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

J.R. Jones' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 In Bruges
Lowest review score: 0 The Back-up Plan
Score distribution:
1,480 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    It's become a critical cliche to say that everyone in the U.S. should see a particular war documentary, but even the most selfish citizen might want to check out The Ground Truth, because unlike the Iraqi victims of the war, the American ones are all around us.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Some might call this movie a step backward after Burger's previous feature, the painfully honest Iraq war drama "The Lucky Ones," but as a stylish intrigue it's hard to beat.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Dark and challenging.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Here the idea of sleep as the ultimate threat is still fresh and marvelously insidious, and Craven vitalizes the nightmare sequences with assorted surrealist novelties.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    The new version of Jane Eyre is far and away the best I've seen, thanks largely to the skilled young actress Mia Wasikowska.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Jennings's film, with its missing fathers, sometimes threatens to become cloying, but it's almost always righted by a healthy dose of slapstick or the spectacle of little kids posing as muscle-bound killers.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Smart dialogue, an impeccably crafted story, and eye-catching LA locations make this low-budget feature by Alex Holdridge the most worthwhile date movie I've seen in some time.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Stark, mysterious, and often weirdly funny.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    The sadism of "1,000 Corpses" is ameliorated here by the addition of an action plot and open spaces, and the comedy is more skillfully played, mingling agreeably with Zombie's ardor for southern trash culture (the final showdown plays out to the strains of "Freebird," for heaven's sake)
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    The performances are so gripping that the movie works despite its diagrammatic structure, which focuses on ironic rhymes between past and present and leaves out the entirety of the couple's marriage.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Tim Burton finally fulfills the promise of "Beetlejuice" with this imaginative masterpiece.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Ferguson is admirably tenacious in assigning blame for the boneheaded mistakes that have doomed Iraqi reconstruction. Paul Bremer, former head of the Coalition Provisional Authority, is hung out to dry.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    The resulting portrait shows a seriously troubled man whose brutality was bred into him on the punishing streets of Brooklyn and whose modest wisdom seems as hard-won as any title. Tyson's fight career may be over, but his battle with himself has many rounds to go.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Crisp supporting turns by John Turturro (as a hostage negotiator) and James Gandolfini (as the mayor) combine with plenty of vehicular mayhem to make this a superior diversion.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Screenwriter Mark Bomback doesn't do much with the backstory scenes linking Pine and Washington to their worried families, but the main story is gripping, flawlessly paced, and nicely grounded in operational detail.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Fleet, gripping documentary.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    But like much of Herzog's work, it's essentially apolitical, focusing on a man at war with his environment -- and no one plunges into the foliage like he does.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    For a Disney movie, Holes is mercifully low in saccharine.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Masterful low-budget drama.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    The movie is perfectly appropriate for girls, and its opening scenes play like a more intelligent and historically grounded version of their G-rated princess dramas.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Less a biography than a diplomatic history of Britain in World War II, the movie draws a satisfying narrative arc from his extended campaign to rally President Roosevelt and the American public to Britain's defense.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Morris argues that the photos also functioned as a cover-up: prosecution of the case centered on them, leaving free and clear many of those higher up the chain of command.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    This engrossing documentary widens to consider the phenomenon of viral videos and the humiliation they can bring to their sometimes unsuspecting victims.

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