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 The Baader Meinhof Complex
Lowest review score: 0 The Quiet
Score distribution:
1,480 movie reviews
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    It's still fun to watch, but the first one was better.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    This family feature from the Christian production company Walden Media is something of a disappointment after its excellent "Holes" and "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe."
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    It's the epitome of an embedded war report, though Rademacher's at-ease scenes with the soldiers have some of the warmth and terse humor of Ernie Pyle's, and there's some hair-raising footage of a machine-gun firefight.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Though the movie isn’t much to look at, he (Siegel) gets a credibly dark and pathetic performance from the typically comic Oswalt.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Partly funded by the Humane Society, this gripping documentary by Michael Webber rips the lid off a scandal that periodically turns up on local newscasts but then disappears from public consciousness.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    The movie's sexual politics couldn't be more regressive--Crudup learns to be a man in the sack as well as on the boards--but it's still a competent middlebrow costume drama.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Thoughtful and impressively mounted.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Portrayed ad infinitum in sci-fi and fantasy, the postapocalypse may now seem about as scary as Post Raisin Bran, but Hillcoat gives it an unnerving solidity by focusing on the drab details of survival and linking them to the more hellish aspects of modern American life.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Unlike many other purveyors of hip comedy, they're consistently clever without being contemptuous of their audience.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Even in its truncated state, this is pretty gripping stuff; just think of it as an epic commercial for the director's cut DVD.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Some have called this neo-noir, but aside from the setting there’s nothing "neo" about it; as in classic noir, the characters are slowly but surely ensnared by their own baser impulses.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Gentle, low-key first feature.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Making his feature directing debut, Hoffman shows considerable generosity toward the other players, which was probably a good idea given his own listless performance as the mumbling title character.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Winterbottom, a Brit who's shot several films in India, carefully notes the local customs and mores that contribute to the young woman's tragic fall.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    The long odds against Smith only make his unexpected surge against Carnahan more exciting, and Popper sticks close to the fierce campaigner and his young, mostly inexperienced staffers, capturing all the energy, idealism, dour humor, and unreasoning hope of a Cinderella candidacy.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    This remake is good fun, aided in no small degree by Colin Farrell's strutting, dead-eyed performance as the bloodsucker.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Clooney directed with an actor's appetite for vivid star turns, and he certainly gets them from Ryan Gosling, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Paul Giamatti.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    A fascinating allegory of modern-day Iran.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Chanodr has said that he wanted to portray the 2008 financial meltdown in all its complexity, assigning everyone a fair share of the blame. But the real strength of his debut feature is how persuasively it depicts the fishbowl world of high finance, whose executives seem incapable of seeing past their towering salaries and privileged lives.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Vincent Cassel sets a new standard for Gallic cool as the title character.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    The 3-D element is unobtrusively handled, except when it perfectly re-creates the woman who's always perched on her boyfriend's shoulders in front of you at a concert.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    The thing runs more than two hours, but this is the sort of project that's indemnified against charges of excess.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    So few movies these days concern themselves with ideas of any sort that a drama like this one, about a man humbled by the consequences of his own intellectual breakthrough, seems even more powerful.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Despite the gimmicky direction and a disappointing climax, this is a distinctive and unsettling comedy.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Too many extraneous elements have been added--the victim here is an aborigine, which prompts a racial backlash against the men and their families--but at the movie's center lies the knotty story of a marriage poisoned by amorality.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Reitman deserves credit for going through with a bitterly ironic ending, but the movie is marred by its warm condescension toward flyover country.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Ali Selim, a highly successful director of commercials in Minneapolis, makes his feature directing debut with this simple and beautifully paced drama, letting the characters breathe and the land speak.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Sunshine does for sci-fi what "28 Days Later" . . . did for the zombie movie -- its tale about a manned space mission to the sun preys on our growing fear of obliteration as we confront global warming.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    The Departed is completely engrossing, a master class in suspense. But in moral terms it may be the least involving story that Scorsese -- an artist much preoccupied with morality -- has ever taken on.

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