For 771 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

  • TV
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 Breaking Bad: Season 4
Lowest review score: 0 Twenty Good Years: Season 1
Score distribution:
771 tv reviews
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    On The Singing Bee, it's impossible to rally for or against the many folks who hurry on and off stage, and rallying is a critical part of the fun of these mindless game shows.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    Coughlan smartly underplays Jenny's reaction to the thought of losing her friend. But Nagle and her writers plug a farcical charge into the show that is quickly annoying.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    I'm on board with Tara, but so far mostly for the supporting characters, whose number expands in the coming weeks to include a self-empowered "Vita-self" saleswoman who is overly curious about Tara's disorder.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    It's a likable one, marred only by some awkward abridgement.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    The CBS show has very little dramatic heft or distinction, but it's wily and brisk enough to engage you for an hour.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    The show has the makings of a more sincere, "Gilmore Girls"-like take on female bonding.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    I can't say you'll want to follow The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency religiously, like so many other HBO efforts, but it is an easy-to-like distraction.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    Kings does dip in and out of predictability, when familiar Spelling soap operatics and political machinations break through the show's unique surface. But it still is a fascinating effort.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    No, it's not "quality cable TV" or Top 10 list material, and it's marred by lapses into character cutesiness. But still, I liked it. It's likable.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    It’s a coming of age comedy that’s raunchy and sophomoric, but, as is typical with Apatow products, it’s also character-based and at times kind of touching.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    This promising series is really about a failed optimist, driven by the recession and his own midlife depression to sell his body to rich ladies.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    Little Dorrit has so many virtues--indelible performances, stirring pathos, and an emotional and psychological heft unusual for Dickens--that you can forgive its one significant flaw.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    The pieces don't tend to add up to much; the suspects and victims often slip out of custody too easily; and each episode's crimes dovetail with some predictability. These aren't brain teasers. Still, the series has great hypnotic allure, as the murders and deaths drive Wallander further into himself.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    It's a generally pleasing but flawed production.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    The one-liners are broad, the plots preposterous. And yet it all works in a lighthearted-summer-fare kind of way, helped along with almost pornographic images of Hamptons wealth.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    Lie to Me, based on the real-life lie-detection work of Dr. Paul Ekman, doesn't extend much beyond its genre's borders. But if you're fascinated by the poker-game elements of crime-solving and a man obsessed with "tells," you may connect with this show.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    The show is what it is--no surprises, no disappointments.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    Parks and Recreation has many distinctions, not least of all the hugely talented Poehler from "Saturday Night Live," who promises to develop Leslie slowly, without the haste required in sketch comedy. And the show has the potential to become a flip, witty political allegory.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    I think How to Make It in America has a lot going for it, if show creator Ian Edelman can keep from indulging in New York hipster cliches.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    It’s all about the crimes, the technology, the guns, and, mostly about not having--or wanting--to think too much.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    This farcical new sitcom won’t blow you away so much as keep you lightly amused.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    Even as you may be tempted on occasion to roll (or close) your eyes, it’s hard not to be drawn in at least partway.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    The show is overstuffed with political and pop culture jokes about everything from 9/11 to “The Breakfast Club,’’ but they’re always secondary to the warm ensemble character comedy. The free-floating irony isn’t terminal.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    So I "like" the new Melrose Place, in that I think it has the potential to be as addictive, and phony, as a can of Pringles potato crisps.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    The new ABC show is significantly better than its corny title promises.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    The mood is bright and whimsical--easy to take and just as easy to forget.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    Louie isn't a learning-and-hugging show by any means; but amid all of C.K.'s cocky bluster and politically incorrect language, there are plenty of rich moments of respite, when people with polarized world views actually hear and like one another.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    Ultimately, though, your feelings about Passmore will determine whether or not you cotton to The Glades. The show rides on his personality, which I found likable enough.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    A week between each episode is highly recommended. But in small doses, his shamelessness, persistence, and humor are remarkable.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    The pilot is entertainingly lighthearted, but in a twist that I won't spoil here, a serialized back story begins to surface that could push the show down a more convoluted path.