For 753 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 67% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 30% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jay Carr's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 The Last September
Lowest review score: 0 Cocktail
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 96 out of 753
753 movie reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    It's the kind of movie you can settle into, secure in the expectation that you can steal from it more than a little vintage Allen fun.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    A gritty, immediate, down-and-dirty satire with a down-and-dirty look.
    • Boston Globe
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Despite a deceptively aimless surface that seems to take off from the initial character's musings on roads not taken, Slacker is more than a gallery of alienated post-collegiates spinning their wheels waiting for something to happen. [4 Oct. 1991, p.47]
    • Boston Globe
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Less elliptical and more down-and-dirty than Lang's interesting debut film, ''The Well,'' this one tumbles through Sydney's academic and alternative poetry circles and is built around a lesbian private eye.
    • Boston Globe
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Phildelphia, with its velvety textures and rhythms and heads-up soundtrack, does a good job of at least putting the topic on the mainstream table. And it's dramatically potent as well as historically important. [14 Jan 1994, p.73]
    • Boston Globe
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Lewis delivers an Oscar-worthy performance as the child-woman who wears tube tops and polyester and matter-of-factly tells the other woman that Early doesn't really whip her. [03 Sep 1993]
    • Boston Globe
    • 41 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    The film is almost as shaky as the science, but Nichols knows how to get the most out of what amounts to a one-joke comedy, and Bening works virtual miracles.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    The film never drags, but one of the enjoyable things about it is its way of taking its time letting us get to know and savor the characters.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    A big, handsome throwback to star-powered historical costume movies.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Gives three first-rate actors a chance to stretch, and they do.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    It's rare that a crime movie achieves such emotional complexity, but this one is smartly layered.
    • Boston Globe
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Turbo-charged wallbanger with the IQ of a tire iron. But it jumps off the screen with the mindless panache of a good bad movie.
    • Boston Globe
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    A Knight's Tale, will either repel you or win you over. It won me over.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Stylish and arrives at a satisfying cumulative weight, even if it isn't Austen pure.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Deserves a place alongside "Life Is Beautiful" and, yes, even "Schindler's List."
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    The reason Bread and Roses works as well as it does is that as didactic as it sometimes gets, its heart is always bigger than its ideology.
    • Boston Globe
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Spielberg has said that in their collaboration, cut short by Kubrick's death, Kubrick had opened his heart as never before. Although the fingerprint of each is upon A.I, there are times when the prints are blurred and merged. And this film will blur the hitherto distinctive profiles of each.
    • Boston Globe
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Filled with affection and verve and will do very nicely until the next shipment of Latin jazz comes along.
    • Boston Globe
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Surviving Picasso is always intelligent and often entertaining, even when it perhaps inevitably takes on the character of an upmarket wax museum. [4 Oct 1996]
    • Boston Globe
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    The pure joy of music-making is what this gem of a film is all about.
    • Boston Globe
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Brings the '30s vividly to the screen.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    A clever and satisfyingly abundant entertainment.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    The kind of movie you can enjoy easily enough, as long as you don't think about it much.
    • Boston Globe
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    It has a few laughs, but it also has a lot of dead air, and barely any plot at all. In sporting terms, it's no home run.
    • Boston Globe
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Perhaps not the most uproarious of Veber's farces, but entertaining and emotionally satisfying all the same.
    • Boston Globe
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    The film's most remarkable achievement, in this culture of clamor, simply may be its decision to keep the volume down, drawing us in as opposed to pummeling us, as most films do.
    • Boston Globe
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    This engaging ensemble comedy that could have been called ''Father Doesn't Know Best.''
    • Boston Globe
    • 25 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Gallo has delivered a clever suspense comedy that, thanks to a taut script, creative direction, and first-rate performances from its leads, gives Double Take more weight than one would expect from a genre crowd-pleaser.
    • Boston Globe
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    I can't imagine anyone not feeling entertained by Happy, Texas.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    A long, warm, satisfying farewell encounter.

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