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Matthew Gilbert

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For 1,108 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 50% 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: 60
Highest review score: 100 Master of None: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Sons Of Hollywood: Season 1
Score distribution:
1108 tv reviews
    • 42 Metascore
    • 0 Matthew Gilbert
    An abominable, grating, crass, predictable, and lazy new Fox sitcom.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    Insanely controlling, petty, and pouty Kathryn, played by the poorly cast Jennifer Garner. She’s the kind of Instagram-obsessed, self-centered helicopter mom you’d want to cut off in the after-school pickup-dropoff line of cars. There’s nothing entertaining about her. ... The guests form a loose group riddled with dissent, although somewhat unified in their dislike of Kathryn. It’s like “The Big Chill” gone sour.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Matthew Gilbert
    The only part of the new Murphy Brown that’s truly promising is the relationship between Murphy and her now-adult son, Avery, well-played by Jake McDorman. ... Their moments together have all the unforced chemistry and good humor that’s in short supply elsewhere on the show.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    This look at the friendship between two older men--beautifully played by Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin--is authentic enough to appeal to the rest of us.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    The story, told in half-hour chunks, is a finely calibrated paranoid mystery. ... The atmosphere is foreboding and the story unfolds with confidence, thanks to the smart direction of Mr. “Mr. Robot,” Sam Esmail.
    • Boston Globe
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Matthew Gilbert
    It’s all pretty schematic in the premiere, but I’m hoping more subtlety will creep in going forward.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    The star is Kiernan Shipka, Sally from “Mad Men,” and she brings an appealingly sincere touch as she mixes phrases such as “dark baptism” into her teen lexicon. Her aunts, played by Miranda Otto and Lucy Davis, are kooky excellence. The show, “Riverdale”-adjacent, also has a great retro look with vestiges of foggy, pulpy horror.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    Light, but meaningful, the show looks into the complicated interplay between intimacy and sex.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Matthew Gilbert
    Self-important much? There’s an awful lot of big emotion on this show, which is my polite way of saying that it’s pretty soapy. ... But there’s a “Lost”-like mystery afoot that drew me in, as the passengers begin to experience similar after-effects.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    This 10-episode limited series is fascinatingly trippy, just this side of the even trippier “Legion.” ... The acting is, as expected, potent, with Gabriel Byrne and Sally Field also onboard, and the visuals are transporting.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    The killer with a heart of gold isn’t a new trope. ... But Mr. Inbetween gives it a fresh and funny going over.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Matthew Gilbert
    Yes, it’s all hokey, and yet the premiere holds some promise as a thoughtful feel-good drama.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Matthew Gilbert
    The old-school show is easy to take, but the denouements can be seen from miles away, and Danza continues to have the kind of intensity that you either love or hate.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    Forever starts in an expected place and winds up somewhere very different, and that’s a critical part of the joy of the show.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Matthew Gilbert
    The show isn’t a disaster by any means, and it features a few strong performances. But it lacks forward momentum as it lingers indulgently in some of its least interesting conflicts.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Matthew Gilbert
    The supporting acting is strong, with Langella, Greer, Kirk, and Keener all as good as you might expect. Langella, in particular, is remarkable as a man who is unfeeling and perfectly comfortable with it. If and when Jeff becomes more credible, and not just a fairy tale persona, the entire ensemble will be solid as a rock.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    The three-part period piece has some weaknesses in the final chapter, but it is nonetheless an intriguing story led by a trio of stellar performances.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Matthew Gilbert
    Most of what was good in season one remains good, most importantly Linney. ... But then there are a few excruciating characters and subplots this time around.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Matthew Gilbert
    Jack Ryan is generic.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Matthew Gilbert
    It’s somewhat entertaining, but you may feel as though you’ve seen it all done before, and better.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 30 Matthew Gilbert
    The controversial new Netflix comedy is filled with giant themes about radical weight loss, the superficiality of appearances, identity, parenting, and revenge, but they don’t nearly add up to a coherent message, never mind an affirming message. There’s no there there, when it comes to the show’s broad intentions. It’s just a jumble of provocations, half-baked jokes, random cultural satire, farce, bad puns, and attempted campiness that ultimately doesn’t make a unified point.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    It’s a smart, attractive, and well-acted version.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    A touching, and at times darkly comic, exploration of nothing less than the meaning of loss and the meaning of life.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    It’s funny, outrageous, broad--and scary. Some of the material is gratuitous and crude, for sure. ... But most of the show is remarkably on point.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    As a general survey of Williams’s life, as a collection of precious backstage outtakes, and as a nostalgic trip back into his comedy stylings, Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind does the trick. It’s a sad, but satisfying, visit with a special man.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Matthew Gilbert
    HBO’s wonderfully addictive eight-episode murder mystery based on the Gillian Flynn novel, is predominantly about character; the murder mystery is there to drive the captivating psychological profiles of the main characters. ... Clarkson is remarkable in the role. ... Adams carries the limited series beautifully with a quiet but jagged intensity.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Matthew Gilbert
    Superb miniseries. ... Grant is a revelation. ... What’s not surprising is that Ben Whishaw--so memorable in “London Spy” and “The Hour”--is spectacular as Scott.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    Succession is elevated by Cox’s turn.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    I was afraid the message of “Man in an Orange Shirt” would be simplistic--being gay was hard then, but it’s easy now, look how far we’ve come, etc. But the film, strewn with symbols that carry from one story to the other, has other things in mind, and they make it distinctly moving.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Matthew Gilbert
    Since the formulaic stories emerge in a world that is so unusual and unfamiliar to most viewers, they nonetheless seem fresh. Plus, they are compensated by some strikingly original plots involving trans life.

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