For 770 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 5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jay Carr's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 The Taste of Others
Lowest review score: 0 Cocktail
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 96 out of 770
770 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Intoxicating fun.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    They're as special as special effects get.
    • Boston Globe
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Magnolia is "Short Cuts" with hope. It's my kind of mess.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    You won't see a more humane and delicately moving riff this year on the theme of getting clean.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Mother's peace crusade ennobles Irish Town.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Both a lovingly crafted remembrance of things past and a deliberate broadening and darkening of the canvas Levinson previously filled in "Diner," "Tin Men," and "Avalon."
    • 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
    • 25 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Executed on a pretty broad level, but if characterization is slighted, the ensemble is so rich, with such depth, that every few minutes another juicy turn keeps coming our way to divert us.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Everything you could want in a sequel. It satisfyingly regenerates the characters and qualities that made the first film so popular. And then it moves them forward into newer, fresher, more elaborate, more involving territory.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Sweetly macabre charmer.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Whaley's self-effacing but strongly etched and wrenchingly effective film.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    While no individual plot strand is vividly compelling, their interplay makes for a hearty and humanistic mix, carried by the performances.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Aims its big, bold mother-daughter conflicts straight at the heart by way of the tear ducts, and connects.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    There's enchanting delicacy and irresistible quirkiness in Anthony Minghella's allegory of grief. And humane comedy, too, in this fable about a woman flattened by inconsolable loss, then rejoining the world. [24 May 1991]
    • Boston Globe
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Boldly goes where Hollywood rarely treads: into the passionate, intense, and complex world of girls at the point in their lives when self-discovery is combined with enormous vulnerability.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    What Merchant, Ivory and Co. arrive at is a sort of handsomely illustrated Cliffs Notes version of the novel.
    • Boston Globe
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    There's something elegiac in Redford's spy who knows he's a dinosaur but still has a few moves left.
    • Boston Globe
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Go
    "Pulp Fiction" wannabes don't get much slicker or edgier than Go.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Career Girls is a film that knows how wounding and complicated life can be, yet still believes in, and convincingly renders, the healing power of friendship. [15 Aug. 1997, p.D4]
    • Boston Globe
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    There's nothing major here, certainly nothing on the order of my favorite among Allen's retro workouts of the past decade, ''Bullets Over Broadway.'' But it's entertaining all the same.
    • Boston Globe
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Mindless glitz-o-ramas don't get any snazzier.
    • Boston Globe
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Albert Finney's name on a cast list is a guarantee of pleasure, and there's much to savor besides in Suri Krishnamma's A Man of No Importance. [03 Feb 1995]
    • Boston Globe

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