For 222 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 49% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jay Scott's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
Lowest review score: 0 Coming to America
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 56 out of 222
222 movie reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Scott
    The relationship between man and beast develops slowly and mystically - the island interlude, utterly without dialogue, lasts 50 minutes, and is one of the most sustained, lyrical, rapturous sequences in the history of motion pictures, a visual symphony whose beauty cannot be oversold. [15 Mar 1980]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 57 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Scott
    Is it possible for a horror movie to be too good? If it is, then Cujo is it: this is one of the few films on record where the combination of low shock and high style results in an experience that borders on the unbearably intense. The movie is spectacularly well-made, but it's nearly unwatchable. [29 Aug 1983]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Scott
    May be the best war movie ever made...Different is Kubrick's artistry and control, and his almost perverse, but philosophically progressive, refusal to impart to chaos a coherent narrative contour.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Scott
    Kramer vs. Kramer is one of the most sensitive and least judgmental film about relationships ever made in the United States.... One of the important films. [15 Dec 1979]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Scott
    Terms of Endearment is the rare commercial picture that sets audiences to laughing hysterically and crying unashamedly, sometimes within consecutive seconds, and then shoos them out of the theatre in contented emotional exhaustion. [23 Nov 1983]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Scott
    No so-called serious gangster film has ever been more fun, or less dangerous, or more intrinsically feminist, than GoodFellas. Even "I Married the Mob" was scarier.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Scott
    Cinema Paradiso converts you to the credo that art can indeed be holy.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Scott
    David Cronenberg's gelid masterpiece.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Scott
    May be less than the sum of its parts, but its parts are more impressive than most other wholes around.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Scott
    Time Bandits is the best children's picture since The Black Stallion, but it is a satiric, inventive, fantastical vacation for the filmgoer of any age: imagine an intelligent Raiders of the Lost Ark with a deeply bitchy sense of humor. [06 Nov 1981]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Scott
    Estimates of the movie's costs range between $35-and $70-million; whatever the price, it was not too much to pay. As gods go, Superman is one of the godliest; his movie is one of the best.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Scott
    This is Sally Field's movie. Her performance - hyperbole completely aside - is peerless, one of the major achievements by an actress in the movies of any place and of any time. Reuben tells Norma Rae that when he wants a smart, loud, profane, sloppy, hardworking woman he'll call on her. From now on, when directors want legerdemain that becomes art, they're going to call on Sally Field.[10 Mar 1979]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Scott
    Beyond Thunderdome is a masterfully directed fantasy, convincing down to the smallest detail in its vision of an alternate existence, and it has gone beyond the relentless sadomasochism of The Road Warrior; Max has now taken up with children, and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome is suitable for them. [9 July 1985]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Scott
    A classic... Edward Scissorhands is a sharp salute to the oddball in all of us.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Scott
    A masterpiece, but of a unique kind... A gorgeously filmed, supremely well-acted, intricately written film noir about now.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Scott
    It's a masterpiece of exposition and compression. An allegorical examination of a transitional period in U.S. history. [01 Sept 1988]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 62 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Scott
    Kurt Russell has never seemed more clever, Mel Gibson more vulnerable nor Michelle Pfeiffer more goddess-like. Once upon a time, before the pictures got small and the hills were obscured by smog, the Hollywood sign read: "Hollywoodland." That was back when Tequila Sunrise, an intelligent, escapist epic for adults, wouldn't have seemed the anomaly it seems today. [2 Dec 1988, p.C1]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Scott
    The Witches of Eastwick is an uproarious and entirely successful attempt to examine the differences between the sexes by couching the examination in mythological terms. [12 June 1987]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 57 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Scott
    An inspired variation on his familiar theme: the whore with a heart of gold is a man. [2 Feb 1980]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Scott
    Scorsese and Schrader have made a courageous film that people of all religions or no religion should be able to watch with identical fascination. [10 Aug 1988. pg. C.4]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Scott
    It does what it desires to do - it suspensefully squeezes the sweat out of the pores - but the salty stench it leaves behind in the persona of Annie Wilkes is a residue that transcends its intentions. [30 Nov 1990]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Scott
    Marshall elicits performances from Williams and De Niro that are exceptional. Awakenings is a small, simple movie about a large, complex issue, the waste of human opportunity. [19 Dec 1990, p.C1]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Scott
    Demme not only gives the script's nuttiness its due, he adds to it by filling the frame in virtually every scene with silliness - a motorcycle- riding dog, a harpsichordist, a man wearing a T-shirt that reads, "I don't love you since you ate my dog." [7 Nov 1986]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Scott
    Witness is satisfying on so many levels it stands with "Cabaret" and "The Godfather II" as an example of how a director in love with his medium can redeem its mainstream cliches. [07 Feb 1985]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Scott
    THE BOND by which to compare all other Bonds is Goldfinger and by that standard Moonraker, the 11th chapter in the exploits of Agent 007, is second-best. But, by the standards of most of the other candy served up as summer fare, Moonraker is marzipan - it's so insubstantial it melts in your mouth, but its flavor is distinctive and you can't get enough of it. [30 June 1979]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Scott
    A serious and funny and subtle work - a work of art - that was easy to confuse with exploitation teeny-bopper quickies because it did what the quickies had tried to do. But Diner did it right. [22 Apr 1982]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Scott
    Raiders of the Lost Ark (at the Eglinton) is a cinematic roller-coaster, thrilling and frightening in equal measure, a heart-pounding slide down greased lightning. [12 June 1981]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Scott
    A non-stop, shoestring trip with more adventures and a helluva lot more smarts than you'll find in most American movies...All in all, there's more plain fun to be had here in 10 minutes than in a whole hour on the road with that jerk Indiana Jones.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Scott
    Once you overlook the laborious contrivance of Jerry's background, Down and Out in Beverly Hills is a sharp, sweet comedy of affluent manners. [31 Jan 1986]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Scott
    The deployment of the hardware may be extraordinary, but it doesn't overshadow the human dimension of this summer sequel. [4 July 1990]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

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