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 Encounters at the End of the World
Lowest review score: 0 Repo Men
Score distribution:
1481 movie reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    This fascinating video documentary covers a nine-month rehearsal of Shakespeare's final play by inmates at the Luther Luckett Correctional Complex in La Grange, Kentucky.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    The swashbuckling first hour is superior to the second, which bursts at the seams with backstory, but a rousing climax makes this the most potent piece of agitpop in years.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    As the substantially faithful movie version demonstrates, the story of Thank You for Smoking resides in that libertarian netherworld where the far left and the far right march shoulder to shoulder.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    It's worth seeing for the tightly coiled plot, well-realized characters, and novel take on rapacious teen culture.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Johnston's childish, repetitive tunes prove that he's no Brian Wilson (or even Roky Erickson), which makes you wonder whether Feuerzeig is examining the singer's exploitation or participating in it.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    A fascinating allegory of modern-day Iran.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Neatly scripted by Tim Firth and Geoff Deane, this sticks to the "Full Monty" formula of starchy working-class types learning to loosen up about sex, but Julian Jarrold's sincere, low-key direction erases any sense of artifice.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Metal culture is a giant topic, and Dunn has made an ambitious stab at it, exploring the music's social, religious, and sexual implications.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Adapted from a novel by Gabriel Loidolt, this is most interesting for its textured family history and pained religiosity.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Quietly unsettling in its vision of modern-day isolation.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    An honorable, squeaky-clean children's drama, this is notable for its relatively penetrating morality and for Scott Wilson's fine performance as the meanest man in town.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Good-humored and enormously entertaining but also sentimental and a little dishonest.
    • 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Eventually develops into a pleasantly bombastic Bond-style adventure.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves are both such guarded celebrities that I have a hard time imagining them as lovers, a problem this Chicago-based romantic fantasy surmounted by isolating them from each other almost entirely.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    The epic poem Beowulf gets an imaginative, low-budget workout in this 2005 Icelandic feature by Sturla Gunnarsson.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    The CGI is excellent, with characters whose depth and solidity suggest Nick Park's clay animations.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Unlike many other purveyors of hip comedy, they're consistently clever without being contemptuous of their audience.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    As a substantial piece of the puzzle, this is worthwhile viewing.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Despite some fine black comedy, this hovers uncertainly between the novel's tragic precision and "Barfly's" existential burlesque.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    This is one of those movies whose empty-headed premise is so pure it's witty: with his insatiable need for excitement, the hero is a perfect stand-in for the fanboys in the audience.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Gyllenhaal turns the young ex-con into an enormously sympathetic figure, but by the end there's no denying that her need for the girl is as selfish as her addiction.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    The movie's realism is unimpeachable, though American cops might be stunned by the idea of a half-dozen detectives being assigned to the murder of an anonymous floater.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Parts of this are screamingly funny, other parts downright stomach turning, but you have to admire the fact that, for these guys, "anything for a laugh" really means anything. And for all the moronic behavior, there are also some inspired dadaist moments.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Contrary to some reports, this is not Jet Li's last action movie--he already has another in postproduction--but it represents his farewell to wushu, the martial-arts tradition that made him an international star.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Director Todd Phillips has become Hollywood's go-to guy for collegiate humor, and though this isn't as funny as his "Road Trip," "Old School," or "Starsky & Hutch," there are some choice sequences of the devious Thornton schooling his milquetoast students.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    The Departed is completely engrossing, a master class in suspense. But in moral terms it may be the least involving story that Scorsese -- an artist much preoccupied with morality -- has ever taken on.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Dramatically objectifies the unfair trade practices that help keep Africa mired in poverty.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Documentarians Adam Del Deo and James Stern present a cogent and comprehensive postmortem of the 2004 presidential election in Ohio.

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