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 The Proposition
Lowest review score: 0 The Back-up Plan
Score distribution:
1,480 movie reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Chan-wook Park completes his "revenge trilogy" with this ravishing black comedy about a notorious child killer.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Wonderful first feature.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    This melancholy romance is the first Almodovar feature I’ve ever really liked, an expertly fashioned melodrama that steers mercifully clear of his usual puckishness and star-mongering.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Robert Duvall, who played a similar character in Bruce Beresford's "Tender Mercies" (1983), turns up in a supporting role.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    After trying her hand at Thackeray with "Vanity Fair," director Mira Nair has found a literary property much closer to her heart: Jhumpa Lahiri's best-selling novel about a Bengali couple and their children trying to find their place in American culture.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    This sublime French farce reminded me most of Billy Wilder.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    This eerie drama harks back to sci-fi movies of the late 60s and early 70s that explored inner as well as outer space (2001, Solaris, and particularly Silent Running).
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    This haunting drama by Claire Denis burns with a mute fear and rage at the ongoing atrocities in central Africa.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Soderbergh's treatment of the Internet turns out to be the most provocative aspect of Contagion. Like the virus, which destroys any cell it encounters, misinformation spreads rapidly online and tends to cancel out information that might save people.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Director Laura Dunn presents a surprisingly sympathetic portrait of Bradley, but her advocacy is clear enough in the primal images of natural beauty and her subjects' heartfelt statements of respect for the landscape.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Unfortunately for Polley, Take This Waltz is a good film serving mainly to remind us that "Away From Her" is a great one.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Fully exploits the drama, with scenes, dialogue, and even key visuals pulled from the text.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    It's a fascinating cultural artifact and a stomping good time.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    The mystery has never been resolved, but to his credit Bar-Lev acknowledges that he himself has become part of the story, torn between sympathy and suspicion.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    In the Apatow manner, Segel mines a mother lode of painful personal memories for his breakup gags, and the vanity of entertainment people proves to be another rich vein.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Though Casino Jack never lets its protagonist off the hook for his misdeeds, it does underline the hypocrisy of those politicians who were content to take his money but then ran for cover in February 2004 when the Washington Post began to expose his fleecing of six different Indian tribes.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    None of this makes any sense if you think about it, but the idea is so much fun that thinking about it may be your last impulse.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Doug Liman's Fair Game is a model exercise in dramatizing recent political scandal, and easily the best fact-based Hollywood political thriller since "All the President's Men."
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    The mesmerizing narrative recounts a media circus of unrivaled malignance.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    The movie endorses the liberal conception of the Chicks as free-speech heroes, which doesn't quite wash: Maines shot her mouth off to a receptive overseas crowd, then issued an apology as soon as the backlash began back home.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    It's not a terribly disciplined exercise--the rehearsal dinner and wedding ceremony go on so long I felt like I was watching "The Deer Hunter"--but the performances are outstanding, especially Hathaway's and Debra Winger's in a small but devastating turn as her chilly, resentful mother.
    • 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
    Davies adapted a classic 1952 play by Terence Rattigan, whose centenary is being celebrated in Britain this year, and though you might have trouble sorting out the film's competing levels of authorship, one element attributable solely to Davies is the strategic use of music and quiet on the soundtrack.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Period westerns are so unfashionable and costly that they usually require a top-drawer script to get off the ground -- and this one, adapted from an Elmore Leonard story and its 1957 movie version, travels with an arrow's clean arc.
    • 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.

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