For 761 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 5.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jay Carr's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 The Minus Man
Lowest review score: 0 The Skulls
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 96 out of 761
761 movie reviews
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    As generic as its title, but two things enable it to land: the basic likability of Mark Wahlberg as the wannabe protagonist, and the contagious energies in the rock concert sequences.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Likable, go-with-the-flow comedy.
    • Boston Globe
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    A solid, not to say ironclad, winner in the less than overcrowded family animation arena.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    It's huge, brilliant, dark and cathartic, with a towering and complex performance by Anthony Hopkins that humanizes Nixon more than Nixon ever was able to humanize himself. [20 Dec 1995, p.33]
    • Boston Globe
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    A lively and affectionate cross between an infomercial and a genuflection.
    • Boston Globe
    • 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.
    • Boston Globe
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    But, fittingly, it's the kids who carry this outing. They're led by Sean Astin, who's rightly more of a dreamer than the others. Jeff B. Cohen engagingly handles the most cliched role, the fat kid who keeps stuffing his face. And I couldn't help wondering if Ke Huy Quan, who played Indy's sidekick in the Temple of Doom, knows that not all movies are made in caves. In any case, you can relax. The Goonies is entertaining despite its calculated flavor. [7 Jun 1985, p.61]
    • Boston Globe
    • 40 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    The kind of film you've got to admire simply for the way it squares its shoulders and plunges into a message of unfashionable idealism.
    • Boston Globe
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Is a chamber romance, in that there's nothing grand or sweeping about it, but it's got all the style it needs to go with those glorious Tuscan settings.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Give it a chance and you'll probably share the cast's collective impulse to dive in and embrace it.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Light on its feet and reveling in its deviousness, it stays one step ahead of us .
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Sitting through Lethal Weapon 2 is like dating a jackhammer. It's a slick, cynical, high-speed assembly line of car chases, jokes, sex, explosions and blood. [41 Jul 1989, p.41]
    • Boston Globe
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    It brings an enlivening wit to a comedy of culture collision.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    I Went Down is an offbeat Irish gangster movie that overcomes its meandering nature with engaging performances, an avoidance of formula, and, above all, its characters' way of making us take everything personally - as they certainly do. [1 July 1998, p.F4]
    • Boston Globe
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Cruise will never be a master thespian, but there's no one better at putting across the charisma of control, and the opening sequence of ''Report'' is an astonishingly fluid demonstration of his gifts.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Brown and Dennehy aren't teen-age, they're not mutants, they're not ninjas, they're not even turtles, but they're just as entertaining the second time around, and of how many sequels can that be said? [10 May 1991, p.30]
    • Boston Globe
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    A smartly crafted throwback to the gritty Manhattan crime melodramas of the '40s .
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Not only reminds us that there's a little larceny in all of us, it reminds us how much fun it can be to commune with our inner thieves.
    • Boston Globe
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Invigorating excellence.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Hurls its Holocaust at us in a series of justifiably horrific images.
    • 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
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Rat
    Rat may be lightweight, but it's never cheesy.
    • Boston Globe
    • 44 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Brightly sidesteps the cliches that cling to the genre like barnacles and reinvents a lot of the old moves.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Slightly misshapen and unbalanced, with a few loose ends, a few extraneous dream sequences. But there's something going on all the time.
    • Boston Globe
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Just what Gooding needed to restart his stalled career.

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