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 6.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jay Carr's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Gosford Park
Lowest review score: 0 Cocktail
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 96 out of 753
753 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]
    • Boston Globe
    • 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]
    • Boston Globe
    • 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]
    • Boston Globe
    • 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]
    • Boston Globe
    • 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]
    • Boston Globe
    • 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]
    • Boston Globe
    • 45 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    Too bad The Kid gets bogged down in its sentimental manipulations. It has more going for it than you might suppose.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    This 19th Bond installment is passable, but only just.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    The reason to sit through its uninspired, formulaic moves, however, is its half-dozen spectacular fight sequences.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    The important thing is that Hurley looks smashing in her succession of red outfits.
    • Boston Globe
    • 21 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    An exercise in excess, but it's the best of the month's crop of mindless films, if only because it jumps off the screen with acertain pop and playfulness.
    • Boston Globe
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    It's no meal, but it'll tide you over.
    • Boston Globe
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    A space shot worth taking.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    Sometimes trips over its own contrivance, especially at the ammo-ridden end.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    There's too much control in it and not enough danger.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    A warmhearted, hardworking little comedy that owes a lot of its charm to its modesty.
    • Boston Globe
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    It would be gratifying to report that there's a lot more to K-Pax than Spacey at the top of his form, but there isn't.
    • Boston Globe
    • 34 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    There are times when it moves into the guilty pleasure zone.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    It's a spirited and essentially optimistic film, but it's also simplistic.
    • Boston Globe
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    Feels a bit flat and underdeveloped.
    • Boston Globe
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    Its protagonist haven't enough emotional substance to carry them through the long, darkly lit introspective sequences.
    • Boston Globe
    • 42 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    The bathroom jokes in Gun Shy wear thin.
    • Boston Globe
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    Hard-driving and propulsive as it is, the film is unable to hide the fact that Woo seems not only to be repeating himself, but parodying his earlier films on a much bigger scale, more crudely and coarsely.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    Isn't as dark as ''Heathers'' or as witty as ''Clueless,'' but it's at least pointed in that direction.
    • Boston Globe
    • 90 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    In the end, it's the snatches of music, mangled as it is, and the mechanics of staging it, in the absence of Leigh's usual raw, urgent psychic collisions, that keep Topsy-Turvy from seeming merely a gorgeous wax museum.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    It's the cinematic equivalent of one of those prop guns where you pull the trigger and a little flag comes out of the barrel, waving gaily.
    • Boston Globe
    • 44 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    Runs dry amid the cactus and sagebrush, but Graham's cartoony take on angelic unstoppableness makes us not mind so much.
    • Boston Globe
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    Far too long, but its rambunctiousness is engaging, propelled by Stone's virtuosic quick-cutting.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    It's too circumscribed and polite for the story it's telling, curiously deficient in the unexpected.
    • Boston Globe
    • 35 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    Doesn't quite rank with the films that bracket Heckerling's pop-culture high priestess status

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