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 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
Lowest review score: 0 I Hate Valentine's Day
Score distribution:
1,480 movie reviews
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Ted
    MacFarlane gets an impressive amount of comic mileage from having a plush toy talk like a Boston low-life, though for gut laughs nothing compares to the brutal, frantic, and completely wordless fight scene between Wahlberg and his little buddy in a cheap hotel room.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    This fourth installment is a complete reboot, returning to the web-slinger's creation story, and Garfield, more than any other factor, contributes to the sense of a bleaker vision along the lines of "The Dark Knight."
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Smart and consistently funny, with sharp performances.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Gentle, low-key first feature.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Coogan delivers a winning comic performance as the pompous impresario, but his story has little dramatic momentum of its own; he functions mostly as a pedantic narrator, imposing some cultural significance on the endless party and pointing out more intriguing personalities.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Until the ghost story takes over this is a tense and absorbing war picture.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Actually I quite enjoyed the film -- but how do I get rid of this awful discharge?
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Enjoyable action comedy from the Clint Eastwood mold, though the comic elements are more fun than the action.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Given the tension dogging her every step, I wondered if this would end in bloodshed, but Abu-Assad opts for a more hopeful conclusion, making his film -- strange as it may seem -- a comedy.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    In his narration Brown says that he wants to dispel the image of surfers as airheaded slackers, an ambition undercut by his own breathless and clumsy writing. But to his credit he collects some fascinating stories.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Griffin's stand-up material is consistently upstaged by sequences of him interacting with old friends and family members.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    The racial satire is about as subtle as a sledgehammer, but there's something exhilarating about so blunt a weapon being swung with such wild abandon.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    This dialectical drama has plenty of creaky moments, but Harvey Keitel compensates with a canny, surprising performance.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    The comic juice tends to spill out in all directions.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Studded with terrorist attacks... Yet Malkovich never exploits these for action-movie thrills: in each instance the loss of life is terrible and the morality of the act is left treacherously ambiguous.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    As a comedy duo Nicholson and Sandler pose no threat to the legacy of Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau, in part because Sandler is so outclassed, but mostly because everyone involved is playing it safe.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Despite his advancing years, Chan delivers some fleet slapstick; like his hero Buster Keaton he works intuitively with levers, pulleys, ladders, and umbrellas.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    The action is so relentless that after a while things start to feel hollow, but Rodriguez still seems to believe the moral articulated at the end of the first film -- that keeping a family together is the real adventure.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Their relationship is so subtly inflected with fear, envy, and self-loathing on both sides of the class divide that I was drawn in nonetheless. Brody is a compelling presence throughout.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Eleven years on, someone in Hollywood has finally worked up the nerve to address the LA riots--but only on the slickest terms imaginable.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    As in the first movie, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart are trotted out periodically to add a little gravitas.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    It certainly fulfills all the conventions of the genre: sci-fi premise, noir stylings, martial arts, snarky dialogue.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    The gags come fast and furious, and though some are a little stale, Rock and cowriter Ali LeRoi strive for wit over crudity.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Offers a fascinating inquiry into memory and art, mixing clips from Fellini's films with contemporary shots of the same locales in and around Rome.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    The consequent pain, anger, and confusion on all sides disrupts the standard martyrology of the genre and exposes the ordinary human wreckage that can follow even the most extraordinary acts of heroism.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Comes closer to deification than dramatization--a shame, since the film offers some powerful set pieces and jaw-dropping spectacle.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Fine character work by Juliet Stevenson, Archie Panjabi, and Bollywood regular Anupam Kher make this well worth seeing.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    The main reason I enjoyed this high-powered action flick and its 2001 predecessor is their willingness to poke fun at the premise of crime-fighting dolls, even though it now has more currency than ever.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    The real star is the splendid computer-generated Hulk, though his King Kong-like story is compromised by the need to keep him around for the inevitable sequel.

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