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

J.R. Jones' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 The Simpsons Movie
Lowest review score: 0 House of the Sleeping Beauties
Score distribution:
1480 movie reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    The scenes of family squalor are memorably persuasive, but any filmmaker ending her movie with the heroine throwing a crumpled poem into the ocean needs a few more writing courses.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    A spirited crowd-pleaser.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    This is the sort of funny, humane, honorable story that families need more of, though viewers of any age should be hooked by the mystery surrounding the brothers' riches.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    This is cloying, deceitful, and more or less irresistible.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    As in "Amores perros," IƱarritu and Arriaga slice and dice the chronology, which helps distract from the warmed-over story elements and focus attention on the superior performances.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Cruise holds the center of the film with a sharply focused performance, though his bonding with the wise samurai chieftain (Ken Watanabe) is noticeably more ardent than his soggy romance with the stoic wife of a man he killed in combat.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    In the end I didn't believe in their relationship, but I was pleased to see Keaton tearing it up for two hours.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    I still can't decide whether it's a masterpiece of sexual provocation or just a really classy stroke film.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Set in the blue gray gloom of industrial China, this cunning noir focuses on two ruthless coal miners.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Stiller and Wilson are still hilarious as the supercool detectives -- there hasn't been a comedy duo this good since John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    This big-budget western bears a striking resemblance to the recent Tom Cruise vehicle "The Last Samurai," though it's more fun and less pretentious.
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Thoughtful and complex.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Harsh but moving drama.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Caviezel (The Passion of the Christ) gives a quietly focused performance in the title role, ably assisted by Brett Rice as Jones's father, Jeremy Northam as golf rival Walter Hagen, and Malcolm McDowell as sportswriter O.D. Keeler.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    A trio of finely observant performances graces this quiet drama.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    This isn't all gold--there are lame riffs on a booze-swilling dog and a flabby old man with a boner--but it's well above average.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    French director Andre Techine (Alice and Martin) powerfully re-creates the mass exodus from the city and draws a fine performance from Beart as a woman struggling to shield her children from her own fear and confusion. Unfortunately the last act goes off the rails.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Its mix of personal reminiscence (Mario made his screen debut playing Sweetback as a boy) and cultural history is fascinating. This engages in a fair amount of mythmaking itself, but its lesson in self-empowerment is both vivid and sincere.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    At 92 minutes this could hardly be considered a definitive statement, yet its combination of high drama and carefully articulated principle delivers quite a punch.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Engrossing documentary.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Toward the end the freak-show humor begins to yield diminishing returns, but for most of its length this delivers a steady stream of uncomfortable gut laughs.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Maximilian stresses that Maria was an icon in postwar Germany, yet the saddest thing about her isolation and disappointment is that it's so common.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    I expected this to open out into another loud, thumping thriller. Instead it remains quiet and focused, exploring the couple's frayed relationship and the economic divide that separates the husband from his captor.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    It's formulaic but still fun, thanks to the quick and genial players.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Allouache's script is so packed with incident that the characters have little time for debate, but the tension between fundamentalist and modern morality is woven into the action.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Funny, suspenseful, and well paced, this is definitely the summer's best time waster.

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