Jay Boyar

Jay Boyar
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
43% Twins (1988) But what's surprising is that Twins is somewhat sweeter than might have been expected. The mechanical plot may shake and grind unpleasantly, but gentler sounds also are produced. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2019
40% A Chorus Line (1985) You want to know about the dancing? It's bad. Rather, the way it has been restaged and shot for the movie is bad. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
62% Pretty Woman (1990) [T]here's nothing light about this movie's comic touch. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
1/4 48% The First Wives Club (1996) Although the movie presents itself as a ''hear me roar'' feminist statement, its view of humanity - both male and female - is so sour and artificial that the women characters come off almost as badly as the men do. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
51% Death Becomes Her (1992) This new horror-comedy has to be one of the most heartless mainstream pictures ever made. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
10% Clifford (1994) Clifford never quite finds its tone. The course of the plot has an inevitability about it that is about as wearying as it is reassuring... And yet Clifford is intermittently hilarious, mainly thanks to Short's performance. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
52% Return to Oz (1985) The basic problem with Return to Oz is its unrelieved oppressiveness, an atmosphere resulting mainly from our sense of Dorothy's constant plight. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
53% The Cable Guy (1996) Whether Carrey's fans will like it or not, the film is easily his best crafted piece of work to date. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
53% Mars Attacks! (1996) The cast is so large that most of the actors don't stick around very long, but each has his or her moment to shine. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
50% Willow (1988) Willow exchanges the high-tech gleam of the Star Wars universe for the low-tech look of a Tolkienesque world, but otherwise it's business as usual. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
43% Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993) A nominal spoof of traditional swashbucklers, this crashingly unfunny comedy is mainly an excuse for Brooks to take yet another crack at his master list. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
4/5 44% Species (1995) Director Roger Donaldson and screenwriter Dennis Feldman show an unexpected flair for the exploitation form. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2018
3/5 45% Deep Impact (1998) Deep Impact isn't especially deep, and the extent of its impact seems limited. But it does turn out to be a fairly involving movie. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2018
84% Beetlejuice (1988) Betelgeuse doesn't fully emerge until the film is half over, but Michael Keaton makes a strong enough impression in the role to explain why the picture is named after his character. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
38% Beaches (1988) Anything for a laugh, anything for a tear, and nothing much authentic. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
1/5 5% Nothing but Trouble (1991) For the most part, however, the humor depends upon the audience's finding the movie's repulsiveness funny. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2018
3% The Mod Squad (1999) The Mod Squad is one of the flimsiest excuses for a movie I've seen in ages. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2017
87% Pelle the Conqueror (Pelle Erobreren) (1988) Written and directed by Bille August, Pelle the Conqueror is peopled with the sort of vivid minor characters that lodge in your consciousness. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2017
1/5 53% The 'Burbs (1989) This movie was directed by Joe Dante, whose style has become increasingly broad and abrasive since he made the clever Gremlins back in 1984. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2017
89% The Color of Money (1986) Though this is clearly Newman's picture, Tom Cruise also is a joy to watch. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2017
98% Daughters of the Dust (1991) Even when the pace slows to a crawl, the island's gentle mood is appealing. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
4/5 68% Antonia (Antonia's Line) (1995) The performances are modest and appealing. In the title role, Van Ammelrooy projects a remarkable combination of optimism, strength and resignation. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2016
5/5 94% Howards End (1992) Director Ivory has assembled a wonderful cast, and he gets them to work together as a repertory company of genius. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2016
5/5 83% Jerry Maguire (1996) Cruise gives perhaps his most appealing performance ever in what is arguably his best movie. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2016
43% Everybody's All-American (1988) Sprawling across a quarter of a century, Everybody's All-American is an unkempt epic about the life and times of a Louisiana athlete. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2016
88% Sid and Nancy (1986) Sid & Nancy is an honorable try, but it could have been better had Cox found a way to imbue the movie with some of the sheer zaniness of his Repo Man. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2016
2/5 54% Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991) All things considered, I would rather play Twister. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2016
3/5 82% Total Recall (1990) If Total Recall isn't as much fun as I'd hoped, it's not as dreary as I'd feared. I wouldn't call it totally awesome, but it's far from being a total loss. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2016
35% Spice World (1998) As an example of pop-culture debris, Spice World is absolutely perfect. Without, of course, being any good. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2016
18% Spawn (1997) This barely coherent hunk of junk is like a cheap horror film with only a suggestion of the grisliness that appeals to fans of cheap horror films. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2016
92% Mrs. Brown (1997) Mrs. Brown is reserved yet spirited. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2016
66% The Pillow Book (1997) I can, with many reservations, recommend The Pillow Book for graphic artists and, of course, for Star Wars completists. People who simply can't get enough nudity might also want to take a look. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2016
19% Graffiti Bridge (1990) With his doe eyes, sensitive face and amazing openness, he might even have the makings of a whole new kind of movie star. But if Prince is ever going to be that, he must find some decent behind-the-camera collaborators. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2016
34% Under the Cherry Moon (1986) In Under the Cherry Moon, the self-styled auteur is obviously aiming for a romantic tragedy with occasional lighthearted moments. What he ends up with, however, is purest camp. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2016
79% Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book (1994) The new attempt - a live-action adaptation - is unlikely to supplant the cartoon version in anyone's affections. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2016
4/5 57% Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) In Tomorrow Never Dies, the news is mostly good. And when it comes to movies, there's no news like good news. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2015
3/5 78% GoldenEye (1995) In GoldenEye, [Brosnan's] performance achieves darker, Conneryesque tones. And the movie's relatively realistic take on Bond -- realistic, that is, by the series' flamboyant standards -- helps to give his work weight. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2015
71% The Living Daylights (1987) Dalton shows a serious side that's been missing from the role since Sean Connery's earliest 007 days. And as a whole, the new picture is less of a special-effects affair than most of Roger Moore's Bond films. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2015
3/5 93% Salaam Bombay! (1988) Watching this picture feels more like a solemn duty than a form of entertainment or enrichment. And whether it is fantasy or reality, a movie should never be something you see as a duty. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2015
3/5 65% Just Another Girl on the I.R.T. (1993) What's especially encouraging about Just Another Girl is that in it Leslie Harris demonstrates a genuine knack for capturing on film the sounds and rhythms of adolescence. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2015
37% A View to a Kill (1985) Hard as it is to justify Bond films on intellectual grounds, there's something invigorating -- and strangely reassuring -- about this sort of picture. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2015
3/5 28% Hocus Pocus (1993) All things considered, Hocus Pocus is much more entertaining than a pimple-people picture has a right to be. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2015
4/5 92% Before the Rain (Pred dozhdot) (1994) Even if [Manchevski] ends up making American action films, I hope he doesn't lose his eye for beautiful still compositions. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2015
3/5 53% Blade (1998) For a while, anyway, this vampire picture flies. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2015
3/5 37% Fletch Lives (1989) The sequel, like the original, is entertaining in a slightly stale, basically sitcomy way. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2015
4/5 64% Back to the Future Part II (1989) The most important point is that the new film is fun. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2015
97% Babe (1995) Much to my surprise, I found Babe charming in an eccentric, oddly tough-minded sort of way. And if it isn't quite good enough to change my mind about the entire critter-chat genre, it is certainly good enough to recommend. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2015
80% Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985) Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome isn't a bad movie. It has entertaining sections, decent performances and more than a few provocative images. But it also has a major shortcoming: It's too darned sane. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2015
40% Rocky IV (1985) The new film's narrative is stripped down to essentials, which gives it an emblematic quality. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2015
3/5 81% Jungle Fever (1991) It certainly is something to see. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2015