For 814 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 Vincent & Theo
Lowest review score: 0 The Skulls
Score distribution:
814 movie reviews
    • 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
    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
    • 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
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Rat
    Rat may be lightweight, but it's never cheesy.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Charming and, compared with most Hollywood films like it, refreshing.
    • Boston Globe
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    Lacks the requisite sense of dread.
    • Boston Globe
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Carr
    Roberts and Erin Brockovich have Oscar contender written all over them.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    It plays like Scorsese's ``After Hours,'' but for higher stakes.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Distress of Parents is a real pleasure.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Wrestling gets in America's face and Blaustein gets in wrestling's face. It's a fascinating tango.
    • Boston Globe
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Mother's peace crusade ennobles Irish Town.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    Plays like a dislocated version of ''Death in Venice,'' but in a dryer, higher climate that features exponentially more firepower.
    • Boston Globe
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    In style and story line, the film is daring in its simplicity.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Carr
    A sweet screenful of quirky chaos.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    Space Cowboys does achieve liftoff.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    Superior and original filmmaking. You won't be able to take your eyes off it.
    • Boston Globe
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Carr
    A grand, dark, grave, severe piece of first-rate cinema.
    • Boston Globe
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Carr
    Films that achieve the dimension of seraphic embrace achieved by 'Innocence, as it explores a return to first love, are the rarest of the rare.
    • Boston Globe
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Jay Carr
    Snazzy visuals, of which she (Moss) is one, carry The Matrix past its klutzy script.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Go
    "Pulp Fiction" wannabes don't get much slicker or edgier than Go.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Carr
    You can count on the fingers of one hand the number of works in any given year to which one is moved to apply the word ''masterpiece.'' Raul Ruiz's Time Regained is one of them.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    JFK
    It's riveting moviemaking and a boost for what's left of America's ailing collective life. [20 Dec 1991]
    • Boston Globe

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