Jay Carr

Jay Carr

Agrees with the Tomatometer 72% of the time.

Publications:
Boston Globe
Critics' Group:
Boston Society of Film Critics, Broadcast Film Critics Association, National Society of Film Critics
Total Reviews:
518
Total QuickRatings:
13

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
92% Saving Private Ryan (1998) " Saving Private Ryan is the war movie to end all war movies. It's the ultimate combat film, far outdistancing what until now had been the genre's World War II classics. " — Boston Globe
Posted Aug 2, 2013
85% The Secret Garden (1993) " The result is an instant classic -- rich, dense, resonant, powerful." — Boston Globe
Posted Aug 1, 2013
13% Animal Behavior (1989) " The problem in "Animal Behavior" isn't the animal behavior. It's Susan Rice's sweet-natured but unskilled script, and Anne Riley's direction, which underlines its connect-the-dots obviousness while ignoring its screwball comedy possibilities." — Boston Globe
Posted Apr 1, 2012
3/4 92% Election (1999) " You've got to laugh at Witherspoon's tightly wound Little Miss Perfect, rising at dawn to do her hair and encase herself in a preppy look before baking cupcakes to pass out at school as vote-getters in her campaign for student council president." — Boston Globe
Posted Aug 25, 2007
4/4 89% Baran (2002) " It reminds us of what a film can be when it's drawn from the heart of an artist who believes in the medium as something more than a product or commodity." — Boston Globe
Posted Dec 13, 2002
2/4 56% The Big Tease (2000) Boston Globe
Posted Jun 18, 2002
—— Messiah (1999) Boston Globe
Posted Jun 18, 2002
1.5/4 26% Diamonds (1999) Boston Globe
Posted Jun 18, 2002
97% The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg (2000) " While it preserves his baseball feats, it looks beyond them to clarify Greenberg's place in American culture." — Boston Globe
Posted Jun 18, 2002
4/4 100% Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr. (1999) Boston Globe
Posted Jun 18, 2002
2/4 78% Following (1999) Boston Globe
Posted Jun 18, 2002
77% Judy Berlin (1999) Boston Globe
Posted Jun 18, 2002
1.5/4 36% Scream 3 (2000) Boston Globe
Posted Jun 18, 2002
3.5/4 98% All About My Mother (1999) Boston Globe
Posted Jun 18, 2002
3/4 89% Galaxy Quest (1999) Boston Globe
Posted Jun 18, 2002
3/4 85% Phörpa (The Cup) (1999) Boston Globe
Posted Jun 18, 2002
3/4 39% Miss Julie (1999) Boston Globe
Posted Jun 18, 2002
2.5/4 67% The End of the Affair (1999) Boston Globe
Posted Jun 18, 2002
3/4 36% Crush (2002) " There are as many misses as hits, but ultimately, it finds humor in the foibles of human behavior, and it's a welcome return to the roots of a genre that should depend on surprises." — Boston Globe
Posted May 17, 2002
2/4 58% Wendigo (2002) " This film is only scary if you're afraid of artfully self-conscious, grainy cinematography." — Boston Globe
Posted May 10, 2002
3/4 75% The Cat's Meow (2001) " It's pretty linear and only makeup-deep, but Bogdanovich ties it together with efficiency and an affection for the period." — Boston Globe
Posted May 3, 2002
2/4 34% World Traveler (2002) " Crudup's screen presence is the one thing that holds interest in the midst of a mushy, existential exploration of why men leave their families." — Boston Globe
Posted Apr 26, 2002
3/4 62% Dark Blue World (2001) " A bittersweet world, and it's frankly one to which we've been before, but seldom do we see it rendered with such exquisite, if pained, craftsmanship." — Boston Globe
Posted Apr 5, 2002
3/4 70% Waydowntown (2002) " The film's snags and stumblings are more than compensated for by its wryly subversive tone." — Boston Globe
Posted Apr 5, 2002
3/4 83% Pauline & Paulette (2002) " Petersen and van der Groen play affectingly against each other in this geriatric heartwarmer." — Boston Globe
Posted Mar 29, 2002
3/4 83% The Rookie (2002) " A welcome relief from baseball movies that try too hard to be mythic, this one is a sweet and modest and ultimately winning story." — Boston Globe
Posted Mar 29, 2002
2/4 76% Panic Room (2002) " Foster usually makes intelligent choices, but, time and again, one wonders what she could have seen in David Koepp's script, which ranges from flimsy to nonexistent." — Boston Globe
Posted Mar 29, 2002
