For 1,481 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 42% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 55% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

J.R. Jones' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Please Give
Lowest review score: 0 The Back-up Plan
Score distribution:
1481 movie reviews
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Sam Rockwell plays the brother, and in his handful of scenes he skillfully tracks the character's slow decay from cocky loudmouth to thoroughly beaten man; Swank, delivering her usual spunky turn, suffers badly by comparison.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    The two leads keep the movie afloat with their light-footed class warfare. This Anglican buddy romance is buoyed by a spicy history lesson about the scandalous marriage of the duke's elder brother, Edward VIII, to the twice-divorced Wallis Simpson.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    This time the quest plot involves Asian-American pals Harold and Kumar chasing after a Christmas tree to replace one they've accidentally burned down, but that's only an excuse for the relentless barrage of tasteless gags, most of them damned funny.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Occasionally cloying, but the distinguished British cast (Anna Massey, Robert Lang, Georgina Hale, Millicent Martin) generates considerable gravitas.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Set in postwar Berlin, the story involves prostitution, black marketeering, and the death camps, and the tension between the visual style and the adult story makes the movie pretty engrossing -- it's an R-rated "Casablanca."
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    For a family picture this is still superior.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    The result, though clearly flawed, is passionate and ambitious, celebrating that long-gone era when a book of verse could spark a revolution in consciousness.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    I appreciated its cogent history lesson, which details China's brutal treatment of Tibetan nationals from the late 1940s through the Cultural Revolution and into the '80s, when it executed 15,000 dissidents.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road) steals his every scene as the aphorism-spouting Fowley while Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning often fade into the 70s wallpaper as guitarist Joan Jett and front woman Cherie Currie.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    This documentary about the public education crisis isn't as smart or rigorous as Bob Bowdon's shoestring production "The Cartel," which arrived in town earlier this year and quickly vanished. But the new movie is still an admirable exercise in straight talk.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Klores and Stevens don't have much to work with visually besides talking heads, old photos, news clippings, and stock footage, but with a narrative this insane, that's more than enough.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Functions primarily as a suspense film, and it manages to be gripping even though the outcome is already known.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Like the Coens’ protagonist in "The Man Who Wasn’t There," Stuhlbarg is driven to an existential crisis, but in contrast to the earlier movie, with its tired noir moves, this one is earnestly engaged in the question of what constitutes a life well lived.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Harrelson returns in Moverman's second feature playing a similar character, a bullheaded LAPD officer whose long career with the force is unraveling amid a succession of brutality complaints, and although the role offers the same macho quotient as the earlier one, it's counterbalanced in this case by funny, observant scenes of his gyno-centric home life.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    In keeping with his models, West is concerned with not suspense exactly but the ritual withholding and ultimate lavishing of bloody chaos.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    This isn't all gold--there are lame riffs on a booze-swilling dog and a flabby old man with a boner--but it's well above average.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Steven Sebring spent a decade making this documentary about the punk poet, and it shows.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    This dazzling CGI feature by DreamWorks Animation appropriates the vivid undersea psychedelia of "Finding Nemo," though in contrast to that movie, the father-son parable here is just an excuse to burlesque "The Godfather" for the 100th time.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    The movie brushes against some of India's worst social ills, but it's essentially a fairy tale.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Robert Wieckiewicz is good as the conflicted protagonist, but the most valuable player here is cinematographer Jolanta Dylewska, who turns in handsome work even though most of the action transpires in inky blackness.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    A heart-wrenching performance from Brenda Blethyn sustains this 2009 drama by French writer-director Rachid Bouchareb.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves are both such guarded celebrities that I have a hard time imagining them as lovers, a problem this Chicago-based romantic fantasy surmounted by isolating them from each other almost entirely.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Unlike high school movies made for the teen market, Chalk gets many of its laughs from the backstage wrangling among the teachers as they unload their stress on one another.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    As a suspense movie, this works pretty well: director Bryan Singer (X-Men, The Usual Suspects) maintains a crisp pace as the plotters set out to kill the fuhrer with a briefcase bomb, and the historical details of the botched coup, which exploited one of Hitler's own contingency plans to mobilize the army reserves and disarm the SS, are inherently interesting.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Its mix of personal reminiscence (Mario made his screen debut playing Sweetback as a boy) and cultural history is fascinating. This engages in a fair amount of mythmaking itself, but its lesson in self-empowerment is both vivid and sincere.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Cagey low-budget horror flick.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Berman delicately unravels the silent resentments festering in the latchkey home, but the pain is leavened by his droll sense of humor.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    The story is inspiring and involves sports, but to call it an inspirational sports story would be wrong; its real center is Leigh Anne Tuohy (Sandra Bullock in a fine performance), the strong-willed woman whose love and generosity helped turn a mute, hopeless boy with no social or academic skills into a functioning young man with a promising future.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    The real standout is Kevin Kline as secretary of war Edwin Stanton.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    This is well worth seeing for Bening's arresting, unpleasant performance.

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