Matthew Gilbert

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For 1,002 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 45% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 52% 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 Louie: Season 5
Lowest review score: 0 Sons Of Hollywood: Season 1
Score distribution:
1002 tv reviews
    • 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
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Matthew Gilbert
    It is a vibrant, original pleasure.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Matthew Gilbert
    FX’s 10-part series The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story" is a superior effort, a successful attempt both to vividly re-create the original case and to intelligently reframe it from a more knowing 2016 perspective.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Matthew Gilbert
    This is pleasant and likable, at least for the length of the pilot.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 83 Matthew Gilbert
    The pilot is better than it has any right to be--tensely paced, sharply directed, and creepy enough to make you look and look away at the same time.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    How on Earth did creator Victor Fresco pull this crazy thing off? Even his best work, including “Better Off Ted” and “Andy Richter Controls the Universe,” didn’t quite indicate a mastery of the kind of droll, perverse humor dripping from his new Netflix comedy. The show really should not be as funny and likable as it is.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    Ultimately, Baskets isn’t a cold-hearted laugh at his expense. Chip’s downward spiral is affecting, and by episode three, I was emotionally invested in his journey.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    Here, a strong cast and sharp writing prove to be a winning combination.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    The passive-aggression and the trivial battles build, and it begins to seem as though any of these characters could wind up being the murderer or the murdered. Big Little Lies will move you, and amuse you, all while it keeps you guessing.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    It’s made with just the right amounts of mordant humor, light macabre atmosphere, pun-filled dialogue, and amusing performances to charm and engage.
    • 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.

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