For 765 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 67% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 30% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jay Carr's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Georgia
Lowest review score: 0 Cocktail
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 96 out of 765
765 movie reviews
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    There's enchanting delicacy and irresistible quirkiness in Anthony Minghella's allegory of grief. And humane comedy, too, in this fable about a woman flattened by inconsolable loss, then rejoining the world. [24 May 1991]
    • Boston Globe
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Boldly goes where Hollywood rarely treads: into the passionate, intense, and complex world of girls at the point in their lives when self-discovery is combined with enormous vulnerability.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    What Merchant, Ivory and Co. arrive at is a sort of handsomely illustrated Cliffs Notes version of the novel.
    • Boston Globe
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    There's something elegiac in Redford's spy who knows he's a dinosaur but still has a few moves left.
    • Boston Globe
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Go
    "Pulp Fiction" wannabes don't get much slicker or edgier than Go.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Career Girls is a film that knows how wounding and complicated life can be, yet still believes in, and convincingly renders, the healing power of friendship. [15 Aug. 1997, p.D4]
    • Boston Globe
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    There's nothing major here, certainly nothing on the order of my favorite among Allen's retro workouts of the past decade, ''Bullets Over Broadway.'' But it's entertaining all the same.
    • Boston Globe
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Mindless glitz-o-ramas don't get any snazzier.
    • Boston Globe
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Albert Finney's name on a cast list is a guarantee of pleasure, and there's much to savor besides in Suri Krishnamma's A Man of No Importance. [03 Feb 1995]
    • Boston Globe
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    The kind of film that could easily be undone by its own high-minded ambitions and dissolve in a pall of uplift. But it stays the course and gives the season two of its notable performances.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    In style and story line, the film is daring in its simplicity.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Plays like a college version of ''When Harry Met Sally.''
    • Boston Globe
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    As each scientist chronicles his or her story, one is impressed by the place that unswerving motivation and determination has assumed in the work.
    • Boston Globe
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Enough originality and emotional weight to keep you engrossed even when it lapses into some pretty standard moves at the end.
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    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    One of the most warmly beguiling romantic comedies the Southern Hemisphere has sent our way in ages.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    A zestful genre outing, and then some, right up its final overkill.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    A little Hitchcock and some good Psycho fun at the beach.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Although there's a certain connect-the-dots quality to the storytelling, there's no denying the care and craftsmanship that Gardos has brought to her debut film.
    • Boston Globe
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    It isn't afraid to genuflect to heroes and heroism and has everything it needs to connect with the resurgence of patriotism after Sept. 11.
    • Boston Globe
    • 44 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    The sweetly enticing Smiling Fish and Goat on Fire repays the bit of patience it asks.
    • Boston Globe
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Structural shortcomings and all -- gives a neglected giant of African independence his due.
    • Boston Globe
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Puts the fun back into going to Arnold Schwarzenegger movies. He said he'd be back, and he is.
    • Boston Globe
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    [Verhoeven's] cold, slick, funny, high-powered movie is informed by a humanism this genre almost always abandons in its chase after vigilante splat. [17 Jul 1987]
    • Boston Globe
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Suggests a summit meeting between ''The Princess Bride'' and ''Bridget Jones's Diary,'' it has a decided charm of its own.
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Titanic is a big-budget spectacle and director Cameron brings it off with high-tech bravura, placing us aboard the ship in real time.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    It is Close's performance that gives the movie its oomph and will leave adults with smiles as wide as the kids'.
    • Boston Globe
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Give your brain the night off, and Myers will make you smile too.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    It plays like Scorsese's ``After Hours,'' but for higher stakes.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    It's a surprisingly sweet underdog immigrant coming-of-age story set in 1961. [24 Oct 1997]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    The triumph of La Cienaga lies in Martel's way of fashioning the kind of ensemble performance that draws us in by convincing us we're watching behavior, not acting.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Black comedy and film noir are around one another smartly and wickedly in Danny Boyle's Shallow Grave, a tense, twisty Scottish-made thriller that's going to break out of Glasgow in a big way. [24 Feb 1995]
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    • 32 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    There are three main reasons for seeing Someone Like You - Ashley Judd, Ashley Judd, and Ashley Judd.
