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 6.3 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
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    Reveals real feelings.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    From start to finish there's a shimmer of discovery about it - our discovery of it, Coppola's discovery of how much she can do.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    Plays like a dislocated version of ''Death in Venice,'' but in a dryer, higher climate that features exponentially more firepower.
    • Boston Globe
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    Jude is a modernized version of Hardy, but a handsome, fluid and red-blooded one that has no difficulty finding correlatives to the prejudice and hatred of wit and spirit against which Hardy, in his gimlet-eyed way, so passionately attacked. [25 Oct 1996]
    • Boston Globe
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    Souffle-light and airily playful.
    • Boston Globe
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    Richly compelling.
    • Boston Globe
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    What sets Tequila Sunrise apart is its layering, its existential dimension. The characters played by Gibson and Russell have been sanded down by a kind of fatalism we normally associate with characters in French gangster movies. There's more than one facet to them. They're entertaining. And urgent. Even when they're just going through routine genre moves, they put laid-back spin on them. [2 Dec 1988, p.29]
    • Boston Globe
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Carr
    The film makes more apparent than ever that Howard is quite underrated as a filmmaker, possibly because he's been hidden in full view in the mainstream for so long.
    • Boston Globe
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Frears makes every note count for a lot in this beautifully gauged microcosm of big emotions expressed in small gestures.
    • Boston Globe
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    A powerful and surehandedly crafted depth charge of a movie.
    • Boston Globe
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    In short, the film isn't afraid to wear its heart on its sleeve and bring conviction to its focus on feelings. It's written with enough dexterity and wit to make you buy into it. [29 Jan 1999, p.C4]
    • Boston Globe
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Even when it falls back excessively on coincidence and contrived set pieces, even when it gushes irretrievably over the top in its final act, Washington makes Training Day sizzle.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    The same underdog formulas and sunny disposition that turned it into an unexpected Thai box-office hit should win it friends here, too.
    • Boston Globe
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Involvingly acted, surehandedly crafted.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    It could have been shorter, some of its exchanges misfire, but I respect The Last Temptation of Christ, and I'm much more for it than against it. It's the most spiritual biblical movie of our times. [2 Sep 1988, p.25]
    • Boston Globe
    • 31 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    The last word in good-time mayhem.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    In a dismal summer for movies, Osmosis Jones is a fresh breath of foul air.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Avoids the potentially suffocating pall of uplift hovering over its quite exhilarating story.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Married to the Mob is a funny yard sale of a film about regeneration in a junked-up America. [19 Aug 1988]
    • Boston Globe
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    As luminous as the star presence at its center. It's at once a touching teacher movie and an even more touching love story.
    • Boston Globe
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    A juicy and gratifying teacher movie (a genre to which I'm partial). The joy in performance shared by Connery and Brown is the big reason.
    • Boston Globe
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    From beginning to end, it bristles with ironies in classic Eastern European absurdist style.
    • Boston Globe
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Sequels and fun don't often coincide, but this time they do.
    • Boston Globe
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Risks seeming too earnestly therapeutic for its own good. But what makes My First Mister a successful feature directing debut for Lahti is the emotional veracity it summons.
    • Boston Globe
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    It's a snazzy, smartly made, and even hip little scarefest. As a jump-start to Halloween, it's all you could hope for.
    • Boston Globe
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Kinetic, fizzy, delivering more bounce to the ounce than anything out there right now, "Rumble in the Bronx" is my kind of mindless fun. [23 Feb 1996]
    • Boston Globe
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Could have been -- and should have been -- richer and more resonant. It's Hollywood Babylon Lite, only TV movie-deep. But at least it's tangy.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    A solid, humane, old-fashioned film in the best sense of the term.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    The gusto in the flying bullets, the fleeing lovers, and the flowing music will make you want to hang around until the party is over.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Part of the reason for the comic surehandedness is the obvious chemistry between Shannon, Ferrell, and director Bruce McCulloch.

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