For 749 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 7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jay Carr's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Lowest review score: 0 The Skulls
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 96 out of 749
749 movie reviews
    • 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]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Nobody makes films as sympathetic to struggling working-class types as Mike Leigh, and nobody makes them as uncondescendingly. Although uneven, Leigh's latest, Life Is Sweet, is a honey of a film, one of the few to feel good about in this dismal year. [22 Nov. 1991, p.35]
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Career Girls is a film that knows how wounding and complicated life can be, yet still believes in, and convincingly renders, the healing power of friendship. [15 Aug. 1997, p.D4]
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Although there's nominally a lot of action, the film doesn't exactly abound in narrative pulse. But its portraits and textures take up a lot of the slack. [16 Aug 1996, p.D5]
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Brown and Dennehy aren't teen-age, they're not mutants, they're not ninjas, they're not even turtles, but they're just as entertaining the second time around, and of how many sequels can that be said? [10 May 1991, p.30]
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Fast-moving, light-handed, assured, even witty at times, and filled with satisfying special effects, Tremors plays like a redneck "Dune." [19 Jan 1990, p.23]
    • 77 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    Uncompromising and unforgiving, but ultimately more self-destructive than any of its characters.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    It epitomizes the kind of high-profile bloodshed we now expect to herald the hazy, lazy, blockbuster-fixated days of summer.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    What saves the film is the charm and earthy humor the actors wring from the spectacle of these four guys getting an early jump on their midlife crises.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    To paraphrase Andre Malraux, it invokes but it doesn't always supply, doesn't course strongly enough with the book's themes of blood and earth and dislocation.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    A space shot worth taking.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    Judd is pretty much on her own - an assignment she mostly can handle with aplomb.
    • 14 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    The moral universe remains unsullied in this lite, lo-cal thriller - the cinematic equivalent of a fizzy summer drink.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    A little too shipshape, too eager to please, not quite as anarchic as the best comedies.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    O
    The film collapses under the weight of the effort to shoehorn Shakespeare's story into a context that ultimately doesn't accommodate it.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    X
    It doesn't tap deeply enough into any of the characters to compel us to identify with one or another.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    Sweetly earnest little drama.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    A warmhearted, hardworking little comedy that owes a lot of its charm to its modesty.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    It keeps its promise to throw an hour and a half of lively entertainment at audiences.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    There's no Passion in this psychological drama.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    Runs out of helium and lands pretty heavily after its airy beginning.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    Light It Up isn't a great movie, but it's a cut above most so-called urban thrillers.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    As engaging as it is ungainly and scattered.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    At its best, it will impale you on its raw urgency. At other times, it's a slog through long improvisations that never achieve dramatic liftoff.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    If Return to Me is ultimately too bland and safe, it'll nevertheless serve as a calling card for Hunt's future directorial projects.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    Beneath its glitz, poses, and pub crawlers and club prowlers, it's an old-fashioned morality tale.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    Likable, but at times it's also inescapably sketchy and ramshackle.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    Feels a bit flat and underdeveloped.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    Amusing Made doesn't quite measure up to expectations.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    The problem with 8 1/2 Women isn't that what you see is what you get; it's that what you see is all you get.