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

Jay Carr's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 The Last September
Lowest review score: 0 Cocktail
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 96 out of 753
753 movie reviews
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    Captures just enough behind-the-scenes flavor to qualify as a light, bright divertissement.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    Feels a bit flat and underdeveloped.
    • Boston Globe
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    Needs less down-to-earth flavor and more unearthly force.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    They're a far cry from the Coen brothers, or even the Polish brothers, but Josh and Jacob Kornbluth emerge intact from their first filmmaking venture and score more hits than misses in this comedy.
    • Boston Globe
    • 50 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    Ends with a fizzle, not a bang.
    • Boston Globe
    • 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
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    For all its handsomeness, the movie reveals a few cobwebs beginning to gather at the conceptual edges of the Disney animations.
    • Boston Globe
    • 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.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    A little too shipshape, too eager to please, not quite as anarchic as the best comedies.
    • Boston Globe
    • 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.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    At least Dragonfly isn't contemptible or altogether dismissible. But it doesn't use Costner well, and it even more unforgivably wastes Kathy Bates.
    • Boston Globe
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    Anybody who's ever laced on toe shoes, or wanted to, will find something to take away from Center Stage.
    • Boston Globe
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    The most traditional of Hollywood romances, in that it's resolutely about nice people with nice problems.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    Isn't always easy to sit through, but it repays patience. It's an honorable film, and it earns its undertow of poignancy derived from.
    • Boston Globe
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    Traveller is a little too rosy and pat, but it clambers its way to entertainment value all the same. [2 May 1997]
    • Boston Globe
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    Ready to Wear has entertaining bits, but for a film about people converging on Paris to increase the hysteria and anxiety levels, Ready to Wear has surprisingly little urgency. [23 Dec 1994, p.48]
    • Boston Globe
    • 33 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    The unevenness of what surrounds the star couple is indicative of the script's inability to muster anything more than intermittent sophistication.
    • Boston Globe
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    Lacks the requisite sense of dread.
    • Boston Globe
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    Runs out of helium and lands pretty heavily after its airy beginning.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    The ensemble quality is high and likable, even if Baumbach's inventiveness as a writer falters after the film's sweet, savvy beginning. [12 June 1998]
    • 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
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    Individual performances...are flavorful and simpatico.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    What goes on when Li isn't fighting the bad guys isn't worth discussing; it's that stupid.
    • Boston Globe
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    The skies are thick with whizzing bullets and strings being pulled by Shane Black's crude script and Richard Donner's cement-mixer direction. Predictably, the chicks-and-ammo stuff is punctuated by TV cop show repartee. [6 Mar 1987, p.36]
    • Boston Globe
    • 33 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    It keeps its promise to throw an hour and a half of lively entertainment at audiences.
    • Boston Globe
    • 28 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    Ham-handedly manipulative film.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    Worth staying with for the respect it pays to its characters' emotions.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    A brilliant production of a mediocre play.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    Character is almost wholly subordinated to a blast-furnace rendering of the hell into which they're dumped. Seldom will you see so many US military body parts strewn around a movie screen.
    • Boston Globe

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