Matthew Gilbert

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For 1,321 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 48% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 49% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Matthew Gilbert's Scores

Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 The Sopranos: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Tuesday Night Book Club: Season 1
Score distribution:
1321 tv reviews
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Matthew Gilbert
    I’m glad I saw it, for its riveting story, for its stellar performances, and for delivering the honesty that Adam is holding inside himself. Like some of the best of TV, it shows how institutions and the complex problems embedded in them can rob even the best among us of our souls.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Matthew Gilbert
    It’s not bad, with a strong cast and a group of guest stars including Helena Bonham Carter and Kelly Macdonald who evoke some of the spirit — if not the brutal satire — of the original series. ... [But] It’s too loyal to the narrative blueprint of “Call My Agent!,” to the point where the story lines lose their charm because we’ve seen them play out already. Some remakes toy a bit with the source, but “Ten Percent,” written by John Morton, prefers to hew closely. More alterations might have helped to make it feel fresh, for those of us making a return trip.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Matthew Gilbert
    A fairly good time, with a lot of intriguing twists, a stylized production design, imaginative camerawork, and some sturdy class-related underpinnings. It’s a decent friend along the way, staying more or less entertaining for eight episodes. But, for me, the ending was unsatisfying, and I’m still shaking my head over the illogic. The show, which premieres on Friday, is a means to a loose end.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Matthew Gilbert
    A tiresome and redundant series. The talent is good, including director David Nutter (“Game of Thrones”), writer-producer Steven Moffat (“Sherlock,” “Doctor Who”), and lead actors Rose Leslie and Theo James. But the result is unsatisfying.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Matthew Gilbert
    “Conversations With Friends” is beautifully made, and the acting is fine, particularly by Lane, who delivers some of the electricity that is missing overall. But there’s not enough going on to justify all the time spent. Theirs are not conversations I’m inclined to eavesdrop on.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    It’s a lot — a workplace sitcom, a satire of home shopping, a coming-of-age comedy, a pathos-filled portrait of lost soul, a rom-com (as Joanna develops a crush on coworker), and more. But it works for me, especially since the cast is so good.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 42 Matthew Gilbert
    It's basically an oversimplified, teeny-bopper version of nighttime soap operas like "Knots Landing" and "Falcon Crest." [20 Jan 1998, p.C1]
    • Boston Globe
    • 73 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    The final episodes were — and here’s where I add a second spoiler alert — just awful. Everything that kept me from really bonding with the series about a family breaking bad was on display in those last hours.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    The great news is that it remains as compelling as season 1, with Suranne Jones continuing to be a force of nature as Anne Lister in 1830s England.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Matthew Gilbert
    A beautifully done miniseries, and revelatory, too, as it expands the North Carolina case into something more philosophically provocative than its sensationalistic origins might have suggested.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    An entertaining, beautifully filmed, and dynamically acted portrait.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Matthew Gilbert
    It’s entertaining, and disturbing, and it blends in ordinary street footage from the time so that the era comes alive. But it’s also so improbable that you may find yourself rolling your eyes. If you can get past the notion that the inexperienced Vivien could actually take to spying so quickly and so well, there are moments and performances to admire.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    It proceeds with a somewhat scattered narrative that comes into focus slowly but surely and powerfully, without the obvious and familiar scripted signposts along the way.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Matthew Gilbert
    Each one of the women is basically reduced to her Wikipedia page, as we leap from one expected moment to another. It’s the worst kind of biopic behavior, times three.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    It has action, tense kidnapping scenes, a politically resonant and timely subtext, and a compellingly sour lead character — Oldman’s MI5 agent Jackson Lamb — who is as cynical and weary as he is brilliant. At moments, the story gets a little tangled, but ultimately, by the end of six episodes, it holds up.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    Lancashire’s Julia is touching and complex. ... “Julia” is pleasant, easy to watch, and, of course, filled with delicious-looking food and the obsession with it. Don’t worry, you can’t gain weight from watching.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Matthew Gilbert
    Crossing Jordan...is surely one of the shakier crime vehicles of the season, with contrived murder plots that should be returned to the factory. [24 Sep 2001]
    • Boston Globe
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    The lightly stylized show has some nice touches. [24 Sep 1999, p.C22]
    • Boston Globe
    • 53 Metascore
    • 42 Matthew Gilbert
    If the show stimulates anything above the neck, it's the realization that prettier-than-thou programming like "Young Americans" is little more than glossy magazine ads set to motion.
    • Boston Globe
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    You get what you got in season 1, except without the charming Regé-Jean Page. ... I breezed through all eight episodes, never surprised, but always pleased by what I saw.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    The eight-episode miniseries doesn’t reevaluate or answer any legal or psychological mysteries about the so-called “texting suicide case,” nor does it take sides on the legal issues. But, with a bit of fictional license, it deepens our perceptions of those involved.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Matthew Gilbert
    The comedy, which premieres Thursday on HBO Max, is raunchy, smart, culturally aware, charming, and funny. ... “Minx” made me think of “GLOW,” and “Boogie Nights,” but it’s very much its own blend of period comedy and social commentary. It’s original, and addictive.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Matthew Gilbert
    The characters seem more developed, and the story line moves forward with more confidence. The whole thing is more fully realized. And yet, the second season is also terribly frustrating, as it ends in a sloppy hurry after only seven episodes.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    The ambitious “Life & Beth” has flaws, not just with its early tonal zig-zags but also with length. Like too many shows these days, it could easily have been two episodes shorter, and thus tighter. But it’s nonetheless an impressive and enjoyable series that’s about the perils of letting fear guide us, the need to heal, and the choice to enjoy life in the face of death.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 42 Matthew Gilbert
    Wolf Lake hopes to become a cult hit by slowly feeding us clues about the ways of its wolves. But you may find yourself eagerly awaiting the clue about where one can find a couple of silver bullets. [12 Sep 2001]
    • Boston Globe
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Matthew Gilbert
    “Severance” gets under your skin, as the existential mystery at its core expands slowly across nine episodes. The new Apple TV+ sci-fi series is brilliantly unsettling, with captivating lead performances by Adam Scott and Patricia Arquette.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    An entertaining if overlong look into the mind of a chic, haughty sociopath. The accent is unsettling, and mysterious, and fascinating, just like the woman employing it. I’m not sure the show — which is fictionalized — quite gets at what led Anna to commit her crimes, psychologically or otherwise.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    I’m loving “The Afterparty” on Apple TV+ for its playful approach to the whodunit. ... The cast also makes it fly, not surprisingly, with Tiffany Haddish, Ilana Glazer, Dave Franco, and Ike Barinholtz in the mix. Ben Schwartz — he was Jean-Ralphio Saperstein on “Parks and Recreation” — is joyfully nuts, with a song-and-dance episode that elevates the whole series.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Matthew Gilbert
    Everything turns sloppy and weird in this eight-parter, which premieres Friday on Apple TV+. Based on the Israeli series “False Flag,” the show devolves into a strange hybrid that’s neither tense nor particularly logical.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    The eight-episode Hulu miniseries, which premieres Wednesday, is fast-paced and entertaining, as it gives us the couple’s whirlwind romance and their absurd excesses. ... But “Pam & Tommy” offers a consistent layer of cultural criticism just below the surface, the bass underneath all the catchier high notes.

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