Matthew Gilbert

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For 1,036 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 7.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Matthew Gilbert's Scores

Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Nip/Tuck: Season 3
Lowest review score: 0 Sons Of Hollywood: Season 1
Score distribution:
1036 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    You may or may not struggle with the heightened, heated-up filmmaking in London Spy, which is filled with artful camera angles and non-linear time leaps, but you will likely fall under Whishaw’s spell.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    Those [dialogue] imperfections never jolted me out of the spell Copper casts.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    You, Me and the Apocalypse is a genuine treat. No subliminal persuasion needed. The 10-episode series is wacky, likable, unique, and, at moments, effectively dramatic.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    They’re not a sympathetic collection of characters, but they can be compelling in their twistedness.
    • 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
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    Sneaky Pete is not filmed with the inventiveness and style of the high-end cable and streaming shows. But the acting and the plots--including one featuring Alison Wright, who was Martha on “The Americans”--are enjoyable and amusing. They’ve won my confidence.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    Once the Civil Rights Act of 1964 passes, and Johnson’s political strategizing is over, All the Way loses some momentum. But Cranston’s performance remains engaging throughout, as Johnson fights his way out of Kennedy’s shadow and into his own presidential light.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    The playful chemistry Dreymon and Cox have developed so well remains, adding poignancy to their star-crossed circumstances as the story unfolds.... There is plenty of spectacle in The Last Kingdom, but none quite as spellbinding as Alfred’s quiet intelligence.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    There are 13 stories--all good, some better--waiting for newcomers on Netflix. They're waiting to frighten, to invite you think about your life, to make you wince, and to make you laugh. Look, that's the signpost up ahead. Your next stop: Black Mirror.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    Man Seeking Woman dazzles with its ingenious set pieces, it also manages to work as an emotionally engaging narrative.
    • 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
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    It’s lyrical, vital, upbeat, extreme, sprawling, hackneyed, flawed, and easy to forgive.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    Queen Sugar, which was created by “Selma” director Ava DuVernay based on Natalie Baszile’s novel, is a different kind of soap, one that moves slowly through each plot point and adds artistic and intimate flourishes whenever possible.
    • 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.

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