Jay Boyar

Jay Boyar

Agrees with the Tomatometer 74% of the time.

Jay Boyar's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 37% Fletch Lives (1989) "The sequel, like the original, is entertaining in a slightly stale, basically sitcomy way. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jul 1, 2015
4/5 61% Back to the Future Part II (1989) "The most important point is that the new film is fun. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jun 29, 2015
97% Babe (1995) "Much to my surprise, I found Babe charming in an eccentric, oddly tough-minded sort of way. And if it isn't quite good enough to change my mind about the entire critter-chat genre, it is certainly good enough to recommend. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jun 16, 2015
81% Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985) "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome isn't a bad movie. It has entertaining sections, decent performances and more than a few provocative images. But it also has a major shortcoming: It's too darned sane. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted May 13, 2015
38% Rocky IV (1985) "The new film's narrative is stripped down to essentials, which gives it an emblematic quality. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted May 13, 2015
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 33% 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 40% 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
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