For 476 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 48% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 50% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jay Scott's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 After Dark, My Sweet
Lowest review score: 0 Raising Cain
Score distribution:
476 movie reviews
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Scott
    Whoopi Goldberg can make you laugh and make you cry, and she's attractive and kind of come-hithery in her own bug-eyed way. [10 Oct 1986, p.D1]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 70 Metascore
    • 38 Jay Scott
    There is a terrific little movie making the rounds, Repo Man, that demonstrates what can be done with vision, no money and faith in the audience; Buckaroo Banzai demonstrates what can be done with a lot of money, no faith in the audience, and a vision that begins and ends in the cash register. [13 Aug 1984]
    • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Jay Scott
    The problem with the taboo-busters is that they feel calculated - in the past, Lynch's creepiness seemed casual and natural - and they take Wild at Heart so high it can't come down; the picture repeatedly jacks itself into frenzy only to crash into lethargy.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Scott
    A masterpiece, but of a unique kind... A gorgeously filmed, supremely well-acted, intricately written film noir about now.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Scott
    The movie made me so happy, and here I am back on the subway with Nerdo, and there's this jerk across the aisle who's like ancient, 30 at least, and he's got the nerve to look right into my see-through Madonna lace outfit. And he winks. Oh, barf- ola.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Scott
    Cinema Paradiso converts you to the credo that art can indeed be holy.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Scott
    The virtue of Midnight Run is not that it does anything new; the virtue is that it does everything old so well.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Scott
    Inoffensive in its simplicity; its high, if naive, spirits send viewers out into the all too real streets clothed in the glow of a fantasy well-spun.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Scott
    The intelligence and wit of this glass-slipper heart-of-gold fantasy are shocking.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Scott
    Mesmerizing.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Scott
    It's got thrills and chills and one of the most elegantly conceived monsters in the history of movies.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Scott
    A loopy, loving nine innings full of comic curve balls, emotional home-runs and euphoric, summertime music.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Scott
    A classic... Edward Scissorhands is a sharp salute to the oddball in all of us.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Scott
    Is it worth seeing? Yes. The ability to charm in the modern world is rare, and Ishtar does charm. Essentially, it's a teen film for adults, which is to say, it's mindless but not stupid good fun. And there are at least four times when the audience laughs out loud.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Scott
    It's an unpredictable, mesmerizing journey nearly every shady second of the way.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Jay Scott
    David Cronenberg's gelid masterpiece.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 50 Jay Scott
    The plot is squeezed dry in this bloody Valentine from Hollywood and becomes annoyingly predictable. Thriller stumbles on its own success
    • 45 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 25 Jay Scott
    More than merely another bad movie, it's the most depressing development yet in Coppola's career. It's a would-be cash cow bred cynically to excrete money, the arty answer to "Child's Play 2" or "Back to the Future III."
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Jay Scott
    The treatment of the Sioux is not only sympathetic, it's ethnographically exact. Neither Noble Savages nor Red Injuns, the natives in Dances With Wolves are differentiated human beings about to undergo cultural genocide.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 63 Jay Scott
    No matter how many times the script instructs us that Valmont is "conspicuously charming," Malkovich is not charming, conspicuously or otherwise.
    • 90 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 25 Jay Scott
    Perfectly passable kiddie escapism. It has a thrill or two, and a chill or three, but it has no poetry, little sense of wonder, no resonant subtext (Jungian or otherwise), no art... When it's over, it's gone. Extinct.
    • 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
    • 50 Jay Scott
    Rob Reiner's not up to it: when the movie is meant to be romantic, the tone is frequently mushy and sexless, and when it's meant to be anachronistic and satiric, it's vaudeville-vulgar.
    • 82 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Jay Scott
    For all its contrivance, it's lively and amusing and occasionally disconcerting in its reproduction of what life was like in the mid-to-late teens.

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