For 113 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 51% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 49% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jay Boyar's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Naked
Lowest review score: 12 Jaws: The Revenge
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 63 out of 113
  2. Negative: 11 out of 113
113 movie reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Jay Boyar
    Sayles has created a lively and instructive entertainment, a moral tale that is everything The Natural (1984) should have been.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Jay Boyar
    Failed attempts at satire aside, John Carpenter's Escape From L.A. is basically a routine action picture. [09 Aug 1996, p.22]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Boyar
    A thriller that grabs you even before the ironies of its plot kick in is a thriller you don't want to miss. No Way Out is that sort of movie, a thriller that's thrilling throughout.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Boyar
    Bad Influence has a somewhat effective screenplay, provided by newcomer David Koepp. The dialogue is much sharper in Bad Influence than it was in The Bedroom Window - although the new film's plot could have used more work. [09 Mar 1990, p.5]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Boyar
    One reason that this movie works as well as it does is that everyone takes everything completely seriously. The world of the Addams family may be amusing to us, but to them it's just life. [22 Nov 1991, p.16]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Jay Boyar
    Somehow, the new production fails to sustain the creepy, kooky, mysterious, spooky and altogether ooky visual sweep that held the first film together.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Jay Boyar
    If The Prince of Tides has a saving grace, it's the acting. In what is probably the most subdued role of her life, Streisand is remarkably graceful and charming: This woman who has so often been accused of self-infatuation hands much of the movie over to her co-stars.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Jay Boyar
    My Cousin Vinny is a hoot.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Jay Boyar
    It Could Happen to You does present a life-affirming message about keeping your word - a message that undoubtedly will lead somebody to proclaim it the "feel-good movie of the summer." Yes, it's nice. Very nice. But nice ain't always enough.
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Jay Boyar
    Many years ago, Mel Brooks made up his mind about what was funny and he hasn't budged since. [30 July 1993, p.21]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Boyar
    Frankie & Johnny is no big deal, but it has plenty of laughs and it's appealingly romantic. The movie is a collection of small, trivial things that add up to something that is, while not important, at least entertaining. [11 Oct 1991, p.22]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Jay Boyar
    What it all comes down to is that Kaufman gets the hard things right and messes up the simple stuff. If there isn't a Japanese saying for that, there certainly ought to be.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Boyar
    You buy the movie's premise because director Fred Schepisi evokes such a rich spirit of playfulness and romance that you want to buy it. [26 Dec 1994, p.D1]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Jay Boyar
    Dalton shows a serious side that's been missing from the role since Sean Connery's earliest 007 days.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 70 Jay Boyar
    Hard as it is to justify Bond films on intellectual grounds, there's something invigorating -- and strangely reassuring -- about this sort of picture. It is comforting to feel that should a psychopath threaten the stability of the world, our hero will be ready to wipe the grin off his face and shove him into San Francisco Bay.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Boyar
    Visually imaginative, thematically instructive and thoroughly delightful, it takes us on a roller-coaster ride from innocence to experience without even a hint of that typical kiddie-flick sentimentality.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Boyar
    The way the story is structured, Johnny Depp's performance should have been the movie's centerpiece. But though Depp has a moonbeam quality that's right for Sam, he's not really enough of a clown to make his slapstick scenes come alive. [20 Apr 1993, p.E1]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 28 Metascore
    • 60 Jay Boyar
    In Howard the Duck, the special effects -- and the Muppety duck jokes -- command so much attention that it's easy to overlook the movie makers' clever narrative touches. It's rather fitting, for example, that Howard is shown to be almost as much of a misfit on the duck world as he is on Earth. And there's a sometimes-touching, sometimes-hilarious Fay Wray-King Kong relationship established between Howard and a sexy, baby-faced rock singer named Beverly (Lea Thompson). The main reason the relationship is so intriguing is that Thompson always keeps you guessing about her character's true feelings for the cantankerous bird. It's hard to fault the tongue-in-bill high spirits of a movie like Howard the Duck.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Jay Boyar
    The idea behind Ruthless People is just about irresistible. Much of the fun of this comedy is in watching what happens as virtually everyone in the movie tries to double-cross or otherwise take advantage of everyone else.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Jay Boyar
    Actually, the rating fits. The movie isn't quite enough fun to qualify for the "average" category, yet not quite lame enough to deserve to be called "poor." [28 June 1991, p.6]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Jay Boyar
    Effective as these actors are, it's Chase's breezy performance - with its blend of irony and insouciance - that makes Fletch Lives worth a look. He's what Alan Alda would be if Alda could ever figure out how to adapt his TV persona to the big screen.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Jay Boyar
    Like "The Living Daylights", Licence to Kill definitely has its moments. But also like "The Living Daylights", the new, two-hour-plus picture goes on too long and is encumbered by a needlessly complicated plot.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Boyar
    You may see a better movie this summer, but I doubt you'll see a funnier one. [7 June 1991, p.8]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 Jay Boyar
    City Slickers II is not merely one of the worst movies of the year. It's one of the worst movie sequels of all time - and, by the way, one of the least necessary. [10 June 1994, p.21]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Boyar
    The triumph of this bleak, unsettling picture is that, no matter how grim it gets, it's far too involving for you to turn away.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Jay Boyar
    Most of the names in My Girl are meant to seem a little peculiar. In fact, everything in My Girl is meant to seem a little peculiar. Which, I would say, is the problem with the movie. When eccentricity becomes as insistent as it does here, it's not really eccentricity any more, it's affectation. My Girl, which opens today, is a festival of affectation. [27 Nov 1991, p.E1]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Boyar
    At its best, Fried Green Tomatoes is a pleasantly nostalgic tale wrapped around a murder mystery (which, frankly, isn't all that mysterious). The filmmakers do a decent job of weaving the texture of the thoroughly racist and sexist society within which Idgie, Ruth and the movie's major black characters (played by Cicely Tyson and Stan Shaw) must struggle to preserve their self-respect and, at critical times, their lives. At its worst, the film is unexciting and rambles too much.
    • 15 Metascore
    • 12 Jay Boyar
    Abetter title for Jaws The Revenge would be Jaws The Refund. A refund is what a lot of people who go to see this picture will demand. This Time It's Personal, the tag line for the new film's ad campaign, doesn't seem quite right either. This Time It's Terrible would have been more accurate.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Jay Boyar
    Aside from Robert De Niro and his totally inappropriate performance, the cast is a mixed bag.
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Jay Boyar
    Notwithstanding the hero's Superman similarities, Hercules isn't quite super. But it's strong enough to get the job done. [27 June 1997, p.17]
    • Orlando Sentinel

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