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 3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

J.R. Jones' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 The Kids Are All Right
Lowest review score: 0 Ninja Assassin
Score distribution:
1480 movie reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    After trying her hand at Thackeray with "Vanity Fair," director Mira Nair has found a literary property much closer to her heart: Jhumpa Lahiri's best-selling novel about a Bengali couple and their children trying to find their place in American culture.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Gervasi has tapped into a powerful if much-overlooked truth: humanity rocks.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Like "The Verdict," this is a big, crowd-pleasing Hollywood redemption drama in which the lonely hero not only thwarts the corporate villains in the end but silences them with a killer riposte.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    The Scandinavian moodiness of the first half gives way to a series of jolting set pieces in the second.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 J.R. Jones
    A triumph not of reporting but of synthesis.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    There’s no denying this is a coldly commanding tale in which Haneke’s signature obsessions--bourgeois control, sexual repression, emotional cruelty, cathartic violence--simmer quietly as subtext before bursting into the open in the final reels.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    It's not a terribly disciplined exercise--the rehearsal dinner and wedding ceremony go on so long I felt like I was watching "The Deer Hunter"--but the performances are outstanding, especially Hathaway's and Debra Winger's in a small but devastating turn as her chilly, resentful mother.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    The moral dilemmas are perfectly fused with the amped-up action and outsize characters, but they're impossible to miss: like all of us, the people of Gotham have to protect themselves from evil without falling prey to it.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    It often seems precious and overconceived, its accumulating crosses and double-crosses as devoid of consequence as a child's backyard game.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    A first-rate thriller, maintaining a high level of suspense.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    The Maid may turn mostly on issues of housework, but it never feels trivial, because Silva is so skillful in exposing the alliances and levers of power inside the household.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Michael Sheen, who adds to his gallery of public figures (Tony Blair, David Frost) with a sharp performance here as the legendary UK soccer coach Brian Clough.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Jason Reitman follows his pitch-perfect satire "Thank You for Smoking" with another adventurous comedy, though here the cleverness can be grating; the movie is distinctive for its complicated emotions.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    The performances are so gripping that the movie works despite its diagrammatic structure, which focuses on ironic rhymes between past and present and leaves out the entirety of the couple's marriage.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Persuasively re-creates the experience of sailing aboard a British man-o'-war during the Napoleonic era, but its story never attains comparable grandeur.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    This haunting drama by Claire Denis burns with a mute fear and rage at the ongoing atrocities in central Africa.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    What begins as a one-night stand deepens, over the next two days, into a genuine romance as the young lovers embark on an epic dialogue that touches on the most profound questions of love, commitment, honesty, and identity.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 J.R. Jones
    The good humor bubbles up from a deep reservoir of affection for Hollywood schlock.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    The climax, in which the detective's commanding officer gives him a dictionary and subjects him to a sort of linguistic browbeating, is a marvel of dead air and unspoken oppression.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Becomes more engrossing as its focus shifts from Isherwood to Bachardy, who began as the bashful boy toy of a famous author but gradually emerged in his own right as a portrait artist of striking (and merciless) insight.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    He looks like a truck ran over him, but at 52 he's still ripped enough to get away with the role; in the end the movie is about Rourke's indomitability more than the character's.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    A precious scrap of American history.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    A 157-minute holding pattern in which neither of the ongoing stories--Harry's conflict with the evil sorcerer Voldemort, the young schoolmates' coming of age at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft--progresses much.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Woody Allen's bad movies often seem to be taking place in some kind of upper-class fantasy world, which may be the reason I find this upfront fantasy to be his funniest, most agreeable comedy in years.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 J.R. Jones
    The project was produced in association with National Geographic World Films, a relationship borne out by the movie's cultural detail, rich earth-toned cinematography (by Falorni), and almost complete lack of dramatic tension.

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