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

Jay Carr's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Apocalypse Now
Lowest review score: 0 Cocktail
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 96 out of 749
749 movie reviews
    • 27 Metascore
    • 50 Jay Carr
    The film is gentle and carries a simple moral.
    • 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
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Jay Carr
    Cool killers - Kitano's stock in trade - do not necessarily make for cool movies.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Jay Carr
    Seems so preoccupied with genuflection that it never achieves its subject's heart-pounding immediacy.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Jay Carr
    The best thing about the new film of H.G. Wells's The Time Machine is the machine.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Jay Carr
    A film that begins with a train wreck and then, figuratively speaking, becomes one.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Jay Carr
    Beverly D'Angelo, Rufus Sewell, Georgina Cates, Leo Bassi - tumble with zest through a daisy chain of sexual capers. But while warmly energized, their carryings-on also seem a little generic.
    • Boston Globe
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Jay Carr
    Seems to be going through a series of motions so obviously virtual that it makes you wish that the filmmakers had stayed away from the computer keyboards entirely and stuck with the rotting tape look.
    • 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.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 Jay Carr
    A high-impact, high-powered mess that raises the bar for over-the-topness.
    • Boston Globe
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Jay Carr
    Don't Say a Word can be thought of as a case of Dial B for Boring.
    • Boston Globe
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Jay Carr
    Gets by on the watchability of its young stars.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Jay Carr
    A gorgeous screenful of period eye candy.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 50 Jay Carr
    It's not that the film is devoid of honestly earned laughs here and there. The problem is that there are too few of them and that the film can't connect them.
    • Boston Globe
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Jay Carr
    Doesn't so much strike a lot of sour notes as fail to strike the right ones.
    • Boston Globe
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Jay Carr
    This one is nearly as bad as it gets, suggesting that all the wrong people were wielding the sledgehammers here.
    • Boston Globe
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Jay Carr
    Ford and Pfeiffer deliver craftsmanlike work, but the film steadily unravels as Zemeckis tries to ratchet up the suspense.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 50 Jay Carr
    It seems more a geek show than a slab of marketing wizardry.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Jay Carr
    In both senses of the word, American Psycho wastes its women.
    • Boston Globe
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Jay Carr
    Cries out for the brisk pacing of a Sturges or a Wilder. As is, it's too lumpish, languid, and lukewarm to hit even the guilty pleasure zone.
    • Boston Globe
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Jay Carr
    Bait ends up seeming pretty wormy.
    • Boston Globe
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Jay Carr
    The film's biggest problem, however, is its naive inability to understand that sex comedies, to amuse, must be about more than sex.
    • Boston Globe
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 Jay Carr
    It's hard to find the movie unpleasant, but it's hard to imagine it causing any strong reaction at all.
    • Boston Globe
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 Jay Carr
    Degenerates into a lot of dull declaiming and attitudinizing, despite a sly tongue-in-cheek quality brought by a preening Stuart Townsend to the Lestat role he inherited from the utterly humorless Tom Cruise.
    • 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
    A well-intentioned but self-defeatingly manipulative film that amounts to an impassioned commercial for national health care.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Jay Carr
    There are many things that Better Than Sex is better than, although sex is not among them. It is better than a root canal, an IRS audit, or a rained-out ballgame.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Jay Carr
    Dogged allegiance to blandness.
    • Boston Globe