Jack Mathews

Jack Mathews

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

Jack Mathews's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/4 68% Honeydripper (2007) "Honeydripper takes forever to develop its characters, its period and its location. But once it's done all that, the payoffs are rich. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Jan 2, 2008
2.5/4 65% Smiley Face (2007) "One shudders to think what Smiley Face might have been with someone like Paris Hilton in the role. But Faris has this character -- a bright, sweet college graduate with a temporarily incapacitated brain -- down perfect. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Dec 26, 2007
3.5/4 96% Persepolis (2007) "The black-and-white animation won't dazzle your eyes, but everything else about Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud's adaptation of Satrapi's graphic comic book series Persepolis will hold you in its thrall. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Dec 26, 2007
2.5/4 41% The Bucket List (2007) "Despite some emotional dips and a see-it-to-believe-it load of schmaltz at the end, The Bucket List is mostly a joy ride with good company, and the actors obviously were having a high time on their traveling boondoggle. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Dec 26, 2007
3.5/4 91% There Will Be Blood (2007) "Blood does not release its grip on the audience until its last, bizarrely crazy minutes. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Dec 26, 2007
3/4 79% The Great Debaters (2007) "It's an inspirational film that wears its heart on its sleeve. But it's got a good, strong heart and, despite some awkward moments in the later going, it's an elegantly directed second effort from Washington. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Dec 26, 2007
3/4 74% Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007) "There are a few too many lazy jokes played off Dewey's last name, but not nearly enough to wipe that grin off your face. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Dec 21, 2007
2.5/4 53% Steep (2007) "The movie takes us to the most dangerous peaks of the French Alps and to the breath-taking slopes of southeastern Alaska that are accessible only by helicopter. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Dec 21, 2007
3/4 86% Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) "Depp may not be a trained singer, but his voice is more than passable, and his presence -- his Sweeney is Edward Scissorhands gone bad -- is perfect. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Dec 21, 2007
2/4 35% National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007) "All you can do is sit and watch, and wish there was more wonder. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Dec 21, 2007
1.5/4 24% P.S. I Love You (2007) "P.S. Why should we care? " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Dec 21, 2007
2/4 79% A Walk Into the Sea: Danny Williams and the Warhol Factory (2007) "This is one for the Warhol archives, not theaters. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Dec 14, 2007
3/4 60% Look (2007) "Orwell would have loved it. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Dec 14, 2007
1.5/4 30% Youth Without Youth (2007) "The year's most bizarre novelty item. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Dec 14, 2007
2.5/4 66% The Kite Runner (2007) "The movie has two extraordinary characters and performances. Non-pro Ahmad Khan Mahmidzada breaks your heart as the innocent, wide-eyed child Hassan, and Homayoun Ershadi makes Amir's father a model of intuitive decency. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Dec 14, 2007
3.5/4 70% I Am Legend (2007) "The Manhattan movie of the year, Francis Lawrence's I Am Legend, offers a stunning glimpse into how the city -- as we know it today -- might look in 2012 if it were abandoned in 2009. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Dec 14, 2007
3/4 90% 'Tis Autumn: The Search for Jackie Paris (2007) "The film serves him well, replaying a few surviving recordings that make clear what a beautifully melodious voice he had and what a talent went wasted. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Dec 7, 2007
1.5/4 6% Strength and Honour (2007) "There is not a real character to be found, nor a single convincing punch thrown. But I do like the name 'Smasher'. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Dec 7, 2007
2.5/4 54% The Walker (2007) "When a good actor makes a bad choice, he can only hope to be saved by his director, and Woody Harrelson didn't get that hand from Paul Schrader while filming The Walker. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Dec 7, 2007
3/4 83% Atonement (2007) "It is an amazing story, filled with quiet moments of profundity and more surprises than you could imagine. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Dec 7, 2007
3.5/4 42% The Golden Compass (2007) "Represents the year's biggest gamble -- and it delivers the year's biggest and most ambitious fantasy. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Dec 7, 2007
3/4 94% Juno (2007) "It is certainly the feel-good movie of the season, and credit for that goes to the gifted [director] Reitman, novice screenwriter Diablo Cody and the film's sensational lead actress, Ellen Page. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Dec 5, 2007
2.5/4 85% The Hoax (2007) "It's hard to get a fix on what Hallstrom had in mind. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Dec 4, 2007
0/4 23% Awake (2007) "Possibly the worst movie of 2007, and certainly the worst movie ever made featuring the spirits of dying people discussing their futures and sharing mortal flashbacks. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Dec 2, 2007
