For 1,375 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 49% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 48% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jack Mathews' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 The Insider
Lowest review score: 0 Dischord
Score distribution:
1375 movie reviews
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Jack Mathews
    The idea of Bean fitting into this situation, even disastrously, requires more than suspension of disbelief. It requires a full blackout of reasoning. But for the converted, and for people with a low threshold for visual comedy, Bean amounts to a hill of laughs.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Jack Mathews
    Mostow, with his first feature, has made such a convincing, fast-paced, edge-of-the-seat thriller that you'd swear you'd never seen anything quite like it.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 20 Jack Mathews
    Excess Baggage, a scruffy romantic comedy about a despairing rich girl who hatches a kidnapping scheme to test her father's love, is an aimless waste, a star vehicle without a compass. It wants very much to be both funny and poignant, but is more often just noisy and pointless. [29Aug1997 Pg 14]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Jack Mathews
    Something bad happened on the way from the book to the movie. [15Dec1995 Pg. F.01]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Jack Mathews
    The script (written by Susan Minot from a story by Bertolucci) suffers from the same tired blood as his characters, and his direction is often ponderously self-conscious.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Jack Mathews
    Its characters are as entertainingly quirky as any he's given us before, and his familiar themes -- strangers in a strange land, lives reformed by chance encounters -- are played out with much higher stakes and with greater purpose.
    • 15 Metascore
    • 0 Jack Mathews
    Warner Bros. quietly releases Hiller's latest film, Carpool, without advance critics screenings, without more than a whisper of promotion, without warning or apology to the lost souls who might wander in to see it.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Jack Mathews
    From the moment we meet Abby, whimsically soothing her callers, we're turned into lap dogs, ready to follow her -- ready to follow Garofalo -- anywhere.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    The 20 or so minutes we spend with the Albatross in the squall is high adventure, to be sure. Everything else is ballast.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Jack Mathews
    Fear, thanks mostly to Foley's stylish direction and a couple of strong performances, is a much better movie than "Whispers," but those familiar with the formula will get no major surprises. [12 Apr 1996]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Jack Mathews
    The film is as faithful to its subject as perhaps any film biography has been. As Eastwood said, Parker was a paradoxical character, both self-destructive and full of life, and the movie, simultaneously dark and exhilarating, takes that as its theme. [22 Sep 1988, p. 1]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 27 Metascore
    • 20 Jack Mathews
    There isn't a moment of genuine suspense or tension in the film, and the paltry laughs are supplied not by Murphy but by Hardison, whose character, a lowlife Brooklyn habitue forcefully turned into the vampire's bug-eating sidekick, spends the entire movie moaning about his decomposing body and embarrassing the boss with his earthy patter. [27 Oct 1995, p.1]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Jack Mathews
    Nightwatch is a seriously overcast B-movie with rote performances from everyone but Brolin, who gives James an edge of danger that says that if he isn't a killer, he will be.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Jack Mathews
    Mighty Joe Young may be the season's most appealing family bet. Certainly, it has an appealing cast.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Jack Mathews
    Boorman signals that he may not like what the real Cahill did, but as a storyteller with a proven affection for larger-than-life subjects, he can't resist him, either.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Jack Mathews
    My Fellow Americans is a gang-written comedy that doesn't have a political bone in its body, or much evidence of a funny one, either.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Jack Mathews
    A film of epically hollow sentimentality, a movie that tells you how to feel every step of the way and ends on a symphony of false notes. The moment when we learn what Mr. Holland's Opus really means makes the ending of It's a Wonderful Life look like an exercise in restraint.
    • 10 Metascore
    • 30 Jack Mathews
    The latest in a numbing series begun in 1978 by John Carpenter, and repeated five times since, with only a few plot and casting changes to detract from the brilliant slice-and-dice work of its masked hero. Mike may be getting older, but he can still sling a knife around like a chef at Benihana. [2 Oct 1995, p.F8]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Jack Mathews
    Buscemi handles all of this with a casualness that seems exactly right for the milieu. His characters aren't caught up in a great dramatic crisis, they're caught up in everyday life, going over these events like so many speed bumps in time. [18 Oct 1996, p.F12]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 34 Metascore
    • 20 Jack Mathews
    It's 80 minutes of frantic mugging, of silly pratfalls and clown fights, of ideas lifted from other children's movies, design schemes from Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and characters from Toys R Us, all patched together without an innovative stitch of its own. [22 Nov 1996, p.F6]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Neither can I imagine many sane adults wanting to put themselves through this movie.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Plumbs the issue of sibling love and family responsibility in quietly powerful ways, and the performances of the two stars surpass convincing to reach a level of biographical realism.
    • New York Daily News
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    This vapid '80 punk party reeks of 200 Cigarettes.
    • New York Daily News
    • 31 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Ill-timed "Hands" has a very limited grasp of comedy.
    • New York Daily News
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    That's what Bond is all about -- dazzle, some really bad puns and the kind of sexy fun that satisfies high-school urges while masquerading in tux and tails.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 63 Jack Mathews
    It's no Runaway success, but Gere and Roberts still glow.
    • New York Daily News
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Almost corny enough to be hip.
    • New York Daily News
    • 85 Metascore
    • 63 Jack Mathews
    Personally, I'd rather have my brain invaded by flesh-eating beetles than listen to 10 seconds of the Sex Pistols -- Truth is, I've rarely had a worse time watching a good movie.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 Jack Mathews
    Commits the sin of a hundred sports biographies in overselling its inherent drama.
    • New York Daily News
    • 12 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Eddie Murphy's latest comedy, The Adventures of Pluto Nash, takes place in the year 2087, which is about the earliest he can hope to be forgiven.

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