Jay Boyar

Jay Boyar

Agrees with the Tomatometer 74% of the time.

Publications:
Houston Chronicle , Orlando Sentinel , South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Critics' Group:
Florida Film Critics Circle
Total Reviews:
729

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
74% Three Men and a Baby (3 Men and a Baby) (1987) " As a sometime actor, Nimoy understands how to get good performances from the members of his cast." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted Apr 16, 2014
90% Fa Yeung Nin Wa (In the Mood for Love) (2001) " It's intelligently conceived, exquisitely crafted and flawlessly acted." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted Apr 15, 2014
4/5 63% Kurt & Courtney (1998) " In the Kurt-and-Courtney relationship, Broomfield has gotten ahold of an engrossing subject. And he pretty much has what it takes to do it justice." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted Apr 11, 2014
3/5 56% Legends of the Fall (1994) " Just when it starts to seem as if Legends might just turn into a pretty good movie, along comes some tired, soap-opera plot device." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted Apr 2, 2014
53% D.A.R.Y.L. (1985) " There's an intrinsic emotional pull to this earnest tale of parents in search of a child." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted Apr 2, 2014
3/5 76% White Men Can't Jump (1992) " White Man Can't Jump is most effective at the beginning -- when it's bouncing along with the exuberance that Shelton brought to such other sports-minded movies as Bull Durham and The Best of Times." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted Apr 2, 2014
81% Flight of the Navigator (1986) " There's no mistaking Flight of the Navigator for a really first-rate children's picture like, say, The Black Stallion. But Flight of the Navigator is an enjoyable film that encourages kids to use their heads." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted Apr 1, 2014
2/5 38% The Lawnmower Man (1992) " The Lawnmower Man has it all -- melodramatic plot, bad acting, special effects that will undoubtedly seem cheesy in about five minutes and even a concluding sequence in which the usual lofty moral is voiced." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted Apr 1, 2014
92% Memento (2000) " You have to pay close attention to Memento, the most original thriller to come along in years -- and one of the best." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted Mar 26, 2014
79% Seven (Se7en) (1995) " The odd thing about Seven, however, is that except for its facile, familiar and ridiculously gimmicky plot, it's a pretty involving murder mystery." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted Mar 25, 2014
4/5 96% GoodFellas (1990) " Robert De Niro gives what has come to be a typical Robert De Niro performance -- understated, sly, ingratiating. Joe Pesci, as the hot-tempered Tommy, steals several scenes from his fellow performers." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted Mar 25, 2014
58% Blast from the Past (1999) " Blast From the Past has a sweet, joyful spirit and some fun performances." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted Mar 21, 2014
89% Rushmore (1998) " If happiness is finding something you love to do and doing it forever, one of my somethings might just be watching this oddly uproarious little flick." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted Mar 17, 2014
4/5 84% Bottle Rocket (1996) " Even as you laugh at these guys, you feel an overwhelming sympathy for them. Sensing that they love each other, you want their dumb, dysfunctional lives to work out." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted Mar 4, 2014
4/5 94% In the Name of the Father (1993) " The complicated relationship between the rebellious Gerry and the quietly tormented Giuseppe is one focus of the film. The obvious political implications of the dreadful situation are another." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted Feb 28, 2014
4/5 88% Titanic (2012) " Titanic is indeed a ship of dreams. Climb aboard and bon voyage." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted Feb 25, 2014
5/5 78% Braveheart (1995) " Mel Gibson throws his whole heart into a role. No one acts with more conviction, and his errors are honest ones." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted Feb 24, 2014
92% Shakespeare in Love (1998) " Hilarious, sexy, clever, playful and as initially teasing as it is ultimately satisfying." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted Feb 11, 2014
88% RoboCop (1987) " Like the tormented figure at its center, this movie combines the mechanical with the human. And though much of the film is made up of spare parts from cop shows, exploitation flicks and comic books, it nevertheless comes to life." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted Feb 11, 2014
93% Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) " Hannah and Her Sisters is structured ingeniously so that seemingly separate stories eventually merge in satisfying ways." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted Feb 10, 2014
3/5 93% Eat Drink Man Woman (Yin shi nan nu) (1994) " But by the end, I felt that Lee had, so to speak, stuck a little too closely to the recipe: His movie is moderately enjoyable in a been-there, done-that sort of way." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted Feb 10, 2014
88% Chasing Amy (1997) " As in Smith's debut film, Clerks, there's something about the scruffy Chasing Amy that breaks through the pretenses of more conventional movies." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted Feb 7, 2014
92% Moonstruck (1987) " There's an old-fashioned romanticism about the picture, a sweet, gentle approach to love and family life. But this is kept from seeming sappy by the picture's tough-minded, almost abrasive sense of humor." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted Feb 7, 2014
95% Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) " Hugh Grant's body English captures every nuance of his character's confusion precisely and hilariously." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted Feb 7, 2014
