Kimberley Jones
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For 718 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 39% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 59% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kimberley Jones' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 The Past
Lowest review score: 0 View from the Top
Score distribution:
718 movie reviews
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Kimberley Jones
    But most damningly, Shut Up Little Man! fails to convey what was so hypnotic about the original tapes, and Bate's decision to re-enact the transcripts with actors seems weirdly contrary to the spirit of the thing.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 78 Kimberley Jones
    Ambitious, brutish, ruthlessly unromantic – has the right idea casting its heroine as a Joan of Arc-type crusader and its evil queen a dissertation (albeit first draft) on beauty as the most direct path to power for the disenfranchised female.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Kimberley Jones
    Morning Glory had the capacity to be a smarter, tarter picture, though it's not bad as is: well-acted and ingratiating, with at least one howlingly funny sequence.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 20 Kimberley Jones
    Branagh might as well have opened a can and dumped it on a plate, the ridges of a factory-line production still perfectly hatched on a gelatinous cylinder of crud.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Kimberley Jones
    We have pretty much all the information we need within the first half-hour, which undercuts the supposedly climactic reveal of the contents of Maruge's letter and renders the torturous flashbacks unnecessary for narrative purposes. And not a little bit sadomasochistic, too – an ill fit for a PG-13 family film.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 78 Kimberley Jones
    The filmmakers have cast their underdogs well: Madhur Mittal plays the anxious, upright Dinesh; Suraj Sharma is the loose-limbed, pizza-loving Rinku; and they’re both funny and endearing, two words that apply to the whole of the supporting cast.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 67 Kimberley Jones
    There are just too many damn characters, with the best ones taking a backseat to the dullish love quadrangle.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Kimberley Jones
    This is the kind of movie in which every other line of dialogue feels like a metaphor – and from there on, the film seesaws between the uncomfortable extremes of glum and twee: an overwrought dirge keyed to a xylophonic ping.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Kimberley Jones
    This con artist caper from the writer/director duo behind "Bad Santa" and "I Love You Philip Morris" bears some superficial resemblance to the 2005 romantic comedy "Hitch."
    • 56 Metascore
    • 67 Kimberley Jones
    You can’t read one of Clooney’s endless People profiles without hearing the Cary Grant comparison, but here, he’s all Gable – same rakishness and stubble and tanned-leather basso profundo.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 20 Kimberley Jones
    An adaptation of Kody Keplinger’s YA novel, The DUFF is exponentially dumb.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 67 Kimberley Jones
    Best yet, there’s a mid-film bedtime story, made to look like stop-motion, that’ll take your breath away.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Kimberley Jones
    This is no more (but no less?) than what we have rather oddly come to expect from Neeson in his late period (Taken, The A-Team).
    • 56 Metascore
    • 78 Kimberley Jones
    Refreshingly anti-princess and sweet without degrading into sugary, Ramona and Beezus animates Ramona's frequent flights of fancy with DIY-like sequences that literalize, quite charmingly, how a kid colors the world.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Kimberley Jones
    This Native American romantic comedy, which won the Audience Award at the 2001 Austin Film Festival, arrives in theatres four years late but seasonally right on time.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 78 Kimberley Jones
    Some of The Anniversary Party's titillation factor rests on the awareness that these are actors playing actors, in roles written specifically for them that at times appear awfully close to home.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Kimberley Jones
    The misfits, as ever, must take a back seat to the morality, and the result – while in no way migraine-inducing – traffics in rote truisms.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 67 Kimberley Jones
    Snyder has cast Man of Steel with dramatic actors, not action stars, and it pays off.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 67 Kimberley Jones
    While its heart is always in the right place, the humor – especially in the sludgy first act – is hit or miss.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 67 Kimberley Jones
    Never achieves the satisfaction of a real crackerjack con movie.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Kimberley Jones
    Never thrills on an emotional level the way the best of sports films – a "Hoosiers," say – can, but it's a satisfying entertainment nonetheless.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Kimberley Jones
    This latest offering continues a trend toward increasingly mature moviemaking from the actor/writer/director.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 67 Kimberley Jones
    As an experiment in mood, as a love song to Paris and to the French New Wave, as a fun, flirty little number, Charlie provides a giddy satisfaction.
