For 749 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 749
749 movie reviews
    • 29 Metascore
    • 50 Jay Carr
    Never brings its potentially intriguing plot strands into focus.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Jay Carr
    A mildly diverting gay-straight odd couple comedy that has just enough bright one-liners to carry it past its plot structuring.
    • Boston Globe
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Jay Carr
    The characters, in short, are never given enough dimension, enough chance to develop the individual tics and eccentricities on which this kind of comedy thrives.
    • Boston Globe
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Jay Carr
    Its pile-driving succession of set pieces comes at you with numbingly relentless efficiency, presumably in the hope that you won't notice or care how dumb it all is.
    • Boston Globe
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Jay Carr
    In its zeal to counter the negativity usually found in depictions of Mormons, God's Army eventually succumbs to overearnestness, sentimentality, and cliche.
    • Boston Globe
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Jay Carr
    There's nothing really wrong with Agnes Browne, except a tendency to take a few easy, convenient outs.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Jay Carr
    A comic vehicle for that valuable Australian export, Rachel Griffiths.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Jay Carr
    Conspicuously short on the kind of texture that makes us feel we're watching real people living real lives.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Jay Carr
    Dramatically speaking, The Caveman's Valentine is a dead end.
    • Boston Globe
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Jay Carr
    Seems embalmed in its own time, an earnest and handsomely crafted museum piece, not an urgent transposition of Miller's moral outrage to the new century.
    • Boston Globe
    • 27 Metascore
    • 50 Jay Carr
    If you walk in with your expectations at a suitably low setting, you won't walk away disappointed.
    • Boston Globe
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Jay Carr
    Dogged allegiance to blandness.
    • Boston Globe
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Jay Carr
    Seems so preoccupied with genuflection that it never achieves its subject's heart-pounding immediacy.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Jay Carr
    Despite the heavy-handedness, isn't awful enough to be a hilarious howler. But neither is it good enough to become the tropical noir it could have been.
    • Boston Globe
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Jay Carr
    Little more than a screenful of boy meets boy, boy meets baggage, boy loses baggage.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Jay Carr
    Although dated, it's not a bad musical.
    • Boston Globe
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Jay Carr
    Wonderfully cast and slickly directed, but so crudely written.
    • Boston Globe
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Jay Carr
    The end is a long time coming in Reindeer Games and the dialogue is mostly slush.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Jay Carr
    Has more ambition than the usual serial killer film, but curiously less urgency.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Jay Carr
    Takes on provocative and stimulating subject matter, but can't bring it into satisfying dramatic focus, stranding three strong actors who are superior to their material.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Jay Carr
    Rarely has a movie that looked so good on paper fallen so flat as the aptly named Charlotte Gray. It's not a bad movie. Bad movies have more flavor.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Jay Carr
    There's a whole lotta latex goin' on. The trouble is that not enough else is going on.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Jay Carr
    What saves it is that it's lighter than mousse and is animated by a handful of engaging performers.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Jay Carr
    A flimsy sister act.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Jay Carr
    Despite a few tangy black comic moments, Lucky Numbers' is bummer theater.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Jay Carr
    You'll laugh at Bones a lot more often than you'll be scared by it, assuming you'll be scared at all.
    • Boston Globe
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Jay Carr
    Ultimately, the kids carry this manipulative tear-jerker. They're warm, lively charmers.
    • Boston Globe
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Jay Carr
    An example of a film that begins with a provocative idea and then runs itself into the ground with clumsy structuring.
    • Boston Globe
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 Jay Carr
    Never earns the rollicking life affirmation it's after.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Jay Carr
    Efficient, but in the end quite pedestrian.
    • Boston Globe