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 House of the Sleeping Beauties
Score distribution:
1481 movie reviews
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    The true schism here, however, is between the brainless fun of the action plot and Stone's cheap exploitation of the cartels' real-life sadism.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 J.R. Jones
    Seriously uneven but often charming.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 J.R. Jones
    Paul Giamatti steals the picture as a sardonic grifter with a phobic terror of dirty toilet seats.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 J.R. Jones
    This uninspired comedy drama seems to have been bankrolled by the state tourism board, yet the Celtic music sequences provide welcome relief from the reheated plot.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    Film noir has seldom been so blanc.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 J.R. Jones
    This sequel ups the ante, asking whether urban renewal means anything now other than turning neighborhoods into giant malls.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    The setup for this Oliver Stone drama keeps its iconic villain so far removed from the financial action that he seems like a dog tied up outside a restaurant.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 J.R. Jones
    The battle scenes are bloody, visceral, and expertly edited, though arterial spray consumes so much screen time that the numerous subplots, involving 11 legendary Siamese defenders well-known to Thais, may feel perfunctory to Westerners despite some strong performances.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    Drew Barrymore is that rare movie starlet who can handle the comedy end of romantic comedy, but she coasts through her underwritten role as a goofy plant sitter recruited by Grant to write his lyrics.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 J.R. Jones
    Highly recommended if you want to see a distinguished cast of British character actors tarted up in garish Victorian costumes and badly executing a Three Stooges-style cake fight.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    Brothers Brad and John Hennegan track six thoroughbreds in the qualifying races running up to the 2006 Kentucky Derby, yet the horseflesh isn't as interesting to them as the owners and trainers, an odd assortment of moneymen and equine gurus with a culture all their own.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    There's a good deal of honest emotion onscreen, particularly from the parents left behind to worry, yet the documentary sometimes feels like the work of a filmmaker who began with a preconceived story and wasn't quite sure what to do with the one she actually got.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    A hodgepodge of half-baked characters and story ideas, stoked by a frantic climax and a blue-chip playlist of 1966 rock classics.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    Gainsbourg has some cute scenes with Johnny Depp, a debonair stranger she meets in a Virgin Megastore, but otherwise this is a fairly banal installment in the battle of the sexes.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    This dark comedy by screenwriters Jonathan Parker and Catherine DiNapoli frequently uses a .44 Magnum when a pea shooter would suffice.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 J.R. Jones
    Though it's aimed at preschoolers, it's tuneful and funny enough to amuse any adult.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 J.R. Jones
    The comedy sci-fi franchise returns after a ten-year hiatus, with the same formula of respectably funny wisecracks and obsessively detailed space monsters.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 J.R. Jones
    With a mug like hers Cervera must have realized this was her big chance to star in a musical, and she gives a dazzling performance.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    The big green babysitter is back, but the charm has evaporated.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 J.R. Jones
    The end result is more like a supermarket on Saturday afternoon. The content is engaging, though.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    The romantic plot, involving his unrequited loved for Garner, is soured by her character's unconcealed shallowness: she won't have him because his genes aren't up to snuff.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    As a director Ball amplifies the flaws in his own writing; his supporting characters are too broadly pitched to take seriously, and he tends to smack you in the face with the point of every scene.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    The script is a veritable cosmos of Spielberg in-jokes, but the writer-stars also make room for some vicious and decidedly English digs at red-state shit-kickers and Christian fundamentalists.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    The result is an uneasy mix of Coen-style laughs (particularly evident in the big comic close-ups) and Zhang's majestic imagery (in one shot the couple's divorce papers shatter into a burst of confetti).
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 J.R. Jones
    A box office phenomenon in France, this crowd-pleasing drama is based on a true story but sticks closely to the template for a Hollywood buddy movie.

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