For 792 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 4.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jay Carr's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Erin Brockovich
Lowest review score: 0 Cocktail
Score distribution:
792 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
    While it preserves his baseball feats, it looks beyond them to clarify Greenberg's place in American culture.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    A miracle of data retrieval as the grown schoolchildren are measured against their footage from the earlier films.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    There's plenty of invention and exuberant vigor in the chopsocky, and Wilson's cool, ironic drollery provides the perfect foil for Chan's heroics.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    A League of Their Own may not boost its material into the level of pop myth as, say, last year's great female buddy movie, "Thelma & Louise," did. It's a bit too concerned with being likable to make that kind of bold leap. But if A League of Their Own doesn't knock the ball out of the park, it's a clean hit, with extra bases written all over it. [1 July 1992, p.41]
    • Boston Globe
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    Most of all it's the emotional and spiritual arc of an exile, in all its terrible isolation, that gives ''Before Night Falls'' its power.
    • Boston Globe
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    What Gibson gives us is a portrait of a man behaving gracefully under several kinds of pressure, some of it shamefully unfair. It's a solid acting achievement, and his directing, which never calls attention to itself, is right on the money, too. The Man Without a Face is an affecting evocation of a man of principle who teaches a boy what's important. [25 Aug 1993, p.53]
    • Boston Globe
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    Drugstore Cowboy, Gus Van Sant's fresh, gutsy societal underbelly film, never wallows in picturesque down-and-outism, except at the end, when Dillon's character, frightened by the death of a girl he didn't like much and spooked by his own paranoiac suspicion, checks into a seedy hotel while trying to go cold turkey and not yield to the influence of a junkie priest drolly played by William Burroughs. [27 Oct 1989]
    • Boston Globe
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    Reichardt's satire is directed just as devastatingly at present-day mindlessness and its inability to reinvent pop myth as against the cliches people inhabit as a substitute for living. And yet there's an affection for the cultural and spiritual meltdown her film's world embraces. River of Grass is incisive and funny. What's even rarer, it's simultaneously subversive and compassionate. Reichardt is a filmmaker to watch. [15 Dec 1995, p.70]
    • 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
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    As bloody as any recent film. But it's shot through with a harsh, stony humor that's invigorating enough to be regarded as a slap back at death.
    • Boston Globe
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    Riding a mood that's tilted to the jazzy blues that Eddie prefers to Bobby's blasting rock on the car radio, Diamond Men is a sparkly film that's easy to love.
    • Boston Globe
    • 47 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    Kevin Costner's epic Wyatt Earp literally and figuratively gives you more of the legendary lawman than any of the other famous movies about him. [24 Jun 1994, p.47]
    • Boston Globe
    • 43 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    After revitalizing baseball movies with "Field of Dreams" and "Bull Durham," he's now three for three with the funny, quirky, rueful, and richly textured For Love of the Game.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    It's the kind of romantic comedy that doesn't cheapen the word ''heartwarming.''
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    It's brilliantly precise in its detailing, stylishly jagged and sensual by turns, and utterly unpredictable.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    It's sweeping yet intimate, stately yet impassioned, stylized yet immediate.
    • Boston Globe
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    It's not the mega-tech or the shootouts that make Ghost in the Shell memorable, but the ghostliness of it, its ability to convince us that Kusangai - no less than Rutger Hauer's strangely noble android in "Blade Runner" - has a human's ability to conceptualize her own mortality. Nor does arid intellectual speculation make Ghost in the Shell what it is. [1 Mar 1996, p.29]
    • Boston Globe
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    Ullmann's film is an achievement of heart and consequence, as full of integrity as Bergman, yet demonstrating more mercy.
    • Boston Globe
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    There's nothing paltry about its poultry.
    • Boston Globe
    • 43 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    As a flawed but lovably lionhearted woman, Barrymore triumphantly comes of age as an actress.
    • Boston Globe
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    A slick, twisty, top-of-the-line crime thriller with gorgeously sensual textures and a screenful of wickedly faceted performances.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    Hollywood filmmaking at its best, brimming over with feeling, texture, spirit, and several kinds of keenness that transmute experience into big pop myth.
    • Boston Globe
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    Haunting, powerfully acted, penetratingly written, it's about people coming home -- and not coming home -- to their marriages.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    Friday is funnier and funkier than "Bad Boys," more homegrown-seeming, less manufactured. It plays like "House Party" with attitude. [26 Apr 1995]
    • Boston Globe
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    Whatever portion of the alienated teen angst championship Thora Birch left unclaimed after ''American Beauty,'' she nails down brilliantly in Ghost World.
    • Boston Globe
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    The bleakness of Rosetta will not be for all, but it's one of the best films of the year.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    Sad, funny, brilliant.
    • 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
    • 59 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    'Titanic'' was a case of a cheeseball story riding terrific effects. The Perfect Storm is in every important way deeper.

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