Jay Boyar

Jay Boyar

Agrees with the Tomatometer 74% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
98% Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) " If the pleasures of Who Framed Roger Rabbit are mostly incidental, they are certainly more than considerable. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jul 30, 2013
5/5 93% Speed (1994) " Believe it or not, the most exciting movie of the year takes place mainly in an elevator, on a city bus and on a train car. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jul 30, 2013
3/5 88% When Harry Met Sally (1989) " During the slow passages, I wondered to what extent the film's creators are aware of its Woodyisms, and to what degree they feel guilty about ripping Allen off. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jul 30, 2013
4/5 95% Apollo 13 (1995) " Hanks is a terrific choice for the lead because he can appear strong and military without slipping over into Sgt. Rock corniness. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jul 30, 2013
4/5 95% In the Line of Fire (1993) " Despite the presence of all these action-flick cliches, In the Line of Fire works. Sure, it's no more than a formula movie, but it's an effective formula movie. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jul 30, 2013
3/5 96% What's Love Got To Do With It? (1993) " Angela Bassett is a wonderfully sympathetic screen presence who may have a big career ahead of her. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jul 29, 2013
3/5 96% The Fugitive (1993) " While there are actors in this film, there isn't much room for acting. The rapid editing and near-absence of dialogue reduces the actors to action figures with colorful labels pasted on their foreheads. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jul 29, 2013
4/5 92% Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) " Terminator 2 does work viscerally, however, and with this kind of movie, that's really what counts. No problemo. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jul 29, 2013
90% No Way Out (1987) " A thriller that grabs you even before the ironies of its plot kick in is a thriller you don't want to miss. No Way Out is that sort of movie, a thriller that's thrilling throughout. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jul 29, 2013
3/5 63% The Hand that Rocks the Cradle (1992) " The careful structure of THTRTC guarantees that the movie will generate a fair amount of suspense throughout. But the single-mindedness of the movie is a genuine limitation, and, watching it, you begin to feel spoon-fed. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jul 10, 2013
92% Die Hard (1988) " Die Hard is an action picture with a capital A. In fact, you might as well go ahead and capitalize the whole darn word. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jul 9, 2013
1/5 64% A Rage in Harlem (1991) " As the movie becomes increasingly violent and unpleasant, the characters chase around after each other in a threadbare gangster plot about a trunk of gold. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jul 1, 2013
2/5 23% Dying Young (1991) " These people are like an adolescent's idea of adulthood. They're junior high schoolers without zits, emotionally arrested and unaware of it. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jul 1, 2013
1/5 48% Flatliners (1990) " All I remember is that, just before I came to, there was a sudden burst of brightness. At last the movie was over, and someone had turned on the lights in the theater. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jul 1, 2013
3/5 16% The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990) " If you're interested in a faithful visual adaptation of Wolfe's novel, be assured that this isn't it. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jun 28, 2013
97% The Princess Bride (1987) " For parents who have felt as if they were approaching the Cliffs of Insanity while enduring the inanities of standard kiddie pictures, The Princess Bride may be a godsend. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jun 28, 2013
4/5 89% Trainspotting (1996) " Trainspotting's saving grace is that there's a heck of a lot of entertainment value in this particular form of shallowness. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jun 26, 2013
5/5 92% Reservoir Dogs (1992) " A brash, brutal crime-caper film, Reservoir Dogs has enough raw energy for 10 motion pictures and more than enough rough stuff to traumatize the sensitive. But not only does Dogs have teeth, it has brains. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jun 26, 2013
91% Stand by Me (1986) " Its perspective is that of a knowing adult, which is to say that though the film is frequently affectionate and funny, it contains a drop too much condescension to be entirely successful. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jun 26, 2013
96% Back to the Future (1985) " It isn't often that extremely clever moviemakers use their brains in the service of pure fun. But that's just what the people who made Back to the Future have done. This brilliant contraption of a film could become the hit of the summer. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jun 26, 2013
80% The Untouchables (1987) " The Untouchables could be the breakthrough movie for Kevin Costner, a folksy, Gary Cooperish actor who holds center stage as Eliot Ness. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jun 25, 2013
74% Ghost (1990) " Ghost is one part horror picture, one part comedy, one part love story, one part murder mystery and four parts entrancing. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jun 25, 2013
94% Full Metal Jacket (1987) " What gives this story its power is not really its originality, but the relentlessness of Kubrick's black-comic vision and the tightness of his focus. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jun 21, 2013
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 14% 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 19% 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
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