For 807 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 Eureka
Lowest review score: 0 The Skulls
Score distribution:
807 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    It's much closer to a European film in sensibility than to one of Hollywood's factory products.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    If you thought ''Moulin Rouge,'' or, for that matter, ''Tommy,'' was trippy, Hedwig, with its glorious convergence of material and performer, will show you what you've been missing.
    • Boston Globe
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    The film's bountiful warmth and gusto do their work. By the end, we feel part of the family, too.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    The film doesn't match the novel's adrenaline level, but is in every other way more stylish and intelligent...Smart, sexy, provocative entertainment. [30 July 1993, p.25]
    • Boston Globe
    • 52 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    Serendipity returns us, if only for a couple of hours, to the Manhattan of our dreams.
    • Boston Globe
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    In all respects, from choice of material to fullness of execution on every level, The War Zone is an extraordinary piece of work.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    In short, Almodovar opens some new doors to his artists here, and they respond in surprising, captivating ways. [29 Mar 1996]
    • Boston Globe
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    Soderbergh's sleekly malignant Underneath is a nasty little winner. [28 April 1995, p.81]
    • Boston Globe
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    Nicholson, Hunt, and Kinnear will win you over as they turn the film into a valentine to New York's walking wounded.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    Delightful and original, the film conjures up a corner of Paris distinct and specific, yet fairy-tale fanciful.
    • Boston Globe
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    Stone's film rolls off the screen with affection and authority, even when Morrison's life enters its sodden, bummed-out finale, and Val Kilmer does an uncanny job of identifying with Morrison. [01 Mar 1991]
    • Boston Globe
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    Reveals real feelings.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    From start to finish there's a shimmer of discovery about it - our discovery of it, Coppola's discovery of how much she can do.
    • 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
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    Jude is a modernized version of Hardy, but a handsome, fluid and red-blooded one that has no difficulty finding correlatives to the prejudice and hatred of wit and spirit against which Hardy, in his gimlet-eyed way, so passionately attacked. [25 Oct 1996]
    • Boston Globe
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    Souffle-light and airily playful.
    • Boston Globe
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    Richly compelling.
    • Boston Globe
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    What sets Tequila Sunrise apart is its layering, its existential dimension. The characters played by Gibson and Russell have been sanded down by a kind of fatalism we normally associate with characters in French gangster movies. There's more than one facet to them. They're entertaining. And urgent. Even when they're just going through routine genre moves, they put laid-back spin on them. [2 Dec 1988, p.29]
    • Boston Globe
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    In Bopha! the usual apartheid-struggle elements never thin out into abstractions. They're elemental, encapsulating a country's tragedy resonantly and powerfully in a single family's. [24 Sept 1993, p.51]
    • Boston Globe
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    The same underdog formulas and sunny disposition that turned it into an unexpected Thai box-office hit should win it friends here, too.
    • Boston Globe
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Involvingly acted, surehandedly crafted.

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