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 Twin Falls Idaho
Lowest review score: 0 The Skulls
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 96 out of 749
749 movie reviews
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    • 75 Jay Carr
    Rat
    Rat may be lightweight, but it's never cheesy.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Starts out as a somewhat weary farce of infidelity, but turns into something a lot more gratifying, namely a comedy of mercy.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    What Merchant, Ivory and Co. arrive at is a sort of handsomely illustrated Cliffs Notes version of the novel.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Breathes fresh life into old formulas.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    There's an engagingly homegrown quality to much of the footage.
    • 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."
    • 44 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    The sweetly enticing Smiling Fish and Goat on Fire repays the bit of patience it asks.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    The Crimson Rivers could teach many an American thriller a thing or two about sophisticated creepiness.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Less elliptical and more down-and-dirty than Lang's interesting debut film, ''The Well,'' this one tumbles through Sydney's academic and alternative poetry circles and is built around a lesbian private eye.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Light on its feet and reveling in its deviousness, it stays one step ahead of us .
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    A seductively corrosive horror story that also potently suggests the ways war can shatter childhood.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Many spy capers lose their intended irony and wry black humor, but The Tailor of Panama stays stylishly on target in ways that would put a heat-seeking missile to shame.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Its attributes and achievements are modest, but its arias, duets, and ensembles are engaging all the same.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    The pure joy of music-making is what this gem of a film is all about.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Invigorating excellence.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    The film will resonate with today's alienated workers, whose every brain cell and nerve ending hates the soul-crushing jobs they're told they should be grateful to have.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Whaley's self-effacing but strongly etched and wrenchingly effective film.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    The triumph of La Cienaga lies in Martel's way of fashioning the kind of ensemble performance that draws us in by convincing us we're watching behavior, not acting.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Watson's character grows in importance until she eclipses the recessive Luzhin.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    It turns the nerve-fraying Cuban missile crisis into a big pop myth with the grip of a vise.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Gives three first-rate actors a chance to stretch, and they do.
    • 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
    In style and story line, the film is daring in its simplicity.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    The liveliest, most original family values film of the year so far.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Perhaps not the most uproarious of Veber's farces, but entertaining and emotionally satisfying all the same.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Likable, go-with-the-flow comedy.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    The film is almost as shaky as the science, but Nichols knows how to get the most out of what amounts to a one-joke comedy, and Bening works virtual miracles.
    • 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.