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
    • 44 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    The kind of richly layered film that Hollywood seldom attempts, much less brings off. But it's more than brought off here in grand, solid style and beautifully crafted detail.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    Unstrung Heroes, with its small, detailed brush strokes and its eye for specifics, marks Diane Keaton's directorial breakthrough. [15 Sep 1995]
    • Boston Globe
    • 50 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    With Jackson leading the way, Shaft has style, punch, and street cred. It's a hot cool update.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    Warm, smart, and funny!
    • Boston Globe
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    An upsetting landmark. Don't take the children.
    • Boston Globe
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    It's the best drug-busting movie since ''The French Connection.''
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    Funny, gritty, filled with surprising stabs of feeling, Parenthood is a stretch for Ron Howard, its director. This new adult comedy has the generosity of "Cocoon" and "Splash," but it takes Howard into deeper, darker, messier territory. [2 Aug 1989, p.57]
    • Boston Globe
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    Fresh, original, and arresting.
    • Boston Globe
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    Director Penny Marshall's choreography encompasses emotional as well as physical ebbs and flows. Awakenings lives up to its title. [11 Jan 1991]
    • Boston Globe
    • 45 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    Quite apart from wringing the last molecule of vividness from his freewheeling roster of loose cannons, he brings to his direction of Martin a finesse shared by only a few of the directors who have worked with the comedian-actor.
    • Boston Globe
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    Gray's haunted, obsessional riffs are absorbing theater. Because Demme had the good sense to lay back and not beat them over the head with his cameras, they're equally compelling on film. [27 Mar 1987]
    • Boston Globe
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    If there is any message in Tarkovsky's work, although as a poet he would never stoop to anything as banal as a message, it is that life is an internal affair, played out in one's soul, not in public.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    Smart, unpredictable, and alive with the energies of actors who clearly are enjoying being stretched by their material.
    • Boston Globe
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    Like its subject, Pollock is a messy creation, but one whose depth of commitment and high attack keeps it on track.
    • Boston Globe
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    Beyond its fresh twists on the cop and romance genres, Witness is, above all, an anti-consumption film. [08 Feb 1985]
    • Boston Globe
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    The cinematic equivalent of a high, arching rainbow of a three-pointer from midcourt.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    Hurtling from the screen with a vigor and importance that are all but absent from contemporary film, it's a deeply moving social drama, raw and gritty in style, shining with moral purpose as it delivers a scathing take-it-into-the-streets critique of feral capitalism and racism. [18 July 1997, p.D1]
    • Boston Globe
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    A witty yet fiery and, in the best sense, provocative play of ideas about freedom of expression.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    Superior and original filmmaking. You won't be able to take your eyes off it.
    • Boston Globe
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    Richly textured, beautifully acted.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    A perfect example of a small, well-made, and (in its central role) rivetingly acted film.
    • Boston Globe
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    Bell is utterly persuasive as the boy literally yearning to leap beyond the oppressively apparent confines of his world.
    • Boston Globe
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    What keeps the film going, and helps it keep its comic tone, is the constant threat of cataclysm - and the deadpan Buster Keaton charm of the ever-responsive Pinon as he combats the giant Rube Goldberg meat-grinder that the house, in effect, is. [17 Apr 1992]
    • Boston Globe
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    Varda's charmingly eccentric amble, wise in its seeming waywardness.
    • Boston Globe
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    What you're not prepared for in Marziyeh Meshkini's astonishing debut film is the way its central image instantly leaps into the pantheon of world cinema with a rightness and an urgency that glue your eyes to the screen.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    The film's triumph - and it is a triumph - in the end rests on the ability of Hrebejk and his actors to convince us that they never stop being normal people.
    • Boston Globe
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    As savage and as epic as film gets.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    Throughout the history of film, nothing turns campier faster than dinosaur movies. This one will have a much longer shelf life than most.
    • Boston Globe
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    It's a treat to encounter the deadpan light-handedness with which Mamet goes about his business.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    Nobody's going to think of The Score as trail-blazing, but there's nothing small-time about its dramatic and acting payoff.

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