Jay Carr

Jay Carr
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
45% Deep Impact (1998) Director Mimi Leder admirably insisted on making the human relationships count for as much as the cheap thrills in this killer- comet movie. But the cheap thrills -- expensive thrills, actually -- are mostly what make Deep Impact fun to watch. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2018
38% Armageddon (1998) Armageddon is big and noisy and stupid and shameless and it's going to be huge at the box office. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2018
53% Alien Nation (1988) Instead of exploring the differences and strangeness of the aliens, and giving them the kind of interesting particularity that "Blade Runner" did, Alien Nation can't domesticate and demystify its aliens quickly enough. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
51% Stargate (1994) It works not because ridiculousness is concealed, but because ridiculousness on this scale becomes something else. Don't let anyone tell you that Stargate, lifeless script and all, isn't clunky fun, proudly trembling on the brink of classic camp. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
36% Firstborn (1984) Firstborn is the film we knew Apted had in him when we saw the care and craftsmanship in his Coal Miner's Daughter and Continental Divide. It's a find, and Collet's singular performance is its core. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
95% Liquid Sky (1983) It's punk sci-fi, black comedy executed at the level of a vicious high-fashion comic strip; yet it rises above its banalities and leaves an imprint. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
6% Death Wish 3 (1985) Death Wish 3 is still another in this year's long parade of pathetic power fantasies, cynically exploiting the rage and anxiety of the dispossessed. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
58% The Last Dragon (1985) It's slick Motown stuff, shrewdly kept on a brightly colored comic strip level, so that its silly plot and wild swings between dancing feet and flying fists don't seem to matter as much as the attractiveness of the two leads. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
100% Sunday's Children (1992) Ingmar Bergman's portrait of his younger and older selves is unsparing, as funny as it is sullen, ultimately touching. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
92% Efter repetitionen (After the Rehearsal) (1984) Rarely, in fact, has a film succeeded so well in projecting the kinds of interior states usually conceded to novels, but forfeited by films. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
93% Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980) Thus, the film seems blowsy and distended, without the book's roller-coaster soarings and plummetings, without Franz's pain and Berlin's bleak desperation. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
87% Jackie Brown (1997) Surprisingly, Tarantino displays less confidence assembling it than he did in the earlier film. At more than two hours, it's simply too long, or at least it seems so. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
63% From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) "From Dusk Till Dawn" answers the question about George Clooney, but raises a couple about Quentin Tarantino. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
91% Reservoir Dogs (1992) And while Tarantino never quite succeeds in putting around each character the sense of isolation that marks the best noirs, he carries off this exercise in lively fashion. It's more purple than noir, but it's got juice. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
85% The English Patient (1996) Its wit, sophistication and artistry never are at odds with the fundamental pull of a powerful love story that out-Zhivagos Doctor Zhivago because it respects love's mysteries, admits it doesn't know the heart's boundaries. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
77% Braveheart (1995) Braveheart is a big, strapping medieval sword-and-arrow movie with more fighting than romance, a surprising abundance of lush and sensuous imagery considering its brutal strife, and Gibson fiercely inciting it to stand up and march. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
93% Die Hard (1988) Die Hard is film's equivalent of a terrorist attack on your senses, but Willis' intensity and presence push it into guilty pleasure territory. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
93% Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) This time Mr. Heavy Metal is on the side of the good guys. Naturally, he isn't quite as much fun. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
96% The Silence of the Lambs (1991) Jonathan Demme's Silence of the Lambs has everything you want in a popular thriller. It's stylish, intelligent, audacious rather than shocking, and stolen by a suave monster you'll never forget. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
96% GoodFellas (1990) Anti-romantic, it nevertheless sweeps us into the allure of mob glamour -- then slams us with its cost of admission. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
82% Dances With Wolves (1990) By never falling into the trap of allowing spectacle to supersede character, Costner's Dances with Wolves restores depth, idealism, poignancy and even wonder to a genre that had long seemed moribund. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
