For 868 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 65% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 32% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jay Carr's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Gosford Park
Lowest review score: 0 Cocktail
Score distribution:
868 movie reviews
    • 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
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Breathes fresh life into old formulas.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    There's an engagingly homegrown quality to much of the footage.
    • 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."
    • 44 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    The sweetly enticing Smiling Fish and Goat on Fire repays the bit of patience it asks.
    • Boston Globe
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    The Crimson Rivers could teach many an American thriller a thing or two about sophisticated creepiness.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Less elliptical and more down-and-dirty than Lang's interesting debut film, ''The Well,'' this one tumbles through Sydney's academic and alternative poetry circles and is built around a lesbian private eye.
    • Boston Globe
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Light on its feet and reveling in its deviousness, it stays one step ahead of us .
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    A seductively corrosive horror story that also potently suggests the ways war can shatter childhood.
    • 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
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Its attributes and achievements are modest, but its arias, duets, and ensembles are engaging all the same.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    The pure joy of music-making is what this gem of a film is all about.
    • Boston Globe
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Invigorating excellence.
    • Boston Globe
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    The film will resonate with today's alienated workers, whose every brain cell and nerve ending hates the soul-crushing jobs they're told they should be grateful to have.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Whaley's self-effacing but strongly etched and wrenchingly effective film.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Watson's character grows in importance until she eclipses the recessive Luzhin.
    • Boston Globe
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    It turns the nerve-fraying Cuban missile crisis into a big pop myth with the grip of a vise.
    • Boston Globe
    • 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
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    While no individual plot strand is vividly compelling, their interplay makes for a hearty and humanistic mix, carried by the performances.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Gives three first-rate actors a chance to stretch, and they do.
    • 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
    In style and story line, the film is daring in its simplicity.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    The liveliest, most original family values film of the year so far.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Perhaps not the most uproarious of Veber's farces, but entertaining and emotionally satisfying all the same.
    • Boston Globe
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Likable, go-with-the-flow comedy.
    • Boston Globe
    • 41 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    The film is almost as shaky as the science, but Nichols knows how to get the most out of what amounts to a one-joke comedy, and Bening works virtual miracles.
    • 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
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    The film's most remarkable achievement, in this culture of clamor, simply may be its decision to keep the volume down, drawing us in as opposed to pummeling us, as most films do.
    • Boston Globe
    • 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.
    • Boston Globe

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