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 Apocalypto
Lowest review score: 0 The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
Score distribution:
1,480 movie reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 J.R. Jones
    This moving documentary sidesteps the usual art-world debates over the authenticity and legitimacy of outsider work; instead director Jeff Malmberg simply immerses us in Hogancamp's world, just as Hogancamp immerses himself in the title town and its horrors.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 J.R. Jones
    A superior nail-biter.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 J.R. Jones
    This installment delivers more of the pleasures that made Tarantino the wunderkind of 90s cinema: offbeat scumbag characters, narrative sleight of hand, an extraordinary visual sense, and affectionate genre pillaging.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 J.R. Jones
    Alternately harrowing and humbling, this is a story of ordinary men whose compassion is tested in the cruelest, most profound fashion.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 J.R. Jones
    It has all the virtues of fine stage drama: narrative economy, honest emotion, and characters so closely defined that the most pedestrian encounters between them are revelatory.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 J.R. Jones
    Sinister and beautiful, this mostly black-and-white animation from France culls the talents of six artists and designers.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 J.R. Jones
    At 85 minutes the movie is beautifully focused, reaching deep into its characters as they confront terrible secrets but never sacrificing momentum as the mystery unravels.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 J.R. Jones
    This effort often manages to duplicate the magical pantomime of the era; a lovely scene in which Bejo drapes herself in the arms of a hung jacket as if it were a human lover could have come straight out of a Marion Davies picture.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 J.R. Jones
    Despite all the horror and anguish, the film ends on a note of serene acceptance, deep gratitude toward the dead, and wonder at the unlikely miracle of life.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 J.R. Jones
    The scenes are so dramatically cogent the characters' lives seem to stretch far beyond the concluding blackouts.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 J.R. Jones
    Its great distinction lies in re-creating an age when thoughts and feelings were to be carefully considered and precisely enunciated. The best costumers, set designers, and property masters can’t conjure up the mental and emotional spaces of a simpler era; that requires a filmmaker who knows the virtue of quiet, patience, and attentiveness.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 J.R. Jones
    An impressive mix of entertainment and social comment, spinning a great mystery even as it confronts an ugly world.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 J.R. Jones
    This incredible but true story marks the first time Eastwood's signature themes have found expression in a woman's experience, and the absence of any distracting machismo only heightens his sense of helpless rage at the perpetual anguish of victims' families.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 J.R. Jones
    A triumph not only for its technical mastery but for its good taste.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 J.R. Jones
    The outrages of pedophile priests have generated screaming headlines but relatively little understanding of the Catholic culture that permitted and concealed such crimes, which makes this informed documentary by Amy Berg all the more valuable.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 J.R. Jones
    The story unfolds at such length and over so many years that politics tend to fade into the wallpaper, leaving an exceptionally rich family story.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 J.R. Jones
    The skillful Patrick Marber (Closer) adapted this gripping drama from a novel by Zoe Heller, and it's both literate and urgently plotted, with a voice-over from Dench that cuts like broken glass.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 J.R. Jones
    Like the first two movies, this is loaded with computer-generated imagery, but for the first time there's a sense of dramatic proportion balancing the spectacle and the story line.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 J.R. Jones
    Birmingham and coscreenwriter Matt Drake adapted a short story by Tom McNeal, elaborating on its plot but beautifully capturing its low-key poeticism.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 90 J.R. Jones
    Its intelligent characterizations make it one of the best movies I've seen this year.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 J.R. Jones
    So fraught with unresolved issues of class, sexuality, and spiritual need, and so carefully observed by Pawlikowski, that it opens out like the movie's West Yorkshire countryside.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 J.R. Jones
    Helen Mirren's flinty performance as Elizabeth II is getting all the attention, but equally impressive is Peter Morgan's insightful script for this UK drama, which quietly teases out the social, political, and historical implications of the 1997 death of Diana, Princess of Wales.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 J.R. Jones
    Some have suggested that the whole story, including the emergence of Mr. Brainwash, is an elaborate hoax engineered by Banksy to satirize the commodification of art. If so, it’s a brilliant one.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 J.R. Jones
    Cluzet's brooding performance propels the movie, and writer-director Guillaume Canet, best known here for his own acting work in "Joyeux Noel" and "Love Me If You Dare," skillfully orchestrates the cascading revelations.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 J.R. Jones
    This quiet, elegiac road movie hinges on a few beautifully underplayed scenes between Daniel London and Will Oldham.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 J.R. Jones
    The script updates Ian Fleming's first Bond novel to a post-9/11 world and scales back the silliness that always seems to creep into the series; director Martin Campbell (The Mask of Zorro) contributes some superior action set pieces but keeps the camp and gadgetry to a minimum.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 J.R. Jones
    By focusing on Strummer and giving a fair amount of screen time to his years in the wilderness before and after the Clash, Temple arrives at a more poignant and mature statement of what this committed band was all about.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 J.R. Jones
    One of cinema's most absorbing fantasies.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 J.R. Jones
    Akin perfectly captures the antic pace, eccentric personalities, and fickle fortunes of the restaurant game, and his vision of the Soul Kitchen as an all-night bacchanal is irresistible.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 J.R. Jones
    A harrowing drama spun from the most mundane material.

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