For 1,480 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 43% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 54% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1 point lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

J.R. Jones' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Palindromes
Lowest review score: 0 I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry
Score distribution:
1,480 movie reviews
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Set in postwar Berlin, the story involves prostitution, black marketeering, and the death camps, and the tension between the visual style and the adult story makes the movie pretty engrossing -- it's an R-rated "Casablanca."
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Luckily LaGravenese has incorporated some of the real students' piercingly honest diary entries and rounded up an engaging cast of unknowns and young actors (April Hernandez, Kristin Herrera, Hunter Parrish) to channel their anger and hopelessness.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    The message, unspoken but inescapable, is that a little sharing might feed wealthy and poor alike.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Subtlety is not his strong suit--all the characters here are either adorable or loathsome--yet Perry has toned down the pandering materialism, evangelism, and black empowerment of "Madea's Family Reunion" and "Diary of a Mad Black Woman," letting his heart-tugging story tell itself.
    • 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."
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Zbanic's story of an ordinary life stained by extraordinary cruelty cuts deep.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Flawed but ambitious, this biopic of British parliamentarian William Wilberforce closely tracks the political maneuvering of the late 18th and early 19th century as reformers campaign to end Britain's participation in the slave trade.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Tends to let his consumers off the hook--you'd hardly guess that any of these people are responsible for their own financial woes.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    For a family picture this is still superior.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Though the pain of this 9/11 story doesn't pierce as deeply as it should, the laughs are consistently humane.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Jensen's dramatic structure is so visible this sometimes seems like a late Rod Serling teleplay, but Bier has proved highly adept at merging conventional drama with the immediacy of the Dogma 95 movement.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Concise and thoughtful.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Novelist Douglas Coupland (Generation X) brings his millennial irony and middle-class angst to the big screen with this offbeat Canadian comedy about the lure of easy money.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Despite the gimmicky direction and a disappointing climax, this is a distinctive and unsettling comedy.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Too many extraneous elements have been added--the victim here is an aborigine, which prompts a racial backlash against the men and their families--but at the movie's center lies the knotty story of a marriage poisoned by amorality.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    A biting academic fable about the importance of aggression over intellect.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Milos Forman's "Amadeus" (1984) is so ingrained in the popular imagination that its portrait of Mozart may never be dispelled, but this thorough and insightful 2006 documentary presents a more rounded and compelling view of the high-spirited genius.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Unlike high school movies made for the teen market, Chalk gets many of its laughs from the backstage wrangling among the teachers as they unload their stress on one another.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Funny, honest, and generous, this is mainstream American comedy at its best.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Klores and Stevens don't have much to work with visually besides talking heads, old photos, news clippings, and stock footage, but with a narrative this insane, that's more than enough.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    This 2005 feature has a drab "Masterpiece Theatre" feel, though Pierrepoint is a fascinating study in ethics: he takes pride in his work, wants his victims to die swiftly and painlessly, and considers hanging an absolution.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    The same virtue doesn't apply to his commentary, which is too general to rise above the pedestrian; the movie works best traveling from the eye straight to the conscience.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Ratliff fails to deliver on any of these ideas and the ending falters badly, but as horror flicks go this is both smart and suspenseful.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Sunshine does for sci-fi what "28 Days Later" . . . did for the zombie movie -- its tale about a manned space mission to the sun preys on our growing fear of obliteration as we confront global warming.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    The video lapses into self-congratulation near the end, as many of the principals reunite for a 2002 retrospective, but for the most part this is a powerful tale of conscience, betrayal, and forgiveness.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    This adaptation of Robert Ludlum's third and last Bourne thriller doesn't have much story left, so director Paul Greengrass has to keep it moving all the time.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Cagey low-budget horror flick.

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