For 1,480 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 2.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

J.R. Jones' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Fish Tank
Lowest review score: 0 Repo Men
Score distribution:
1480 movie reviews
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 J.R. Jones
    In a truly great movie the form becomes indistinguishable from the story, and that’s certainly the case here.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 J.R. Jones
    The founding of Facebook becomes a tale for our times in this masterful social drama.
    • 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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 J.R. Jones
    Such is the extraordinary achievement of The Hurt Locker: it has the perspective of years when those years have yet to pass.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 J.R. Jones
    I haven't seen the shorter version, but I would hate to lose one moment of the gripping 66-minute sequence-really the heart of the movie-in which Carlos plots and executes his spectacular 1975 raid on the meeting of OPEC ministers in Vienna.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 J.R. Jones
    Captivating, mesmerizing, spellbinding.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Most impressive, Cantet tracks the racial and ethnic resentments that simmer beneath the classroom discussions but become harder to quell when the parents get involved.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Winter's Bone often seems to be unfolding in a world apart, with its own moral logic and codes of conduct. It might feel like prison if it weren't so obviously home.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Some have compared this French crime drama to "The Godfather," and though that may be a common critical touchstone, writer-director Jacques Audiard manages to replicate its most elusive element, not the dark comedy or the operatic bloodletting but the incremental corruption of a decent man into a willful, coldhearted killer.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 J.R. Jones
    If "Ratatouille" taught the world that rats have feelings too, Persepolis teaches the same thing about the people of Iran, who in the current political climate are probably in greater danger of being eradicated.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 J.R. Jones
    Zhang weaves in both thrilling martial-arts set pieces and stunning studies of period silk tapestry and costume.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    In archival photos Petit seems to float between the towers, a tiny black figure against a vivid blue sky; the images are all the more poignant for the unstated fact that Petit is still around when the buildings aren't.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 J.R. Jones
    As clever as he is crude, Cohen alchemizes bad-taste comedy into Strangelovean satire.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Ferguson is admirably tenacious in assigning blame for the boneheaded mistakes that have doomed Iraqi reconstruction. Paul Bremer, former head of the Coalition Provisional Authority, is hung out to dry.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    The emotion here is genuine, but the outlook is tough: in Bahrani's movies we're all aliens to each other.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 J.R. Jones
    The songs don't advance the narrative lyrically so much as follow the two characters' uncertain relationship through the slow realization of their themes; in particular a scene in which they first jam together in the back room of a music store is a gem.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    A winner of the Cannes film festival's Un Certain Regard prize, this stayed with me, though I wasn't always happy to stay with it; the incessant braying of sheep, camels, and children may send you racing from the theater in search of the nearest martini lounge.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 J.R. Jones
    For a movie about the importance of memory, Away From Her is appropriately sophisticated in its treatment of time. Polley has broken the chronological story into three sections of unequal length and woven them together, approximating our own mercurial journeys through the past.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    "American Casino" and Michael Moore's "Capitalism: A Love Story" offered more striking images of the human wreckage, but Ferguson is more successful at nailing the perpetrators in New York and their gullible accomplices in Washington.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 J.R. Jones
    One of cinema's most absorbing fantasies.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    The two leads keep the movie afloat with their light-footed class warfare. This Anglican buddy romance is buoyed by a spicy history lesson about the scandalous marriage of the duke's elder brother, Edward VIII, to the twice-divorced Wallis Simpson.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    The premise of this South Korean import may call to mind that of another, Bong Joon-ho's recent suspense film "Mother," but Poetry is another bird entirely: true to the title, writer-director Lee Chang-dong is principally concerned with rendering emotions that seem inexpressible.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Given the breadth of the story, the characters never achieve much depth, but they're part of a larger pattern: the younger ones are eager to find their way into the organization while the older ones are desperate to find their way out
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    The Warners-style slapstick and gentle Anglophilia charms children and adults alike, but what kills me are the fingerprint ridges that fade in and out of the characters' mugging faces, a reassuring reminder that handmade art can still captivate.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 J.R. Jones
    Exhilarating.
    • 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.)
    • 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.

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