88% American Beauty (1999) " [The filmmakers'] attacks on real-estate agents, corporate America and suburbia aren't so much shooting fish in a barrel as they are shooting fish in a shallow dish." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jan 28, 2014
1/5 32% Necessary Roughness (1991) " As they say in football, pass." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jan 24, 2014
3/5 75% Ransom (1996) " With a mechanical movie like this, filmmakers -- male or female -- can't take chances. Howard and company are hostages to their own conception." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jan 22, 2014
75% The Lost Boys (1987) " The Lost Boys, which attempts to be funny while preserving the shock value of the vampire legend, aims somewhat higher... and misses." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jan 21, 2014
3/5 81% Dances With Wolves (1990) " A slow-moving but well-acted western." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jan 13, 2014
90% Rain Man (1988) " A fascinating, often very moving, frequently funny film." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jan 13, 2014
5/5 72% Forrest Gump (1994) " The movie's technical tricks are great fun, as is its musical soundtrack, which captures the essences of the eras it traverses. But when you come right down to it, it's the oddly magnetic personality of Forrest himself that is the biggest draw." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jan 7, 2014
91% The Last Emperor (1987) " There's probably a truly great movie in the story of Pu Yi, but The Last Emperor is not that movie. Still, what director Bernardo Bertolucci (Last Tango in Paris) has accomplished here is both ambitious and impressive." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jan 7, 2014
2/5 83% The English Patient (1996) " It's the sort of solemn production that is often mentioned as an Academy Award contender.This says less about the quality of the film than it does about its self-consciously lofty tone and its sense of self-importance." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jan 6, 2014
81% Driving Miss Daisy (1989) " This is a story about people, not politics. And perhaps because we can see the actors in closeup on the screen, that is even truer of the movie than the play." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jan 6, 2014
52% Out of Africa (1985) " The relationship of Karen and Denys is a prickly and, despite the era in which it is set, curiously modern one. It's also at the heart of this understated movie." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jan 6, 2014
3/5 75% The Santa Clause (1994) " I was surprised to find The Santa Clause rather easier to take than anticipated." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted Dec 6, 2013
3/5 86% A Midnight Clear (1992) " [Gordon] clearly relishes the story's many ironies, and he's often successful at sharing his enjoyment of them with us." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted Dec 4, 2013
3/5 80% While You Were Sleeping (1995) " It's Bullock's first shot at a role in which she plays second fiddle neither to males nor special effects. And she turns out to be every bit as delightful as anyone might have expected." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted Dec 4, 2013
4/5 94% The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) " Burton and his collaborators present a movie musical that's like nothing you've ever seen." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted Dec 3, 2013
93% Princess Mononoke (Mononoke-hime) (1999) " Watching this film is often like observing a group of people playing an elaborate game for which you don't know the rules. What they're doing obviously has enormous meaning for them, but that meaning is mostly lost on outsiders." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted Nov 27, 2013
2/5 78% The City of Lost Children (La Cité des Enfants Perdus) (1995) " The City of Lost Children gets so caught up in its own weirdness that it all but shuts out the viewer." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted Nov 20, 2013
5/5 94% Aladdin (1992) " This hilariously hip and thoroughly gorgeous motion picture is nothing less than the crowning achievement -- so far -- of Disney's revitalized animation department." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted Nov 19, 2013
4/5 93% James and the Giant Peach (1996) " This movie remembers what fun is." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted Nov 18, 2013
3/5 94% The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1998) " The king is completely out-of-control, and so was Gilliam in making this film. Neither has much of a sense of proportion, but both are hard to ignore." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted Nov 15, 2013
92% The Little Mermaid (1989) " In adapting this animated film from Hans Christian Andersen's sad and beautiful fairy tale, writers/directors John Musker and Ron Clements came up with a bright and perky movie." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted Nov 15, 2013
87% River's Edge (1987) " The triumph of this bleak, unsettling picture is that, no matter how grim it gets, it's far too involving for you to turn away." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted Nov 11, 2013
3/5 91% Nobody's Fool (1994) " Nobody's Fool is funny at times and as cuddly as an old teddy bear. But this movie is being taken far too seriously in some circles." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted Oct 29, 2013
2/5 47% My Fellow Americans (1996) " As political satire, My Fellow Americans makes a poor candidate." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted Oct 22, 2013
89% Near Dark (1987) " Long after the picture ends, you're left with potent half-images: strong-but-vague impressions that resemble the remains of dreams." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted Oct 6, 2013
5/5 95% Peeping Tom (1960) " Peeping Tom reminds us of the scary, primitive power of movies by putting us, as viewers, in the position of its peeping protagonist. As the psychopath sets up his victims for the kill, we see them through his eyes." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted Oct 5, 2013
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