Matthew Gilbert

Matthew Gilbert

Agrees with the Tomatometer 84% of the time.

Matthew Gilbert's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Boston Globe

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review

Looking: The Movie (2016)

"It's all fairly slight, when you take a step back from it, but ultimately that's the strength of Looking and its closing movie. They comprise sweet, passing chapters in a small group of ordinary lives." ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Jul 21, 2016

The Dresser (1983)

"When a production features Ian McKellen, Anthony Hopkins, Emily Watson, and Sarah Lancashire from Happy Valley, great expectations are quite in order. I was not disappointed." ‐ Boston Globe
Posted May 27, 2016

All the Way (2016)

"It feels like you're witnessing a miracle, at times, watching Bryan Cranston as Lyndon B. Johnson in HBO's All the Way, just as it did watching Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln." ‐ Boston Globe
Posted May 20, 2016

Confirmation (2016)

"Washington captures Hill nicely - her reticence, in particular." ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Apr 15, 2016

Becoming Mike Nichols (2016)

"Becoming Mike Nichols will make you want to go back and rewatch Stevens's gorgeous and definitely American film, but only after you've paid a nice, long visit to Nichols's greatest hits." ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Feb 22, 2016

Jim: The James Foley Story (2016)

"The many interviews in particular -- with Foley's family in New Hampshire, with men who were imprisoned with him in Syria, with friends, with fellow journalists also drawn to the war zones -- are remarkable for their intimacy and clarity." ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Feb 4, 2016
No Score Yet

Heroin: Cape Cod, USA (2015)

"Quite simply, the film, directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Steven Okazaki, will break your heart." ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Jan 4, 2016

Very Semi-Serious (2015)

"Some of the best material in the film takes us out of the New Yorker offices and into the lives of the old-timers and the newcomers." ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Dec 10, 2015

Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors (2015)

"It's a romanticized view of the past, to put it mildly, and it's as sticky sweet as the caramel apple cider you might find at Dollywood." ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Dec 9, 2015

A Very Murray Christmas (2015)

"More wit, more deliberately heightened absurdity, and more honest feeling would have helped a lot. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Dec 3, 2015
No Score Yet

Larry Kramer in Love and Anger (2015)

"It's a well-done, if familiar, portrait of a man and his times." ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Jun 29, 2015

Nightingale (2015)

"I didn't know who Peter was when the movie ended, and I wasn't sure Oyelowo knew, either." ‐ Boston Globe
Posted May 28, 2015

Night Will Fall (2014)

"The liberation footage itself is the centerpiece of Night Will Fall. It is mesmerizing, sickening, disturbing, and essential. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Jan 27, 2015

Hello Ladies: The Movie (2014)

"Questions are answered in Hello Ladies: The Movie, a slight but enjoyable new HBO film that wraps up the story lines from the series and sends Stuart & Co. off into the future." ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Nov 25, 2014
No Score Yet

A Poet in New York (2014)

"You feel the actor inhabiting Thomas without judgment, without self-consciousness, baring the inner turbulence, the unmet hunger, the selfishness, the childishness, the arrogance, and the self-destructiveness all swimming around in his mind." ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Nov 3, 2014

Big Driver (2014)

"It's too simple and straightforward for its own good." ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Oct 17, 2014

Captivated (2014)

"All the material in Captivated that involves media distortion and justice is relatively interesting." ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Aug 18, 2014

The Normal Heart (2014)

"The powerful film, adapted from the 1985 play by Larry Kramer, joins the best of the genre - Longtime Companion, Parting Glances, An Early Frost, Philadelphia, the shattering documentary Silverlake Life - as a monument to the lives lost." ‐ Boston Globe
Posted May 23, 2014
No Score Yet

The Address (2014)

"At 84 minutes, and narrated by seven of the students, the film is an often touching, sometimes dull, and always well-intentioned portrait of struggling kids and committed teachers." ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Apr 18, 2014

Clear History (2013)

"Even if you do like David's shtick, as I do, you have no business here. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Aug 9, 2013

Behind the Candelabra (2013)

"Behind the Candelabra doesn't quite fit into the biopic genre - simply because it is so good. " ‐ Boston Globe
Posted May 24, 2013

Phil Spector (2013)

"It's as if Mamet, who directed as well as wrote, decided that the point of the venture was Pacino and didn't much bother to paint in around the star." ‐ Boston Globe
Posted May 22, 2013
No Score Yet

Mary & Martha (2013)

"Mary and Martha is fictional, but the characters have the blandness you generally find in docudramas." ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Apr 19, 2013
No Score Yet


"Evolves into a rich portrait of hard lives and the possibility of healing." ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Mar 22, 2013

Liz & Dick (2012)

"Bowler and Lohan never approach the kind of magnetism that a movie about Burton and Taylor must conjure in order to be convincing." ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Nov 26, 2012

Crossfire Hurricane (2012)

"You can almost track the arc of the Stones by studying how Jagger's face evolves over the course of the movie." ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Nov 16, 2012
No Score Yet


"If you approach The Girl as a sliver, and don't expect a full serving, you are more apt to appreciate it." ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Oct 19, 2012

Ethel (2012)

"Kennedy buffs will enjoy Ethel enormously. Others likely will think it's about half an hour too long." ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Oct 18, 2012

Sing Your Song (2012)

"Sing Your Song is beautifully directed by Susanne Rostock to be as much about the man as it is about his times." ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Aug 30, 2012

Page Eight (2011)

"I felt stuck on the outside, while the characters went through their paces secretly understanding everything that was at stake." ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Aug 3, 2012

Recount (2008)

"The movie doesn't embrace its potential for farce, for suspense, or for outrage. Ultimately, the filmmakers could have punched a little harder." ‐ Boston Globe
Posted May 27, 2008
3/4 82%

The Believer (2002)

"An amazing and incendiary movie that dives straight into the rough waters of contradiction." ‐ Boston Globe
Posted May 31, 2002