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 point 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 Suddenly
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.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 J.R. Jones
    This is a complete mess, making up its story logic as it goes along, though in contrast to the sluggish "Shanghai Knights" its chief problem is having too many ideas instead of too few.
    • 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.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 J.R. Jones
    Bland comedy romance. Grant and Bullock fail to put across the tired dialogue, and many scenes seem ad-libbed--in desperation.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 J.R. Jones
    So stale and complacent that it could be a rerun of "Love American Style."
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 J.R. Jones
    Watching this quick-buck sequel was about as pleasant as having my wisdom teeth pulled.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 J.R. Jones
    Like Robert Altman's "M*A*S*H" this has a banquet scene posed like The Last Supper, but the basic idea--toothless satire trimming a dull star party--reminded me more of "Ready to Wear."
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 J.R. Jones
    Most of the action in this 2001 indie drama takes place on computer screens, with grainy faces framed by sharp little boxes; the 21st-century conceit is topical enough but the characters and their problems couldn't be more stale.
    • 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.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 J.R. Jones
    Suzuki and Kaneshiro keep the first hour afloat with their easy comic interplay, but Yamazaki badly needs editing: the opening escape sequence is needlessly repeated later, and a slow drip of false endings drags this out to a tiring 118 minutes.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 30 J.R. Jones
    Grazer's writing team has filled up the film's 82 minutes with winking product placements, SNL-type goofs, PG gags premised on not quite cursing, a Smashmouth cover of the Beatles' "Getting Better," and a lame subplot about a scuzzy lothario (Stephen Baldwin).
    • 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.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 30 J.R. Jones
    Abysmal thriller.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 J.R. Jones
    This didn't make me laugh much, but I liked the music, a patchwork of samples culled from the various atomic-monster epics.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 J.R. Jones
    Armitage adds a slick veneer of one-liners and slapstick to Leonard's novel, but the story has been so spun around that it barely knows how to end.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 J.R. Jones
    It's a victory of tone over storytelling, though perhaps a Pyrrhic one.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 30 J.R. Jones
    As in most bad thrillers, the number of pointless shocks increases in direct proportion to the drama's decreasing vitality, like defibrilator paddles jolting a dying man.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 J.R. Jones
    The road of excess leads to the palace of boredom in this overblown monster epic.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 30 J.R. Jones
    The cat is computer-generated, as are his one-liners.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 J.R. Jones
    Jules Verne's novel has been flattened into a standardized Jackie Chan vehicle.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 30 J.R. Jones
    Having defused the fairy tale, first-time screenwriter Leigh Dunlap pads this out to 96 minutes with stale high school politics and the usual claptrap about believing in yourself.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 30 J.R. Jones
    Spike Lee's fans have learned to take the bad with the good, but this is pretty damn bad.
    • 15 Metascore
    • 30 J.R. Jones
    This is one dull party.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 30 J.R. Jones
    Breillat's mix of dramatic skill and feminist intimidation has cowed plenty of critics in the past, but no political agenda could redeem this movie's joyless pedantry.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 J.R. Jones
    Predictable outrage.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 J.R. Jones
    This teen romance doesn't have a single authentic moment.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 30 J.R. Jones
    In any normal year this dire comedy would be the undisputed lump of coal in our psychic stocking, but with "Surviving Christmas" still in theaters it's a close second.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 J.R. Jones
    De Niro gives a crafty performance, and director John Polson (Swimfan) maintains a pleasantly low-key suspense. But the ending is a disappointment.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 30 J.R. Jones
    Director Adam Shankman (Bringing Down the House) can't block a sight gag to save his life.