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

J.R. Jones' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Encounters at the End of the World
Lowest review score: 0 Cop Out
Score distribution:
1480 movie reviews
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    W.
    It's most entertaining for its stunt casting of movie stars as the president's family and advisers.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    The characters quickly succumb to stereotype.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    First-time director James Gartner observes all the rituals--the coach busting chops, the team sneaking out to party--but the players are indifferently characterized and the civil rights story has a fake Black History Month feel.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    Director Paul Greengrass has applied his jumpy, tumbling visual style to action blockbusters with Matt Damon and serious dramatizations of political events. This Iraq war drama makes a game attempt to meld the two, though manufacturing thrills takes precedence over any kind of journalistic insight.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    All I got was this lousy movie. OK, it's not that bad, though in contrast to "Ocean's Eleven," which gave its megastars a neat little heist story, this sequel is both contrived and convoluted.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    Samberg can't carry this, though director Akiva Schaffer supplies some hilarious, "Jackass"-style wipeouts and there are nice supporting turns from Isla Fisher (Wedding Crashers) as Rod's love interest and Bill Hader as one of his goofball friends.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    His story demands to be heard, though Tucker and Epperlein lack the material for a full feature and pad this out to 73 minutes with some incongruously playful elements (spy music, comic-book illustrations, scenes of Abbas frolicking at a beach).
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    Pine, who expertly approximated William Shatner in the Star Trek reboot, seems to have picked up some of the actor's air of self-serious buffoonery, and it suits him well; as Witherspoon's best pal, late-night TV comedian Chelsea Handler holds down what might be called the Nora Ephron part, dispensing an endless stream of bawdy man jokes.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    The scenes between husband and wife are spectacularly awkward and arresting, though the movie grows more dubious the nearer the guys get to their shooting session in a local hotel room.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    Dumb but harmless live-action comedy for kids.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    The problem is that only a fan would be inclined to tolerate this dunderheaded mystery.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    This is a killer idea for a political satire, and screenwriters Jason Richman and Joshua Michael Stern come close to realizing its farcical potential.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    Adults won't find much to enjoy here, though the dog's high-octane action series serves as a perverse parody of Jerry Bruckheimer-style summer blockbusters.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    Former FBI agent Robert Hanssen is now serving a life sentence for his long career as a Russian and Soviet spy, but this rote thriller implies he should have done prison time just for being Catholic. As played by Chris Cooper, Hanssen is a humorless asshole who commits treason because the bureau won't give him an office with a window, and the screenplay scores countless easy points off his religiosity, which masks a weakness for sex tapes and sleazy chat rooms.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    3
    Tykwer manages to negotiate this incredible coincidence without much trouble, though the movie slows to a crawl in its second half.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    The gilt-and-grime setting is eerily atmospheric, and screenwriter Dan Madigan has a nicely sick sense of humor.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    It runs like a Swiss watch, though the plot continuously turns on Cage's liberal interpretation of ridiculously cryptic clues.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    Most of the humor is of the kick-daddy-in-the-shins variety, though Anjelica Huston has a few choice moments as "Ms. Harridan."
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    This screen adaptation never quite jells, veering from family drama to stale 50s consumer kitsch, but it's anchored by strong performances from Julianne Moore.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    The first positive portrayal of homosexuality in Russian cinema, a distinction that carries it only so far.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    The true story of Kimani N'gan'ga Maruge, an 84-year-old Kenyan who entered primary school in hope of learning to read, inspired this pleasant but routine exercise in third-world uplift.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    Sluggish comedy drama.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    Like so many secular, big-studio Christmas comedies, this isn't naughty enough to be funny or nice enough to be uplifting; it's just an ugly sweater from a distant relative, thoughtlessly sent and destined to be thrown away.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    Alexander Payne has won an Oscar for best adapted screenplay (Sideways), but you'd never guess that from this clumsily written drama: characters keep explaining things that their listeners would already know, and the first couple reels are so thick with expository voice-over that you may think you're listening to a museum tour on a set of headphones.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    An innocuous, passably entertaining effects extravaganza.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    For the grown-ups there are sweet, sincere performances by Ginnifer Goodwin, Sandra Oh, and, as Ramona's endlessly game father, the likable John Corbett, relieved for once of his drippy rom-com duties.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    This is mildly entertaining for its cheery sacrilege (crucifixes that turn into throwing stars, etc), but once the premise has been rolled out, the movie is about as surprising to watch as the Stations of the Cross.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    Elf
    The film is soon bogged down by fake hugs and a faker climax.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    "The Illusionist" also centers on a 19th-century magician, and the elegant contours of its story are even more impressive compared with Nolan's clutter of double and triple crosses.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    The vile sadism of the Saw movies has been replaced by decorative references to Saint Augustine and Immanuel Kant, and there's a beautiful but brainy police profiler (Waddell) on hand to dispense a thick layer of psychobabble.

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