Jay Boyar

Jay Boyar

Agrees with the Tomatometer 74% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 81% Jungle Fever (1991) " It certainly is something to see. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Apr 21, 2015
4/5 89% Fresh (1994) " Sean Nelson, who turned 13 just before the film was shot, gives a fine, self-assured performance in the title role. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Apr 21, 2015
2/5 0% Hot to Trot (2010) " I am not going to try to tell you that this one-joke, talking-horse comedy is, in any meaningful sense, a good movie. What I am going to say is that it's a little better than my rock-bottom expectations led me to predict. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Apr 21, 2015
2/5 69% Die Hard 2 (1990) " The filmmakers seem to be operating under the assumption that the way you top a successful movie is by making one that's louder, cruder and more violent. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Apr 3, 2015
2/5 83% Orlando (1992) " Potter possesses a natural gracefulness in presentation that helps a little but, finally, not nearly enough. Orlando is vague when she means it to be mysterious, coy when it ought to be witty, familiar when it should be bold. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Mar 23, 2015
90% After Hours (1985) " Like many of Scorsese's earlier pictures, After Hours has a fascination with the bizarre. But the new film is lighter in spirit than any Scorsese film, with the possible exception of Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Mar 18, 2015
5/5 82% Talk Radio (1988) " If you think you're unshockable, see this film and then see what you think. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Mar 13, 2015
100% Tampopo (1985) " The movie makes you laugh, gets you hungry, stirs things up. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Mar 13, 2015
5/5 97% The Crying Game (1992) " This film must be discovered as it unfolds: If anyone starts to tell you about it, hit him. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Mar 9, 2015
5/5 88% Naked (1993) " By the end of the film, there's even something vaguely inspirational about our antihero's painful journey through the bowels of his self-created hell. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Mar 4, 2015
92% Do the Right Thing (1989) " The movie has a tone and a perspective of its own. But all too often, the tone is tiresome and the perspective banal. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Mar 3, 2015
88% Platoon (1986) " Stone's strongest suit, however, isn't so much realism as it is his way of blending immediacy and insight. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Feb 22, 2015
4/5 86% The Hunt for Red October (1990) " The Hunt for Red October is a lot better than you may suspect. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Feb 11, 2015
4/5 71% Cry-Baby (1990) " I don't quite know how Waters did it (and I have absolutely no idea why he did it), but the fact that Cry-Baby is fun suggests that the filmmaker possesses an instinctive understanding of what made those Elvis pictures so successful in the first place. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jan 21, 2015
4/5 67% Prancer (1989) " This is a tale about faith and love, but it's also a story of coldness and death. Prancer, you might say, puts the winter solstice back in Christmas/ " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Dec 14, 2014
93% Blue Velvet (1986) " Destined to become a cult classic, Blue Velvet presents what is probably the most original cinematic vision to come along this year. Undoubtedly, it will be too strong for many tastes. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Nov 14, 2014
4/5 85% Bugsy (1991) " Most actors give more contained performances as they get older or else they risk self-parody. Beatty, who has always seemed larger than life, gets even larger with age -- and on him it looks good. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Oct 29, 2014
3/5 81% Let Him Have It (1991) " Fairness isn't the issue here, dramatic depth is: You don't have to favor capital punishment to feel yourself being manipulated. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Oct 28, 2014
87% The Exorcist (1973) " When I first saw The Exorcist, I saw only the literal side of the story. But as I watched it again, I began to view the movie as a dark fairy tale about a parent whose child is experiencing a painful trauma. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Oct 15, 2014
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% Rustlers' 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 72% 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
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