For 1,480 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 43% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 54% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

J.R. Jones' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 In Bruges
Lowest review score: 0 The Back-up Plan
Score distribution:
1,480 movie reviews
    • 30 Metascore
    • 30 J.R. Jones
    Malkovich is severely miscast as a heartless and conniving thug admired by the hero (apparently Charles Grodin was busy), and Hopper, in a paper-thin role, barely registers.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 J.R. Jones
    The plot of this PG action thriller, a remake of the 2002 Danish film Klatretosen, is so full of holes that even middle schoolers might give it the raspberry, but a bigger problem is the three leads' lack of on-screen chemistry.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 J.R. Jones
    For a filmmaker like Julie Taymor, Shakespeare's language isn't nearly as enticing as Prospero's violent manipulation of the elements, and this screen adaptation of the play-like her egregious Beatles movie "Across the Universe" (2007)-is primarily an exercise in eccentric (and, I would argue, empty) spectacle.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 30 J.R. Jones
    After nine years, Duffy has coughed up a sequel, and like the first movie it's energetic, proudly juvenile, and reverently derivative.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 30 J.R. Jones
    The panoramic backgrounds have a silky beauty, but the characters are cheaply rendered with doll faces, enlarged musculature, tiny joints, and clunky movement. It's like watching Max Headroom lead his people out of Egypt.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 J.R. Jones
    The grad student and her boyfriend (Marc Blucas) are blandly written and the story never develops any psychological depth; the paranormal explanation for what's going on is equally slight.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 J.R. Jones
    A murky, directionless plot sinks this big-budget fantasy despite Martin Laing's elaborate production design; the dark, industrial-looking sets often recall "Brazil" but without that film's thrilling sense of an imagination run amok.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 J.R. Jones
    Director Niall Johnson struggles to find the proper tone: the serial murders aren't horrible enough to be funny, and the characters don't respond as if they're horrible at all. As a result the black humor thins into gray fog.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 30 J.R. Jones
    Director Adam Shankman (Bringing Down the House) can't block a sight gag to save his life.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 J.R. Jones
    This motorcycle melodrama is so stupid that during the press screening my colleagues' laughter threatened to drown out the roar of the engines.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 J.R. Jones
    Jaglom's 14th consists of his usual weakly improvised relationship comedy.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 30 J.R. Jones
    Keith is an awkward, galumphing presence, but he's more fun to watch than Kelly Preston as the girl's uptight mother.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 J.R. Jones
    When the story finally collapses in a heap at the end, you'll probably want your money back, but that's where the title comes in: "Next!"
    • 21 Metascore
    • 30 J.R. Jones
    Though some of his one-liners are pretty good, his shtick can't sustain this dutifully scripted comedy. Megyn Price, who's done time on the sitcom Grounded for Life, is a welcome distraction as the waitress with a crush on Larry.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 30 J.R. Jones
    The villainous turns by Jon Voight (as a hard-hearted Mormon bishop) and Terence Stamp (as a bloodthirsty Brigham Young) would have been more fun if they weren't part of such a clumsy campaign to lay this tragedy at the church's doorstep.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 30 J.R. Jones
    German supermodel Uschi Obermaier slept with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, and all we get is this lousy biopic.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 J.R. Jones
    The paltry theme is that we can't predict the future, but I spent part of the time calculating how many more feeble movies Allen will make, based on his productivity rate (one per year), his batting average (four duds for every success), his current age (74), and his father's longevity (Martin Konigsberg lived to be 100). Are you ready for 20 more remakes of "Manhattan"?
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 J.R. Jones
    Delivers state-of-the-art freeway thrills tenuously held together by an absurd plot, cheap but pretty leads (Martin Henderson, Monet Mazur), diner and gas station locations that look like they've been preserved in amber since the 1950s, and plenty of engine porn.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 J.R. Jones
    As "Saw" demonstrated, Wan and Whannell have a carnivalesque sense of fun and a sure instinct for recycling classic horror tropes, but their characters are so flat and their plotting so listless that this low-budget feature fails to generate much suspense.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 J.R. Jones
    Good movie roles have generally eluded her (Agnes Bruckner), and she labors in vain to keep this big-studio horror confection alive.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 30 J.R. Jones
    I'm a fan of director Bob Odenkirk, but my high hopes for this comedy were dashed by screenwriters Ben Garant, Thomas Lennon, and Michael Patrick Jann, all alumi of "Reno 911"!
    • 27 Metascore
    • 30 J.R. Jones
    Soporific comedy.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 J.R. Jones
    Written and directed by Tom Six--who doesn't seem to realize that movie theaters rely on popcorn sales--this nasty stuff plays like a cross between "Saw," "Naked Lunch," and "Bride of the Monster."
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 J.R. Jones
    Everything wrong with today's hipster comedy seems to coalesce in this toothless satire.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 30 J.R. Jones
    As the title of this splatter comedy by writer-director Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator) indicates, he's like a bug stuck to her windshield, and that's about the level of humanity and insight one can expect here.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 J.R. Jones
    Whether you want to trace this romance back to "La Strada" or Allen's marriage to Soon-Yi Previn is your business, but on-screen it never registers as more than a writer's conceit.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 30 J.R. Jones
    Abysmal thriller.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 J.R. Jones
    This is funny mostly for its brazen disregard of common sense.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 30 J.R. Jones
    To her credit, Bello makes a real commitment to this spiteful, self-absorbed character, though the credibility she generates through sheer force of will is no match for the gimmicky plot twist that arrives at the story’s midpoint and sends the movie spinning off into stupid-land.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 J.R. Jones
    The very idea of handing him over to professional lad Guy Ritchie (who directed Snatch, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels), to be played as a punch-throwing quipster by Robert Downey Jr., is so profoundly stupid one can only step back in dismay.

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