    • Austin Chronicle
    • 55 Metascore
    • 89 Kimberley Jones
    The movie moves episodically, leisurely, through roughly a decade, and that feels like a gift: to nestle in with these extraordinary, ordinary people and get to know them.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Kimberley Jones
    Uneven, ineffective mash-up of sex comedy and artillery-heavy action.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 67 Kimberley Jones
    The Hundred-Foot Journey is elevated comfort food. The flavors aren’t complex, but it’s nourishing nonetheless.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 78 Kimberley Jones
    A spirited and eye-popping stealth charmer.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 67 Kimberley Jones
    Mercifully, the frosted icing-icky title bears little relation to the film's actual content.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Kimberley Jones
    I suppose when you make a movie, however tangentially, about Viagra, you're required to insert at least one scene of its side effects, but the broadness with which Zwick plays it out is like a stake to the heart of the film's hard-earned but fast-lost authenticity.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Kimberley Jones
    Frustrations abound with this limited film, but Wild Horse, Wild Ride does one thing exceptionally well, and that is convey the emotional bond between trainer and horse.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Kimberley Jones
    As the songs pile up and the plot putters along, Romance & Cigarettes wears thin, like a moral for the titular addiction: Sure, there’s the sweet dream of that first drag, but a whole pack’ll do a body bad.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Kimberley Jones
    Liberal Arts is not unlikable: There are some intelligent observations about how humans woo, and the film is so suffused with sincerity you want to give it a pat on the head just for trying so hard.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Kimberley Jones
    Luhrmann has always had a knack with the fever of passion, but here he only catches high fever’s empty gibberish.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Kimberley Jones
    Phillips and co-writer Scot Armstrong waste too much time on a silly love-interest subplot for Wilson; that time is much better served by the frat-boy idiocies, like Frank beer-bonging himself into streaking.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 67 Kimberley Jones
    There is Clooney’s deceptively layered performance, some startling bits of laugh-out-loud absurdity, and the not-at-all-negligible pleasure to be had in a cockeyed point of view.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Kimberley Jones
    Ambling, just-passable picture.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Kimberley Jones
    The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is a very pretty production – pretty colors, pretty scenery, pretty bromides – and a busy one, too, which helps distract us from the sad fact that the movie is generous and humane but not all that interesting.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Kimberley Jones
    Myla Goldberg's novel about spelling-bee fever, a family in chaos, and religious/mystic exploration arrives on the screen with all its faults intact, but few of its charms.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 67 Kimberley Jones
    After the recent rash of superhero end-spectacles as long-winded and self-serious as a term paper, the limited ambition of The Dark World’s climax is a relief. It scuttles all term paper aspirations and instead humbly lobs a thesis statement-slash-open invitation: Let’s have some fun, shall we? And so we did.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Kimberley Jones
    It’s a bold and certainly credible move, but the execution is something of a belly flop. Thanks for Sharing isn’t really about a disease, only the cure, and that bias makes it a plausible picture of the Friend of Bill community-based recovery, but kind of a sham as a portrait of actual human beings.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Kimberley Jones
    Well, we're not in "Chicago" anymore, or even its soundstage approximation, but that hasn't stopped Oscar-nominated director Rob Marshall from fashioning another epic spectacle out of two squabbling women in (a sort-of) show business.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Kimberley Jones
    Sparks, an acting novice, falters when her character must muster gumption or sexual heat. She saves her best for last in a barnburner singing performance, but it's too little, too late – especially with the memory of Houston's one song – a heart-stopping gospel number – still ringing in the ears.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 20 Kimberley Jones
    These days, Allen's pictures are more like snuff films, in which the viewer must suffer both gifted actors committing screen hara-kiri and a once-brilliant filmmaker soldiering on with his long, bullheaded decline.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Kimberley Jones
    If I may presume: Thatcher probably would have preferred more action, less talk.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Kimberley Jones
    The promising-sounding football movie would turn out to be a movie about men talking on phones.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 67 Kimberley Jones
    It's a goofy, tongue-in-cheek, my-gawd-how-could-we-be-so-dumb shrine, but a shrine nonetheless.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 67 Kimberley Jones
    Jet Lag's romantic fluffery is somewhat beneath these old pros, but they make its meet-cute scenario work, mostly -– and most especially when crusty, grumpy, grizzled Jean Reno announces he's "totally in love."
