For 1,481 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 3.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

J.R. Jones' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Fantastic Mr. Fox
Lowest review score: 0 Repo Men
Score distribution:
1481 movie reviews
    • 53 Metascore
    • 100 J.R. Jones
    Most comedies start with a straight story and hang jokes on it; Solondz begins with a cosmic joke and takes his characters by the hand as they suffer through it.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 J.R. Jones
    Through it all Nader, as ruefully funny as ever, comments on his adventures.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 J.R. Jones
    The production design is superb, and the actors deliver their dialogue in subtitled Yucatecan Maya, but despite all the anthropological drag, this is really just a crackerjack Saturday-afternoon serial.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 J.R. Jones
    This seventh installment is utterly fascinating.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 J.R. Jones
    It's a damning indictment of a national disgrace, but it also reveals the incredible faith and resilience of people who have nothing to rely on but themselves.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 J.R. Jones
    The real protagonist of Moneyball, however, is Beane himself, played with great charisma by Brad Pitt. (With this movie and "The Tree of Life" competing against each other, Pitt could wind up cheating himself out of an Oscar this year.)
    • 47 Metascore
    • 100 J.R. Jones
    Lakeview Terrace isn't literally about the riots, but it's still one of the toughest racial dramas to come out of Hollywood since the fires died down--much tougher, for instance, than Paul Haggis’s hand-wringing Oscar winner "Crash."
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 J.R. Jones
    The founding of Facebook becomes a tale for our times in this masterful social drama.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 J.R. Jones
    A triumph not of reporting but of synthesis.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 J.R. Jones
    Though The Kids Are All Right sometimes smacks of political correctness, Cholodenko succeeds brilliantly in making her little clan seem completely run-of-the-mill.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 J.R. Jones
    Zhang weaves in both thrilling martial-arts set pieces and stunning studies of period silk tapestry and costume.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 J.R. Jones
    The only person who seems to understand the angry teen is mom's new boyfriend (Michael Fassbender of Hunger), though their friendship oscillates between intimate and vaguely creepy.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 J.R. Jones
    The movie is hugely compelling on a moral and emotional level - I was completely hooked - yet it also revealed to me in numerous small and concrete ways what it's like to live in a contemporary theocracy.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 J.R. Jones
    Atonement is that rare combo: a good movie based on a good book.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 J.R. Jones
    The result is an instant classic. The material allows Anderson to neutralize the most irritating aspects of his work (the precociousness, the sense of white-bread privilege) and maximize the most endearing (the comic timing, the dollhouse ordering of invented worlds).
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 J.R. Jones
    Captivating, mesmerizing, spellbinding.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 J.R. Jones
    A half-baked conspiracy subplot in the last third makes Carruth's knotty narrative even harder to follow, but this is still scary, puzzling, and different.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 J.R. Jones
    As this wonderful adaptation reminds us, Dickens endures mostly because of his characters.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 J.R. Jones
    Thomsen's transformation from easygoing entrepreneur to ruthless executive is so engrossing I didn't pick up on the story's chilling Freudian subtext until very near the end.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 J.R. Jones
    Like the first movie this is unassailable family entertainment, with a gentle fairy tale for kids and a raft of mildly satirical pop-culture references for parents.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 J.R. Jones
    Todd Phillips is no artist, but his lowbrow comedies (Road Trip, Old School) always hit the mark because they're so psychologically true: the superego tries to control the id, but the id gets drunk and barfs all over it. Hilarious.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 90 J.R. Jones
    Brutally honest and brilliantly acted.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 J.R. Jones
    Brett Morgen (The Kid Stays in the Picture) has made an electrifying picture.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 J.R. Jones
    Hammer overplays his indie hand with an abrupt and unsatisfactory ending, but his three leads are so credible that their aching, tongue-tied characters linger in the memory.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 J.R. Jones
    Leigh pushes the story in a more interesting direction, asking whether people find happiness or simply will it on themselves.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 J.R. Jones
    Exhilarating.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 J.R. Jones
    Writer-director Jeff Nichols maintains a cagey balancing act for much of the movie, refusing to specify whether his protagonist is a prophet or a madman, yet in the end this doesn't really matter: the storm inside him is plenty real.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 J.R. Jones
    The hues are so muted you may remember this as a black-and-white film, but its emotions are as vivid as primary colors.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 J.R. Jones
    Critics have faulted this 2005 British feature about the Rwandan genocide for focusing on a couple of white characters instead of the 800,000 Tutsis who were slaughtered, but such easy judgments miss the point entirely: this is a spiritual drama, not a political one, drawing a thick line between our good intentions and the selfish choices we ultimately make.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 J.R. Jones
    The grand architecture of Milan and the icy rhythms of composer John Adams set the tone for this elegant Italian drama about the suffocating power of family, wealth, and tradition.

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