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
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    This is quick and unpredictable storytelling, its dialogue simple but tough. Alberto Jimenez is excellent as the conscience-stricken father, whose duty to respect the law tests his relationship with his own son, and both kids, Juan Jose Ballesta and Pablo Galan, give passionate, committed performances.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    This may be light family entertainment, but it's also a pleasingly perverse celebration of Victorian morbidity.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Not only delightfully funny but unaffectedly romantic.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    The characters are drawn with such compassion their follies become our own and their desires seem as vast as the night sky.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Tom Hollander gives a strong performance as the considerate and quietly grieving young man.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    On its deepest level it considers not a particular war but the complex feelings between mothers and the young men they send out into the world to kill or be killed.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    This sequel to the apocalyptic splatter flick "28 Days Later" . . . (2002) is still well equipped to rip your face off.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    The script, by newcomer Sabina Murray, is occasionally cloying as the naive hero falls for a bitter prostitute (Bai Ling), but its epic tale of two cultures tragically entwined is anchored by deep and elemental emotions.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Charlize Theron, in nonglam mode, dominates this powerful drama about sexual harassment at a Minnesota iron ore mine in the early 90s.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Written by Steve Conrad, this is the smartest script director Gore Verbinski has ever had, and he makes the most of it, aided by a strong cast.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Bug
    Steppenwolf alumnus Tracy Letts adapted his play into this fearsome horror movie, directed with single-minded claustrophobia by William Friedkin.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    You may not leave the theater having switched sides, but you'll probably respect the other side more, and that in itself would be a victory for human life.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    He looks like a truck ran over him, but at 52 he's still ripped enough to get away with the role; in the end the movie is about Rourke's indomitability more than the character's.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Beautifully unemphatic small-town drama.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    By turns morally compelling and racially paternalistic, this provocative drama may be the first halfway truthful war movie to hit multiplexes since "Three Kings."
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Def and Willis are both good, but Donner's lethal weapon here is Morse, a chronically overlooked character actor whose combined tenderness and ruthlessness make him the most fascinating heavy since Robert Ryan.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Wise, gentle, and simply constructed.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Despite a few bloodcurdling shocks, this handsome Spanish ghost story from producer Guillermo del Toro follows in the suggestive, richly romantic tradition of the old Val Lewton chillers.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Gervasi has tapped into a powerful if much-overlooked truth: humanity rocks.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    This documentary profile of poet and novelist Charles Bukowski exploits the writer's counterculture persona but also works to dispel it, revealing a gifted and extremely complicated man.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Morris's trademark device of superimposing giant type over his talking heads - Willing! Manacled Mormon! - often made me wonder if Morris were exposing the world of tabloid journalism or participating in it.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    In some mumblecore movies the semi-improvised dialogue can be engulfed by hipster irony, but the acting here is so skilled, and the emotional terrain so rocky, that Shelton manages to break past the genre's narrow social parameters to a moving story of grief, betrayal, and devotion.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Herzog deserves the lion's share of the credit for the movie's quality, but Port of Call New Orleans is also a comeback for Cage.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Powerful second film by writer-director Thomas McCarthy (The Station Agent).
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    This potent, entirely honorable drama by veteran TV dramatist John Wells actually delivers the goods, pondering the pain and dislocation of the new normal.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    This 2005 feature is demanding to say the least, but its pulse-slowing rhythms leave a real sense of peace.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    A precious scrap of American history.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Most impressive, Cantet tracks the racial and ethnic resentments that simmer beneath the classroom discussions but become harder to quell when the parents get involved.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Writer-director Pupi Avati has a such a fine sense of narrative proportion that this Italian feature unspools like silk.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    The dialogue is multilingual but largely incidental to the action; the physical comedy is gracefully rendered and often magical.

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