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
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Pee- wee's Big Adventure is a shrewdly observed, deftly executed looney tune. [9 Aug 1985, p.42]
    • Boston Globe
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Breathes fresh life into old formulas.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Good clean dirty fun.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Warm, wry, endearing.
    • Boston Globe
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    A solid two-bagger, not a home run.
    • Boston Globe
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    In the end, Fighter, despite its newsreel footage, is less a document of wartime experience than of the mentality one needs to maintain in order to be a fighter.
    • Boston Globe
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    A triumph of romantic impulse over stylistic indulgence. [21 Oct 1983]
    • Boston Globe
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Nobody makes films as sympathetic to struggling working-class types as Mike Leigh, and nobody makes them as uncondescendingly. Although uneven, Leigh's latest, Life Is Sweet, is a honey of a film, one of the few to feel good about in this dismal year. [22 Nov. 1991, p.35]
    • Boston Globe
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Made of a serene dynamite that's all but unknown to American film audiences.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    The liveliest, most original family values film of the year so far.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    It's more than a labor of love -- it's a powerful summoning of devoted craft, conveying the pain and complexity of a great musical innovator, avoiding almost totally the usual Hollywood cliches. [14 Oct 1988, p. 53]
    • Boston Globe
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    A babe-athon, pure and simple.
    • Boston Globe
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Despite its conceptual shortfall, is worth seeing, if only to update yourself on what can emerge from a keyboard these days.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    It's a sunny, funny, fittingly cartoony blend of computer-generated 3-D representations of the flying squirrel and his pal the moose with actors.
    • Boston Globe
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    The coolest animation in town.
    • 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
    • 41 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    A ton of fun, and then some.
    • Boston Globe
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Wrestling gets in America's face and Blaustein gets in wrestling's face. It's a fascinating tango.
    • Boston Globe
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Watson's character grows in importance until she eclipses the recessive Luzhin.
    • Boston Globe
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    In the end, it's simple warmth and sincerity that make this ensemble piece so disarming.
    • Boston Globe
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    There's a layer of grim comedy in Butterfly Kiss. But what's exciting about it is its gritty way of remaining so uncompromisingly bleak in its psychopathology. [7 Jun 1996, p.58]
    • Boston Globe
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Kindergarten Cop finds Arnold up to his old tricks, which will be exactly what his fans will want to know. But it's tough on kids and may make more than a few feel uncomfortable. [21 Dec 1990, p.51]
    • Boston Globe
    • 44 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    The film never quite hits a sure-footed stride. The fictional love story stays fictional. But ''Pearl Harbor'' delivers the main event.
    • Boston Globe
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    The Crimson Rivers could teach many an American thriller a thing or two about sophisticated creepiness.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    A small film and, ultimately, a satisfying one.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Cruise is believable as an athlete; and the cocky bravado he emits to impress his girlfriend (played with matching complexity and maturity by Lea Thompson) has a fetching sense of lift, too. But his vulnerability is what's most refreshing and ingratiating about Cruise's Stef. [05 Nov 1983]
    • Boston Globe
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    It's flawed, but it's also rich. And how many films make you feel that you and the filmmaker are following the course of a dream?
    • Boston Globe
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Sometimes gets bogged down in its own wordiness.
    • 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.
    • Boston Globe
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    It offers pleasures of a kind that fewer and fewer films even seem to remember, much less aspire to.

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