For 1,480 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 2.4 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 Blindness
Score distribution:
1480 movie reviews
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Columbus beautifully realizes many of Rowling's fantastic conceits -- but for the last hour I was searching for a spell to make the credits appear.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Ruppert makes a compelling argument that the world is approaching a paradigm shift unlike anything in human history.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    A colorful cast whose combined energy lifts the story off the ground.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    An engrossing tale of ego, strategy, and the limits of human intelligence.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    The Warners-style slapstick and gentle Anglophilia charms children and adults alike, but what kills me are the fingerprint ridges that fade in and out of the characters' mugging faces, a reassuring reminder that handmade art can still captivate.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    The movie takes as its mantra and organizing principle President Kennedy's observation, during his 1961 speech to the United Nations, that "every man, woman, and child lives under a nuclear sword of Damocles, hanging by the slenderest of threads, capable of being cut at any moment by accident, or miscalculation, or by madness."
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    The first 20 minutes are masterful, as Cruise hunts down a killer-to-be; the last 20 are mediocre, as screenwriters Scott Frank and Jon Cohen untangle the mystery they've grafted onto Dick's story. In between lies a conventional but expertly realized cop-on-the-run drama.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Ronald Bronstein, who wrote and directed the disquieting indie Frownland, steps in front of the cameras for this similarly lo-fi drama, and his loose-limbed performance as the brash, irresponsible father of two young boys establishes him as a genuine triple threat.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    It's eminently suitable for children, fully inhabiting their world and finding real laughs there without resorting to sentiment, condescension, or snarky in-jokes for the adults.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    The video is narrated by Taylor, who magnanimously presents Newcombe as a Byronic hero, but ultimately proves that the pursuit of success and the pursuit of cool can be equally pointless.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Managed to pull the rug out from under me about three-quarters of the way through, and I still hadn't found my feet when the credits rolled.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Fox keeps the suspense story at a low boil throughout, allowing the politics to emerge as the characters deepen.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Engrossing and frequently hilarious.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Holiday counterprogramming at its finest. This gut-churning horror indie is based on true stories of tourists disappearing in the vast Australian outback... This scared the hell out of me.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    It's a solid indie effort with plenty of nice character strokes by screenwriter Megan Holley and razor-sharp performances by Amy Adams and Emily Blunt.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Kwietniowski follows up his impressive debut feature, "Love and Death on Long Island," with this equally absorbing study of a compulsive personality.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Played by Ron Perlman, he's the most magnetic action hero I've come across in a long while.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    The movie premiered in January at the Sundance Film Festival, too soon to include a tragic denouement: in April the U.S. command surrendered the Korangal Valley to the Taliban.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Cillian Murphy gives a tour de force performance.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    This absorbing PBS-style documentary by Joseph Dorman follows Aleichem from his early years in the Russian shtetl of Voronko through the pogroms that would drive the Jewish diaspora of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    It's a terrific story -- part mystery, part farce, part legal nail-biter -- with a last-minute reversal so bitterly ironic it could have been scripted by Billy Wilder.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Critics, clients, and colleagues all weigh in on the architect, but Pollack is more interested in the mysteries of the creative process, and his studies of Gehry's buildings, deftly edited by Karen Schmeer, capture their dramatic sense of movement and resolution.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    The movie is taut with suspense but culminates in wise resignation as the hero comes to understand he's running from a part of himself.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    The characters are so vivid that the suspense never lags. Crowe is best in buttoned-down roles like this one, and he holds the husband's fear and resolve in balance.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Lorna's sudden change of heart is a pointed example of what the Dardenne brothers' movies are all about. Capitalism may seem at times like a raging river, but every day, all over the world, people try to make it flow in the opposite direction.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 J.R. Jones
    Apatow became the hottest comedy director in the business by seamlessly combining relationship comedy that didn't bore the guys and wild comedy that didn't nauseate the girls; this is a knockoff, pure and simple, but its wit and ingenuous characters prove how far the bar's been raised.

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