For 134 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 51% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 47% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jay Scott's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Cinema Paradiso
Lowest review score: 0 Another 48 Hrs.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 80 out of 134
  2. Negative: 34 out of 134
134 movie reviews
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 Jay Scott
    Wayne's World has been engineered to amuse people who are mirror images of its heroes, but it goes wickedly wrong: It's so dumb it talks down to the stupid.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 Jay Scott
    On film, Bennett's bouncing brainchild is Richard Attenborough's Workout Tape, love story attached; the specificity is gone. The 16 auditioning dancers could be any people or all people. [11 Dec 1985]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Jay Scott
    Purple Rain is not a revolution. It's not even a good movie. What it is, is a cosmic letdown. [27 Jul 1984]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 Jay Scott
    In The Dead Pool, Dirty Harry is downright dusty. The erstwhile right-wing San Francisco homicide inspector has mellowed so much in the fifth installment of his adventures that he's become the darling of the liberal Bay Area media and he seems almost bored by blowing people away. [13 Jul 1988, p.C7]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 29 Metascore
    • 12 Jay Scott
    The manner in which the writer, Richard Matheson, and Jeannot Szwarc, in his glory days the director of Jaws II, conspire to tell the story should not only render the audience tearless, but speechless as well. [11 Oct 1980, p.E7]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 57 Metascore
    • 12 Jay Scott
    Guilty of gross mellerdrammer & innocent of sophistication... Guilty of being dumber than WWF wrestling & innocent of hypocrisy about its cartoon violence.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 12 Jay Scott
    This one is a big, big disappointment. [27 July 1987]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 14 Metascore
    • 12 Jay Scott
    The Keep has opened just in time - if it had waited another couple of weeks, it would have been the worst horror movie of 1984 and there wouldn't have been anything to look forward to all year. [17 Dec 1983]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 28 Metascore
    • 0 Jay Scott
    A two- hour-plus surrealistic bummer - it makes the audience feel as if it is coming down from a virulent drug. (The pacing, the images, the music and the endemic menace recall clinical descriptions of cocaine-induced paranoia.)...A disgusting, misanthropic movie.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 0 Jay Scott
    Despite an inspired central section involving Robin Williams as the King of the Moon and Valentina Cortese as his Queen, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen is a near-disaster of Ishtarish proportions. [11 Mar 1989, p.C3]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 48 Metascore
    • 0 Jay Scott
    In past celluloid lives Eddie Murphy has been responsible for a handful of the most popular movies ever made, which explains why he has been able to bring Coming to America to your neighborhood theatre with its misogyny, technical ineptitude and witlessness intact.
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 12 Metascore
    • 0 Jay Scott
    There is no reality here, and no style: Cocktail waters down the philosophy of Dr. Norman Vincent Peale and serves it in a shot glass to hustlers. High school hustlers. [29 Jul 1988, p.C11]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 41 Metascore
    • 0 Jay Scott
    A perverse, lame-brained thriller that is pornographic, misogynist and homophobic. If that makes it sound appealing, I should also add that it's silly, boring and intellectually insulting.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 0 Jay Scott
    The first 48 HRS. was similiarly nasty and violent, and it too was emptier than the inside of an efficient bell jar, but it was funny. Eight years later, director Walter Hill can find nothing to laugh about - the violence in this appalling picture is played out in a mirthlessly misanthropic vacuum. [8 Jun 1990, p.C1]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

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