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:
781

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 151 - 200 of 781
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
94% The Truman Show (1998) " The important thing is that Carrey and the filmmakers have taken pains to give Truman that soul -- which, in itself, provides a kind of depth. In any case, it gets you to care about how it's going to end." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jun 19, 2013
88% The Usual Suspects (1995) " If the pleasures of The Usual Suspects are the more superficial ones of ingenuity and style, those are abundantly available. The twists and turns of the plot are an awful lot of fun, while the ending is genuinely satisfying and surprising." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jun 18, 2013
46% Beverly Hills Cop II (1987) " The film seems... to be a precisely timed affair: so many seconds for this, so many for that, and the natural flow of the story be damned." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jun 12, 2013
0% American Anthem (1986) " Cast and crew are guided by the director from manipulative cliche to manipulative cliche, as everyone tries his or her best to overlook the fact that Gaylord, despite his athletic prowess, has little or no show-business talent." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jun 12, 2013
78% Fatal Attraction (1987) " Under the direction of Adrian Lyne, most of the picture's situations seem like randomly chosen place holders, flat events that just fill time until the final bizarre confrontation." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jun 12, 2013
2/5 15% Jade (1995) " Car-chase aficionados are advised not to miss out on Jade, but others can safely give it a pass." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jun 12, 2013
3/5 63% Telling Lies In America (1997) " The Hungarian angle gives the film a little distinctiveness." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jun 12, 2013
5/5 75% Music Box (2003) " Amazingly, director Costa-Gavras and screenwriter Joe Eszterhas navigate these perilous waters smoothly." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jun 12, 2013
45% Betrayed (1988) " The filmmakers end up with a jarring, often suspenseful movie that, ultimately, misses the mark." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jun 12, 2013
1/5 17% Showgirls (1995) " One thing I'll say for Showgirls, it's educational. But sadly, it isn't much else." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jun 12, 2013
82% Jagged Edge (1985) " The biggest fault of Jagged Edge is that whatever suspense it manages to generate in its climactic scenes is achieved artificially, through tricky editing and manipulative ''danger'' music." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jun 12, 2013
1/5 7% Problem Child 2 (2004) " [Problem Child 2 may] be the most sheerly repulsive kiddie movie ever filmed." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jun 5, 2013
4% Caddyshack II (1988) " This PG-rated romp is bland bananas compared to its R-rated predecessor." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jun 4, 2013
8% Spy Hard (1996) " More of a cinematic joke book than a real movie, Spy Hard hits you with gags faster than Henny Youngman on speed. Even when individual bits misfire, the unrelenting barrage of silliness can break down your resistance." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jun 4, 2013
1/5 6% Kazaam (1996) " I'd call the film innocuous, except that Max's gangster dad is apparently an Italian-American and the movie's main villain is an Arab. Do kids really need these stereotypes reinforced? There's also more violence here than you might expect." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted May 29, 2013
2/5 3% Speed 2 - Cruise Control (1997) " In Speed 2, De Bont is, so to speak, at sea." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted May 28, 2013
2/5 3% Getting Even With Dad (1994) " Tone: Home Alone-style slapstick with occasional (almost random) heart-tugging." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted May 28, 2013
2/5 10% Fire Birds (1990) " Sir. No, sir." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted May 28, 2013
2/5 0% Wagons East! (1994) " A poorly focused and rhythmless collection of vignettes, Wagons East! does contain a few funny ideas and some decent performances that simply are not enough to rescue the movie." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted May 22, 2013
1/5 8% Milk Money (1994) " It's pointless to blame the cast members, who at least are in there trying." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted May 22, 2013
1/5 35% Young Einstein (1988) " Considering the pre-opening buildup this film has had, it could turn out to be a bigger bomb than the one Einstein's theory anticipated." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted May 21, 2013
8% Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise (1987) " Because the cast is basically the same in both parts of the Nerds saga, the blame for the saga's decline must be assigned elsewhere. A good bet is that the change in director and screenwriters." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted May 21, 2013
6% Vibes (1988) " Luckily, Vibes has those quirky stars, a wacky threesome who give off good vibes under any circumstances." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted May 21, 2013
5% Cocktail (1988) " This vacant, misshapen film is basically an extended beer commercial that presents the world as a ludicrous place populated by sex-and-cash-and-booze-crazed zomboids. Cruise, meanwhile, comes off as a somewhat taller Spuds MacKenzie." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted May 21, 2013
2/5 7% Ghost Dad (1990) " When a picture's biggest selling point is that it's risque by kiddie standards, that doesn't say much for its overall quality." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted May 21, 2013
4/5 6% Mobsters (1991) " A potboiler in the quick-and-dirty tradition of the B movies of the '30s, it may not win any Oscars or garner rave reviews, but it's consistently entertaining, nevertheless." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted May 21, 2013
