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 point lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

J.R. Jones' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 (500) Days of Summer
Lowest review score: 0 Repo Men
Score distribution:
1,480 movie reviews
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Screenwriter Paul Haggis (Crash, Million Dollar Baby) has turned the Italian romantic comedy "L'Ultimo Bacio" (2001) into something smarter, funnier, and more penetrating.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    It's become a critical cliche to say that everyone in the U.S. should see a particular war documentary, but even the most selfish citizen might want to check out The Ground Truth, because unlike the Iraqi victims of the war, the American ones are all around us.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    The movie endorses the liberal conception of the Chicks as free-speech heroes, which doesn't quite wash: Maines shot her mouth off to a receptive overseas crowd, then issued an apology as soon as the backlash began back home.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    After decades of revisionist westerns, this drama by TV veteran David Von Ancken is impressive for its stubborn classicism.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    After trying her hand at Thackeray with "Vanity Fair," director Mira Nair has found a literary property much closer to her heart: Jhumpa Lahiri's best-selling novel about a Bengali couple and their children trying to find their place in American culture.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    This sublime French farce reminded me most of Billy Wilder.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Italian writer-director Emanuele Crialese is best known for the art-house piffle "Respiro" (2002), a sun-kissed fairy tale that didn't prepare me for the weight and solidity of this historical drama about a Sicilian peasant family immigrating to the U.S.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    But like much of Herzog's work, it's essentially apolitical, focusing on a man at war with his environment -- and no one plunges into the foliage like he does.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Ferguson is admirably tenacious in assigning blame for the boneheaded mistakes that have doomed Iraqi reconstruction. Paul Bremer, former head of the Coalition Provisional Authority, is hung out to dry.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Period westerns are so unfashionable and costly that they usually require a top-drawer script to get off the ground -- and this one, adapted from an Elmore Leonard story and its 1957 movie version, travels with an arrow's clean arc.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Not only delightfully funny but unaffectedly romantic.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    The mystery has never been resolved, but to his credit Bar-Lev acknowledges that he himself has become part of the story, torn between sympathy and suspicion.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Ben Affleck directed and cowrote the script; his biggest gamble was casting his irksome little brother as a pistol-whipping tough guy, but the picture is so superbly executed in every other respect that Casey seems more quirky than miscast.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Both hilarious and poignant, with a Capraesque humanity that caught me completely off guard.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Disappointment, delusion, dementia, death--did I mention this is a comedy?
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    In this littered environment there's no such thing as trash, only salvage, and the biggest threat to the siblings' humanity is a creeping tendency to think of themselves as commodities as well.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Director Laura Dunn presents a surprisingly sympathetic portrait of Bradley, but her advocacy is clear enough in the primal images of natural beauty and her subjects' heartfelt statements of respect for the landscape.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Powerful second film by writer-director Thomas McCarthy (The Station Agent).
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    In the Apatow manner, Segel mines a mother lode of painful personal memories for his breakup gags, and the vanity of entertainment people proves to be another rich vein.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Morris argues that the photos also functioned as a cover-up: prosecution of the case centered on them, leaving free and clear many of those higher up the chain of command.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Jennings's film, with its missing fathers, sometimes threatens to become cloying, but it's almost always righted by a healthy dose of slapstick or the spectacle of little kids posing as muscle-bound killers.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    The moral dilemmas are perfectly fused with the amped-up action and outsize characters, but they're impossible to miss: like all of us, the people of Gotham have to protect themselves from evil without falling prey to it.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    The mesmerizing narrative recounts a media circus of unrivaled malignance.

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