For 45 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 48% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 52% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jay Boyar's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Hoop Dreams
Lowest review score: 25 The Net
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 45
  2. Negative: 2 out of 45
45 movie reviews
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Boyar
    Although the filmmakers are subtle in their methods and unobtrusive in their interviewing style, they make their points forcefully.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Boyar
    Ran
    Quite simply, Ran is a great, nightmarish motion picture.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Boyar
    Director Carl Franklin takes a simple premise and treats it so straightforwardly that the result is jarring - at times, even powerful.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Boyar
    It's a measure of Leigh's sensitivity that the big scene arises naturally, never threatening the delicate fabric of the narrative... And not only has Leigh grown as a storyteller, he appears to have acquired exactly the right amount of filmmaking technique to tell his story.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Boyar
    By the end of the film, there's even something vaguely inspirational about our antihero's painful journey through the bowels of his self-created hell.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Boyar
    This latest Star Trek is a well-plotted, well-acted and consistently exciting addition to the popular movie series. [6 Dec. 1991, p.21]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Jay Boyar
    By the soaring standards of Mike Leigh's career, Career Girls (which opens locally today) is a minor work. But minor-league Leigh is better than major-league most other people, especially because he possesses the most emotionally sophisticated sensibility of any contemporary filmmaker.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Jay Boyar
    Like the hero himself, the movie is larger than life - a horrific fantasy that gets carried away with itself as the mood builds and the tension mounts
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Jay Boyar
    The Firm and The Pelican Brief, both of last year, were solid entertainment. Now along comes the movie version of The Client - the best of the Grisham film trilogy.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Jay Boyar
    For the most part, then, Tomorrow Never Dies is a straightforward action picture. And since the action is clearly and suspensefully staged, this unpretentious production turns out to be the best Bond flick in years.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 80 Jay Boyar
    Much as I like Beauty and the Beast, I think I would have preferred it if its dark parts had even been darker. The brooding beast is a fascinating character to consider, and his fearsome battle with a vicious pack of wolves is one of the most powerful scenes in the movie.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Jay Boyar
    The Last of the Mohicans isn't a classic, but it's one of the most exciting action pictures to come along in recent memory.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Jay Boyar
    The Big Easy is as atmospheric as they come, but -- surprise! -- it's also sharp and swift. Plus, it has ample amounts of chemistry -- the steamy, sexy kind.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 80 Jay Boyar
    The movie's sneaky intelligence pokes out in surprising, amusing ways.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Jay Boyar
    This is the sort of breathless joyride that we expect - but don't often get - from a summer movie. [24 May 2000, p.E1]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Jay Boyar
    It's a lot of fun to watch - over two hours of thrills, spills, elaborate sets and special effects, all tied together by a pleasingly varied (and lighter than usual) musical score by John Williams.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Jay Boyar
    Outbreak is sharp, sometimes-exploitative entertainment that does its job with great efficiency.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Jay Boyar
    The action in Terminator 2 is edited for maximum suspense, and much of it is mounted on such a grand scale that little in movie history comes close. (Scenes in last summer's Die Hard 2 did, but they lacked the finesse of the new film).
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Jay Boyar
    Big
    The setup isn't exactly what you'd call plausible, but the follow-through is consistent and clever.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Boyar
    Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer isn't entirely successful, but it's admirable nonetheless. The film is an honest and disturbing attempt to come to grips with the sort of modern horror that we must - more urgently every day - try to understand.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Boyar
    The film doesn't go deeply enough into Hawking's theories to really explain them, and it doesn't go deeply enough into Hawking's life to impart anything but a sketchy understanding of the man. Still, considering the almost impenetrable subject matter, it's remarkable that Morris has gotten as far as he has.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Boyar
    The film is a slugger that keeps hitting you with one obvious image after another. Funny thing, though: Obviousness is sometimes effective. If Rocky IV doesn't kill you, it'll conquer you.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Boyar
    The filmmaker's dreamy style has a quiet strength: The bright, rich cinematography is a treat for the eyes and the hypnotic musical score is lulling. [10 Sept 1992, p.E1]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Boyar
    The entire production is vaguely unsettling. That, in fact, is one of the most engaging things about Babe: Pig in the City. The imaginative art direction, economical editing and sculptural cinematography combine to make this movie one of the year's most distinctive-looking productions.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Boyar
    Not only is House Party breezy fun, but its dialogue often sounds as authentic to its black-teen setting as The Breakfast Club did to its white-teen one. And authentic or not, much of it is funny. [27 April 1990, p.4]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 41 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Boyar
    Bad politics sometimes makes for good movies, and the harsh, politically incorrect truth about Basic Instinct is that it's a tantalizing, suspensefully correct thriller.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Boyar
    One triumph of The Untouchables is the way its operatic style accommodates larger-than-life performances.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Jay Boyar
    Kika is flamboyant and provocative. But the new film, which was partly inspired by the rape trial of William Kennedy Smith, is ultimately quite serious.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Boyar
    Fortunately, director David Carson and screenwriters Ronald D. Moore and Brannon Braga (all of whom have served in the Star Trek universe) keep the longueurs to a minimum. Whenever you feel like beaming up (or is it out?), they switch scenes.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Jay Boyar
    The latest 007 extravaganza has enough plot developments, double-entendres, emotional underpinnings and, of course, Bond girls, action scenes and explosions to furnish at least a couple of Bondfests, with plenty left over for an episode of Nash Bridges.

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