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

J.R. Jones' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Tsotsi
Lowest review score: 0 Untraceable
Score distribution:
1481 movie reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    This family feature from the Christian production company Walden Media is something of a disappointment after its excellent "Holes" and "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe."
    • 74 Metascore
    • 30 J.R. Jones
    The resulting movie (2005) covers seven years and touches on some of the same social issues that gave "Hoop Dreams" its epic sweep, yet Serrill fails to treat any of them adequately, and the narrative loses its shape as events unfold.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 J.R. Jones
    The drama is hampered by a vague screenplay that takes its sweet time explaining the characters' past and never specifies the nature of the boy's palsy and apparent retardation.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    An excellent British drama adapted by Alan Bennett (The Madness of King George) from his celebrated play.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Functions primarily as a suspense film, and it manages to be gripping even though the outcome is already known.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 J.R. Jones
    Anthony Peckham's script is formulaic, woodenly reverent, and devoid of real dramatic tension.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    The mystery has never been resolved, but to his credit Bar-Lev acknowledges that he himself has become part of the story, torn between sympathy and suspicion.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    The performances are solid: pulling inward in every scene, Phoenix taps into the New York loneliness that defined Paddy Chayefsky's Marty, and Rossellini is excellent as the worried mother, who doesn't have much to say but watches her beloved boy like a cat.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Rodriguez's evident delight in the form make this a worthwhile piece of eye candy.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    As a substantial piece of the puzzle, this is worthwhile viewing.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 J.R. Jones
    Snippets of the band's brutally percussive music punctuate the endless encounter sessions, which expose the musicians' boundless self-absorption (the 9-11 attacks come and go without so much as a mention) and cowed obedience to their psychological guru.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    None of this makes any sense if you think about it, but the idea is so much fun that thinking about it may be your last impulse.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Gary Baseman's Emmy-winning cartoon series arrives on the big screen in a delightful blast of bold drawing, brainy humor, and hard-charging songs.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    Former FBI agent Robert Hanssen is now serving a life sentence for his long career as a Russian and Soviet spy, but this rote thriller implies he should have done prison time just for being Catholic. As played by Chris Cooper, Hanssen is a humorless asshole who commits treason because the bureau won't give him an office with a window, and the screenplay scores countless easy points off his religiosity, which masks a weakness for sex tapes and sleazy chat rooms.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 J.R. Jones
    Birmingham and coscreenwriter Matt Drake adapted a short story by Tom McNeal, elaborating on its plot but beautifully capturing its low-key poeticism.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    The result is flawed but frequently haunting.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Disturbing true-crime documentary.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    In keeping with his models, West is concerned with not suspense exactly but the ritual withholding and ultimate lavishing of bloody chaos.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Japanese animator Satoshi Kon has a striking sense of composition, but I'm more impressed by his storytelling skills.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 J.R. Jones
    Directed by John Hillcoat, this Aussie feature perfectly re-creates the charbroiled landscapes and cruel psychodrama of the old Sergio Leone westerns, with John Hurt particularly fine as a raging old mountain goat.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    This beautifully understated feature (2004) revolves around sex, but it's neither erotic nor puritanical; its young characters are governed by their urges, but the experience itself seems as neutral and mysterious as sleep.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    The long odds against Smith only make his unexpected surge against Carnahan more exciting, and Popper sticks close to the fierce campaigner and his young, mostly inexperienced staffers, capturing all the energy, idealism, dour humor, and unreasoning hope of a Cinderella candidacy.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 J.R. Jones
    Dogtooth, a bizarre black comedy from Greece that won the Un Certain Regard prize at the 2009 Cannes film festival, involves a conventional middle-class family--mom, dad, teenage son, two teenage daughters--that turns out to be warped beyond belief.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Beautifully shot in black and white by Pawel Edelman (The Pianist), this 2000 feature is both funny and unexpectedly touching.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Quietly written and convincingly played, this coming-of-age story mines its rueful laughs from a thick vein of performance anxiety, in both senses of the term.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 J.R. Jones
    Donzelli, a busy actress in France, directed this drama from a script she wrote with Elkaim, which may explain why the parents become the center of the movie while the ostensibly suffering boy never takes shape as a character.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    This film doesn't really clear the bar, but it's handsomely mounted and proves that heartless manipulation of the weak and gullible never goes out of style.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 J.R. Jones
    At 116 minutes, it's a test not of speed but endurance.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    Sleekly tooled but eminently forgettable thriller.

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