1/5 0% Return to the Blue Lagoon (1991) " Things are pretty much the same for the semi-nude kids in this movie as they were for the semi-nude kids in the first Blue Lagoon." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted May 21, 2013
1/5 32% Radio Flyer (1992) " A movie is not a public-service announcement, and a movie that tries to squeak by on intentions doesn't generally doesn't get very far. Viewed from any normal perspective, Radio Flyer never takes off." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted May 20, 2013
4/5 40% Newsies (1992) " Stop the presses! Newsies is the best live-action movie musical since Little Shop of Horrors." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted May 20, 2013
1/5 29% The House of the Spirits (1994) " The House of the Spirits is like Gone With the Wind with the fun and excitement replaced by lofty. All that's left is the wind." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted May 20, 2013
4/5 68% The Crucible (1996) " What happened in long-ago Salem does still seem to matter." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted May 17, 2013
2/5 22% Color of Night (1994) " I'm tempted to go ahead and explain just exactly how transparent -- and implausible -- this mystery is. But then I don't want to spoil it for people who are even worse than I am at this sort of thing. People like Forrest Gump." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted May 17, 2013
5/5 94% Pulp Fiction (1994) " In terms of mood and style, it could be the most influential film to come along since Blue Velvet." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted May 15, 2013
80% The Boxer (1997) " If The Boxer doesn't quite score a knockout, that's because of such flaws as the too-sketchy development of the character of Maggie's son, who turns out to be pivotal. But the movie carries the day by aiming its strongest punches straight at the heart." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted May 14, 2013
100% My Beautiful Laundrette (1985) " This new British picture raises enough issues for a half-dozen more conventional movies. And though this approach makes for a structure that's a little shaky, the film somehow holds together." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted May 13, 2013
91% Scandal (1989) " The greatest virtue of the filmmakers' straightforward approach is that it avoids the obvious pitfall of pretentiousness." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted May 8, 2013
46% Agnes of God (1985) " It is Meg Tilly who makes the movie live. Her performance, which works on both realistic and symbolic levels, allows you to believe in the story." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted May 8, 2013
5/5 82% Wish You Were Here (Too Much) (1987) " Wish You Were Here is the story of Lynda's messy coming of age. It's a movie to cherish -- bouyant, affecting, one of a kind." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted May 8, 2013
3/5 70% In Country (1989) " The scene at the memorial is one of the film's best, but director Jewison fails to find in it anything close to the level of emotional force that the same scene in Mason's book has." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted May 7, 2013
5/5 97% Schindler's List (1993) " What the visual immediacy of Schindler's List does is to prod each of us to fill in the gaps of emotion for ourselves. To put this another way, the more you are able to invest in this superb, demanding film, the more you are likely to get back." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted May 6, 2013
4/4 97% Groundhog Day (1993) " A movie that continually replays a single day could quickly become tedious but, strangely enough, Groundhog Day never does." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted May 6, 2013
4/4 98% One False Move (1992) " The biggest difference between One False Move and most other action films is the sting in its violence. There is so little stylization here -- so little gimmickry -- that when someone is shot or knifed, you feel it." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted May 6, 2013
61% Twin Peaks - Fire Walk with Me (1992) " For those who are willing to go the distance with Lynch, the return trip to Twin Peaks is well worth the trouble." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted May 3, 2013
34% Hackers (1995) " After the mechanics of the thriller plot start to kick in, the film drags. And when it's time for the big cyber-showdown, we're stuck, once again, with footage of frantic typing." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted May 3, 2013
98% The Wild Bunch (1969) " It is certainly one of the best westerns ever made, and the best film of any kind to come out in 1969." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted Apr 29, 2013
4/5 92% Men in Black (1997) " There's a playfulness, here, that you don't often find in a special-effect flick." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted Apr 14, 2013
77% The Mask (1994) " If a movie star was born in Ace Ventura, he is christened in The Mask. Quite simply, this is the best and freest crazy comedy to come along since Beetlejuice." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted Apr 12, 2013
78% Addams Family Values (1993) " Somehow, the new production fails to sustain the creepy, kooky, mysterious, spooky and altogether ooky visual sweep that held the first film together." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted Apr 11, 2013
82% The Crow (1994) " As exploitation pictures go, I've seen a whole lot worse." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted Apr 10, 2013
81% Batman Returns (1992) " Burton and company return to the prickly humor that gave such a jolt to the earlier film -- frequently finding it in unexpected places." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted Apr 10, 2013
72% Batman (1989) " The storytelling has weaknesses, but the characters are fascinating." — Orlando Sentinel
Posted Apr 10, 2013
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