Jay Boyar

Jay Boyar
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
33% 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 58% 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
55% 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
45% Stepmom (1998) Well, if unearned pathos is your cup of tea, drink up. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
21% 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
36% 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
50% Oliver & Company (1988) In any case, the movie is enjoyable, if not especially memorable. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
37% Road House (1989) It's amazing how quickly an explosion, a ripped-out throat, or even four bangs in a row, can make other problems seem insignificant. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
21% Harlem Nights (1989) If only it had played funnier. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
35% Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992) The idea of mixing vampires and modern teens has, of course, been tried before... But it has never been done with so much sophistication - yes, sophistication. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
26% Hook (1991) It's a lot of fun to watch - over two hours of thrills, spills, elaborate sets and special effects, all tied together by a pleasingly varied (and lighter than usual) musical score by John Williams. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
43% Space Jam (1996) This isn't Looney Tunes, it's Sloppy Tunes. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
54% Cruel Intentions (1999) Cruel Intentions is Les Liaisons Dangereuses as performed by Teletubbies. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
38% Ishtar (1987) Though far from a masterpiece, the movie is often hilarious in a sly, seemingly improvisational way. - Orlando Sentinel EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
44% 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 49% 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
52% 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
40% 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 43% 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
39% 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 67% 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
42% 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