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 (500) Days of Summer
Lowest review score: 0 Suddenly
Score distribution:
1,480 movie reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 J.R. Jones
    A half-baked conspiracy subplot in the last third makes Carruth's knotty narrative even harder to follow, but this is still scary, puzzling, and different.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 J.R. Jones
    The story unfolds at such length and over so many years that politics tend to fade into the wallpaper, leaving an exceptionally rich family story.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 J.R. Jones
    So fraught with unresolved issues of class, sexuality, and spiritual need, and so carefully observed by Pawlikowski, that it opens out like the movie's West Yorkshire countryside.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 J.R. Jones
    Exhilarating.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 J.R. Jones
    The hues are so muted you may remember this as a black-and-white film, but its emotions are as vivid as primary colors.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 J.R. Jones
    At 85 minutes the movie is beautifully focused, reaching deep into its characters as they confront terrible secrets but never sacrificing momentum as the mystery unravels.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 J.R. Jones
    The scenes are so dramatically cogent the characters' lives seem to stretch far beyond the concluding blackouts.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 J.R. Jones
    A harrowing drama spun from the most mundane material.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 J.R. Jones
    A superior nail-biter.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 J.R. Jones
    This quiet, elegiac road movie hinges on a few beautifully underplayed scenes between Daniel London and Will Oldham.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 J.R. Jones
    Helen Mirren's flinty performance as Elizabeth II is getting all the attention, but equally impressive is Peter Morgan's insightful script for this UK drama, which quietly teases out the social, political, and historical implications of the 1997 death of Diana, Princess of Wales.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 J.R. Jones
    The outrages of pedophile priests have generated screaming headlines but relatively little understanding of the Catholic culture that permitted and concealed such crimes, which makes this informed documentary by Amy Berg all the more valuable.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 J.R. Jones
    The script updates Ian Fleming's first Bond novel to a post-9/11 world and scales back the silliness that always seems to creep into the series; director Martin Campbell (The Mask of Zorro) contributes some superior action set pieces but keeps the camp and gadgetry to a minimum.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 J.R. Jones
    The skillful Patrick Marber (Closer) adapted this gripping drama from a novel by Zoe Heller, and it's both literate and urgently plotted, with a voice-over from Dench that cuts like broken glass.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 J.R. Jones
    Critics have faulted this 2005 British feature about the Rwandan genocide for focusing on a couple of white characters instead of the 800,000 Tutsis who were slaughtered, but such easy judgments miss the point entirely: this is a spiritual drama, not a political one, drawing a thick line between our good intentions and the selfish choices we ultimately make.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 J.R. Jones
    By focusing on Strummer and giving a fair amount of screen time to his years in the wilderness before and after the Clash, Temple arrives at a more poignant and mature statement of what this committed band was all about.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 J.R. Jones
    Brett Morgen (The Kid Stays in the Picture) has made an electrifying picture.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 J.R. Jones
    Cluzet's brooding performance propels the movie, and writer-director Guillaume Canet, best known here for his own acting work in "Joyeux Noel" and "Love Me If You Dare," skillfully orchestrates the cascading revelations.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 J.R. Jones
    Hammer overplays his indie hand with an abrupt and unsatisfactory ending, but his three leads are so credible that their aching, tongue-tied characters linger in the memory.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 J.R. Jones
    Leigh pushes the story in a more interesting direction, asking whether people find happiness or simply will it on themselves.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 J.R. Jones
    Sinister and beautiful, this mostly black-and-white animation from France culls the talents of six artists and designers.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 J.R. Jones
    Despite all the horror and anguish, the film ends on a note of serene acceptance, deep gratitude toward the dead, and wonder at the unlikely miracle of life.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 J.R. Jones
    This incredible but true story marks the first time Eastwood's signature themes have found expression in a woman's experience, and the absence of any distracting machismo only heightens his sense of helpless rage at the perpetual anguish of victims' families.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 J.R. Jones
    Todd Phillips is no artist, but his lowbrow comedies (Road Trip, Old School) always hit the mark because they're so psychologically true: the superego tries to control the id, but the id gets drunk and barfs all over it. Hilarious.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 J.R. Jones
    After directing three Spider-Man movies, Sam Raimi makes a masterful return to the horror genre.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 J.R. Jones
    Its great distinction lies in re-creating an age when thoughts and feelings were to be carefully considered and precisely enunciated. The best costumers, set designers, and property masters can’t conjure up the mental and emotional spaces of a simpler era; that requires a filmmaker who knows the virtue of quiet, patience, and attentiveness.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 J.R. Jones
    If you come to this expecting the philosophical depth and psychological detail of Tolstoy’s work you’re sure to be disappointed, but as an actors’ romp it’s delectable.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 J.R. Jones
    Some have suggested that the whole story, including the emergence of Mr. Brainwash, is an elaborate hoax engineered by Banksy to satirize the commodification of art. If so, it’s a brilliant one.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 J.R. Jones
    The grand architecture of Milan and the icy rhythms of composer John Adams set the tone for this elegant Italian drama about the suffocating power of family, wealth, and tradition.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 J.R. Jones
    A densely textured moral universe that makes good on his metaphoric title-and in this case, the animals are perfectly willing to eat their young.

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