For 1,483 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 3.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

J.R. Jones' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Trouble the Water
Lowest review score: 0 Play the Game
Score distribution:
1483 movie reviews
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    Some may condemn this gruesome, heartless exercise, but I prefer to savor the irony: three years after the Francophobia that accompanied Operation Iraqi Freedom, every bonehead in America will be lining up to see a Frenchman's movie about subhuman hillbillies.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    For a kids' picture this is relatively funny.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    Fickman mostly soft-pedals the play's homosexual panic, generating a comedy that lacks both the verbal sophistication of its source and the sexual sophistication of its target audience.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    At one point screenwriter James C. Strouse name-checks the brilliant Richard Yates, whose fiction similiarly perches between grim humor and utter despair, but the movie's hip detachment is a far cry from the unruly passions of Yates's chronic losers.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    Despite the fascinating topic, director Yan-ting Yuen offers relatively little history or criticism of the works themselves, squandering screen time on such gimmicks as mock voice-over and scenes of young people performing hard-rock and hip-hop versions of vintage songs. It's enough to make you pine for the good old days when irony was illegal.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    Despite the lowbrow story, this is supposed to be tasteful; expect modest nudity, swelling strings, and plenty of water imagery.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    The stilted performances are especially unfortunate when one considers what a fine documentary Clark might have gotten out of the same material.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    At its best this 2005 feature wickedly satirizes the politics of pity--how healthy people buy off the dying with gifts and imminent death becomes a kind of stardom. But the sap begins to flow.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    After 9/11 and Katrina, this megabudget remake by Wolfgang Petersen benefits from a similar cultural oomph, though it's just as enjoyably silly as the original.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    Despite all the grand gestures of climax and resolution, there's a pronounced sense of autopilot; the only person who seems to be having a good time is Ian McKellen as the scheming Magneto.
    • 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.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    This new version is an almost scene-for-scene remake, which is good news in the first half and bad news in the torpid second.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    Watchable exercise in Zen hokum.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    McGee has taken Hitchcock's idea of the MacGuffin to such an extreme that the plot becomes a set of nesting dolls with nothing at the center, but the players conjure up a smoky mood of existential sadness.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    Mike White contributed to the script, and though he shares with the Hesses an innocence that can be both sweet and slightly grotesque (e.g., Chuck and Buck), his influence is most evident here in the conventional plotting.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    An agreeably shallow comedy.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    Jayasundara dispenses with conventional story pacing to alternate long, static scenes with moments of revelatory lust or violence; as a press release states, the movie is "composed of uncanny set pieces portraying sex, death, and waiting," though its aesthetic achievement may lie in making all three feel like the same thing.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    Weird anachronisms (cars, telephones, home computers) contribute to the craziness, but despite the copious imagination on display, this is a fairly long haul.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    The plot is ridiculous and the characters are cardboard, but none of that really matters once the snakes get into the cabin and start zapping people, the very definition of entertainment.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    Sublimely stupid.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    It wasn't so bad, aside from the god-awful ending; at the very least Freundlich manages to come up with funnier jokes than the ossified one-liners decorating Allen's recent movies.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    This gets off to a pretty good start, with most of the laughs coming from beefy Kevin Heffernan and nerdy Steve Lemme. But at 111 minutes, the movie is too slackly paced to build up enough momentum; like the characters they play, these guys don't know when to call it a night.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    The genre shows serious signs of wear in this needlessly fictionalized feature about Vince Papale.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    Its labored goofiness seldom transcends the stale format.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    For this remake writer-director Neil LaBute has moved the action from Scotland to Washington State, added enough scares for Warner Brothers to market the movie as horror, and turned the story into an almost comically Wagnerian expression of the castration anxiety that snakes through his original screenplays.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    I love Franken and wish there were more funny liberals in the chattering class, but his crushing sarcasm wouldn't exactly elevate the national debate.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    Director Brian De Palma will probably take the rap for this tepid noir, but the real culprits are Josh Hartnett and Scarlett Johansson, red-hot lovers in life but (as ever) gorgeous stiffs on-screen.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    The aerial dogfights are thrilling, but the script seems to have been written by Snoopy.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    Hamstrung by its polemics.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    Costner has the stoic routine down pat, and there are some spectacular action sequences of helicopter rescues on the high seas, but Kutcher is in way over his head.

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