For 1,479 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 0.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

J.R. Jones' Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Bridesmaids
Lowest review score: 0 The Quiet
Score distribution:
1,479 movie reviews
    • 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.)
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    This slam-bang remake of a 1963 feature by Eichi Kudo builds slowly, accumulating characters and themes, then explodes into a prolonged and masterful battle sequence inside a deserted town.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    The problem with these feats is that they threaten to overwhelm the film's content, both as complex historical commentary and as aesthetic and theoretical gesture.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    The movie brushes against some of India's worst social ills, but it's essentially a fairy tale.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    French filmmaker Agnes Varda returns to the guiding metaphor of "The Gleaners and I "(2000), her documentary about scavengers, though in this visually witty 2008 memoir she's poring over her own past and its artifacts--some of them people.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 60 J.R. Jones
    The key scene -- is typical of the film's fanciful narrative approach but also its grating pretentiousness.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    The Departed is completely engrossing, a master class in suspense. But in moral terms it may be the least involving story that Scorsese -- an artist much preoccupied with morality -- has ever taken on.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 J.R. Jones
    "The whole universe depends on everything fitting together just right," declares Hushpuppy, the fierce, nappy-headed girl at the center of this extraordinary southern gothic.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    This adaptation of Robert Ludlum's third and last Bourne thriller doesn't have much story left, so director Paul Greengrass has to keep it moving all the time.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Born in Hamburg to Turkish parents, director Fatih Akin brought an unusual cultural perspective to "Head On" about a marriage of convenience between a beautiful Turk and a suicidal German. In The Edge of Heaven, his first dramatic feature since then, the characters navigate the same cultural divide, but here Akin is more preoccupied with the sense of responsibility that links parents to their children (or vice versa).
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Disappointment, delusion, dementia, death--did I mention this is a comedy?
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Funny, honest, and generous, this is mainstream American comedy at its best.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Wise, gentle, and simply constructed.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 J.R. Jones
    Like the earlier film, this one has an airless quality, much of the action taking place in the hushed and colorless offices of "the Circus." But whereas the dank tone of "Let the Right One In" served to heighten the moments of poignance and shrieking horror, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy begins to seem phlegmatic after a while.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Given what Young charges for concert tickets, all his organs could be gold. So I was even more grateful for this documentary of his August 2005 shows at the fabled Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, expertly directed by Jonathan Demme.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Coogan delivers a winning comic performance as the pompous impresario, but his story has little dramatic momentum of its own; he functions mostly as a pedantic narrator, imposing some cultural significance on the endless party and pointing out more intriguing personalities.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 J.R. Jones
    Atonement is that rare combo: a good movie based on a good book.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    On its deepest level it considers not a particular war but the complex feelings between mothers and the young men they send out into the world to kill or be killed.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 J.R. Jones
    The mix of dark humor, creeping suspense, and a sort of apocalyptic tenderness makes this the best horror flick in years.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    The movie premiered in January at the Sundance Film Festival, too soon to include a tragic denouement: in April the U.S. command surrendered the Korangal Valley to the Taliban.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 J.R. Jones
    A sense of reconciliation is Malick's great accomplishment in The Tree of Life, affording us equal wonder at grace and nature alike. 
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    A trio of finely observant performances graces this quiet drama.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 J.R. Jones
    This seventh installment is utterly fascinating.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Milk is steeped in the street-level details of acquiring and applying power, and a few early episodes show how clearly Milk understood the economic component.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 J.R. Jones
    Extraordinary 2008 French drama.