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.

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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 32%

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 71%

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 82%

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

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 39%

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

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

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

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

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

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

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