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Jack Mathews

Jack Mathews

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/4 65% Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) "Lucas' obsession with digital technology has obliterated the saga's last remnants of human purpose and turned his once mesmerizing space opera into a pure, dehumanized cartoon. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Nov 16, 2015
1.5/4 57% Blade II (2002) "Del Toro 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. And only a critic, sworn to serve, could stick it out to the end. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Jul 14, 2015
3.5/4 89% Spider-Man (2002) "Spider-Man is an almost-perfect extension of the experience of reading comic-book adventures. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Jul 7, 2015
2.5/4 69% Brothers in Arms (2003) "The four men offer powerful eyewitness testimony against the subsequent charges that Kerry didn't deserve his Silver Star for courage and his three Purple Hearts. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted May 5, 2015
3/4 74% Eyes Wide Shut (1999) "The film does have that advertised haunting quality, and at least one performance from Kidman, in a supporting, but vital role that's as good as any we're likely to see this year. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Dec 13, 2014
2.5/4 92% Princess Mononoke (1999) "Done mostly in the style of hand-painted classic animation, with occasional digital assists, "Princess Mononoke is indeed a thing of beauty and imagination. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Dec 7, 2014
3/4 87% The Exorcist (1973) "The movie that launched a new era in horror films, and which, for one generation, remains one of the scariest experiences of their lives. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Oct 15, 2014
3.5/4 80% The Royal Tenenbaums (2002) "This comedy-drama about a dysfunctional family of eccentric geniuses is exactly the kind of movie America could use. It's funny, poignant, laced with irresistibly flawed characters and focuses on the power of love in a family. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Oct 1, 2014
1.5/4 72% The Ring (2002) "I hated it, but I grant that it does tap into a vein of technological horror -- the fear of the VCR! -- that will have young videophiles chatting it up for weeks. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Jul 25, 2014
3/4 10% I Dreamed of Africa (2000) "Basinger's performance is exceptional. She brings a raw, unselfconscious drive to the role that holds the film together, even while Hudson keeps it hopscotching across time. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Jul 23, 2014
2.5/4 83% The Rookie (2002) "At two-plus hours, The Rookie is a good 20 minutes too long, but for father-son teams waiting eagerly for the umpire's "Play ball!", it's an uplifting season opener. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted May 12, 2014
2.5/4 46% For Love of the Game (1999) "The baseball sequences are fabulous, not least because Costner looks and moves like a real player a rarity for actors in sports movies... But the love story, a five-year off-and-on affair, is little more than a sop to Costner's romantic faithful. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted May 8, 2014
3.5/4 97% The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg (2000) "Kempner demonstrates how the star's success and dignified bearing inspired a generation of Jews to fight through the ethnic barriers in all fields. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted May 7, 2014
4/4 97% Spirited Away (2001) "The result is nothing less than magical, a throwback to the very best of early Disney. If I can't remember the last time I was this enchanted by an animated film, it's because I was too young. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Apr 23, 2014
3.5/4 90% In the Mood for Love (2001) "In the Mood is a love story told from the point of impact, at the heart, and no conventional resolution could be more profound. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Apr 15, 2014
2.5/4 89% Amélie (2001) "It is a tour de force of a bauble, if such a thing can exist. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Apr 9, 2014
3.5/4 87% Far From Heaven (2003) "Haynes doesn't simply take a Norman Rockwell setting and release the hounds, either. He deals with these issues directly, but gently, as if his and Sirk's audiences were the same. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Apr 1, 2014
3/4 92% Memento (2000) "Writer-director Christopher Nolan's second film is one of the most original and ultimately confounding mind games to reach the screen since The Usual Suspects. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Mar 26, 2014
1/4 75% Wisconsin Death Trip (1999) "Marsh's film alludes to the poor economy of the former mining town but has little else to say about potential causes or motivation. Marsh just piles the events on, as if there's black humor in their sheer volume. Nope, just a big boring pile. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Mar 3, 2014
3.5/4 94% Dark Days (2000) "This is the world discovered and illuminated by gonzo documentarian Marc Singer, who spent a good part of two years living with and chronicling the lives of a half-dozen tunnel dwellers for his remarkable first film, Dark Days " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Mar 3, 2014
4/4 95% Amadeus (1984) "The performance of Abraham, who won the Best Actor Oscar for it, is monumental, and so is Forman's direction. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Feb 4, 2014
79% 8 Women (8 Femmes) (2002) "The writing is very clever and it is a hoot watching the celebrated cast ham it up. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Dec 9, 2013
82% Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) "Radcliffe, 3 inches taller and an octave lower than last year, is growing comfortably into his character, as is Watson, the fetching and confident Hermione. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Nov 26, 2013
96% The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) "The battle for Gollum's mind also provides a fitting teaser conclusion to the second act of a story I'm beginning to wish would never end. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Nov 19, 2013
