For 845 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 3.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jay Carr's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Eureka
Lowest review score: 0 The Skulls
Score distribution:
845 movie reviews
    • 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
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Jay Carr
    Presumed Innocent is interesting to the extent that it goes beyond the usual whodunit and courtroom drama formulas and shows how nobody really has clean hands. [27 July 1990, p.29P]
    • Boston Globe
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    It's not afraid to play cornball when it isn't playing baseball, but The Rookie gets away with it.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Jay Carr
    Has more ambition than the usual serial killer film, but curiously less urgency.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Made of a serene dynamite that's all but unknown to American film audiences.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    The film makes more apparent than ever that Howard is quite underrated as a filmmaker, possibly because he's been hidden in full view in the mainstream for so long.
    • Boston Globe
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Perhaps not the most uproarious of Veber's farces, but entertaining and emotionally satisfying all the same.
    • Boston Globe
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    There's enchanting delicacy and irresistible quirkiness in Anthony Minghella's allegory of grief. And humane comedy, too, in this fable about a woman flattened by inconsolable loss, then rejoining the world. [24 May 1991]
    • Boston Globe
    • 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
    Give it a chance and you'll probably share the cast's collective impulse to dive in and embrace it.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Wacky enough and gadget-driven enough to appeal to bored kids looking for fresh energies.
    • Boston Globe
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    Just enough laughs to keep you watching.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    Mad Dog and Glory is the funniest and most original studio comedy since "White Men Can't Jump." What makes it fun is its ability to find new ways to do old things. [5 Mar 1993, p.61]
    • Boston Globe
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    As each scientist chronicles his or her story, one is impressed by the place that unswerving motivation and determination has assumed in the work.
    • Boston Globe
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Goes soft in the end, but not ruinously so. Meanwhile, its loose cannons bounce off one another deliciously.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    In its dark, relentless, devastatingly ironic way, The Pledge is an exhilarating movie, partly because it isn't afraid to be genuinely challenging.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Stylish and arrives at a satisfying cumulative weight, even if it isn't Austen pure.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Hurls its Holocaust at us in a series of justifiably horrific images.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    He's (Dafoe) the stuff bad dreams are made of. He's also the best movie vampire since Schreck's original. He deserves a bloody Oscar.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Carr
    Bizarre, shadowy, enticingly eerie...more poetic, more tantalizingly original.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Most of the time Things Change makes you marvel at how fresh a mob comedy can seem in the right hands. [21 Oct 1988, p.49]
    • Boston Globe
    • 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
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    A long, warm, satisfying farewell encounter.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Carr
    One of the year's most winning performances, Logue's Dex will grow on you as he stumbles toward emotional fullness.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    A witty yet fiery and, in the best sense, provocative play of ideas about freedom of expression.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Carr
    First and foremost, Good Will Hunting is a film riding young, exuberant energies.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    This is a sizzling, invigorating Hamlet.
    • Boston Globe

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