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

Jay Carr's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Lowest review score: 0 Cocktail
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 96 out of 753
753 movie reviews
    • 40 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    Many of the film's images will prove more than some viewers can take.
    • Boston Globe
    • 77 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    Uncompromising and unforgiving, but ultimately more self-destructive than any of its characters.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    The new Stuart Little is OK, but it's never so charming that you forget you're watching a manufactured object.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    Provoke us into examining whether the onus is on the man for turning it into a commercial proposition or the woman for agreeing to his offer.
    • Boston Globe
    • 78 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    By any other standard, the creatures in Monsters, Inc. would be impressive. But by the high standard Pixar not only set itself, but invented, they're only ordinary.
    • Boston Globe
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    You're hooked enough to keep watching, even if the characterizations veer toward the two-dimensional.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    Juicy acting and an intense individual and communal commitment that seems to boil up from the streets carry Southie past its structural and technical limitations. [28 May 1999]
    • Boston Globe
    • 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
    • 42 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    The film keeps being yanked back from nothingness by this or that clever sendup, delivered by a small army of invigorated performers who seem to push off from one another's energy levels.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    It's a ponderous but not unenjoyable comedy.
    • Boston Globe
    • 39 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    Lopez is not yet the actor Caviezel is. Still, she fills her performance with conviction, does a couple of her own stunts, and has enough star presence to fill the big screen.
    • Boston Globe
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    Oliver Stone's Wall Street plays like "Platoon" in civvies. It's a good bad movie, unable to muster the moral firepower of the earlier film, but entertaining on the level of a big, bold, biff-bam-pow comic strip that likes high-profile high-rolling more than it perhaps realizes. [11 Dec 1987, p.45]
    • Boston Globe
    • 28 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    2000 isn't about nobility and humility; saving the planet from evil collectors is what sells video games.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    Richard Attenborough's film version of the long-running Broadway musical hit A Chorus Line not only avoids the disaster that many had predicted for it, but is often surprisingly effective and enjoyable, transcending its troubled history. [20 Dec 1985]
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    Washington and Jolie earn their stripes here, but more texture would have resulted, I think, in more terror.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    A romantic fairy tale that's light and in several ways seductive, if not exactly filling.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    There are moments when faltering levels of energy and inventiveness threaten to turn Too Much Sleep into a nonevent. But it signals the arrival of a promising filmmaker and is worth sticking with.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    The romantic stuff is tepid. Luckily, his onscreen buddy, Hall, never strays far. Coming to America is at its best when they're playing off each other, and not just as the prince and his buddy. [29 Jun 1988, p.69]
    • Boston Globe
    • 38 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    A-list soap opera, high-class and high-gloss.
    • 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.
    • Boston Globe
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    This 19th Bond installment is passable, but only just.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    Remains a frustratingly opaque study. There's something missing, namely Kaufman.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    Alan Rudolph's beautifully burnished, heartache-filled evocation of Dorothy Parker and her Algonquin Round Tablemates bites off a bit more than it can spew. But a couple of things make it special. [23 Dec 1994, p.45]
    • Boston Globe
    • 68 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    While the appeal of Guinevere is decidedly intermittent, it's there, and the acting is right on the money.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    A slight but diverting series of set pieces.
    • Boston Globe
    • 42 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    What makes it worth sitting through is the chance it offers to catch up on the technical advances since the last installment.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    There's been talk about Van Damme deepening his excursions into acting. Wisely, though, he keeps Timecop on a comic strip level. [16 Sep 1994, p.72]
    • Boston Globe
    • 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
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Carr
    It's no meal, but it'll tide you over.
    • Boston Globe

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