    • 53 Metascore
    • 67 Kimberley Jones
    What a glorious weepie The Notebook might have been if they’d just found a way to get rid of the damned notebook.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Kimberley Jones
    The first act is very nearly unbearable, leaden and doomy and generically plotted.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Kimberley Jones
    The Big Year's biggest disappointment is its inadequacy in elucidating the passion of the birder. What ardency, and what an exceptional, impenetrable world they move in. I for one wanted a better look at it.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 67 Kimberley Jones
    It’s not an altogether convincing portrait, but it is an entertaining, even moving one, and the forcefulness of Bullock's presence goes a long way in pulling the film back from the brink of cuddliness.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 67 Kimberley Jones
    Comedic actor François Damiens mines but never mocks Markus' awkwardness, thereby creating a winning portrait in decency. His tracing, with the ever-luminous Tautou, of the slow bloom of new love is a thing of understated beauty.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 89 Kimberley Jones
    In its cinematic incarnation, Sex and the City has lost none of its bawdiness yet gained a more profound sense of soberness. Parker, especially, who in the last season of the show bordered on insufferable in her affected squeaks and shrieks, is allowed to go to very dark places – to be, in fact, quite unfabulous.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 67 Kimberley Jones
    While Man on a Mission doesn't precisely neuter Garriott's weirder ways, it does push them aside for a more boilerplate message of the father/son bond.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 20 Kimberley Jones
    Isn't much more than a self-indulgent picture about the feeble delirium of a lovesick girl -- lightweight stuff that labors to seem terribly important.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 67 Kimberley Jones
    Affectionate but uninsightful biopic.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Kimberley Jones
    Rather born to wear a frock coat, Dancy shares the stammer-blush, winning-grin methodology of countryman Hugh Grant, only with more probity and better posture.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 67 Kimberley Jones
    A merry entertainment that never pretends to greatness, Penguins of Madagascar is all about antics, verbal and visual.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 11 Kimberley Jones
    Novelty alone does not a good idea make, and in the case of Gnomeo and Juliet, it's rather a disturbing, even fetishy one.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Kimberley Jones
    Wanderlust is flawed, too, but for its exploration of financial ruin and alternative lifestyles, it shows once again that Aniston, at the very least, knows which way the wind is blowing.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Kimberley Jones
    Luhrmann wants it all – comedy and tragedy, bombast and wet-eyed sentimentality. When it works, his kid-in-a-candy-store giddiness is infectious. When it doesn't – when he goes from silly to turgid in 60 seconds flat – he punctures Australia's proportions down from epic to simply overwrought.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Kimberley Jones
    Doesn't do much to further distinguish Lehmann's career. As for those of us waiting for the year's first worthwhile date movie, the wait continues.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Kimberley Jones
    All together, it is a wearying display of defensiveness from a man who – by any barometer, not just his own – is wildly successful.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 20 Kimberley Jones
    They have some fun playacting at class warriors on the lam – and Seyfriend, it must be said, rocks a killer bob – but it's all just big-budget dress-up in a futurescape that reeks of phoniness.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 67 Kimberley Jones
    Makes for a playfully enthralling hour and a half.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Kimberley Jones
    The actors do a fine, if unsoulful, job, but the real problem with A Love Divided is its unwillingness to unromanticize its heroes.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 89 Kimberley Jones
    Sexy, sophisticated comedy that only occasionally falls short of its admirable ambition: that is, to be a fun, fizzy, razzle-dazzle thing. Straight to the moon, indeed.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 67 Kimberley Jones
    Ao relentlessly, gleefully dumb -- without being the slightest bit sardonic -- that you just can't help but guffaw … or groan … but probably both.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Kimberley Jones
    Maybe taking a cue from his namesake dish, that much-maligned Scottish pudding concoction made with sheep innards and root vegetables, Haggis presents a mishmash of genres in this redo of Fred Cavayé's 2008 French film "Pour Elle."
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Kimberley Jones
    The film is by no means a disaster. Possession is prettily performed, prettily put-together. Yet, for a story set so firmly in the center of a fire, LaBute and his players have suited themselves in some mighty flame-retardant threads.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Kimberley Jones
    It's kinda funny and pretty cute. Sometimes that's all it takes.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Kimberley Jones
    Kiddos: I'm sighing, too, but only from relief it's all behind us now.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Kimberley Jones
    Gondry’s well-meaning but too soft, too structure-less picture.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Kimberley Jones
    Either you like your movies to be, well, movie-like: imitations of life, with musical accompaniment and artificial lighting and tracking shots and looped dialogue; or you like them to be re-creations of life, sans the artifice. The King Is Alive clearly falls into the latter camp.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Kimberley Jones
    No one would mistake the Benzini Bros. Circus for the greatest show on earth – the Depression-era traveling troupe is a junker compared to the gold-standard Ringling Bros. – but still, a film has to try pretty hard to render lions and tigers and trapeze artists so uniformly underwhelming.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Kimberley Jones
    The bland script and direction are spruced up by a likable cast.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 67 Kimberley Jones
    The all-around excellent cast swings with aplomb from silly to sweet.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Kimberley Jones
    There are momentary pleasures, to be sure – a corker of a kiss here, an Otis Redding-backed barroom slink there – but frankly, I'm a little weary of Wong wearing "that same old shaggy dress."
