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

J.R. Jones' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 God Bless America
Lowest review score: 0 I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry
Score distribution:
1,480 movie reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 J.R. Jones
    Akin perfectly captures the antic pace, eccentric personalities, and fickle fortunes of the restaurant game, and his vision of the Soul Kitchen as an all-night bacchanal is irresistible.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 J.R. Jones
    This moving documentary sidesteps the usual art-world debates over the authenticity and legitimacy of outsider work; instead director Jeff Malmberg simply immerses us in Hogancamp's world, just as Hogancamp immerses himself in the title town and its horrors.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 J.R. Jones
    Alternately harrowing and humbling, this is a story of ordinary men whose compassion is tested in the cruelest, most profound fashion.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 J.R. Jones
    Writer-director Jeff Nichols maintains a cagey balancing act for much of the movie, refusing to specify whether his protagonist is a prophet or a madman, yet in the end this doesn't really matter: the storm inside him is plenty real.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 J.R. Jones
    This effort often manages to duplicate the magical pantomime of the era; a lovely scene in which Bejo drapes herself in the arms of a hung jacket as if it were a human lover could have come straight out of a Marion Davies picture.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    This is quick and unpredictable storytelling, its dialogue simple but tough. Alberto Jimenez is excellent as the conscience-stricken father, whose duty to respect the law tests his relationship with his own son, and both kids, Juan Jose Ballesta and Pablo Galan, give passionate, committed performances.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Melville's seedy characters and engrossing friendships are well preserved, thanks largely to strategic redeployment of his crisp dialogue. As revamped caper films go, this offers considerably more texture than Steven Soderbergh's "Ocean's 11."
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Managed to pull the rug out from under me about three-quarters of the way through, and I still hadn't found my feet when the credits rolled.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Tom Hollander gives a strong performance as the considerate and quietly grieving young man.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    The problem with these feats is that they threaten to overwhelm the film's content, both as complex historical commentary and as aesthetic and theoretical gesture.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    An exhilarating and terrifying journey through youth-culture hell.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    On paper this may sound like soap opera, but Bier and screenwriter Anders Thomas Jensen (Mifune) have a good feel for character, and they're aided by a fine cast.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    The equation of Gilliam with Quixote is so obvious to everyone involved that Fulton and Pepe can hardly be blamed for adopting it.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Actor David Morse establishes himself as a truly formidable presence in this powerful first feature by Alex and Andrew Smith.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    By turns morally compelling and racially paternalistic, this provocative drama may be the first halfway truthful war movie to hit multiplexes since "Three Kings."
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Columbus beautifully realizes many of Rowling's fantastic conceits -- but for the last hour I was searching for a spell to make the credits appear.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    The plot of the picture is familiar, but it's realized with such delicacy and affection for the characters that it seems as fresh and warm as its verdant setting.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Illuminating with their energy and wit.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Kwietniowski follows up his impressive debut feature, "Love and Death on Long Island," with this equally absorbing study of a compulsive personality.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    As a director Carnahan definitely has the goods: the opening foot chase, a sequence that's been done to death, is genuinely terrifying.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Director Peter Kosminsky elicits such genuine performances from his talented cast that the film rarely strikes a false note.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    The dazzling star power of the French screen royalty Ozon has assembled and the film's sheer exuberance in its own artifice make this a delight from beginning to end.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    The first 20 minutes are masterful, as Cruise hunts down a killer-to-be; the last 20 are mediocre, as screenwriters Scott Frank and Jon Cohen untangle the mystery they've grafted onto Dick's story. In between lies a conventional but expertly realized cop-on-the-run drama.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    I wondered if the movie would end with a round of knock-knock jokes, but instead there's a hilarious trash-talking session with the four guys sitting around gutting one another like fish.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Superior summer entertainment.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    For a Disney movie, Holes is mercifully low in saccharine.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Stark, mysterious, and often weirdly funny.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Superior 2002 farce by Walsh, Roberts, and Katie Roberts, all veterans of Chicago's ImprovOlympic who went on to form the Upright Citizens Brigade.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    AKA
    Roy's story is fascinating in its own right, exploring the hero's mingled shame over his class background and homosexuality, and painting a vicious portrait of Britain's coke-snorting upper crust in the late 70s.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Gary Baseman's Emmy-winning cartoon series arrives on the big screen in a delightful blast of bold drawing, brainy humor, and hard-charging songs.

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