    • Boston Globe
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Somewhat sanitized but gorgeous Americana, with another impressive turn by McTeer.
    • Boston Globe
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    The film's flaws seem unimportant, and it passes the big test, making you want to find out what happens to these characters, even when what does happen is predictable.
    • Boston Globe
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Washington and the others score in this predictable but rousing film where the big victory is over attitudes.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Charming and, compared with most Hollywood films like it, refreshing.
    • Boston Globe
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    The Lost Boys is schlock, but it's juicy schlock. [31 Jul 1987, p.34]
    • Boston Globe
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    A solidly crafted, suspensefully written, powerfully acted little juggernaut.
    • Boston Globe
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    (Washington's is) an astonishing performance, partly because it's so devoid of histrionics, and it has Oscar nomination written all over it.
    • Boston Globe
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    It's all glossy urban fairy-tale stuff, laid on with style to spare, given added resonance by a mini-pantheon of French movie goddesses.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    This is a sizzling, invigorating Hamlet.
    • Boston Globe
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    I'd take a chance on it anyway, even if it stumbles and loses its way.
    • Boston Globe
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Movingly recounts a hitherto untold story in the voices of the people who lived it.
    • Boston Globe
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    As generic as its title, but two things enable it to land: the basic likability of Mark Wahlberg as the wannabe protagonist, and the contagious energies in the rock concert sequences.
    • Boston Globe
    • 44 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Scott makes it easy to overlook the conventionality beneath his sometimes overdone but almost always enjoyable combination of atmosphere and propulsiveness.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Likable, go-with-the-flow comedy.
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    A solid, not to say ironclad, winner in the less than overcrowded family animation arena.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    It's huge, brilliant, dark and cathartic, with a towering and complex performance by Anthony Hopkins that humanizes Nixon more than Nixon ever was able to humanize himself. [20 Dec 1995, p.33]
    • Boston Globe
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    A lively and affectionate cross between an infomercial and a genuflection.
    • Boston Globe
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Many spy capers lose their intended irony and wry black humor, but The Tailor of Panama stays stylishly on target in ways that would put a heat-seeking missile to shame.
    • Boston Globe
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    But, fittingly, it's the kids who carry this outing. They're led by Sean Astin, who's rightly more of a dreamer than the others. Jeff B. Cohen engagingly handles the most cliched role, the fat kid who keeps stuffing his face. And I couldn't help wondering if Ke Huy Quan, who played Indy's sidekick in the Temple of Doom, knows that not all movies are made in caves. In any case, you can relax. The Goonies is entertaining despite its calculated flavor. [7 Jun 1985, p.61]
    • Boston Globe
    • 40 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    The kind of film you've got to admire simply for the way it squares its shoulders and plunges into a message of unfashionable idealism.
    • Boston Globe
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Is a chamber romance, in that there's nothing grand or sweeping about it, but it's got all the style it needs to go with those glorious Tuscan settings.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Give it a chance and you'll probably share the cast's collective impulse to dive in and embrace it.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Light on its feet and reveling in its deviousness, it stays one step ahead of us .
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Sitting through Lethal Weapon 2 is like dating a jackhammer. It's a slick, cynical, high-speed assembly line of car chases, jokes, sex, explosions and blood. [41 Jul 1989, p.41]
    • Boston Globe
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    It brings an enlivening wit to a comedy of culture collision.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    I Went Down is an offbeat Irish gangster movie that overcomes its meandering nature with engaging performances, an avoidance of formula, and, above all, its characters' way of making us take everything personally - as they certainly do. [1 July 1998, p.F4]
    • Boston Globe
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Cruise will never be a master thespian, but there's no one better at putting across the charisma of control, and the opening sequence of ''Report'' is an astonishingly fluid demonstration of his gifts.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Brown and Dennehy aren't teen-age, they're not mutants, they're not ninjas, they're not even turtles, but they're just as entertaining the second time around, and of how many sequels can that be said? [10 May 1991, p.30]
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    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    A smartly crafted throwback to the gritty Manhattan crime melodramas of the '40s .
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Not only reminds us that there's a little larceny in all of us, it reminds us how much fun it can be to commune with our inner thieves.
