Matthew Gilbert

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For 942 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 7.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Matthew Gilbert's Scores

Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 The Sopranos: Season 3
Lowest review score: 0 Sons Of Hollywood: Season 1
Score distribution:
942 tv reviews
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    It's not too early, however, to heap praise onto this astute, well-written show and its many specific wonders.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    Dirty Sexy is right on the money.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    Nashville falls somewhere in between the two extremes, a story that thrives on heightened melodrama and big twists but gives its characters more depth than you generally find in network lather-fests.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    The abundance of material plays out naturally, in a nicely arranged script by John Pielmeier that leans heavily on the R-rated soap side of things. You'll probably get lost in the high melodrama while watching this massive chess game, where the pawns are as prominent as the bishops, the king, and the queen.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    If you enjoy slowly piecing together a puzzle without having first seen the final image, Rubicon is right up your alley; if not, the brainteasing will likely unnerve you.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    The best of a recent group of heist dramas, including NBC's "Heist" and FX's "Thief."
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    American Crime is indeed filled with some impressive material, if you can get past the pretensions.... Both Hutton and Huffman act up a storm.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    [A] thoroughly enjoyable miniseries.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    The FX drama returns for its fifth season tonight at 10, after a 19-month absence, and it returns to its former glory after an unfortunate fourth-season slump.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    A finely constructed docu-dramatic piece, Cinema Verite folds together the stories of the Louds of Santa Barbara and the PBS filmmakers who took over their home, and it adds in both real and expertly re-created footage from the 12 episodes of "An American Family."
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    Olyphant creates a sense of suspended time whenever Raylan comes into contact with thugs--as if a gun standoff isn't so far from standing at a bar with a drink in hand. His Raylan is the kind of guy who doesn't say much, but gives us plenty to talk about.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    The shamelessness of Nip/Tuck returns intact, which is a good thing.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    For a new series, Sports Night already has a nicely developed sense of ensemble and texture. Charles and Krause show a natural chemistry as anchors and friends, and Robert Guillaume has strong presence as the imposing executive producer. The most appealing actor, though, is Huffman, who is dynamic as the committed producer who lives only for airtime. She's got caffeine running through her veins. [22 Sept 1998, p.C1]
    • Boston Globe
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    It’s all fairly slight, when you take a step back from it, but ultimately that’s the strength of Looking and its closing movie. They comprise sweet, passing chapters in a small group of ordinary lives.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    If the show can stay as gripping as its premiere... it will be a welcome new prime-time puzzle.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    I do think it has real potential to become a solid dramatic addition to the FX slate, as The Shield enters its final season.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    The story line is expertly structured, especially after the first hour's exposition, as potential explanations emerge and the pieces begin to fit together. And the writers maintain an all-important sense of humor, not just with the one-liners among the team members but with shrewd social satire.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    It has heart and wisdom, qualities that aren’t easy to bring to an animated show. The characters begin as stock creations, but the voice work and the writing give them added dimensions.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    The actor [Lewis], who uses a flawless American accent, makes Life worth a gander. And he is surrounded by a distinctive cast.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    Becoming Mike Nichols will make you want to go back and rewatch Stevens’s gorgeous and definitely American film, but only after you’ve paid a nice, long visit to Nichols’s greatest hits.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    Angel the WB's new child of "Buffy," is no ordinary spinoff, and it has the potential to become a witty hour of unearthly allegory in its own right. If it can maintain a sense of humor about itself, Angel, which stars David Boreanaz as Buffy's brooding former beau, may become one of those rare spinoffs that isn't merely a flat-out cash-in. [5 Oct 1999, p.D1]
    • Boston Globe
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    Still, even if Curb has lost some of its original wallop, it remains a great comedy of manners.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    I was surprised at how much adrenalized horror there is to be found in the story, as it races forward into bloody human-zombie battles and scary entrapments. This isn't a wink-winkfest so much as a sly screamfest, with lots of post-apocalyptic misery and carnage afoot.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    It’s not a knowing satire like “Veep” or a subcultural ensemble riff like “Silicon Valley.” It’s a more obvious comedy about ignorance, insensitivity, ambition, and delusion, like “Eastbound & Down,” and it’s enjoyable if you don’t expect too much from it.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    At first, the story lines are fragmented and listless. It all seems muddled. And then, at some point in episode three or four, when the characters and their story lines finally cohere, when the themes of impossible love and social rebellion begin to connect emotionally, Indian Summers becomes a formidable and thoroughly addictive narrative.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    The half-hour series is a wise, amusing, and poignant take on personal growth and the fears and freedoms brought on by change.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    A strange, fascinating, and sometimes brilliant contemporary take on the father of forensic crime-solving.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    Mr. Dynamite isn’t hagiography, and we hear enough about Brown’s personal flaws to make him quite human.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    After the forced setup, evolves into a rich portrait of hard lives and the possibility of healing. By episode 3, the miniseries feels like a smart crime novel, steeped in very specific locales and individuals.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    I promise you will roll your eyes at least once. And yet, each hour is so spellbinding, you may not realize you're leaving grip marks on your couch.

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