Jay Boyar

Jay Boyar

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

Publications:
Houston Chronicle , Orlando Sentinel , South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Critics' Group:
Florida Film Critics Circle
Total Reviews:
786

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 27% Lost in Space (1998) " If all you want is special effects, you may have come to the right galaxy. But if you're looking for old-fashioned goofiness, you'll be shouting, "Beam me up, Scotty!'' Or whatever the Lost in Space equivalent of that is. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Sep 17, 2014
85% Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll (1987) " Entertaining as it often is, Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll! could have used a little less showmanship, a little more confidence in its wonderful subject. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Sep 10, 2014
80% Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie (1996) " [MSTies] can rest assured that the movie is about as funny as a typical episode of the show that is, pretty darn funny in a sly and satirical sort of way. For others, the movie can serve as a good introduction to the whole MST3K phenomenon. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Sep 2, 2014
2/5 67% Maverick (1994) " Maverick reminds us of what killed the western in the first place. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Sep 2, 2014
2/5 69% Jacob's Ladder (1990) " Without a strongly sympathetic figure at the center of the movie, Jacob's plight seems very remote. Watching this film should feel like being caught in a nightmare, but it feels more like watching someone else who is caught in a nightmare. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Aug 23, 2014
2/5 31% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II - The Secret of the Ooze (1991) " If the new film is considerably less imaginative than your average Punch-and-Judy show, it is, nevertheless, a step up from last year's turtle-fest. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Aug 6, 2014
1/5 41% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie (1990) " What troubles me about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is that it's basically an exploitation movie aimed at young children. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Aug 6, 2014
11% Club Paradise (1986) " There certainly is a lot of talent involved in Club Paradise... But most often, the level of humor is rather like that of those entertainments put on by summer campers for their own amusement. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jul 26, 2014
76% 3 Hommes et un Couffin (Three Men and a Cradle) (1985) " A simple equation, perhaps, but when it comes to comedy, simpler is frequently funnier. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jul 25, 2014
1/5 6% Son of the Pink Panther (1993) " This movie will finally kill off the series. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jul 23, 2014
3/5 7% Man Trouble (1992) " This is actually a pretty clever idea, and it's certainly ambitious -- too ambitious. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jul 18, 2014
18% Rustler's Rhapsody (1985) " As a 10-minute sketch on Saturday Night Live, it probably would have been dynamite. But at 1 hour, 28 minutes, the picture seems padded. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jul 15, 2014
2/5 25% Fathers' Day (1997) " There is something faintly depressing about seeing an inspired comedian like Robin Williams and a clever one like Billy Crystal starring in a movie that might just as well have been based on My Two Dads. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jul 14, 2014
4/5 19% Navy Seals (1990) " Navy Seals stands out among this summer's violence-oriented pictures as the only one that doesn't leave your brain feeling like mashed potatoes. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jul 14, 2014
3/5 19% Rude Awakening (1989) " The movie is very uneven, but it does manage to do a couple of crucial things that those tributes haven't. It shows us the zany heart of '60s counterculture, and it reminds us that the zaniness was a form of political expression. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jul 11, 2014
14% The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag (1992) " It just sort of limps along under the late-summer sun until, at last, its forced whimsy expires. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jul 11, 2014
14% Howard the Duck (1986) " Reservations aside, it's hard to fault the tongue-in-bill high spirits of a movie like Howard the Duck. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jul 9, 2014
1/5 5% The Avengers (1998) " The Avengers is, without a doubt, the worst movie of the summer. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jul 8, 2014
1/5 11% Father Hood (1993) " Father Hood isn't so much undemanding as vapid, disjointed rather than antic. And if this film is a romp, then so is bearbaiting. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jul 8, 2014
3/5 11% Batman & Robin (1997) " Batman & Robin won't kill the popular series, but it ought to slow it down a tad. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jun 18, 2014
12% Striptease (1996) " If you get stuck at Striptease, my advice is to relax and try to enjoy its occasional pleasures. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jun 18, 2014
1/5 20% I Love Trouble (1994) " Is there chemistry between Roberts and Nolte? Not really. This by-the-numbers production is more like math than chemistry. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jun 17, 2014
54% The Doors (1991) " After the first hour or so of The Doors, the only door I wanted to see was the one marked ''EXIT.'' " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jun 17, 2014
17% Wild Wild West (1999) " [Wild Wild West] is this year's Godzilla, Avengers and Spice World all rolled into one. It's the disappointment of the summer, the worst TV adaptation in recent memory and, almost needless to say, a fiasco of cosmic proportions. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jun 17, 2014
79% Pretty in Pink (1986) " When Molly Ringwald and Annie Potts are onscreen together, the movie is aglow. See Pretty In Pink or, years from now, you may suffer side effects from missing it. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jun 9, 2014
