For 741 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 Election
Lowest review score: 0 Cocktail
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 95 out of 741
741 movie reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    Lacks the requisite sense of dread.
    • 14 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    The moral universe remains unsullied in this lite, lo-cal thriller - the cinematic equivalent of a fizzy summer drink.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    Ends with a fizzle, not a bang.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    Doesn't make nearly the ripple it could have made.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    It's a ponderous but not unenjoyable comedy.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    Isn't what you'd call a probing film, but it's a slick and savvy one.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    It's a small film, and a far from perfect one, but it allows her (Theron) to extend her range as no previous role has done.