Jay Boyar

Jay Boyar

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% 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
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
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 38% 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: 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
85% My Cousin Vinny (1992) "My Cousin Vinny is a hoot. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Apr 30, 2014
4/5 86% Heat (1995) "There isn't much going on at this party other than what the actors bring to it. But fortunately, Mann has invited some exceptional ones. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Apr 29, 2014
3/5 59% Disclosure (1994) "If the best parts of Disclosure are its sideshows, its biggest drawback is that infernal infatuation the filmmakers have with technology and power. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Apr 25, 2014
4/5 50% Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) "There's no subtlety in this Robin Hood, but subtlety isn't everything: Grit and obviousness have coarser charms, and the director makes much of these. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Apr 25, 2014
44% Three Amigos! (1986) "The happy-go-lucky Three Amigos is a picture to see when your expectations are down and you've already been to everything that's good. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Apr 25, 2014
80% Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) "It is most curious that Hughes, who is obviously clever and talented, has failed to develop the intriguing situation he has set in motion. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Apr 23, 2014
4/5 94% Fargo (1996) "In the fascinating Fargo, writer-director Joel and writer-producer Ethan have come up with a film that is either an oddly funny crime drama or an ultra-deadpan comedy, depending on how you look at it. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Apr 21, 2014
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% 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 and 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
50% 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 85% 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 (1997) "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
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