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 Lakeview Terrace
Lowest review score: 0 The Quiet
Score distribution:
1480 movie reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    Never really delivers on that promise, mainly because its scenes of two brilliant men discussing the nature of the subconscious can't compare with Cronenberg's visual rendering of that subconscious in earlier movies.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    John Cameron Mitchell directed, making an impressive detour in style and subject matter after his flamboyant "Shortbus" (2006) and "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" (2001).
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    With one of these two alpha males anchoring nearly every scene, Scott really can't go wrong, but the lead characters are pretty thin, a fact highlighted by generic subplots.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    This began as a one-man show, but Lepage has transferred it beautifully to the screen, where its cosmos of ideas hangs weightless.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Ayoade owes a debt to Wes Anderson (Rushmore), but the parents here are so beautifully written, and Hawkins and Taylor particularize them so well, that the movie manages to hold its own.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    The movie loses credibility with the arrival of Rogen and Bill Hader as two uniformed patrolmen who are drunker and crazier than any high schooler could ever get, but the variety of complications thrown at the three pubescent heroes raises this a cut above most raunchy comedies.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 J.R. Jones
    After she's forced to confess, director Marc Rothemund doesn't have much to do but marvel at her heroic defiance, and the film is overtaken by its talkiness, claustrophobia, and polarized morality.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    Stiller plays a monster, and when Gerwig goes for him, declaring that she sees his tender side, the development seems like a fond indulgence on the part of writer-director Noah Baumbach.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    The cluttered narrative leaves little room for character development, though director Niels Arden Oplev does manage to accommodate plenty of gratuitous torture and rape.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    The Christian themes of forgiveness and sacrifice are tastefully conveyed, and the opening sequence of Nazi bombs falling on London, an event only alluded to in the book, helps dramatize Lewis's fascination with power.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    The project reeks of commercial calculation, which is just tolerable until Walker, in search of a story arc, follows two chorus members with serious illnesses into the hospital.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    The movie is taut with suspense but culminates in wise resignation as the hero comes to understand he's running from a part of himself.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Ehrlich and Goldsmith carve out their own little place in the canon by focusing on the ethical journey of one man who refused to shrug off his own responsibility for the war and atoned for it with a seismic act of civil disobedience.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Berman delicately unravels the silent resentments festering in the latchkey home, but the pain is leavened by his droll sense of humor.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 40 J.R. Jones
    This low-budget sci-fi item was produced by some of the Brits who made "Shaun of the Dead" and "Hot Fuzz," including their writer and director, Edgar Wright, but it hardly compares, despite Nick Frost's brief appearance as a mangy pot dealer.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Ali Selim, a highly successful director of commercials in Minneapolis, makes his feature directing debut with this simple and beautifully paced drama, letting the characters breathe and the land speak.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    A thoughtful and admirably nuanced moral drama.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    A runaway hit in Hong Kong, this 2002 crime thriller reinvigorated the genre with its airtight script, taut editing, and sleek cinematography.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    The story provides great roles for Jack Black as the sunny title character, Shirley MacLaine as his dyspeptic victim, and Matthew McConaughey as the good-old-boy D.A. who prosecutes the crime. But some of the best performances come from real-life residents of Carthage as they share their recollections on camera.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 J.R. Jones
    Bridesmaids is hilariously funny, but what makes it exhilarating is how boldly it defies that conventional wisdom about what men and women like.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    I appreciated its cogent history lesson, which details China's brutal treatment of Tibetan nationals from the late 1940s through the Cultural Revolution and into the '80s, when it executed 15,000 dissidents.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Unfortunately, this comeback movie, a labor of love for mush-headed screenwriter and star Jason Segel, errs on the side of sweetness and nostalgia; except for a few good zingers from balcony dwellers Statler and Waldorf, there isn't much here for mom and dad.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    An Inconvenient Truth may not save the planet, but it's already gone a long way toward rescuing Gore's public profile.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Tom Hollander gives a strong performance as the considerate and quietly grieving young man.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 J.R. Jones
    Like the first movie this is unassailable family entertainment, with a gentle fairy tale for kids and a raft of mildly satirical pop-culture references for parents.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Chan-wook Park completes his "revenge trilogy" with this ravishing black comedy about a notorious child killer.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 J.R. Jones
    Through it all Nader, as ruefully funny as ever, comments on his adventures.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Dick focuses on a handful of women who were sexually assaulted while on active duty, but they're only the tip of the iceberg; according to the film, which draws all its statistics from government reports, more than 20 percent of female veterans have been assaulted.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    It never conjures up any coherent drama of its own, focusing instead on the historical destiny of Bernal's beefcake messiah.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    The characters are drawn with such compassion their follies become our own and their desires seem as vast as the night sky.

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