For 1,373 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 3.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jack Mathews' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Dreamgirls
Lowest review score: 0 Carpool
Score distribution:
1373 movie reviews
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    The characters she (Ephron) invents are not very interesting, and aside from the always reliable Travolta, the performances are uniformly aligned.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Jack Mathews
    If Mussolini had a Monica Bellucci to inspire his troops, we might still be trying to take Palermo.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    A personal eulogy, from one artist to another, and an indictment of all systems of government that deny people the right to free expression and the full realization of their talent.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Jack Mathews
    An unabashed celebration of her (Amalia) distinctive voice.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    The story is fascinating for its simplicity and its inherent truths about the downside of progress.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    The performances are first-rate, with the always inventive Macy a standout as the hopeful, tormented Chappy, and Zahn a scream as the lovably imbecilic Wayne.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Frenzied, gothic nonsense.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Hand-held cameras give their surface showbiz relationship a sense of immediacy that, like love itself, has more than a hint of danger.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    Passes like an evening spent with friends.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 Jack Mathews
    Rather than heightening our sense of empathy, we become numbed by the repetition.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 100 Jack Mathews
    Among the funniest and most satisfying films I've seen in years.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Jack Mathews
    Most of the film is so purposefully bound by its construct that it feels more like a creative-writing project (sure, give it an A) than a movie (B-).
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Jack Mathews
    Ultimately, it's too much information coming too fast.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Good music stands alone, and the documentary is jaunty fun.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Chevy Chase looks tired, Pam Grier looks embarrassed, and pop star Iggy Pop gives a performance that -- if you can believe it -- is even sillier than his name.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 25 Jack Mathews
    A one-joke idea...wears itself out almost instantly.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Jack Mathews
    That (cinéma-vérité) feel is absolutely convincing, as are the performances.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 25 Jack Mathews
    Derivative to the point of distraction.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 63 Jack Mathews
    It could do without any kind of love story, let alone the one it got.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Mattei's script was written in 1998, and the absence of any sense of the impact of 9/11 on New Yorkers is palpable. While watching "Love," I was thinking what great potential there was - still is - for a Manhattan "La Ronde" set in the days following 9/11, when strangers sought comfort from each other in spontaneous sexual alliances.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 63 Jack Mathews
    A fragmented, episodic feel and a conclusion that seems both remote and remote-controlled.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Del Toro ("Cronos") is a stylish horrormeister, and he has created an evocative, foreboding atmosphere. But only a fan of this kind of mayhem could find a way into the story.
    • New York Daily News
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    Krabbe attempts to stuff too many themes and subplots into the story.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    On my list of favorite sports, I rank sumo wrestling just ahead of the truck pull, so I'm not a prime candidate for a "Full Monty" wanna-be about female sumo wrestlers.
    • New York Daily News
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Jack Mathews
    No actress of her generation inhabits characters as thoroughly and convincingly as she (Streep) does, and this performance carries the movie
    • 54 Metascore
    • 38 Jack Mathews
    Jovovich, Besson's 24-year-old ex-wife, hasn't a clue how to project shadings, interior emotions, character or personality. Everything's in a full screech.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    Harris brings into focus a nearly forgotten success story, filling in another blank in the ultimate mosaic of the 20th century's greatest tragedy.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Jack Mathews
    Kempner demonstrates how the star's success and dignified bearing inspired a generation of Jews to fight through the ethnic barriers in all fields.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 63 Jack Mathews
    There is really nothing wrong with Peter Chelsom's Town & Country that younger stars would not have solved.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Jack Mathews
    Trapped does have a fine ensemble of actors and, except for what may be the most outrageously idiotic and improbable ending in a few years, is not that bad a movie.

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