For 1,480 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 42% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 55% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

J.R. Jones' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 House of Flying Daggers
Lowest review score: 0 The Quiet
Score distribution:
1480 movie reviews
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 J.R. Jones
    Excruciatingly narcissistic.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 J.R. Jones
    The funny-looking kids steal every scene from Lawrence, simply by virtue of being funny-looking kids.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 J.R. Jones
    This parallel-reality shtick would be OK if the gun violence weren't so awful--but staging a murder again and again for the sake of some undergraduate head game is no more defensible than using it to pump up an action flick.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 30 J.R. Jones
    But the big scare scenes seem particularly isolated here, supported by neither the flat characters nor the vague plot.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 30 J.R. Jones
    It's a great premise for comedy, but this thing is too dumb to do it justice.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 J.R. Jones
    Everything wrong with today's hipster comedy seems to coalesce in this toothless satire.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 J.R. Jones
    I missed the first half hour of this Zorro adventure, and it's a tribute to the idiot-proof screenplay that I had no trouble following the rest.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 J.R. Jones
    This wretched remake was helmed by Raja Gosnell, perpetrator of the live-action "Scooby-Doo" movies. I'm partial to Quaid and Russo, but there are limits.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 J.R. Jones
    A flimsy setup dooms this from the start, though its sheer awfulness is something to see.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 J.R. Jones
    Even 82 minutes seems an eternity...The net effect is weirdly reminiscent of taking part in any online community, where a "relationship" is more like a juxtaposing of egos.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 J.R. Jones
    This is funny mostly for its brazen disregard of common sense.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 30 J.R. Jones
    This remake takes an alternate tack from the original feature, expanding the story of "The Sitter" to a full 83 minutes, but the result is dull and painfully generic.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 J.R. Jones
    A vicious, incoherent shoot-'em-up.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 30 J.R. Jones
    Director Kurt Wimmer has an eye for jackboot chic (Equilibrium), and the images here have been digitally polished so that the characters' skin is smoother than porcelain. It's a cool effect--I spent most of this interminable actioner wondering if one could bounce a quarter off Jovovich's bare midriff.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 J.R. Jones
    The movie's notion of humor is exemplified by Bradshaw's extended nude scene, which might be termed "roughing the viewer."
    • 27 Metascore
    • 30 J.R. Jones
    An almost comically lurid tale of a little boy abused by his malignant hooker mother, malignant fundamentalist grandfather, and malignant surrogate dads.
    • 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.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 J.R. Jones
    Underneath the wrapping lies a squalid Tarantino-style crime flick.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 J.R. Jones
    The director of "American Pie" has set out to make a merciless satire of American media culture along the lines of "Network," but his ideas are so commonplace that nothing registers except the bile.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 J.R. Jones
    I'm guessing Donald Sutherland agreed to do this tedious horror flick because he heard Sissy Spacek was on board, and Spacek agreed to do it because she heard Sutherland was on board.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 J.R. Jones
    A shocking revelation near the end explains the soldier's nihilistic rage but simultaneously tears a gigantic hole in the plot, leaving little to admire but Considine's typically penetrating performance.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 30 J.R. Jones
    The resulting movie (2005) covers seven years and touches on some of the same social issues that gave "Hoop Dreams" its epic sweep, yet Serrill fails to treat any of them adequately, and the narrative loses its shape as events unfold.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 J.R. Jones
    Smirky, gum-in-your-hair humor dominates this dreadful 2005 feature.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 J.R. Jones
    By the time Gooding showed up for one of his assignments disguised as a call girl, even "Boat Trip" looked good to me.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 J.R. Jones
    The word "raunchy" doesn't begin to describe this.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 30 J.R. Jones
    The remake begins with the same premise and appropriates the most striking visuals, grafting them onto a more explicable but equally dull George Romero-style doomsday scenario.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 J.R. Jones
    This Spanish comedy showcases a gallery of popular actresses, but writer-director Manuel Gomez Pereira gives them nothing to work with aside from tiresome romantic complications.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 J.R. Jones
    The U.S. vs. John Lennon isn't so much a history of Lennon's pacifism as a continuation of it, the last bed-in, so to speak, with contemporary figures like Gore Vidal and Noam Chomsky on hand to connect Vietnam with Iraq, President Nixon with President Bush, and the FBI's spying on Lennon with the current administration's domestic surveillance.
    • 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.

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