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

Jay Carr's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Driving Miss Daisy
Lowest review score: 0 The Skulls
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 96 out of 749
749 movie reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    In its dark, relentless, devastatingly ironic way, The Pledge is an exhilarating movie, partly because it isn't afraid to be genuinely challenging.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    Throughout the history of film, nothing turns campier faster than dinosaur movies. This one will have a much longer shelf life than most.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    Quite apart from wringing the last molecule of vividness from his freewheeling roster of loose cannons, he brings to his direction of Martin a finesse shared by only a few of the directors who have worked with the comedian-actor.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    With Jackson leading the way, Shaft has style, punch, and street cred. It's a hot cool update.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    A terrific little uppercut of a boxing movie and close to a perfect one.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    Stark, haunting, epic, and mournful, The Claim is a mountain of a film.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    There's plenty of invention and exuberant vigor in the chopsocky, and Wilson's cool, ironic drollery provides the perfect foil for Chan's heroics.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    Haunting, powerfully acted, penetratingly written, it's about people coming home -- and not coming home -- to their marriages.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    A perfect example of a small, well-made, and (in its central role) rivetingly acted film.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    Reveals real feelings.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    If there is any message in Tarkovsky's work, although as a poet he would never stoop to anything as banal as a message, it is that life is an internal affair, played out in one's soul, not in public.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    Varda's charmingly eccentric amble, wise in its seeming waywardness.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    You'll care what happens in this film with more than enough freshness and originality to avoid succumbing to girls-on-the-run cliches.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    Nobody's going to think of The Score as trail-blazing, but there's nothing small-time about its dramatic and acting payoff.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    In all respects, from choice of material to fullness of execution on every level, The War Zone is an extraordinary piece of work.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    The season's brightest piece of counterprogramming.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    It's filled with vivid characters and action. Beneath its modesty of gesture, it's one of the year's richest, most humane films.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    A witty yet fiery and, in the best sense, provocative play of ideas about freedom of expression.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    Bell is utterly persuasive as the boy literally yearning to leap beyond the oppressively apparent confines of his world.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    Miraculously, the opera comes off, simultaneously ridiculous and thrilling, in a blaze of pageantry.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    The bleakness of Rosetta will not be for all, but it's one of the best films of the year.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    Most of all it's the emotional and spiritual arc of an exile, in all its terrible isolation, that gives ''Before Night Falls'' its power.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    Ullmann's film is an achievement of heart and consequence, as full of integrity as Bergman, yet demonstrating more mercy.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    A story about the ravages of one war on a single man's soul and psyche becomes an eloquent plea for peace.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    It's sweeping yet intimate, stately yet impassioned, stylized yet immediate.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    After revitalizing baseball movies with "Field of Dreams" and "Bull Durham," he's now three for three with the funny, quirky, rueful, and richly textured For Love of the Game.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    While it preserves his baseball feats, it looks beyond them to clarify Greenberg's place in American culture.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    It's much closer to a European film in sensibility than to one of Hollywood's factory products.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    There was little mirth or innocence in the world that Wharton was able to write her way out of (she was much happier living in Paris), and Davies and his leading lady lift the silks to reveal it as the minefield it was.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    'Titanic'' was a case of a cheeseball story riding terrific effects. The Perfect Storm is in every important way deeper.