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 God Bless America
Lowest review score: 0 Bad Boys II
Score distribution:
1480 movie reviews
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 J.R. Jones
    Unfortunately the film never establishes either a perspective of its own or a coherent geography of the city, so the politicians pontificating at ceremonies and architects commiserating at building sites become deadly dull long before the the film exhausts its 88 minutes.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 J.R. Jones
    Agresti has more on his mind than tugging at heartstrings.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 J.R. Jones
    The conflict between Hawn, who prizes her freedom, and Sarandon, who values her family, is pretty rich; it reminded me of the friendship between Shirley MacLaine and Anne Bancroft in "The Turning Point."
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 J.R. Jones
    The climactic sight gag is lifted from Monicelli's movie like a diamond from a jeweler's window.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 J.R. Jones
    Clooney badly botches the spy plot by casting himself as Barris's agency contact... and a truly awful Julia Roberts as Barris's Mata Hari lover (she's soundly upstaged by Drew Barrymore as his devoted girlfriend). Yet the mounting delirium drives home Kaufman's basic point: that a shadow government rules by bread and circuses.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 J.R. Jones
    The talented cast--manages to rescue the movie as well as the earth.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 J.R. Jones
    The absence of any moral center makes this a bitter pill.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 60 J.R. Jones
    The tone seesaws between comic wackiness and romantic sincerity, with Paltrow better suited to the latter.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 60 J.R. Jones
    The tag here is more silly than haunting, but this is still a pretty wild ride, with a fine, knife-wielding score by Bennett Salvay.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 J.R. Jones
    Often seems like a Mike Leigh movie viewed in a fun-house mirror.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 J.R. Jones
    Paul Giamatti steals the picture as a sardonic grifter with a phobic terror of dirty toilet seats.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 J.R. Jones
    The film's opening and closing moments are weirdly reminiscent of "Black Hawk Down," another tale of Western soldiers in over their heads on the dark continent -- clearly no one these days understands manifest destiny.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 J.R. Jones
    The romantic denouement is so predictable it must have driven the animators mad as they worked, but their modest art is eerily effective.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 J.R. Jones
    Soggy and predictable screenplay.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 J.R. Jones
    Scripted by Pitre and his wife, Michelle Benoit, this is more interesting for its historical setting than for its rather wooden drama, but Tim Curry gives a pretty good performance as the town's whiskey priest.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 J.R. Jones
    It milks the characters' father-son relationship for drama without making the fairly obvious connection to the agency's paternalistic view of the world.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 J.R. Jones
    Though it's aimed at preschoolers, it's tuneful and funny enough to amuse any adult.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 J.R. Jones
    This British drama is so overplotted it smothers the two main characters as much as they do each other.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 60 J.R. Jones
    The key scene -- is typical of the film's fanciful narrative approach but also its grating pretentiousness.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 J.R. Jones
    As summer shoot-'em-ups go, this is pretty well executed, with plenty of macho posing and gunfire.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 60 J.R. Jones
    Martial arts hero Jet Li takes on all comers--with one hand in his hip pocket most of the time--in this absurd but breathlessly paced actioner.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 J.R. Jones
    Reasonably entertaining if utterly familiar entry in the long-running SF franchise.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 J.R. Jones
    As one might expect from IFC, actors and directors dominate the interview segments, which may be the reason the narrative never finds its way to Heaven's Gate.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 J.R. Jones
    Less about the characters than about the first two movies, whose best scenes it congeals into ritual or parody.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 J.R. Jones
    Though the film lacks the frantic imagination of its inspiration, Robert Rodriguez's "Spy Kids" franchise, grade-schoolers should still enjoy its fresh-scrubbed humor and fantasies of youthful omnipotence.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 J.R. Jones
    The plot contrivances that bring them together to torture each other are so deftly handled that I almost bought them, and the two leads are charming and funny enough to offset the characters' obnoxious motives.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 J.R. Jones
    This Indiana Jones knockoff goes down smoothly enough, and Jolie isn't bad at all, though every time she opened her mouth I expected Mick Jagger to come dancing down her tongue.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 J.R. Jones
    Roth puts a sardonic spin on the puritanism of the 80s slasher.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 J.R. Jones
    As usual, Sayles's dialogue scenes are as shapely as blown glass, but none of the characters' predicaments has been adequately explored, much less resolved, when the final freeze-frame arrives.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 J.R. Jones
    Winterbottom and screenwriter Tony Grisoni were clearly motivated by conscience, but I can't help thinking that Stephen Frears's "Dirty Pretty Things," a much more conventional and contrived movie about third-world refugees, will have a greater social impact than this murky art-house item.

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