For 750 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 6.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jay Carr's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Little Women
Lowest review score: 0 Cocktail
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 96 out of 750
750 movie reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    The film's most remarkable achievement, in this culture of clamor, simply may be its decision to keep the volume down, drawing us in as opposed to pummeling us, as most films do.
    • Boston Globe
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    You can't help cheering on Shallow Hal. That and the fact that it's not at all politically correct. It's something better. It's big-hearted, and it's funny.
    • Boston Globe
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    A clever and satisfyingly abundant entertainment.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Go
    "Pulp Fiction" wannabes don't get much slicker or edgier than Go.
    • 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
    • 43 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    The kind of movie you can enjoy easily enough, as long as you don't think about it much.
    • Boston Globe
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Involvingly acted, surehandedly crafted.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    It has a few laughs, but it also has a lot of dead air, and barely any plot at all. In sporting terms, it's no home run.
    • Boston Globe
    • 44 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Scott makes it easy to overlook the conventionality beneath his sometimes overdone but almost always enjoyable combination of atmosphere and propulsiveness.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Brings the '30s vividly to the screen.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Somewhat sanitized but gorgeous Americana, with another impressive turn by McTeer.
    • Boston Globe
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Made of a serene dynamite that's all but unknown to American film audiences.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Structural shortcomings and all -- gives a neglected giant of African independence his due.
    • Boston Globe
    • 42 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Part of the reason for the comic surehandedness is the obvious chemistry between Shannon, Ferrell, and director Bruce McCulloch.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Deserves a place alongside "Life Is Beautiful" and, yes, even "Schindler's List."
    • 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
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    From beginning to end, it bristles with ironies in classic Eastern European absurdist style.
    • Boston Globe
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Puts the fun back into going to Arnold Schwarzenegger movies. He said he'd be back, and he is.
    • Boston Globe
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    In a dismal summer for movies, Osmosis Jones is a fresh breath of foul air.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    The best thing about Together, apart from the way some of its characters grow on you even as others put you off, is the way it snatches idealism back from the brink of life-smothering orthodoxy.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    There's almost too much there, but the three-hour-plus film permits the kind of detailing that not only brings the storytelling to life, but sometimes persuades us we're breathing to its rhythms.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Hedaya is sublime.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Mindless glitz-o-ramas don't get any snazzier.
    • Boston Globe
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    It brings an enlivening wit to a comedy of culture collision.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    A solid, not to say ironclad, winner in the less than overcrowded family animation arena.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Washington and the others score in this predictable but rousing film where the big victory is over attitudes.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Although there's a certain connect-the-dots quality to the storytelling, there's no denying the care and craftsmanship that Gardos has brought to her debut film.
    • Boston Globe