For 1,486 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 4.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

J.R. Jones' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 The Tree of Life
Lowest review score: 0 Suddenly
Score distribution:
1486 movie reviews
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Bale admirably shoulders the burden of Western identification figure, but the heart of the story is the ongoing tension between the schoolgirls and the hookers, who see in each other aspects of womanhood that are out of their respective reach.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    There's a good deal of pleasure to be had in the clockwork precision of her hand-to-hand combat, which Soderbergh often shoots in profile to showcase her wall-climbing backflips. The story surrounding it is comparably smooth, skilled, and mechanical, though a lot less memorable.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    The dialogue is superior, though, and director Roman Polanski has cast the characters well; Foster is particularly impressive in a stridently unattractive role, as the pinched, angry liberal who's orchestrated the meeting but doesn't get quite the apology she wants.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    This conceit works precisely because Thatcher's popular appeal was so deeply rooted in nostalgia for the days of empire, and Streep, no fan of Thatcher, nicely undercuts the poignancy of her current condition with flashbacks that reveal her brittle arrogance in office.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 J.R. Jones
    This French biopic of Nicolas Sarkozy plays like a competent TV miniseries, moving briskly and focusing on the hustle and bustle of electoral politics as the protagonist climbs toward the presidency.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    The movie is quite enjoyable, though, redeemed by Crowe's trademark sincerity and assured handling of oddball character actors.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 J.R. Jones
    This effort often manages to duplicate the magical pantomime of the era; a lovely scene in which Bejo drapes herself in the arms of a hung jacket as if it were a human lover could have come straight out of a Marion Davies picture.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    As usual with the series, the movie combines a plot line a toddler could understand with gadgets that would baffle an engineering Ph.D.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 J.R. Jones
    Like the earlier film, this one has an airless quality, much of the action taking place in the hushed and colorless offices of "the Circus." But whereas the dank tone of "Let the Right One In" served to heighten the moments of poignance and shrieking horror, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy begins to seem phlegmatic after a while.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    Never really delivers on that promise, mainly because its scenes of two brilliant men discussing the nature of the subconscious can't compare with Cronenberg's visual rendering of that subconscious in earlier movies.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    I found this sequel more tolerable than Sherlock Holmes (2009), though I'm not sure whether it's actually better or I've just accepted the putrid idea of turning Arthur Conan Doyle's brainy detective into just another quipping action hero.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 20 J.R. Jones
    Even with the bar lowered, this seems appallingly bad, a lazy assortment of weak punch lines, sentimental music cues, and trite situations.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 20 J.R. Jones
    As with many R-rated studio comedies, the transgressive humor isn't nearly as offensive as the phony sentiment that's supposed to redeem it, supplied here in stale scenes of the sitter bonding with his little charges.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    Whether the character is supposed to be a stand-in for Cody, who grew up in the western 'burbs of Chicago and has since won an Oscar, is more than I can say, but the movie suffers from the sort of self-pitying fog that can envelop a writer when he dives into his own malaise.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    This is jammed with cliches but completely engrossing, in the manner of a movie ardently in love with its own bullshit.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Actor John Turturro follows his charming and colorful travel documentary "Rehearsal for a Sicilian Tragedy" (2009) with this assured and freewheeling look at the music of Naples (2010).
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    Fortunately for the company, Largo turns out to be a formidable knife fighter in the corporate sense; fortunately for this sleek, empty thriller, he turns out to be a formidable knife fighter in the street sense too.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    This male weepie is ridden with cliches (Farina's character tends to a pigeon coop on his roof, for God's sake) and climaxes with a predictable act of self-abnegation.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    There's nothing here about Monroe that we haven't been told a thousand times already: she was sexy, she was troubled; she was warm, she was selfish; she took pills, she lit up the screen.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    The plot, though, is recycled from the Vince Vaughn comedy "Fred Claus" (Santa's duties are assumed by a goofy relative, in this case son Arthur) and the old Rankin-Bass special "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" (Arthur goes on a rogue expedition with a couple other misfits).
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 J.R. Jones
    Unfortunately, this comeback movie, a labor of love for mush-headed screenwriter and star Jason Segel, errs on the side of sweetness and nostalgia; except for a few good zingers from balcony dwellers Statler and Waldorf, there isn't much here for mom and dad.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Scorsese transforms this innocent tale into an ardent love letter to the cinema and a moving plea for film preservation.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
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    Tykwer manages to negotiate this incredible coincidence without much trouble, though the movie slows to a crawl in its second half.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    Alexander Payne has won an Oscar for best adapted screenplay (Sideways), but you'd never guess that from this clumsily written drama: characters keep explaining things that their listeners would already know, and the first couple reels are so thick with expository voice-over that you may think you're listening to a museum tour on a set of headphones.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 J.R. Jones
    This never rises above the level of a plodding sword-and-sandal adventure, peopled with chiseled young beauties and bored industry hacks. Singh is a talented and eccentric visual artist with no creative future in the movie business.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    I'd have preferred less personality stuff and more hard information about the current technical and commercial challenges, but if polishing these guys' egos is the only way to make them do the right thing, then so be it.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 J.R. Jones
    This agreeable French comedy wears its class consciousness on its sleeve but functions primarily as bourgeois light entertainment.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Apocalyptic visions are nothing new in cinema, but they're almost always epic in scale; Von Trier's innovation is to peer down the large end of the telescope, observing the end of the world in painfully intimate terms.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Herzog's wrenching interviews with the victims' relatives, may not turn anyone against capital punishment, but they're gripping nonetheless. Incidentally, the spiritual inquiry Herzog aims for here has already been rendered onscreen, in Steve James and Peter Gilbert's powerful documentary "At the Death House Door" (2008).
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    The one mystery Black and Eastwood can't solve is Hoover's love life - perhaps because the solution is too simple to be believed.

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