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

Jay Carr's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 A Hard Day's Night (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 The Skulls
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 96 out of 753
753 movie reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    One of the things that make [Branagh's] Henry V so thrilling is his audacity in trying to turn it into an antiwar play - a view that would have astounded Shakespeare. Astonishingly, he pretty much brings it off, emerging with steadily growing power as the young king who isn't afraid to bloody his hands. [15 Dec 1989]
    • Boston Globe
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    The Pillow Book is Peter Greenaway's most stunning and accessible film since "The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover." Dense, gorgeous and inexorable - once you give yourself over to its logic - it's a boldly erotic explosion of Asian chic, taken to places no film has gone before. [20 Jun 1997]
    • Boston Globe
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    Soderbergh's sleekly malignant Underneath is a nasty little winner. [28 April 1995, p.81]
    • Boston Globe
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    The film works because Raimi's motor-rhythmed pop sensibility was ready to take off in this movie, and does, in a series of wonderfully hyperkinetic comic-strip lurches. [24 Aug. 1990, p.34]
    • Boston Globe
    • 50 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    You expect virtuosic technique from Spielberg, and it's there, in spades. What you don't expect is heartfelt romanticism. But that's there, too... Always is a terrific-looking throwback to those large-scale '40s cinematic stews of romantic longing. [22 Dec. 1989, p.43]
    • Boston Globe
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    Hurtling from the screen with a vigor and importance that are all but absent from contemporary film, it's a deeply moving social drama, raw and gritty in style, shining with moral purpose as it delivers a scathing take-it-into-the-streets critique of feral capitalism and racism. [18 July 1997, p.D1]
    • Boston Globe
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    Never settling for mere irony, High Hopes becomes a small banner of sanity and good humor among the social ruins. Leigh never shies away from his unflinching dead-end class view of contemporary London. Nor does he wallow in '60s nostalgia. Which is part of the reason his passionate, life-embracing High Hopes is so exhilarating. [31 Mar. 1989, p.30]
    • Boston Globe
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    A League of Their Own may not boost its material into the level of pop myth as, say, last year's great female buddy movie, "Thelma & Louise," did. It's a bit too concerned with being likable to make that kind of bold leap. But if A League of Their Own doesn't knock the ball out of the park, it's a clean hit, with extra bases written all over it. [1 July 1992, p.41]
    • Boston Globe
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Sentimental and has its heart on its sleeve, but never heavy-handedly so, and its delicacy and tenderness will get to you if you give it half a chance.
    • Boston Globe
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    As each scientist chronicles his or her story, one is impressed by the place that unswerving motivation and determination has assumed in the work.
    • Boston Globe
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    In the end, Fighter, despite its newsreel footage, is less a document of wartime experience than of the mentality one needs to maintain in order to be a fighter.
    • Boston Globe
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    It's not afraid to play cornball when it isn't playing baseball, but The Rookie gets away with it.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Reminds us that the human dynamic can do a lot that explosions can't, even when the film flirts with formula.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    It isn't afraid to genuflect to heroes and heroism and has everything it needs to connect with the resurgence of patriotism after Sept. 11.
    • Boston Globe
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    A comedy of chaos, an ensemble comedy, with characters swirling around one another unaware, in their uniform desperation, of how funny they are.
    • Boston Globe
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Sometimes gets bogged down in its own wordiness.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    The kind of film that could easily be undone by its own high-minded ambitions and dissolve in a pall of uplift. But it stays the course and gives the season two of its notable performances.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    A steadily engaging and winningly humane film that loves its characters.
    • Boston Globe
    • 35 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    It is Close's performance that gives the movie its oomph and will leave adults with smiles as wide as the kids'.
    • Boston Globe
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Ali
    Ali, in short, is far from a seamless success, but it does get the big things right and it respects a subject who commands respect.
    • Boston Globe
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Warm, wry, endearing.
    • Boston Globe
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    The film not only works better than expected but gets the important things right, starting, of course, with Zellweger's Bridget and Bridget's mind-set.
    • Boston Globe
    • 44 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    It's a charmer.
    • Boston Globe
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Has that rarest of qualities in movies that think of themselves as religious. I'm talking about the vision thing. And the ability to make morality entertaining.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    A solid two-bagger, not a home run.
    • Boston Globe
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Stylish and arrives at a satisfying cumulative weight, even if it isn't Austen pure.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    A lively and affectionate cross between an infomercial and a genuflection.
    • Boston Globe
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Engrossing and eye-opening in several respects and even, when you least expect it, humorous.
    • Boston Globe
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    A solid, humane, old-fashioned film in the best sense of the term.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Aims its big, bold mother-daughter conflicts straight at the heart by way of the tear ducts, and connects.

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