For 751 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 68% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 29% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jay Carr's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Autumn Tale
Lowest review score: 0 The Skulls
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 96 out of 751
751 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Carr
    The sly and subtle Minus Man is a wicked little sidewinder of a black comedy.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Carr
    It isn't often that lives of quiet desperation are served up with such pearly restraint.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Carr
    Few, if any, films this year will approach, let alone equal, Autumn Tale in its subtle sparkle.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Carr
    Quiet, powerful, contemplative, respectful of stillness, Eureka is the first film this year in which there is obvious greatness.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Carr
    Deeper and richer in humanity than all but a handful of the American films released this year.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Carr
    It's terse, atmospheric, fatalistic, with vertiginous camera angles and edits offsetting its gray documentary flatness.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Carr
    We're in a golden age of comedy, and one of the reasons is Margaret Cho.
    • Boston Globe
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Carr
    Roberts and Erin Brockovich have Oscar contender written all over them.
    • 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
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Carr
    Stillman has become a master at escalating the laughter by waiting an extra beat and then understating something devastatingly funny, as when someone looks Chris Eigeman's club manager, Des, in the eye and says, "I consider you a person of integrity - except, you know, in the matter of women."
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Carr
    A sweet screenful of quirky chaos.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Carr
    In a crisply restored print, it's as joyous as ever. We loved them - yeah, yeah, yeah. Now we can love them all over again.
    • Boston Globe
    • 94 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Carr
    Terrific French film about that most universal of subjects - work.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Carr
    A grand, dark, grave, severe piece of first-rate cinema.
    • Boston Globe
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Carr
    The best film of 2001 was made in 1979.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Carr
    Bizarre, shadowy, enticingly eerie...more poetic, more tantalizingly original.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Carr
    Satisfying in every respect, it's a piece of blue-collar chamber music, never treating the characters cheaply, allowing them a complex entwinement of emotions.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Carr
    Never has a film taken such relish in between-the-wars malice as Gosford Park.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Carr
    Not only exhilarating and cathartic. It's too funny to be ignored.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Carr
    An invigoratingly mordant comedy that proves that Alexander Payne's rambunctious debut, "Citizen Ruth," was no fluke.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Carr
    Spacey is diamond-brilliant in a role that plays as if custom-made for him.