For 752 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 6.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jay Carr's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 The Long Day Closes
Lowest review score: 0 The Skulls
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 96 out of 752
752 movie reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    He's (Willard) a one-man storm of escalating inanity, and he's hilarious.
    • Boston Globe
    • 84 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    A big, dark juggernaut of a movie about a big, dark juggernaut of a subject.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    Nowhere near as dynamic as the title implies. It's hard not to think of it as ''Sleepwalk Lola Sleepwalk.''
    • Boston Globe
    • 35 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    You won't feel raped by it, but you well may feel that it's too ideologically earnest for the porn crowd and too hard-core for serious audiences.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    Lacks the requisite sense of dread.
    • Boston Globe
    • 14 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    The moral universe remains unsullied in this lite, lo-cal thriller - the cinematic equivalent of a fizzy summer drink.
    • Boston Globe
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    The most traditional of Hollywood romances, in that it's resolutely about nice people with nice problems.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    American Pimp, if not quite a self-serving orgy of self-justification, can hardly be thought of as a searching look at the skin trade.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    You keep waiting for it to go into orbit, to be really fizzy and outrageous, like the screwball farce it wants to be. Instead, the film settles for the merely serviceable.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    At least hits a certain adrenaline level, and the stunts have panache. If you crave the ''Young Guns'' approach to the Old West, here it is again.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    Derivative and flawed. But it does throw off a few sparks.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    She (Bullock) has a way of landing on her feet and remaining simpatico no matter how cheesy the script is. That's what happens here.
    • 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.
    • Boston Globe
    • 40 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
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    It doesn't tap deeply enough into any of the characters to compel us to identify with one or another.
    • Boston Globe
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    A strong ending might have obscured the mediocrity in the writing, or at least diverted us, but the ending is sentimental where it needed to be hard-edged and comically merciless. For a film about people hurtling forward, Rat Race is pretty pedestrian.
    • Boston Globe
    • 50 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    Ends with a fizzle, not a bang.
    • Boston Globe
    • 34 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    In a season mostly given over to unwatchable movies being cleared off studio shelves, it's at least about something. And there's no denying the lurid urgency with which it jumps off the screen.
    • Boston Globe
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    The question facing the target audience for Scary Movie is whether the funny bits will be enough of a payoff for sitting through the tedious stuff between them.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    The cop-out is mitigated by Allen's ability to impart a comfortable, lived-in quality to his roles, this one included.
    • Boston Globe
    • 29 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    Doesn't make nearly the ripple it could have made.
    • Boston Globe
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    To have been the film it could have been, crazy/beautiful needed to be messier.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    A brilliant production of a mediocre play.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    There's always Witherspoon, swimming upstream and never letting it slow her down. Blindingly purposeful, she's a perky blond tornado. Marilyn Monroe would not only have cheered her on. She'd have learned something.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    Recedes to a string of mere action exploits. These are proficiently executed but, for all their visual authority, not much more than routine.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    It's heady in the beginning, chaotic throughout, and numb with the suddenness of the Internet economy's plummet at the end.
    • Boston Globe
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    A firm, ringing yes and no on Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. The best thing about it may be that it will lead many back to read -- or re-read -- the book.
    • Boston Globe
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    You're hooked enough to keep watching, even if the characterizations veer toward the two-dimensional.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    Bummer theater.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    Ham-handedly manipulative film.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    Good enough, but only just. It's got the hardware, but neither the characters, the imagination, nor the resonance one had hoped for.

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