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 The Larry Sanders Show: Season 6
Lowest review score: 0 Twenty Good Years: Season 1
Score distribution:
771 tv reviews
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    For the most part, the procedural material is boilerplate stuff we've seen zillions of times already on "Law & Order," with right turns and smoking guns and unexpected witnesses. The pleasure to be found on the show is in watching Tierney and Morrow riff off each other like very competitive tennis players.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    If not for the narrative clunkiness, Blue Bloods has the potential to be a juicy multigenerational family drama set in a moodily evoked New York, with Selleck's furrier-than-ever mustache as a bonus.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    Ultimately, Detroit 1-8-7, ABC's new cop series just may have enough forward thrust and raw emotion to take off.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    The cinematography is beautiful, and there seems to be nowhere around the Big Apple's tents and trailers that the camera won't go. There's just not much in the way of drama here.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    Tyler, Lopez, and Randy Jackson showed some promise last night, for a few reasons. First of all, Idol works better with three judges than four. You could already feel a warm triangular bond developing between Jackson, Tyler, and Lopez.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    And even though the potential for irritation feels high--everyone but Gene is a smidge too sad-sacky and whiny--there's something about Bob's that feels fresh, sweet even.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    It's a happy mix, a breezy, playful half-hour that has the potential to open up into something special. Only time will tell if Breaking In can break out.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    If you're a committed Riversian, and I am, Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best? is an enjoyably lighthearted hour of prime Joan shtick.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    It has a set of distinctive actors, a minimum of punch-line mania, and a script that is occasionally charming. The characters actually have the potential to become three-dimensional.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    Haynes takes a few melodramatic moments too many feet over the top--the injuring of Veda's throat, for example, which rises into an almost laughable delirium. But those excesses are forgivable in this otherwise masterful, faithful, and deluxe adaptation.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    With only three one-hour episodes, screenwriter Heidi Thomas needed more time to do full justice to the large cast of characters and the many historical and melodramatic story lines she set up.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    Turns out Happy Endings is one of those rare TV cases of rising above, as the writing and the ensemble energy trump the stale premise.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    If you're an avid fan of any of them, there's probably something here for you, especially if you like to monitor subtext.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    This is a place holder that looks a little like an infomercial. But The Glee Project, has heart, too, as it takes you behind the slick, overproduced veneer that is "Glee."
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    The show is just an undemanding, entertaining, and sometimes whimsical ride. Yup, it's likable.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    These guys come up with twisted shorts and one longer and even more twisted feature per episode, some of them actual man-on-the-street interviews, some of them scripted, and most of them funny.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    The show has a nice sense of innocence, thanks to Wood's gentle performance and the theme of personal transformation; but it is also filled with uneven sexual and scatological jokes, delivered with a dog-like lack of modesty, so viewer be warned. For some, that level of humor is a deal breaker.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    [Rudolph's] new character brings a wackier element to the show, which undermines the fine authenticity that Spivey initially set up. Now Rudolph has a more expandable role, I suppose, but she is also less connected to the other characters. The whole Ava talk show business feels like it belongs in a more satirical sitcom of its own.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    What distinguishes the good ones are colorful performances, scandalous twists, and the age-old reminder that money and power can't buy love--all of which Political Animals has.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    It helps Perry that Silveri has surrounded him with a large ensemble filled with potential.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    The New Normal is sweet-natured, in the way the characters mingle their lives together; but the jokes, they are mighty spotty.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    Will the writing of the crimes continue to be as strong as it was on "The Closer"? I'm cautiously optimistic.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    Bullet in the Face is hit or miss, but in a comedy series like this one, the hits are meant to be misses. The jokes are so bad they are funny, if you have a twisted sense of humor.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    The Inbetweeners has a refreshing sincerity.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    Based on the first five new episodes, I'd say Boardwalk Empire does recover, mostly if not completely, but only after a period of creeping aimlessness.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    Together, they [Dakota Johnson & Nat Faxon] bring a whole mess of cute.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    Despite a few flaws, The Mindy Project could evolve into an interesting hybrid, an anti-romantic-comedy romantic comedy.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    If you approach The Girl as a sliver, and don't expect a full serving, you are more apt to appreciate it.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    Then the second episode, and then the third, come along, and 1600 Penn evolves into a surprisingly likable single-camera comedy.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    The show doesn't pretend to be anything more than what it is--a violent, sexy, somewhat cheesy, but generally entertaining genre drama--and that makes it easier to like.