Jay Boyar

Jay Boyar
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 75% Big Trouble in Little China (1986) Big Trouble in Little China is a failure, but it's a fascinating, atypical failure. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2021
2/4 30% Delirious (1991) Often... the script and the all-thumbs direction of Tom Mankiewicz leave Candy and the rest of the cast (Mariel Hemingway, Emma Samms, David Rasche, Raymond Burr) stranded. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2021
3/5 69% Doc Hollywood (1991) The rare film that actually improves as it develops. What begins as an all-too-standard fish-out-of-water comedy eventually grows into something more. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2021
1/5 5% Another You (1991) An abrasive, spectacularly mirthless comedy. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2021
14% Troop Beverly Hills (1989) Perhaps the film's premise would have been effective for a 10-minute sketch on Saturday Night Live or The Tracey Ullman Show. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2021
3/5 68% Baby Boom (1987) There's just something irresistible about a major star dropping his or her guard and going full-out in the service of a comic romp. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2021
30% Skin Deep (1989) Considered as a whole, Skin Deep plays like a bad sequel to 10. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2021
2/5 51% The Secret of My Success (1987) The Secret of My Success lacks even the modest verbal wit that many Family Ties episodes contain. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2021
2/5 30% Harry & Son (1984) Some fine actors, such as Joanne Woodward and Ellen Barkin, are abused by the script. Others, notably Benson, hang themselves. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2021
4/5 67% Target (1985) An engrossing new thriller starring Gene Hackman and Matt Dillon. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2021
3/5 60% The Mean Season (1985) It's more effective than it deserves to be because director Phillip Borsos has a terrific technique. He twists the conventions of the thriller form to serve his vision of the story. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2021
3/5 75% Top Secret! (1984) It's amusing enough in a Mad magazine sort of way to be worth a look. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2021
93% L.A. Story (1991) If L.A. Story isn't thematically consistent enough to qualify as a classic, it's still consistently entertaining. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2021
2/5 50% Flashpoint (1984) Just sit tight. It'll turn up on cable soon enough. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2021
2/5 70% The Bedroom Window (1987) A movie that makes even a mediocre thriller like The Morning After look, well, thrilling. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2021
4/5 68% A Shock to the System (1990) Egleson and Klavan know exactly what their themes are, and they've got the guts and brains to carry them through. Besides, whenever their efforts flag, Michael Caine's exceptional performance is always a compensation. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2021
2/5 53% Lassiter (1984) Lassiter is the first feature film to be directed by Roger Young, whose idea of moviemaking seems to be to cram a bunch of cinematic cliches together and hope for the best. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2021
4/5 88% Girlfight (2000) You get caught up in the story of an underdog whose fight represents the triumph of an outsider. And the movie's ragged technique only makes that struggle seem that much more authentic and pure. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2021
4/5 76% The Ballad of Little Jo (1993) Aided by cinematographer Declan Quinn, [Greenwald] finds a vivid poignancy in the Western scenery that somehow seems to express the subtle shifts in mood of our brave young heroine's heart. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2021
4/5 81% Clueless (1995) Brains, youth and a fearless fashion sense can take you pretty far in this heartless world of ours. Clueles possesses all these priceless attributes plus a weightless sense of humor and a matchless heroine. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2021
4/5 78% Wayne's World (1992) Party on, Wayne and Garth, and welcome to the movies. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2021
5/5 86% The Joy Luck Club (1993) Piece by piece, scene by scene, the story of The Joy Luck Club is set before us onscreen. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2020
1/5 77% Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982) It's mindless, but it's well-paced. - Buffalo Courier-Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2020
3/5 7% Friday the 13th Part 3 (1982) Suppose that you're intrigued by the special three-dimensional effects but totally repulsed by the movie's mindless carnage. Then you've got yourself a problem. - Buffalo Courier-Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2020
3/5 27% Young Doctors in Love (1982) With its air of foolishness and total superficiality, neither the medical profession nor anything else is really being lampooned. It's just a bunch of jokes. - Buffalo Courier-Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2020
3/5 45% The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982) This isn't a very engaging idea. Neither outrageous enough to be funny nor apt enough to be clever, it's a rickety hook to hang a movie on. - Buffalo Courier-Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2020
2/5 74% The World According to Garp (1982) There is no doubt that what Hill has accomplished is titillating. But some very powerful emotions are trashed in this movie, and some tender sensibilities are trampled on. - Buffalo Courier-Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2020
2/5 63% Swamp Thing (1982) All things considered, Swamp Thing should never have crawled out from under its rock. - Buffalo Courier-Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet Messidor (1981) This movie about alienation is, finally, too alienated from itself and from the world surrounding it to work as a movie. - Buffalo Courier-Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2020
5/5 88% Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is a clever, exciting movie that grabs you right from the start by involving you in the conflicts and aspirations of its characters. - Buffalo Courier-Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2020
3/5 90% Blade Runner (1982) Everything, from the punkish clothing to the compact gadgetry, comments wittily on the present while also establishing a coherent future. - Buffalo Courier-Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
2/5 72% TRON (1982) Although Tron, with all its jazzy computer-generated imagery, is intermittently fascinating to look at, it's a pretty poor excuse for a movie. - Buffalo Courier-Express EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
52% Tequila Sunrise (1988) The best parts of Tequila Sunrise are so very good that you wish they could be in a more sustained movie. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2020
63% The Boy Who Could Fly (1986) Though the film is both sappy and cliched, it's not as sappy or cliched as might be expected. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2020
87% Rosewood (1997) Singleton's boldness is invigorating _ and merciless. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2020
19% Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993) Considering how terribly resistible (to me, at least) last year's Sister Act was, the sequel seems like a movie miracle. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2020
76% The Goonies (1985) You're reminded of what it was like, as a child, to trust in wishing wells and, without thinking very much about it, switch from walking along to skipping. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2020
91% The Journey of Natty Gann (1985) [Jeremy Kagan] keeps the pacing brisk, and if he doesn't make as emotional a picture as someone else might have, The Journey of Natty Gann has a quiet dignity. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
47% Star Trek Generations (1994) It's well-plotted, cleanly staged and, on the whole, not badly acted. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
91% La Bamba (1987) La Bamba has a lot going for it besides its compelling teen myth. As might have been predicted, the music is terrific. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2020
44% All Dogs Go To Heaven (1989) The plot meanders and chases its own tail without ever establishing coherent characters. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2020
92% Matador (1986) If Blue Velvet raised eyebrows, Matador will have some moviegoers blinking in disbelief. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
34% Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) With any luck at all, the McCallisters will just stay home next Christmas. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
2/4 59% Kalifornia (1993) Pitt and Lewis have made an unfortunate choice for their first big-screen collaboration. In fact, the flashes of acting brilliance that they show in this messy, often-pretentious production are its only real points of interest. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
17% Boxing Helena (1993) Both the beauty and her beastly pursuer remain too blankly generic for the implications of the movie's main metaphor to come through vividly. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
56% Immortal Beloved (1994) Moments like these may lift Immortal Beloved high enough for even the most skeptical of purists to forgive it. Moments like these and, of course, all that glorious music. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
46% Stepmom (1998) Well, if unearned pathos is your cup of tea, drink up. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
22% Practical Magic (1998) Practical Magic, in other words, is anything but magical. The only spell it casts will put you right to sleep. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2019
28% See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989) The plot is far from inspired. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
38% Legend (1985) You are caught up in a morality play... the deepest significance of which the makers of this PG movie are apparently betting the adolescents of America will instinctively comprehend. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019