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Kimberley Jones
    Saint Laurent gets across how isolating celebrity can be, how exhausting it is to keep a toehold on top of a mountain that keeps shifting underfoot. But the film is allergic to insight: It’s as numbed-out as its hero addict.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 67 Kimberley Jones
    There are significant stretches of talky tedium, more than a few “huh” moments for neophytes – especially whenever anyone starts nattering on about Dust with a capital D – and the ending plays abruptly, but there’s plenty here to hang a franchise on.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Kimberley Jones
    The soundtrack is a boisterous blast from the past, and there's a quiet pleasure to watching Zoe and Daly let their composure loose like scrambled eggs, but there's little else to hold dear here.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 20 Kimberley Jones
    In practice, and played as farce, the characters are one-dimensional cutouts kept at a dogged remove. Their miseries are a bore – maybe to Allen, too, who abruptly ends the film, after so much inaction, when it finally catches some dramatic traction.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Kimberley Jones
    The film never recovers its initial fizzy-pop charms, owing largely to pacing that turns positively molasses-slow in the second act.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 67 Kimberley Jones
    Slight but agreeable picture.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Kimberley Jones
    Size matters, too, in Live From New York!, a portrait of SNL at 40, but in inverse: 82 minutes isn’t nearly long enough to consider every angle – or even many angles – of a cultural institution.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Kimberley Jones
    There are flashes of wit and flair here, including two stylish sequences detailing the French obsession with food and scarves, but they are but brief respites from the film’s near-pathological drear.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Kimberley Jones
    I COULD do without "Dancing Queen" stuck in my head, but that will unstick soon enough, and with any luck so too will the memory of Streep noodling on an air guitar.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Kimberley Jones
    Despite his character's fondness for mugging and mouthing like Michael Corleone, Spacey (and by extension, his director and writer Norman Snider) can't quite catch the operatic wallop of Corleone's arc, possibly because the film is played top-to-bottom like a caprice.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 67 Kimberley Jones
    Funny and friendly and all-inclusive and unremarkable.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Kimberley Jones
    It goes down easy, with likable performances and a laudable emphasis on love and compassion.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Kimberley Jones
    Fine to look at, but good luck feeling anything.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Kimberley Jones
    Wimpy Kid's filmmakers have gone off-book, so to speak, to inflect Greg with a surprising cruel streak.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Kimberley Jones
    Anyone who watched (and probably wept his or her way through) the swoony 2004 melodrama "The Notebook" knows Cassavetes is not a man to leave a spot of sap untapped, and in My Sister's Keeper, he pulls out a very big drill indeed.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 20 Kimberley Jones
    There are kernels here of a thoughtful and provocative picture, but they never pop – or POP!, for that matter.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Kimberley Jones
    Bell steals every scene she's in, and her abrupt dismissal feels all the crueler for so much charisma wasted: She shoulda been a contender.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Kimberley Jones
    Roberts, wearing that beatific half-smile of hers that suggests inner peace and wisdom before she's even begun her journey, is too open-faced with her emotions to signal the complexities of Gilbert's distress – over her divorce, her control issues, her rootlessness, and inability to live in the moment.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 20 Kimberley Jones
    These are boys and girls on their very best behavior, which doesn't sound like any prom you or I remember.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 67 Kimberley Jones
    Is Gary Winick atoning for his sins? If “Bride Wars” was an acid spill -- and that’s putting it generously -- then Letters to Juliet is like the safety shower in your high school chemistry class, delivering an unsubtle blast of sanitized sentimentality.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Kimberley Jones
    For better or worse (and I'd argue the latter), the aliens are as monolithically evil, unformed, and un-individuated as characters as Native Americans once were in the earliest of Westerns.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Kimberley Jones
    Perhaps the more appropriate question to put to this remake would be "What the hell’s the point?"

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