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.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 69%

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
Posted Oct 4, 2016
5/5 92%

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
Posted Aug 24, 2016
5/5 82%

Jerry Maguire (1996)

"Cruise gives perhaps his most appealing performance ever in what is arguably his best movie." ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Aug 24, 2016

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
Posted Aug 23, 2016

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
Posted Aug 9, 2016
2/5 53%

Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991)

"All things considered, I would rather play Twister." ‐ Orlando Sentinel
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
Posted Jul 27, 2016

Spice World (1998)

"As an example of pop-culture debris, Spice World is absolutely perfect. Without, of course, being any good." ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jun 21, 2016

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
Posted May 6, 2016

Mrs. Brown (1997)

"Mrs. Brown is reserved yet spirited." ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted May 6, 2016

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
Posted May 2, 2016

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
Posted Apr 22, 2016

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
Posted Apr 22, 2016

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
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
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
Posted Oct 28, 2015

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
Posted Oct 20, 2015
3/5 92%

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
Posted Sep 29, 2015
3/5 62%

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
Posted Sep 28, 2015

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
Posted Aug 21, 2015
3/5 30%

Hocus Pocus (1993)

"All things considered, Hocus Pocus is much more entertaining than a pimple-people picture has a right to be." ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Aug 15, 2015
4/5 91%

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
Posted Jul 27, 2015
3/5 54%

Blade (1998)

"For a while, anyway, this vampire picture flies." ‐ Orlando Sentinel
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
Posted Jul 1, 2015
4/5 63%

Back to the Future Part II (1989)

"The most important point is that the new film is fun. " ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jun 29, 2015

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
Posted Jun 16, 2015

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
Posted May 13, 2015

Rocky IV (1985)

"The new film's narrative is stripped down to essentials, which gives it an emblematic quality." ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted May 13, 2015
3/5 81%

Jungle Fever (1991)

"It certainly is something to see." ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Apr 21, 2015
4/5 89%

Fresh (1994)

"Sean Nelson, who turned 13 just before the film was shot, gives a fine, self-assured performance in the title role." ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Apr 21, 2015
2/5 0%

Hot to Trot (1988)

"I am not going to try to tell you that this one-joke, talking-horse comedy is, in any meaningful sense, a good movie. What I am going to say is that it's a little better than my rock-bottom expectations led me to predict." ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Apr 21, 2015
2/5 69%

Die Hard 2 (1990)

"The filmmakers seem to be operating under the assumption that the way you top a successful movie is by making one that's louder, cruder and more violent." ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Apr 3, 2015
2/5 83%

Orlando (1992)

"Potter possesses a natural gracefulness in presentation that helps a little but, finally, not nearly enough. Orlando is vague when she means it to be mysterious, coy when it ought to be witty, familiar when it should be bold." ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Mar 23, 2015

After Hours (1985)

"Like many of Scorsese's earlier pictures, After Hours has a fascination with the bizarre. But the new film is lighter in spirit than any Scorsese film, with the possible exception of Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore." ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Mar 18, 2015
5/5 82%

Talk Radio (1988)

"If you think you're unshockable, see this film and then see what you think." ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Mar 13, 2015

Tampopo (1985)

"The movie makes you laugh, gets you hungry, stirs things up." ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Mar 13, 2015
5/5 97%

The Crying Game (1992)

"This film must be discovered as it unfolds: If anyone starts to tell you about it, hit him." ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Mar 9, 2015
5/5 88%

Naked (1993)

"By the end of the film, there's even something vaguely inspirational about our antihero's painful journey through the bowels of his self-created hell." ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Mar 4, 2015

Do the Right Thing (1989)

"The movie has a tone and a perspective of its own. But all too often, the tone is tiresome and the perspective banal." ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Mar 3, 2015

Platoon (1986)

"Stone's strongest suit, however, isn't so much realism as it is his way of blending immediacy and insight." ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Feb 22, 2015
4/5 86%

The Hunt for Red October (1990)

"The Hunt for Red October is a lot better than you may suspect." ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Feb 11, 2015
4/5 73%

Cry-Baby (1990)

"I don't quite know how Waters did it (and I have absolutely no idea why he did it), but the fact that Cry-Baby is fun suggests that the filmmaker possesses an instinctive understanding of what made those Elvis pictures so successful in the first place." ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Jan 21, 2015
4/5 67%

Prancer (1989)

"This is a tale about faith and love, but it's also a story of coldness and death. Prancer, you might say, puts the winter solstice back in Christmas/" ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Dec 14, 2014

Blue Velvet (1986)

"Destined to become a cult classic, Blue Velvet presents what is probably the most original cinematic vision to come along this year. Undoubtedly, it will be too strong for many tastes." ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Nov 14, 2014
4/5 85%

Bugsy (1991)

"Most actors give more contained performances as they get older or else they risk self-parody. Beatty, who has always seemed larger than life, gets even larger with age -- and on him it looks good." ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Oct 29, 2014
3/5 81%

Let Him Have It (1991)

"Fairness isn't the issue here, dramatic depth is: You don't have to favor capital punishment to feel yourself being manipulated." ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Oct 28, 2014

The Exorcist (1973)

"When I first saw The Exorcist, I saw only the literal side of the story. But as I watched it again, I began to view the movie as a dark fairy tale about a parent whose child is experiencing a painful trauma." ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Oct 14, 2014
2/5 27%

Lost in Space (1998)

"If all you want is special effects, you may have come to the right galaxy. But if you're looking for old-fashioned goofiness, you'll be shouting, "Beam me up, Scotty!'' Or whatever the Lost in Space equivalent of that is." ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Sep 17, 2014

Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll (1987)

"Entertaining as it often is, Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll! could have used a little less showmanship, a little more confidence in its wonderful subject." ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Sep 10, 2014

Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie (1996)

"[MSTies] can rest assured that the movie is about as funny as a typical episode of the show that is, pretty darn funny in a sly and satirical sort of way. For others, the movie can serve as a good introduction to the whole MST3K phenomenon." ‐ Orlando Sentinel
Posted Sep 2, 2014
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