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

J.R. Jones' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Enter the Void
Lowest review score: 0 Bad Boys II
Score distribution:
1,480 movie reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Overstays its welcome, but for mindless thrills you could do worse.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Fox keeps the suspense story at a low boil throughout, allowing the politics to emerge as the characters deepen.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Darkly funny and metaphorically potent.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Beautifully unemphatic small-town drama.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    The illicit lovers in this eerie South Korean drama communicate whole worlds without ever speaking.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Absorbing thriller.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    A colorful cast whose combined energy lifts the story off the ground.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    The elder Wexler keeps insisting that he won't sign a release for the film unless he approves of the finished product, so he must have been pleased with its brutally honest assessment of him as a gifted filmmaker who never realized his true potential.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Engrossing and frequently hilarious.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Both lead actors are wonderful, and director Ziad Doueiri (West Beirut) artfully addresses the cultural and even spiritual dimensions of the story without losing sight of the lovers' tenderness and confusion.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    The script, by newcomer Sabina Murray, is occasionally cloying as the naive hero falls for a bitter prostitute (Bai Ling), but its epic tale of two cultures tragically entwined is anchored by deep and elemental emotions.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Tim Burton finally fulfills the promise of "Beetlejuice" with this imaginative masterpiece.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson are enormously funny in this farce.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Written by Angus MacLachlan, this indie drama explores the lingering tension between north and south with vinegar and precision.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    This is superior family entertainment--warm, thoughtful, and connected to the landscape.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    This smart and rocking video documentary by Tim Irwin follows the trio from its origins in suburban San Pedro, California, in 1979 to the death of singer-guitarist D. Boon in a 1985 car crash, which ended his deep and creatively fruitful friendship with bassist Mike Watt.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    This may be light family entertainment, but it's also a pleasingly perverse celebration of Victorian morbidity.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    The Warners-style slapstick and gentle Anglophilia charms children and adults alike, but what kills me are the fingerprint ridges that fade in and out of the characters' mugging faces, a reassuring reminder that handmade art can still captivate.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Charlize Theron, in nonglam mode, dominates this powerful drama about sexual harassment at a Minnesota iron ore mine in the early 90s.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Written by Steve Conrad, this is the smartest script director Gore Verbinski has ever had, and he makes the most of it, aided by a strong cast.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    As the star-crossed couple, Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon contribute all their own vocals, and their soapier scenes together reminded me of no less than the 1954 "A Star Is Born."
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Cillian Murphy gives a tour de force performance.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    A funny but genuinely dark story.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    But aside from a few overblown production numbers, Columbus respects the show's smaller scale, and the property itself is a knockout, with great tunes and engaging portraits of East Village bohemians in the AIDS-ravaged late 80s.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Holiday counterprogramming at its finest. This gut-churning horror indie is based on true stories of tourists disappearing in the vast Australian outback... This scared the hell out of me.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    What promises to be a standard postmortem on 60s ideology becomes a thoughtful essay on the choices we all make between work, family, and personal freedom.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Given what Young charges for concert tickets, all his organs could be gold. So I was even more grateful for this documentary of his August 2005 shows at the fabled Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, expertly directed by Jonathan Demme.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Def and Willis are both good, but Donner's lethal weapon here is Morse, a chronically overlooked character actor whose combined tenderness and ruthlessness make him the most fascinating heavy since Robert Ryan.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    The immersive quality of 3-D is particularly well suited to undersea documentaries, and this one, directed by Howard Hall ("Into the Deep"), offers a close-up look at such fantastic creatures as the fried egg jellyfish, the mantis shrimp, the sand tiger shark, and the thuggish wolf eel.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    This beautifully understated feature (2004) revolves around sex, but it's neither erotic nor puritanical; its young characters are governed by their urges, but the experience itself seems as neutral and mysterious as sleep.