For 852 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 Vincent & Theo
Lowest review score: 0 The Skulls
Score distribution:
852 movie reviews
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Jay Carr
    Richard Attenborough's Chaplin is little more than an illustrated crash course on Charlie Chaplin. But, while superficial, it at least avoids disgrace. [08 Jan 1993, p.25]
    • Boston Globe
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Jay Carr
    While Harrison Ford brings all you could hope for to the role of Clancy's hero, CIA analyst Jack Ryan, Patriot Games is a pretty routine, generic and on the whole pedestrian film. Considering the talent and obvious care taken, it's surprisingly flavorless. [5 June 1992, p.25]
    • Boston Globe
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    It starts with a flyboy roasting franks in the exhaust of a combat jet and never lets up, giddily puncturing all those wartime flying hero movies and throwing in a heap of movie parodies besides. Either way, the pacing is jetstreamed and the level of inventiveness is sky-high. [31 July 1991, p.25]
    • Boston Globe
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Jay Carr
    The 'Burbs begins promisingly, as if Joe Dante is going to yank a Steven Spielberg film into Blue Velvet depths. Once the premise is laid down, however, the film deflates and empties with alarming speed. [17 Feb 1989, p.88]
    • Boston Globe
    • 65 Metascore
    • 38 Jay Carr
    Soapdish should have been a laugher. But this new spoof of TV soaps isn't nearly as funny as the real thing. Soapdish holds only the merest sliver of entertainment. [31 May 1991, p.28]
    • Boston Globe
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Jay Carr
    Its pile-driving succession of set pieces comes at you with numbingly relentless efficiency, presumably in the hope that you won't notice or care how dumb it all is.
    • 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
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Jay Carr
    What saves it is that it's lighter than mousse and is animated by a handful of engaging performers.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 38 Jay Carr
    Under Siege is dumb formula stuff, sensory jolts by the numbers. [09 Oct 1992, p.89]
    • Boston Globe
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    American Pimp, if not quite a self-serving orgy of self-justification, can hardly be thought of as a searching look at the skin trade.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Carr
    At times Mantegna's character seems little more than his dilemma, but Mamet's stylized dialogue crackles urgently and colorfully, each word landing with a weight you find only in good writing. The dislocation accelerates compellingly into ironic absurdity as Mamet lets his cop swing in the wind in this mordant parable of wrong things done for right reasons. There have been a lot of cop movies, but never one like Homicide. It has a way all its own of raising your consciousness by whacking you in the head. [18 Oct 1991, p.33]
    • Boston Globe
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    Screenwriter John Hughes, making his directing debut, is at his best when he empathizes with the sensitivity in the ugly-duckling Ringwald and Hall characters. [04 May 1984]
    • Boston Globe
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Carr
    Sensuous and rarefied, elevating its particulars into epiphanies, The Long Day Closes is as joyful as introversion gets. [9 July 1993, p.25]
    • Boston Globe
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Jay Carr
    'Trainspotting'' Lite.
    • Boston Globe
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Jay Carr
    Despite the heavy-handedness, isn't awful enough to be a hilarious howler. But neither is it good enough to become the tropical noir it could have been.
    • Boston Globe
    • 36 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    An earnest but ultimately scattered effort to put Yippie radical Abbie Hoffman's best foot posthumously forward.
    • 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
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    A powerful and surehandedly crafted depth charge of a movie.
    • Boston Globe
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    In short, the film isn't afraid to wear its heart on its sleeve and bring conviction to its focus on feelings. It's written with enough dexterity and wit to make you buy into it. [29 Jan 1999, p.C4]
    • Boston Globe
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Jay Carr
    Lots of sex, but little joy.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    Amusing Made doesn't quite measure up to expectations.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Even when it falls back excessively on coincidence and contrived set pieces, even when it gushes irretrievably over the top in its final act, Washington makes Training Day sizzle.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    The result is a megabudget "House Party" -- amiable, colorful, filled with glamour and style. [01 Jul 1992]
    • Boston Globe
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    Less than memorable.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 50 Jay Carr
    If you walk in with your expectations at a suitably low setting, you won't walk away disappointed.
    • Boston Globe
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Carr
    The best film of 2001 was made in 1979. [10 Aug 2001, p.D1]
    • Boston Globe
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Jay Carr
    The characters, in short, are never given enough dimension, enough chance to develop the individual tics and eccentricities on which this kind of comedy thrives.
    • Boston Globe
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    To have been the film it could have been, crazy/beautiful needed to be messier.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Carr
    Music for the eyes. That's why it has become a treasured classic. That's why we'll see it again and again. [2002 re-release]

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