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 1.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

J.R. Jones' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 The Host
Lowest review score: 0 Blindness
Score distribution:
1,480 movie reviews
    • 35 Metascore
    • 20 J.R. Jones
    Without the grandiose narrative structure of the six live-action releases, this feels even more pointless, a mechanical attempt to milk the kids for every last dime.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 20 J.R. Jones
    Creatively it's a giant step backwards.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 20 J.R. Jones
    Using blasts of shrill, high-decibel noise in place of actual scares has become a common horror-movie tactic, the cinematic equivalent of botox, silicone, and penile-enhancement surgery. Producer Michael Bay and director Samuel Bayer deploy the tactic so regularly in this remake of Wes Craven's 1984 classic that after a while I just plugged my ears.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 20 J.R. Jones
    As with many R-rated studio comedies, the transgressive humor isn't nearly as offensive as the phony sentiment that's supposed to redeem it, supplied here in stale scenes of the sitter bonding with his little charges.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 20 J.R. Jones
    Even with the bar lowered, this seems appallingly bad, a lazy assortment of weak punch lines, sentimental music cues, and trite situations.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 10 J.R. Jones
    A holiday film for the whole family, provided the whole family is obsessed with human waste.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 10 J.R. Jones
    Before seeing this film I couldn't understand why the producers had given it a subtitle; afterward I realized "Ecks vs. Sever" was probably the full script.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 10 J.R. Jones
    A turkey of Rubenesque proportions.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 10 J.R. Jones
    A new low for director Alan Parker, this trite mystery thriller does for capital punishment what his "Mississippi Burning" did for civil rights: with its muddled message, liberal piety, and slick Hollywood plot mechanics.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 10 J.R. Jones
    Whitney frames this as the pilot for a reality TV show, but if that doesn't pan out he can pitch it to al Qaeda as a recruiting tool.
    • 9 Metascore
    • 10 J.R. Jones
    This excruciating sequel tries to squeeze a few more bucks from the "Spy Kids" espionage formula.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 10 J.R. Jones
    The awful crank comedy "Spun" (2002) still ranks as the most dehumanizing youth picture of the decade, but this New York drama by first-time director Hunter Richards is a close second.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 10 J.R. Jones
    This one follows the depressing pattern of "Surviving Christmas" and "Christmas With the Kranks": enforced holiday cheer gives way to bilious hatred, then hollow forgiveness.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 10 J.R. Jones
    This high-decibel shocker is an insult to intelligence and faith alike.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 10 J.R. Jones
    At its core this is just another piece of big-studio nothingness. The characters are so underwritten they barely qualify as types, and the movie is badly paced, bookended by high-ordnance action sequences but painfully static in the middle.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 10 J.R. Jones
    Wretched yuletide comedy.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 10 J.R. Jones
    Unwatchable-and, thanks to its high-decibel action sequences, barely listenable-this misbegotten medieval fantasy/stoner comedy marks a new low for David Gordon Green.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 0 J.R. Jones
    I can't remember when I last hated an art-house movie as much as this one...Other reviewers have praised the film's alleged quirky humor, but I was repelled by the two heartless creeps who set the story in motion and baffled by the protagonist's fascination with them.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 0 J.R. Jones
    This putrid action flick crawls along for two and a half hours before expiring in a septic field of bad one-liners, halfhearted catchphrases, obliterated cars, vicious slow-motion bullet penetration, graphic corpse mutilations played for laughs, and shamefully hollow bonding scenes between its two dyspeptic megastars.
    • 9 Metascore
    • 0 J.R. Jones
    Brain-dead adaptation of a popular video game.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 0 J.R. Jones
    Comes to life only when it reprises elements from the original movie.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 0 J.R. Jones
    With its pathetic characters, questionable logic, and wall-to-wall Beethoven, the movie is a serious contender for this year's Golden Turkey award.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 0 J.R. Jones
    More than anything Chuck and Larry shows just how flaccid American movie comedy has become now that "Saturday Night Live" has replaced vaudeville as our comedy college.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 0 J.R. Jones
    By now the hypocrisy of simultaneously condemning and exploiting the audience's sadism has become so commonplace in American movies it hardly seems noteworthy.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 0 J.R. Jones
    This ends on an uplifting and philosophical note, equating moral blindness with the literal sort, which you'll probably appreciate if you haven't already slit your wrists.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 0 J.R. Jones
    This might have had some potential as a German exercise in self-examination, but as a tony BBC Films production, with the actors all speaking British-accented English (including Jersey girl Farmiga), it reeks of self-righteousness.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 0 J.R. Jones
    Glowna presents this smoky German feature as an elegy for lost youth, but it's so tumescent with male self-pity that I couldn't wait for it to end.
    • 7 Metascore
    • 0 J.R. Jones
    The meanest and least inspired kids U know.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 0 J.R. Jones
    Repulsive 80s flashback.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 0 J.R. Jones
    A nauseating, stridently phony rom-com.

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