For 769 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 5.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jay Carr's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 A Bronx Tale
Lowest review score: 0 The Skulls
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 96 out of 769
769 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    The performances are disarming and Mumford is the kind of comedy that grows on you if you give it a chance.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Spaceballs has the happy air of a comic enterprise that knows it's going right. It just keeps spritzing the gags at us, Borscht Belt-style, confidently and rightly sensing that if we don't laugh at this one, we'll laugh at the next. And so we do. After a long dry spell, Brooks is back on the money with Spaceballs. [24 Jun 1987, p.33]
    • Boston Globe
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Shadow Magic isn't interested in psychology or character study. It's a series of tableaux and on that level succeeds admirably.
    • Boston Globe
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    A steadily engaging and winningly humane film that loves its characters.
    • Boston Globe
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    It hasn't got a brain in its body, but it's fun to watch.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Carr
    Karmic influences or not, the new "Mighty Joe Young" works. This is one remake that isn't trying to make us forget the original, but seems rather to embrace it and bring it into the present in solidly crafted, family-friendly fashion. [25 Dec 1998, p.C9]
    • Boston Globe
    • 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

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