, take a bow for an inspired second season of your New York picaresque. But it’s likable, over-the-top, culturally aware, and totally far-out, man. It’s the definition of a madcap adventure.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    Despite the blood and the labor, Call the Midwife is filled with heart.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    Like "Lost," it has the potential to grow into a cross-genre drama that reaches beyond cultiness to all kinds of TV viewers.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    If you're looking for sexual tension amid the laugh track, or social and political point-making between the punchlines, then "Will & Grace" may not work for you. It's a sitcom that has the potential to prove to prime time that attractions between adults are not always rooted in lust. [21 Sep 1998]
    • Boston Globe
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    Too often, TV's sci-fi creators fail to give us characters to identify with, focusing instead on special effects and plot manipulations. But the father-son-bond material in Falling Skies brings humanity to the story and grounds it in emotion rather than spectacle.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    Project Greenlight distinguishes itself with its surprisingly warts-and-all approach. As it progresses, we get to see the sort of naked-ego shots and bottom-line talk you'd expect Miramax and its mob to have kept under wraps. [30 Nov 2001, p.D1]
    • Boston Globe
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    Thankfully, this season Dexter continues to play with our moral bearings, which is the show’s best quality.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    Mazzello and Dale both add to the humanity of The Pacific with their committed performances, even when the disorienting narrative seems to be working against them.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    If you're prudish or just polite, in other words, you'll be turned off by all the happy offensiveness. If you're not turned off, though, you may be entertained, as I am. The show is the quintessential slacker comedy. [29 Jun 2006]
    • Boston Globe
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    All the performances are rough and under-rehearsed, which makes them appealing. Costello also keeps the atmosphere relaxed during the interviews, never seeming too eager to interject his own commentary or jokes.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    If you haven’t figured this out yet, Man Seeking Woman is plenty weird. But it’s also wild, wily, and, depending on your taste for high-risk jokes that don’t always fly, wonderful.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    "Studio 60" is one of the best new dramas of the season, assuming you aren't Sorkin-phobic, and with some tweaking it could be the very best.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    Unique, fresh, and quite entertaining. [1 Oct 2004]
    • Boston Globe
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    The Walking Dead may depend more on suspense, desolate atmosphere, and creative storytelling than fine acting. The show takes a nightmare generally told in movies and opens it up for the medium of TV. I'm optimistic that Darabont & Co. will continue to find ways to make the characters interestingly human as they dodge death's slow, ruthless pursuit.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    Izzard is a great surprise in FX's "The Riches," and just one of this fascinating new series' unexpectedly soulful pleasures.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    So much of the pleasure of Lost is in the way surprise twists arrive completely out of the blue.

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