81% Driving Miss Daisy (1989) Freeman is note-perfect with Hoke's dignified warmth, and Tandy, whose every moment on screen is an acting lesson, turns in what by far is the most hauntingly elegant performance of the year. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
17% Her Alibi (1989) There's no excuse for Her Alibi. It inspires oceans of sympathy for Tom Selleck, who seems a nice guy and doesn't deserve to be lumbered by the ineptness of this enterprise. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
90% Rain Man (1988) It's Hoffman's most exposed performance in that he must work almost entirely with his character's landlocked interior life. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
84% Terms of Endearment (1983) Terms of Endearment is that uncommon kind of American movie, the kind that doesn't just manipulate our feelings, but releases them. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
96% Unforgiven (1992) Unforgiven gives us something to think about -- and something to answer for -- and Eastwood was just the man to make it. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
97% Schindler's List (1993) It's a stunning achievement, a film that re-creates the Holocaust not as something abstract, but as felt knowledge. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
72% Forrest Gump (1994) Forrest Gump, the new Tom Hanks movie directed by Robert Zemeckis, is a one-of-a-kind treat. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
80% Star Trek III - The Search for Spock (1984) This "Star Trek," the liveliest and most likable of the three, will satisfy hard-core Trekkies and win more than a few new recruits to their ranks. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
93% Star Trek: First Contact (1996) It's easily one of the best in the series -- the best, in fact, since Leonard Nimoy and the old Enterprise crew saved the whales in "Star Trek IV." - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
47% Star Trek Generations (1994) "Star Trek Generations" never beams us down. It's good cornball mainstream sci-fi, as close to brand-name reliability as this genre gets. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
92% Pulp Fiction (1994) It's hot, it's cool and -- for a movie that sometimes comes at you like a blindsiding fist -- it's unfailingly playful. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
60% Out of Africa (1985) The scale of its protagonist's obsessiveness is what gives Out of Africa its splendor. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
54% Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) Character and personality take a back seat on this ride. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2015
93% Saving Private Ryan (1998) Saving Private Ryan is the war movie to end all war movies. It's the ultimate combat film, far outdistancing what until now had been the genre's World War II classics. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2013
88% The Secret Garden (1993) The result is an instant classic -- rich, dense, resonant, powerful. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2013
13% Animal Behavior (1989) The problem in "Animal Behavior" isn't the animal behavior. It's Susan Rice's sweet-natured but unskilled script, and Anne Riley's direction, which underlines its connect-the-dots obviousness while ignoring its screwball comedy possibilities. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2012
43% Space Jam (1996) Space Jam [whisks] Michael Jordan to Toontown for a make-or-break game with Bugs Bunny and the other Looney Tunes. Exuberantly mixing live action and animation, it's a high-energy dream teaming. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2008
3/4 92% Election (1999) You've got to laugh at Witherspoon's tightly wound Little Miss Perfect, rising at dawn to do her hair and encase herself in a preppy look before baking cupcakes to pass out at school as vote-getters in her campaign for student council president. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2007
4/4 89% Baran (2002) It reminds us of what a film can be when it's drawn from the heart of an artist who believes in the medium as something more than a product or commodity. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2002
2/4 56% The Big Tease (2000) - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2002
1.5/4 26% Diamonds (1999) - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2002
97% The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg (2000) While it preserves his baseball feats, it looks beyond them to clarify Greenberg's place in American culture. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2002
4/4 100% Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr. (1999) - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2002
2/4 80% Following (1999) - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2002
1.5/4 39% Scream 3 (2000) While this latest effort is lively as it goes through the motions of linking the denouement to a secret from the past of Sidney's mother, there isn't an atom of urgency in it. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2002
3.5/4 98% All About My Mother (Todo sobre mi madre) (1999) - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2002
3/4 89% Galaxy Quest (1999) - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2002
3/4 85% The Cup (1999) - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2002
3/4 39% Miss Julie (1999) - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2002