3.5/4 43% Piñero (2002) " It's impressionistic and risks incoherence, but it works as a successful montage of the unruly life of a sensitive, talented, but conflicted man whose self-destructiveness it never tries to sugarcoat or deny." — Boston Globe
Posted Mar 22, 2002
2.5/4 36% Stolen Summer (2002) " Plays out with a dogged and eventually winning squareness that would make it the darling of many a kids-and-family-oriented cable channel." — Boston Globe
Posted Mar 22, 2002
3/4 77% Ice Age (2002) " It has taken 20th Century Fox a while to land on the animation scoreboard. Now it has. Ice Age is the coolest animation in town." — Boston Globe
Posted Mar 15, 2002
3.5/4 79% Last Orders (2002) " There's been no richer cinematic tapestry of humanity so far this year." — Boston Globe
Posted Mar 8, 2002
3.5/4 95% Monsoon Wedding (2002) " Cinematic home cooking at its most savory." — Boston Globe
Posted Mar 8, 2002
2/4 29% The Time Machine (2002) " The truth is that Wells wasn't that penetrating a writer when it came to probing character or the human heart. His speculations and gimmicks were what propelled his books. The film, given the chance to deepen its source, instead falls back on its gadgets." — Boston Globe
Posted Mar 8, 2002
2/4 34% Mean Machine (2002) " Earnest yet curiously tepid and choppy recycling in which predictability is the only winner." — Boston Globe
Posted Mar 1, 2002
3/4 63% We Were Soldiers (2002) " As in Black Hawk Down, the combat sequences are filmed with great skill and pulse-pounding immediacy." — Boston Globe
Posted Mar 1, 2002
2/4 38% 40 Days and 40 Nights (2002) " A one-joke sex comedy that seems to go on about 38 days and 38 nights too long." — Boston Globe
Posted Mar 1, 2002
1.5/4 59% Scotland, PA. (2001) " Scotland, PA. blurs the line between black comedy and black hole." — Boston Globe
Posted Feb 26, 2002
2.5/4 7% Dragonfly (2002) " If Oscars were dished out for tin ears, screenwriters David Seltzer, Brandon Camp, and Mike Thompson would be in the running." — Boston Globe
Posted Feb 22, 2002
2/4 17% Queen of the Damned (2002) " Queen of the Damned degenerates into a lot of dull declaiming and attitudinizing, despite a sly tongue -in-cheek quality brought by a preening Stuart Townsend to the Lestat role he inherited from the utterly humorless Tom Cruise." — Boston Globe
Posted Feb 22, 2002
3.5/4 79% Iris (2001) " Iris glows with rightness and convinces us we're sharing its characters' understanding that when the books and the memory go, love can remain." — Boston Globe
Posted Feb 15, 2002
3/4 85% Monster's Ball (2001) " The best thing Marc Forster's direction does is take these characters through their experiences at a convincingly naturalistic respiratory rate..." — Boston Globe
Posted Feb 8, 2002
1.5/4 3% Rollerball (2002) " It had a chance to improve upon the crude and stupid 1975 original, set in a future America. Instead, it's only cruder and stupider." — Boston Globe
Posted Feb 8, 2002
42% Big Fat Liar (2002) " Where there's dumb and dumber, there's invariably dumbest, a case in point being Big Fat Liar." — Boston Globe
Posted Feb 8, 2002
88% Italiensk for Begyndere (Italian for Beginners) (2001) " Who'd have thought one could fall in love with a Dogme 95 film? But I have, and this is it. Skoal and bellissima!" — Boston Globe
Posted Feb 1, 2002
2.5/4 34% I Am Sam (2001) " Penn and Pfeiffer carry I Am Sam further into plausibility than it has any right to expect." — Boston Globe
Posted Jan 25, 2002
3.5/4 90% Lantana (2002) " The film is as dense as its namesake, and it reminds us how few contemporary thrillers are adult." — Boston Globe
Posted Jan 25, 2002
76% Black Hawk Down (2001) " Despite all the hard work by an army of craftsmen working on location in Morocco, the film takes the easy way out, subsiding into a thing of technical challenges met rather than attempting to probe the events at a deeper level." — Boston Globe
Posted Jan 18, 2002
2/4 32% Charlotte Gray (2002) " It's that most unfortunate of commodities, a thing of muffled usualness, virtually generic." — Boston Globe
Posted Jan 11, 2002
72% Le Pacte des loups (Brotherhood of the Wolf) (2001) " Frequently gripping and visually striking." — Boston Globe
Posted Jan 11, 2002
4/4 86% Gosford Park (2001) " One could go on and on, cataloging the pleasures that pour forth from the screen." — Boston Globe
Posted Jan 4, 2002
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