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 The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear
Lowest review score: 0 Cocktail
Score distribution:
814 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Carr
    Spartacus stands up handsomely. At times it's even stirring, as in Woody Strode's performance as the African gladiator who, in sparing Spartacus' life, opens his eyes. Spartacus is one of Hollywood's great comic strips. [3 May 1991, p.45]
    • Boston Globe
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Carr
    A grand, dark, grave, severe piece of first-rate cinema.
    • Boston Globe
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Carr
    Simple, but loaded. It celebrates the humanity and humanism at the heart of Iran's remarkable flow of films, but it's also more of a rebuke to materialistic values than any ideologue could ever hope to be.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Carr
    An invigoratingly mordant comedy that proves that Alexander Payne's rambunctious debut, "Citizen Ruth," was no fluke.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Carr
    Generous in its emotions as well as its visuals, it makes its healing energies real because it takes the trouble to make its characters' pain believable. It's a big, bold, slightly old-fashioned film carried by its heartfelt conviction, by Barbra Streisand's painstaking direction and self-effacing acting, and by Nick Nolte. [25 Dec 1991, p.47]
    • Boston Globe
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Carr
    First and foremost, Good Will Hunting is a film riding young, exuberant energies.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Carr
    Roberts and Erin Brockovich have Oscar contender written all over them.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Carr
    A civilized delight.
    • Boston Globe
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Carr
    In short, A Christmas Story isn't just about Christmas; it's about childhood and it recaptures a time and place with love and wonder. It seems an instant classic, a film that will give pleasure to people not only this Christmas, but for many Christmases to come. [19 Nov 1983, p.1]
    • Boston Globe
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Carr
    It's all we ask of a film but almost never get, as it first makes us squirm, then makes us cheer.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Carr
    The best film of 2001 was made in 1979.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Carr
    Badlands is one of the great banality-of-evil films. [29 May 1998, p.C9]
    • Boston Globe
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Carr
    Not only exhilarating and cathartic. It's too funny to be ignored.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Carr
    With Carrey hitting a career peak, this Grinch doesn't steal Christmas; it restores the season by helping energize us enough to make it through the whole thing.
    • Boston Globe
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Carr
    It isn't often that lives of quiet desperation are served up with such pearly restraint.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Carr
    The story is spun forth ravishingly, tenderly, and urgently, with a captivating mix of beauty, spare sophistication, and profound humanity.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Carr
    It's terse, atmospheric, fatalistic, with vertiginous camera angles and edits offsetting its gray documentary flatness.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Carr
    "In Cold Blood," "Badlands," "The Executioner's Song," and now, joining those grisly milestones on the heartland hit list, and every bit their equal, is Boys Don't Cry.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Carr
    A Bronx Tale is a joy, a film that comes unerringly from someone's heart and experience, and not from a power lunch of agents with clients to be packaged. [1 Oct 1993, p. 49]
    • Boston Globe
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Carr
    The women here aren't afraid to get extreme about love, but in the end, you sense that they are too sound to destroy themselves over the worthless man they have allowed to personify it. That's what lifts Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown from the amusing to the sublime. [23 Dec 1988, p.23]
    • Boston Globe
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Carr
    Naked is one of the most scorchingly compelling films in years, Mike Leigh's masterpiece, an unflinching vision of civilization in retreat, life as apocalypse. [4 Mar. 1994, p.51]
    • Boston Globe
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Carr
    A gorgeous autumnal period piece that catches a vanishing proprietary class on the eve of its extinction in Ireland in 1920.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Carr
    Terrific French film about that most universal of subjects - work.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Carr
    Slly, sublime, buoyant mischief that is virtually without parallel in 20th-century art, much less 20th-century film.
    • Boston Globe
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Carr
    Brilliant and impassioned as Day Lewis' performance is, it isn't the only reason this film is so exhilarating. Director Jim Sheridan, who clearly has assimilated Brown's two memoirs (the film takes its name from the first), draws Christy's impoverished Irish family with idiomatic rightness and a satisfying and rare (to American films at least) emotional fullness. [15 Sept, 1989, p.41]
    • Boston Globe
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Carr
    It's one of the great sister movies and one of the great performance movies. [26 Jan 1996]
    • Boston Globe
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Carr
    Quiet, powerful, contemplative, respectful of stillness, Eureka is the first film this year in which there is obvious greatness.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Carr
    The sly and subtle Minus Man is a wicked little sidewinder of a black comedy.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Carr
    With its beautifully crafted starburst of colors and themes spanning its requisite Victorian gravity, A Little Princess is a beguiling little supernova of a movie I can't imagine anyone not loving. [19 May 1995, p.64]
    • Boston Globe

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