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 A Separation
Lowest review score: 0 The Informers
Score distribution:
1,480 movie reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Beautifully shot in black and white by Pawel Edelman (The Pianist), this 2000 feature is both funny and unexpectedly touching.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Wonderful first feature.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Irish playwright Mark O'Rowe, who wrote the script, has an admirable sense of dramatic proportion that suits his intertwining stories; theater director John Crowley, making his film debut, has a sure hand with his actors; and an excellent cast enlivens this web of romantic and criminal intrigue, set in a gray suburb of Dublin. R.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Played by Ron Perlman, he's the most magnetic action hero I've come across in a long while.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Wise, gentle, and simply constructed.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    It's a fascinating cultural artifact and a stomping good time.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Long, grim, but utterly engrossing.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    This documentary profile of poet and novelist Charles Bukowski exploits the writer's counterculture persona but also works to dispel it, revealing a gifted and extremely complicated man.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    The voice-over narration by Bill Kurtis is a stroke of genius.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    The movie never finds a consistent tone -- the humor is dynamically offbeat, the dramatic moments a bit canned -- but Braff's affection for his misfit characters and skeptical take on how people sell themselves short in America make this the truest generational statement I've seen since "Donnie Darko."
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Genuinely sad: few bands have burst onto the scene with such a perfectly realized look, sound, and philosophy or been more trapped by their own meatheaded genius.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    I was haunted afterward by its seething rage at the malicious paternalism and sexual hypocrisy of fundamentalist Christians.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    The master principle of film noir -- that everyone is corruptible -- turns a pinwheel of plot complications in this fleet, stylish little crime drama from Mexico.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    On paper the story may seem hopelessly contrived -- another nostalgia piece for art-house liberals -- but on-screen it's presented in purely emotional terms, which allows Duigan and his excellent leads to inhabit and ultimately transcend the period.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Turns out to be surprisingly layered.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    A runaway hit in Hong Kong, this 2002 crime thriller reinvigorated the genre with its airtight script, taut editing, and sleek cinematography.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Pegg and Wright are out of their depth in the second half, when they try to engage the more disturbing elements of Romero's movies, but their disaffected slacker take on the genre is a welcome alternative to the usual bloodbaths.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Writer-director Pupi Avati has a such a fine sense of narrative proportion that this Italian feature unspools like silk.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    The video is narrated by Taylor, who magnanimously presents Newcombe as a Byronic hero, but ultimately proves that the pursuit of success and the pursuit of cool can be equally pointless.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    The most powerful and telling image is a black-and-white still of Kerry burying his face in his arms after he threw his ribbons onto the Capitol steps; it's a moment true enough to cost him the presidency.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Overstays its welcome, but for mindless thrills you could do worse.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Dark and challenging.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    An engrossing tale of ego, strategy, and the limits of human intelligence.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    A comprehensive and devastating critique of the TV news networks' complacency and complicity in the war on Iraq.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Cheadle's quiet, superbly modulated performance as an ordinary man driven to heroism by hellish events reminds us that the slogan "no justice, no peace" has a private as well as a public dimension.
    • 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.

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