91% The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) "If Fellowship hasn't rescued an otherwise dreadful year, it at least gives us something to look forward to -- same time, next year. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Nov 18, 2013
0/4 3% Battlefield Earth (2000) "One of the darkest, ugliest, most uninvolving and incomprehensible major-studio fantasies I've ever seen. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted May 28, 2013
1.5/4 5% The Adventures of Pluto Nash (2002) "Forensics experts will be digging through the rubble of this fiasco for a long time, trying to reconstruct the accident. How did so many lines fall flat? Why were the action scenes so corny and unconvincing? Who put the stink on this? " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted May 23, 2013
85% The Sixth Sense (1999) " I was not only surprised by the film's final twist, I wasn't even looking for one. I just thought I was watching a bad movie. The end doesn't quite redeem it, but it makes you think about what you've seen. That's a saving grace of some sort. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Oct 10, 2012
3.5/4 96% Chop Shop (2008) "Iranian-American filmmaker Ramin Bahrani showed great compassion for New York's underclass with his first feature, Man Push Cart, and his storytelling skill has only sharpened with this riveting followup. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Feb 29, 2008
1.5/4 21% Semi-Pro (2008) "For die-hard Ferrell fans, this could be the ultimate test. He has been playing variations of Elf for five years, and his antics have grown as stale as Jackie's socks. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Feb 29, 2008
1.5/4 16% Jumper (2008) "Given its uninvolving story, uninteresting characters and the presence of half-man/half-tree Hayden Christensen, the movie is wholly dependent on special effects, which I rate only so-so. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Feb 14, 2008
2.5/4 80% The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008) "Happily, Highmore has no trouble grasping the task at hand. As both the thoughtful Simon and the brash Jared, he transports himself into this literal faerie tale with such convincing enthusiasm, he turns us into believers, too. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Feb 14, 2008
2.5/4 84% In Bruges (2008) "There are good moments laced through the severely uneven In Bruges, but the best reason for seeing it is Bruges itself. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Feb 8, 2008
2/4 58% Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days & 30 Nights - Hollywood to the Heartland (2008) "The tour stops may have been successful, as Vaughn claims, but the documentary of it comes off more as a well-intentioned vanity production than the career launching pad he envisioned. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Feb 8, 2008
3/4 85% Va, Vis et Deviens (Live and Become) (Go, See, and Become) (2005) "Both a love story and inspirational tale of an individual finding peace with himself in a hostile environment. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Feb 1, 2008
1.5/4 15% Over Her Dead Body (2008) "The worst night at the movies in this young year. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Feb 1, 2008
1/4 57% Trailer Park Boys: The Movie (2006) "Canada may have a better health care system than ours, but the popularity of the TV show Trailer Park Boys proves that when it comes to low-brow entertainment, they can go lower than Jerry Springer. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Jan 25, 2008
2.5/4 50% Ping Guo (Lost in Beijing) (2008) "When a rapist (Tony Leung) is the second-most sympathetic character in a story about greed, duplicity and adultery among four people, it needs a more forgiving audience than me. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Jan 25, 2008
4/4 95% 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007) "...a true horror story. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Jan 25, 2008
3/4 93% U2 3D (2007) "The concert itself is spectacularly produced, with Jumbotrons providing backdrop and long, curving runways that allow Bono and other band members to move far out into the crowd. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Jan 25, 2008
2/4 12% The Air I Breathe (2008) "I can't fault any of the actors for anything other than bad judgment. Their performances are fine, but a good fortune cookie might have told them to stay away from this. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Jan 25, 2008
2/4 37% Rambo (Rambo IV) (2008) "The enemies so comically monstrous and their deaths so gory, that you may just throw your head back and roar with laughter. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Jan 25, 2008
2.5/4 16% Untraceable (2008) "Untraceable essentially forces its audience to identify with those who would be willing accomplices to torture and murder. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Jan 25, 2008
2.5/4 24% Day Zero (2007) "Truth to be told, it's hard to care. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Jan 18, 2008
3/4 79% Teeth (2007) "Actor turned writer-director Mitchell Lichtenstein has bitten into one of the oldest myths in human folklore with Teeth, an imaginatively demented horror-comedy. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Jan 18, 2008
3/4 92% Still Life (Sanxia Haoren) (2006) "These searches are not particularly suspenseful or emotionally stirring, but they're excuse enough for us to take in the breath-taking views of Three Gorges, the river and the razing of buildings along its banks. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Jan 18, 2008
2/4 46% Cassandra's Dream (2007) "A dreary tale of two loser brothers who agree to become assassins in exchange for financial help from their corrupt uncle. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Jan 18, 2008
3/4 77% Cloverfield (2008) "It's fun in its morbidly campy way. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Jan 18, 2008
2.5/4 86% Woman on the Beach (2008) "The scenery's great and the performances adequate, but wake me when it's over. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Jan 11, 2008
3/4 81% The Business of Being Born (2008) "Passionate, enlightening and unabashedly one-sided, Abby Epstein's documentary is not for everyone. But at the very least, it should be seen by every pregnant woman in America. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Jan 11, 2008
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