Matthew Gilbert
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For 845 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 In Treatment: Season 3
Lowest review score: 0 Unan1mous: Season 1
Score distribution:
845 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    Those [dialogue] imperfections never jolted me out of the spell Copper casts.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    The beautifully filmed half-hour comedy, lets Ullman clown around with her face and her voices and her wigs without confining her to too much story line.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    When you watch the show, which returns for season two tonight at 10, you'll find a legal thriller that's trashier and more fun than you might have expected.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    You'll love "The Sarah Silverman Program," but only if, like me, you have a healthy appetite for sick comedy.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    Compared to the grittier British version, the American Queer as Folk has a sweet, romanticized aura. At times, it even recalls the TV adaptation of "Tales of the City." The script has plenty of conflict, and the sexuality is hard-core, but the show also exudes an ensemble coziness and jokiness that finds the gang gathering regularly for late-night snacks at Debbie's diner. [1 Dec 2000, p.F1]
    • Boston Globe
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    The execution of the high concept is rich with many excellent details, gags, and characters.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    Like the epic Jenga tower that Phil is constructing, the show is really quite impressive, but it could all fall down just a little too easily.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    No gold mine of symbolism is worth a damn when the show itself doesn’t have good old storytelling mojo behind it. And, based on the premiere, V has enough narrative drive and character definition to pull viewers into the creepy suspense of its dystopian world.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    Dexter enters season 3 on Sunday at 9 p.m. with an increasing--and pleasing--urge to make us like the curious man-child at its center.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    It's witty, irreverent, and joyously juvenile.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    There's no false modesty here, just a level-headed look back as Belafonte recalls decades of music, family, and activism, but mostly activism.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey is certainly trippy and visually dazzling, but it’s also a big-thought-provoking series crammed with scientific and historical fact. Hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, it is a transporting mass of CGI special effects and cartoon sequences, but it has the heft and scope of cable’s most esteemed science series, “Planet Earth” and “Life.”
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    The show unfolds like a rich, gritty, and addictive novel, with some surprising detours and lots of transporting, grainy imagery.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    It’s an inviting, beautifully acted, and smartly written period drama set in the 1950s
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    As with most HBO series, "Curb Your Enthusiasm" isn't for everyone. Prerequisites include not only a desire for more of the best of "Seinfeld" but a willingness to go along with David's Brooklyn-bred grumpiness. [13 Oct 2000]
    • Boston Globe
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    It’s a remarkable performance in its straightforward simplicity; she’s like a feral animal ferociously protecting her secrets.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    Breaking Bad works as an unabashedly bold story about a man in extremis, told with the iconographic and ironic sensibility of Quentin Tarantino.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    "The Boondocks" takes on racism the way ''All in the Family" did, by sending up ignorance and extremism rather than moralizing about them.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    The impulse to protect his family comes much less naturally to David Duchovny's Hank Moody, the hero of Californication, which returns in top form for its second season.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    It expands beautifully from the stereotypes, ultimately giving us portraits of very specific men and women and their very human trepidations regarding aging, attachment, self-esteem, and romance.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    The show no longer has that compelling air of discovery about it, since we know many of the characters well. But still, all of the small-town tensions and relationship undercurrents remain as direct and immediate and engaging as ever.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    These episodes of Banana are lovely self-standing short stories that build to revelatory moments, but then they also add scope and layers of depth to “Cucumber.”
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    Everything else about A Poet in New York, which is timed to air alongside the centennial of Thomas’s birth, is small and underwhelming. That sounds like a damning complaint, but the limits of the script, by Andrew Davies, actually benefit Hollander’s performance to some extent.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    ''Big Love,"... is layered enough to do what HBO's ''The Sopranos" and ''Six Feet Under" have done so well: make atypical heroes knowable and universal. It pulls us into its parallel moral universe, rather than keep us standing outside in judgment.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    Berg has done a fine job of lifting his series above familiar teen melodrama and making it into a group portrait of a town.

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