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 The Tree of Life
Lowest review score: 0 Play the Game
Score distribution:
1481 movie reviews
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    The show ends with a moving declaration of faith by the star, who was raised in the church, but there's no denying that his funniest moments spring from impulses that are less than charitable.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    After a 40-year career playing jut-jawed a__holes, Michael Douglas must relish the occasional oddball role: he gave a winning performance as the pot-addled professor in "Wonder Boys," and he seems to be having a ball in this funny debut feature by Mike Cahill.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    The narrative conceit requires a fair amount of indulgence as the story progresses, but the fleeting, incomplete glimpses of the monster early on prove the old dictum of B movie auteur Val Lewton that a momentary image can have greater impact than a prolonged one.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    With a score by the Residents, cartoon art by Warren Heise and Timothy Stock, and scenes of the actors commenting on and interacting with the real-life Kurtz, this 2006 advocacy video brings a jumpy energy to its Orwellian tale.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Her (Westfedlt) directing debut is a funny and emotionally credible.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Being taken under Apatow's wing may have been a big career break for writer-director David Wain, but this lacks the sharp personality of some of his earlier movies.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    It's still fun to watch, but the first one was better.
    • 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."
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    It's the epitome of an embedded war report, though Rademacher's at-ease scenes with the soldiers have some of the warmth and terse humor of Ernie Pyle's, and there's some hair-raising footage of a machine-gun firefight.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Though the movie isn’t much to look at, he (Siegel) gets a credibly dark and pathetic performance from the typically comic Oswalt.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Partly funded by the Humane Society, this gripping documentary by Michael Webber rips the lid off a scandal that periodically turns up on local newscasts but then disappears from public consciousness.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    The movie's sexual politics couldn't be more regressive--Crudup learns to be a man in the sack as well as on the boards--but it's still a competent middlebrow costume drama.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Thoughtful and impressively mounted.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Portrayed ad infinitum in sci-fi and fantasy, the postapocalypse may now seem about as scary as Post Raisin Bran, but Hillcoat gives it an unnerving solidity by focusing on the drab details of survival and linking them to the more hellish aspects of modern American life.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Unlike many other purveyors of hip comedy, they're consistently clever without being contemptuous of their audience.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Even in its truncated state, this is pretty gripping stuff; just think of it as an epic commercial for the director's cut DVD.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Some have called this neo-noir, but aside from the setting there’s nothing "neo" about it; as in classic noir, the characters are slowly but surely ensnared by their own baser impulses.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Gentle, low-key first feature.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Making his feature directing debut, Hoffman shows considerable generosity toward the other players, which was probably a good idea given his own listless performance as the mumbling title character.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Winterbottom, a Brit who's shot several films in India, carefully notes the local customs and mores that contribute to the young woman's tragic fall.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    This remake is good fun, aided in no small degree by Colin Farrell's strutting, dead-eyed performance as the bloodsucker.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Clooney directed with an actor's appetite for vivid star turns, and he certainly gets them from Ryan Gosling, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Paul Giamatti.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    A fascinating allegory of modern-day Iran.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Chanodr has said that he wanted to portray the 2008 financial meltdown in all its complexity, assigning everyone a fair share of the blame. But the real strength of his debut feature is how persuasively it depicts the fishbowl world of high finance, whose executives seem incapable of seeing past their towering salaries and privileged lives.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Vincent Cassel sets a new standard for Gallic cool as the title character.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    The racial satire is about as subtle as a sledgehammer, but there's something exhilarating about so blunt a weapon being swung with such wild abandon.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    The 3-D element is unobtrusively handled, except when it perfectly re-creates the woman who's always perched on her boyfriend's shoulders in front of you at a concert.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    The thing runs more than two hours, but this is the sort of project that's indemnified against charges of excess.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    So few movies these days concern themselves with ideas of any sort that a drama like this one, about a man humbled by the consequences of his own intellectual breakthrough, seems even more powerful.

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