For 817 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 66% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 31% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jay Carr's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Naked
Lowest review score: 0 The Skulls
Score distribution:
817 movie reviews
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    The same underdog formulas and sunny disposition that turned it into an unexpected Thai box-office hit should win it friends here, too.
    • Boston Globe
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Involvingly acted, surehandedly crafted.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    It could have been shorter, some of its exchanges misfire, but I respect The Last Temptation of Christ, and I'm much more for it than against it. It's the most spiritual biblical movie of our times. [2 Sep 1988, p.25]
    • Boston Globe
    • 31 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    The last word in good-time mayhem.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    In a dismal summer for movies, Osmosis Jones is a fresh breath of foul air.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Two scenes in Misery are shockingly brutal. But many more are wickedly amusing - especially the ones stemming from the fact that no small part of the writer's torture is the way his deranged muse uses language. There's something simultaneously comical and scary about the way Bates employs euphemisms to keep the lid on. [30 Nov 1990, p.29p]
    • Boston Globe
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Avoids the potentially suffocating pall of uplift hovering over its quite exhilarating story.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Married to the Mob is a funny yard sale of a film about regeneration in a junked-up America. [19 Aug 1988]
    • Boston Globe
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    As luminous as the star presence at its center. It's at once a touching teacher movie and an even more touching love story.
    • Boston Globe
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    A juicy and gratifying teacher movie (a genre to which I'm partial). The joy in performance shared by Connery and Brown is the big reason.
    • Boston Globe
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    From beginning to end, it bristles with ironies in classic Eastern European absurdist style.
    • Boston Globe
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Sequels and fun don't often coincide, but this time they do.
    • Boston Globe
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Risks seeming too earnestly therapeutic for its own good. But what makes My First Mister a successful feature directing debut for Lahti is the emotional veracity it summons.
    • Boston Globe
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    It's a snazzy, smartly made, and even hip little scarefest. As a jump-start to Halloween, it's all you could hope for.
    • Boston Globe
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Kinetic, fizzy, delivering more bounce to the ounce than anything out there right now, "Rumble in the Bronx" is my kind of mindless fun. [23 Feb 1996]
    • Boston Globe
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Could have been -- and should have been -- richer and more resonant. It's Hollywood Babylon Lite, only TV movie-deep. But at least it's tangy.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Solid B-level stuff, better than most filmed King novels. [27 Aug 1993, p.81]
    • Boston Globe
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    A solid, humane, old-fashioned film in the best sense of the term.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    The gusto in the flying bullets, the fleeing lovers, and the flowing music will make you want to hang around until the party is over.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Here's a good, honorable, but not great anti-apartheid movie, the first directed by a black woman. A Dry White Season unravels when it opts for a wrap-up-the-loose-ends thriller finish, but there's no faulting the level of acting or the level of commitment in it. [17 Sept 1989, p.B4]
    • Boston Globe
    • 42 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Part of the reason for the comic surehandedness is the obvious chemistry between Shannon, Ferrell, and director Bruce McCulloch.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Intoxicating fun.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    They're as special as special effects get.
    • Boston Globe
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Magnolia is "Short Cuts" with hope. It's my kind of mess.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    You won't see a more humane and delicately moving riff this year on the theme of getting clean.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Mother's peace crusade ennobles Irish Town.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Both a lovingly crafted remembrance of things past and a deliberate broadening and darkening of the canvas Levinson previously filled in "Diner," "Tin Men," and "Avalon."
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Sentimental and has its heart on its sleeve, but never heavy-handedly so, and its delicacy and tenderness will get to you if you give it half a chance.
    • Boston Globe
    • 25 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Executed on a pretty broad level, but if characterization is slighted, the ensemble is so rich, with such depth, that every few minutes another juicy turn keeps coming our way to divert us.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Everything you could want in a sequel. It satisfyingly regenerates the characters and qualities that made the first film so popular. And then it moves them forward into newer, fresher, more elaborate, more involving territory.

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