For 753 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 6.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jay Carr's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 The Last September
Lowest review score: 0 Cocktail
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 96 out of 753
753 movie reviews
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Jay Carr
    The sequel goes down the tubes by spreading itself across four time zones and inviting comparison to the original by spending most of its time back in 1955, where another mess must be set right. [22 Nov 1989, p.35]
    • Boston Globe
    • 58 Metascore
    • 38 Jay Carr
    You couldn't ask for a better setting for a horror movie. What you could ask for is a better script.
    • Boston Globe
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Jay Carr
    Alien Nation quickly abandons any possibility of an equivalently fascinating world for the formulas of a routine cop movie. [7 Oct 1988, p.40]
    • Boston Globe
    • 68 Metascore
    • 38 Jay Carr
    It's two hours of slumming in a vision of hell hatched from bourgeois comfort. That, and not its unsavory subject matter, is what makes it bummer theater.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 Jay Carr
    Except for a few coups de style, Amateur is a screenful of cool nothingness. [05 May 1995]
    • Boston Globe
    • 22 Metascore
    • 38 Jay Carr
    Isn't even worth a glance.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Jay Carr
    Takes a vacation from quality.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 38 Jay Carr
    Consumerism is running more amok than ever, but this satire of it isn't.
    • 16 Metascore
    • 38 Jay Carr
    Awful in ways that are just clever enough often enough to make it intermittently watchable.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 38 Jay Carr
    A lot of striking pictures in this would-be feminist "Braveheart," but a film that's pretty flat and earthbound because of the limitations of the figure at its center.
    • 14 Metascore
    • 38 Jay Carr
    Meretricious without being entertaining, it's an easy game -- and an easier film -- to sit out.
    • Boston Globe
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 Jay Carr
    A fatally insubstantial film.
    • Boston Globe
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 Jay Carr
    Flirt has its moments, and Ewell and Nikaidoh are auspicious additions to the Hartley rep company. But Flirt will appeal mostly to Hartley completists. [23 Aug 1996]
    • Boston Globe
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 Jay Carr
    It seems endless. It's also unusually crude and stupid, even for an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 38 Jay Carr
    Occasionally wills itself to rude, crude life. But most of the time it's pretty limp.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 38 Jay Carr
    The tame, confused script eventually sinks the film, although Field shows skill directing actors.
    • Boston Globe
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 Jay Carr
    It's not boring to watch, but in the end it's too lame and too tame. [21 Apr 1995]
    • Boston Globe
    • 32 Metascore
    • 38 Jay Carr
    Isn't going to be a contender
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Jay Carr
    Avalanches are nothing compared to the deadening touch of the stereotyping and audience-insulting simplicities in the scenic but brain-dead Vertical Limit.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 Jay Carr
    It's a lame and painfully overextended satire of homophobia.
    • Boston Globe
    • 54 Metascore
    • 38 Jay Carr
    What the Hughes brothers have come up with is, to borrow another phrase from that bygone age, a penny dreadful.
    • Boston Globe
    • 15 Metascore
    • 38 Jay Carr
    Berlinger has approached Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 with intelligence and even a bit of thematic heft. But, frankly, the cheap thrill is gone.
    • Boston Globe
    • 21 Metascore
    • 38 Jay Carr
    The screenplay, with its relentlessly schematic characters saying relentlessly schematic things, is so moronic that it makes you long for a documentary on the real Cape League.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 38 Jay Carr
    A sodden-looking film.
    • Boston Globe
    • 54 Metascore
    • 38 Jay Carr
    By now, Rocky of the drooping eyes and damaged brain has turned guru, emphasizing heart, soul and family ties when the evil promoter starts goading him and playing mind games with his protege. Stallone, said to be following Arnold Schwarzenegger into comedy, is starting earlier than anyone realized. [16 Nov 1990, p.78]
    • Boston Globe
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 Jay Carr
    Sadly unworthy of Douglas.
    • 9 Metascore
    • 38 Jay Carr
    So heavy and lifeless that you keep waiting for those three little front-row kibitzers from "Mystery Science Theatre 3000" to appear at the bottom of the screen to start goofing on it.
    • Boston Globe
    • 25 Metascore
    • 38 Jay Carr
    Never having decided whether it wants to be comedy or a sentimental hand-wringer, it tries to be both and winds up being neither.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 38 Jay Carr
    The problem in The One isn't the black holes in the universe, to which the characters refer at periodic intervals, but the black hole on the screen. The One is a zero.
    • Boston Globe
    • 25 Metascore
    • 38 Jay Carr
    Maudlin script mars teen love.
    • Boston Globe

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