3/4 77% American Experience (2007) "[A] meticulously researched, seemingly unbiased summary of the [JFK] killing and the major conspiracy theories. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Nov 30, 2007
1.5/4 17% Badland (2007) "Possibly the worst idea for a movie this century. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Nov 30, 2007
3/4 89% The Savages (2007) "The actors have found mutual subcurrents to their characters that project familial affection even when they are at each other's throats. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Nov 28, 2007
3.5/4 87% Starting Out in the Evening (2007) "Unusual and absolutely riveting. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Nov 26, 2007
2.5/4 76% I'm Not There (2007) "A vividly imagined homage to the evolving music and enigmatic figure we know as Bob Dylan. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Nov 21, 2007
2/4 14% Hitman (2007) "As cold as it is dumb. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Nov 21, 2007
2/4 73% The Mist (2007) "A combination monster/disaster movie, it explores issues as fundamentally elusive as the nature of man, the existence of God and the purpose of religion, and its conclusions aren't going to leave anybody feeling too good about whatever they believe. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Nov 21, 2007
2.5/4 36% Park (2006) "There are plenty of laughs in the outrageous predicaments and the actors are obviously having a ball. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Nov 16, 2007
2/4 52% Margot at the Wedding (2007) "Margot has no sense of balance, or nuance, or even mitigating psychological weight. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Nov 16, 2007
2.5/4 26% Love in the Time of Cholera (2007) "There's a little cholera in the middle and some love at the beginning and end, but Love in the Time of Cholera is mostly about romantic obsession and never-ending frustration -- the latter of which may jibe with the audience's reaction. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Nov 16, 2007
2.5/4 71% Beowulf (2007) "Beowulf is as dazzling a feast for the eyes as the hungriest eyes can take. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Nov 16, 2007
2/4 21% Fred Claus (2007) "About as funny as a sack of coal. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Nov 9, 2007
3.5/4 88% Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007) "[Lumet] proves that at 83 he's still the master of the game. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Nov 3, 2007
3/4 89% Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten (2007) "The movie fascinates not so much because of Strummer, whose brooding temperament and flash-and-burn career arc seems pretty routine by rock standards, but because of the way Temple organized and edited the film. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Nov 2, 2007
3/4 51% Bee Movie (2007) "Watching this pun-filled cartoon is like falling into a tray of children's watercolors -- the warm end, where oranges and yellows and ambers wave. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Nov 2, 2007
2.5/4 80% American Gangster (2007) "This is Washington's movie as much as it is Lucas' story, and he is as entertainingly evil here as in his Oscar-winning performance as a bad cop in Training Day. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Nov 2, 2007
3.5/4 65% Things We Lost in the Fire (2007) "Berry gives a riveting performance, but as a deeply decent man trapped in a hell of his own making, Del Toro gives the kind of career performance Berry gave in Monster's Ball. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Oct 27, 2007
2.5/4 33% Music Within (2007) "A fascinating story of compassion, grit and determination. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Oct 26, 2007
3/4 34% Rails & Ties (2007) "A modest but emotionally affecting drama. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Oct 26, 2007
2/4 43% Lagerfeld Confidential (2007) "I learned a lot about Lagerfeld but nothing I felt an urgent need to know. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Oct 26, 2007
3/4 72% Lust, Caution (2007) "There is plenty of lust exercised in the athletic, don't-try-this-at-home sex scenes between Hong Kong star Tony Leung and the stunning Chinese newcomer Wei Tang. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Oct 20, 2007
2.5/4 57% We Own the Night (2007) "This one hangs on the notion of fate, and once you've figured out whose fate is the central issue, the outcome -- even with those clumsy plot twists -- is fairly predictable. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Oct 20, 2007
3/4 83% Out of the Blue (Aramoana) (2007) "Robert Sarkies' dramatization of that event is as sensitive to its subject as it is stark in its rendering. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Oct 19, 2007
2.5/4 36% Reservation Road (2007) "Unrelentingly bleak, the movie is nonetheless a riveting drama with some outstanding performances... " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Oct 19, 2007
3/4 47% Rendition (2007) "[Hood] can be accused of one-siding the debate over interrogation tactics like water-boarding and electrocution. But since when do movies have to be fair and balanced? " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Oct 19, 2007
2.5/4 84% Black White + Gray: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe (2007) "Wagstaff was a fascinating figure and deserves the detailed tribute provided here. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Oct 19, 2007
1.5/4 67% Wristcutters: A Love Story (2007) "It's described as a black comedy, but you can forget the comedy part. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Oct 19, 2007
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