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    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    There's almost too much there, but the three-hour-plus film permits the kind of detailing that not only brings the storytelling to life, but sometimes persuades us we're breathing to its rhythms.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Reminds us that the human dynamic can do a lot that explosions can't, even when the film flirts with formula.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Invigorating excellence.
    • Boston Globe
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Ali
    Ali, in short, is far from a seamless success, but it does get the big things right and it respects a subject who commands respect.
    • Boston Globe
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    The film not only works better than expected but gets the important things right, starting, of course, with Zellweger's Bridget and Bridget's mind-set.
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Hurls its Holocaust at us in a series of justifiably horrific images.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    A comedy of chaos, an ensemble comedy, with characters swirling around one another unaware, in their uniform desperation, of how funny they are.
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    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Rat
    Rat may be lightweight, but it's never cheesy.
    • Boston Globe
    • 44 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Brightly sidesteps the cliches that cling to the genre like barnacles and reinvents a lot of the old moves.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Slightly misshapen and unbalanced, with a few loose ends, a few extraneous dream sequences. But there's something going on all the time.
    • Boston Globe
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Just what Gooding needed to restart his stalled career.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    The performances are disarming and Mumford is the kind of comedy that grows on you if you give it a chance.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Spaceballs has the happy air of a comic enterprise that knows it's going right. It just keeps spritzing the gags at us, Borscht Belt-style, confidently and rightly sensing that if we don't laugh at this one, we'll laugh at the next. And so we do. After a long dry spell, Brooks is back on the money with Spaceballs. [24 Jun 1987, p.33]
    • Boston Globe
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Shadow Magic isn't interested in psychology or character study. It's a series of tableaux and on that level succeeds admirably.
    • Boston Globe
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    A steadily engaging and winningly humane film that loves its characters.
    • Boston Globe
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    It hasn't got a brain in its body, but it's fun to watch.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Pee- wee's Big Adventure is a shrewdly observed, deftly executed looney tune. [9 Aug 1985, p.42]
    • Boston Globe
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Breathes fresh life into old formulas.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Good clean dirty fun.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Warm, wry, endearing.
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    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    A solid two-bagger, not a home run.
    • Boston Globe
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    In the end, Fighter, despite its newsreel footage, is less a document of wartime experience than of the mentality one needs to maintain in order to be a fighter.
    • Boston Globe
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    A triumph of romantic impulse over stylistic indulgence. [21 Oct 1983]
    • Boston Globe
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Nobody makes films as sympathetic to struggling working-class types as Mike Leigh, and nobody makes them as uncondescendingly. Although uneven, Leigh's latest, Life Is Sweet, is a honey of a film, one of the few to feel good about in this dismal year. [22 Nov. 1991, p.35]
    • Boston Globe
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Made of a serene dynamite that's all but unknown to American film audiences.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    The liveliest, most original family values film of the year so far.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    It's more than a labor of love -- it's a powerful summoning of devoted craft, conveying the pain and complexity of a great musical innovator, avoiding almost totally the usual Hollywood cliches. [14 Oct 1988, p. 53]
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    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    A babe-athon, pure and simple.
    • Boston Globe
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Despite its conceptual shortfall, is worth seeing, if only to update yourself on what can emerge from a keyboard these days.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    It's a sunny, funny, fittingly cartoony blend of computer-generated 3-D representations of the flying squirrel and his pal the moose with actors.
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    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    The coolest animation in town.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    You can't help cheering on Shallow Hal. That and the fact that it's not at all politically correct. It's something better. It's big-hearted, and it's funny.
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    • 41 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    A ton of fun, and then some.
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Wrestling gets in America's face and Blaustein gets in wrestling's face. It's a fascinating tango.
    • Boston Globe
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Watson's character grows in importance until she eclipses the recessive Luzhin.
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    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    In the end, it's simple warmth and sincerity that make this ensemble piece so disarming.
    • Boston Globe
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    There's a layer of grim comedy in Butterfly Kiss. But what's exciting about it is its gritty way of remaining so uncompromisingly bleak in its psychopathology. [7 Jun 1996, p.58]
    • Boston Globe
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Kindergarten Cop finds Arnold up to his old tricks, which will be exactly what his fans will want to know. But it's tough on kids and may make more than a few feel uncomfortable. [21 Dec 1990, p.51]
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