3/5 39% Armageddon (1998) " Just when you think you've had it with this movie, there comes a farcical, rock 'n' roll sort of comedy sequence, or a hilariously goofy line. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jun 6, 2014
34% She's Having a Baby (1988) " It's a measure of how little maneuvering room the movie leaves its performers that a lovely, sensitive actress like Elizabeth McGovern makes virtually no impression. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jun 4, 2014
1/5 71% Léon: The Professional (1994) " The Professional is strictly amateur-hour. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jun 4, 2014
5/5 99% L.A. Confidential (1997) " Spicy and boiling-hot, this sensational early-'50s crime drama is a morality play disguised as pulp fiction -- a sprawling saga of corruption and redemption set against a flashy West Coast backdrop. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jun 4, 2014
4/4 100% Shoah (1985) " By straightforwardly presenting interviews with people who lived through the Holocaust, Lanzmann makes it real again. Even more impressively, he helps us to see how the horror could have happened. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jun 3, 2014
4/5 81% My Own Private Idaho (1991) " Director-writer Gus Van Sant sets up disturbing -- and, often, oddly comic -- situations and then gives his characters (and actors) the freedom to explore them. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jun 2, 2014
3/5 73% Fried Green Tomatoes (1991) " Directed and co-written by first-timer Jon Avnet, the episodic production manages to capture the fried-tomato flavor of the deep South without becoming too pushy or patronizing about it. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jun 2, 2014
2/5 66% The Rock (1996) " If it's not the most awful thing I've ever seen, it's close enough to make me wince. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted May 27, 2014
76% Licence To Kill (1989) " If the series is ever going to return to its Connery-era glory, it definitely needs some new writers, ones who know how to streamline a story and keep the dialogue tight. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted May 20, 2014
3/5 39% Days of Thunder (1990) " Days of Thunder does accomplish the job it sets out to do. It's sometimes funny, sometimes exciting and never too boring or offensive. In a disappointing movie season -- as this one has started out to be -- that can seem like quite an accomplishment. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted May 20, 2014
3/5 80% Singles (1992) " Crowe doesn't add much to the general discussion, but he's assembled an attractive cast and seems to have a genuine affection for the young people on the screen. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted May 19, 2014
46% For Love of the Game (1999) " I'm all for romance, you understand. But what makes this a drawback is that these people are all wrong for each other and that the filmmakers don't seem to know it. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted May 8, 2014
1/5 21% Magic in the Water (1995) " Orky isn't shown until near the end, and then only briefly. At first, I thought this was an attempt to build suspense, but after a while, I began to suspect that the high cost of sea-monster footage was the real explanation. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted May 5, 2014
1/5 5% 'Til There Was You (1997) " I was not surprised to discover in the press notes that the movie ''has a touch of autobiography.'' The film's irritating insistence on parading its sensitivity gave the game away. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted May 5, 2014
12% Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987) " Superman IV is cinematic kryptonite. Not only could it kill the Superman series, it might also leave filmgoers feeling weak. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted May 5, 2014
4/5 9% Drop Dead Fred (1991) " The movie is no comic masterpiece, but it is consistently amusing in a way that sometimes reminded me of a kiddie picture and at other times of a more sophisticated comedy. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted May 5, 2014
2/5 4% Wired (1989) " You leave this movie unenlightened about who John Belushi really was, or why he abused himself so badly. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted May 4, 2014
4% Cool World (1992) " The plot is too sketchy to provide much of a framework, and the only logic here is the logic of fevered daydreams. Yet, in spurts, the movie's enjoyable. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted May 4, 2014
1/5 7% Christopher Columbus: The Discovery (1992) " Cast in the title role is George Corraface, whose credits include Not Without My Daughter and Impromptu. Does he overact? Let's just say that I think I heard him frown. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted May 3, 2014
3/5 23% A Stranger Among Us (1992) " Director Sidney Lumet is obviously fascinated by the Hasidic community, and he displays this fascination by presenting the Jewish characters and settings with affection and respect. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted May 3, 2014
3/5 10% Beverly Hills Cop III (1994) " The movie... isn't nearly as fresh as the first Cop flick was. But I must admit that it's a whole lot more enjoyable than the contemptible crashathon known as Beverly Hills Cop II. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted May 2, 2014
3% Battlefield Earth (2000) " Not awful, but pretty bad. A third-string Planet of the Apes meets Star Trek, Battlefield Earth is a largely uninspiring sci-fi adventure with a Swiss-cheese plot. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Apr 30, 2014
0% Jaws 4 - The Revenge (1987) " A lot of the time, the people in this picture just stand around looking very sad, as if remembering happier days. Watching this sorry film, you know how they must feel. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Apr 30, 2014
5/5 81% A Few Good Men (1992) " As you may have suspected, Jack Nicholson steals the show. His Col. Nathan Jessep isn't in a lot of scenes, but when he's there, you can't take your eyes off him. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Apr 30, 2014
84% My Cousin Vinny (2001) " My Cousin Vinny is a hoot. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Apr 30, 2014
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