For 750 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 68% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 29% 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 Taste of Others
Lowest review score: 0 Cocktail
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 96 out of 750
750 movie reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    It's filled with vivid characters and action. Beneath its modesty of gesture, it's one of the year's richest, most humane films.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    You'll care what happens in this film with more than enough freshness and originality to avoid succumbing to girls-on-the-run cliches.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    It's brilliantly precise in its detailing, stylishly jagged and sensual by turns, and utterly unpredictable.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    I'd take a chance on it anyway, even if it stumbles and loses its way.
    • Boston Globe
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    A story about the ravages of one war on a single man's soul and psyche becomes an eloquent plea for peace.
    • Boston Globe
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    There are laughs in it. But mostly you sit around waiting for it to be funnier, or at least funny more often. The problem is that it hasn't figured out a way to be funny while satisfyingly accommodating the pain in these characters.
    • Boston Globe
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Engrossing and eye-opening in several respects and even, when you least expect it, humorous.
    • Boston Globe
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    A sleek little poison pill of a movie.
    • Boston Globe
    • 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."
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Carr
    Oliver Stone's Born on the Fourth of July is a knockout, a huge angry howl of movie that uses a crippled Vietnam veteran's disability as metaphor for a country's paralysis. [5 Jan 1990, p.67]
    • Boston Globe
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    Natural Born Killers is going to be a love-it or hate-it film. But it's an important film. Pumped up, jumped up, yet asking the right questions, [it] is more than an attention-grabber. It's a grenade pitched into the media tent. [26 Aug 1994, p.51]
    • Boston Globe
    • 74 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    Character is almost wholly subordinated to a blast-furnace rendering of the hell into which they're dumped. Seldom will you see so many US military body parts strewn around a movie screen.
    • Boston Globe
    • 74 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    Has everything you want in a supernatural thriller except thrills.
    • 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
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    It's also [Coppola's] most gloriously extravagant film since "One from the Heart." [12 Aug 1988]
    • Boston Globe
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    It's slick, sleek, and stylish, and if it doesn't quite redefine cool, it certainly offers a snazzy update.
    • Boston Globe
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Carr
    It isn't often that lives of quiet desperation are served up with such pearly restraint.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    This engaging ensemble comedy that could have been called ''Father Doesn't Know Best.''
    • Boston Globe
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Intoxicating fun.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Frears makes every note count for a lot in this beautifully gauged microcosm of big emotions expressed in small gestures.
    • Boston Globe
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Warm, wry, endearing.
    • Boston Globe
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Rat
    Rat may be lightweight, but it's never cheesy.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    It's rare that a crime movie achieves such emotional complexity, but this one is smartly layered.
    • 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.
    • 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
    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
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    Can't outrun its very visible limits.