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 The Color of Paradise
Lowest review score: 0 Cocktail
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 96 out of 751
751 movie reviews
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Kinetic, fizzy, delivering more bounce to the ounce than anything out there right now, "Rumble in the Bronx" is my kind of mindless fun. [23 Feb 1996]
    • 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
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    There's enchanting delicacy and irresistible quirkiness in Anthony Minghella's allegory of grief. And humane comedy, too, in this fable about a woman flattened by inconsolable loss, then rejoining the world. [24 May 1991]
    • Boston Globe
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    It's more than a labor of love -- it's a powerful summoning of devoted craft, conveying the pain and complexity of a great musical innovator, avoiding almost totally the usual Hollywood cliches. [14 Oct 1988, p. 53]
    • Boston Globe
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Married to the Mob is a funny yard sale of a film about regeneration in a junked-up America. [19 Aug 1988]
    • Boston Globe
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    [Verhoeven's] cold, slick, funny, high-powered movie is informed by a humanism this genre almost always abandons in its chase after vigilante splat. [17 Jul 1987]
    • Boston Globe
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    A triumph of romantic impulse over stylistic indulgence. [21 Oct 1983]
    • Boston Globe
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    It could have been shorter, some of its exchanges misfire, but I respect The Last Temptation of Christ, and I'm much more for it than against it. It's the most spiritual biblical movie of our times. [2 Sep 1988, p.25]
    • Boston Globe
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    It's huge, brilliant, dark and cathartic, with a towering and complex performance by Anthony Hopkins that humanizes Nixon more than Nixon ever was able to humanize himself. [20 Dec 1995, p.33]
    • Boston Globe
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    There's a layer of grim comedy in Butterfly Kiss. But what's exciting about it is its gritty way of remaining so uncompromisingly bleak in its psychopathology. [7 Jun 1996, p.58]
    • Boston Globe
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Cruise is believable as an athlete; and the cocky bravado he emits to impress his girlfriend (played with matching complexity and maturity by Lea Thompson) has a fetching sense of lift, too. But his vulnerability is what's most refreshing and ingratiating about Cruise's Stef. [05 Nov 1983]
    • Boston Globe
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Sitting through Lethal Weapon 2 is like dating a jackhammer. It's a slick, cynical, high-speed assembly line of car chases, jokes, sex, explosions and blood. [41 Jul 1989, p.41]
    • Boston Globe
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Kindergarten Cop finds Arnold up to his old tricks, which will be exactly what his fans will want to know. But it's tough on kids and may make more than a few feel uncomfortable. [21 Dec 1990, p.51]
    • Boston Globe
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    JFK
    It's riveting moviemaking and a boost for what's left of America's ailing collective life. [20 Dec 1991]
    • Boston Globe
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Dirty Rotten Scoundrels essentially remains a duet of exquisitely turned gestures exchanged by Martin and Caine. It isn't killer comedy. Sometimes its leisurely pace veers dangerously close to slackness. But it's as close as Hollywood comedy comes to chamber music. [14 Dec 1988, p.77]
    • Boston Globe
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    It's a surprisingly sweet underdog immigrant coming-of-age story set in 1961. [24 Oct 1997]
    • Boston Globe
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Spaceballs has the happy air of a comic enterprise that knows it's going right. It just keeps spritzing the gags at us, Borscht Belt-style, confidently and rightly sensing that if we don't laugh at this one, we'll laugh at the next. And so we do. After a long dry spell, Brooks is back on the money with Spaceballs. [24 Jun 1987, p.33]
    • Boston Globe
    • 38 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Scrooged is that rarest of contemporary Hollywood phenomena -- a Christmas movie with Christmas spirit. [23 Nov 1988, p.21]
    • Boston Globe
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Black comedy and film noir are around one another smartly and wickedly in Danny Boyle's Shallow Grave, a tense, twisty Scottish-made thriller that's going to break out of Glasgow in a big way. [24 Feb 1995]
    • Boston Globe
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Pee- wee's Big Adventure is a shrewdly observed, deftly executed looney tune. [9 Aug 1985, p.42]
    • Boston Globe
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    The screen Grease seemed at the time a big, overblown version of the sassy, gritty stage musical. Now the differences seem less important. What the two versions share are sizzle and a refusal to ignore the sexual energy of an exuberant cast. Grease seems kickier now than it did 20 years ago. [27 Mar 1998, p.D6]
    • Boston Globe
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    The story is told handsomely and affectingly with images, facial expressions and body language. [16 Oct 1992]
    • 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
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    The Lost Boys is schlock, but it's juicy schlock. [31 Jul 1987, p.34]
    • Boston Globe
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    But, fittingly, it's the kids who carry this outing. They're led by Sean Astin, who's rightly more of a dreamer than the others. Jeff B. Cohen engagingly handles the most cliched role, the fat kid who keeps stuffing his face. And I couldn't help wondering if Ke Huy Quan, who played Indy's sidekick in the Temple of Doom, knows that not all movies are made in caves. In any case, you can relax. The Goonies is entertaining despite its calculated flavor. [7 Jun 1985, p.61]
    • Boston Globe
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    In the end, Fighter, despite its newsreel footage, is less a document of wartime experience than of the mentality one needs to maintain in order to be a fighter.
    • Boston Globe
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Mother's peace crusade ennobles Irish Town.
    • 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
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Albert Finney's name on a cast list is a guarantee of pleasure, and there's much to savor besides in Suri Krishnamma's A Man of No Importance. [03 Feb 1995]
    • 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