Metascore
52

Mixed or average reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. Reviewed by: Pam Grady
    Oct 22, 2011
    80
    What this predictable tale lacks in surprises it more than makes up for in charm, good music and the indelible performances of Alessandro Nivola and Abigail Breslin as father and child.
  2. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Oct 27, 2011
    75
    Although not exemplary, Janie Jones at least manages to give its tired scenario a sense of legitimacy.
  3. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Oct 28, 2011
    70
    A compelling and unpretentious indie built around two wonderfully layered performances and straightforward storytelling. Give it a listen.
  4. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Nov 2, 2011
    67
    With Ethan and Janie sharing folkie duets, it has a certain small, wan charm, like a father-daughter gloss on "Once." Breslin is a clear-eyed delight.
  5. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Oct 26, 2011
    67
    Contrivances aside, though, Janie Jones is one of the more realistic depictions of what the rock 'n' roll lifestyle is really like.
  6. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Nov 10, 2011
    63
    Nivola and Breslin make a terrific mismatched pair in a film that often resembles a mash-up of "Crazy Heart" and Sofia Coppola's "Somewhere," which may account for why it too often feels derivative and contrived.
  7. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Oct 27, 2011
    60
    It feels mostly authentic until a contrived ending that leaves a saccharine taste.
  8. Reviewed by: Tom Russo
    Nov 10, 2011
    50
    The actors also acquit themselves well singing the film's numerous tunes. Breslin's voice is pleasantly melodic, while Nivola sounds like someone who's been grinding it out on tour for years.
  9. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Nov 6, 2011
    50
    Janie Jones is ultimately its own uneven tune, a mixture of discordant notes and way-too-familiar chords.
  10. Reviewed by: Kenji Fujishima
    Oct 23, 2011
    50
    First thing to get out of the way: No, David M. Rosenthal's third feature, Janie Jones, has nothing to do with the famous song by the same name that opens the Clash's self-titled 1977 debut album. Perhaps that might have made this film far more interesting film it is.
  11. Reviewed by: Ray Bennett
    Oct 22, 2011
    50
    An earnest tale about a faded rock star who discovers he has a teenaged daughter and takes her on the road, Janie Jones follows a predictable path and despite decent performances it does not catch fire.
  12. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Oct 22, 2011
    50
    There's never any doubt where the picture is headed. If it finally achieves a modicum of poignancy, the impact surely would have been greater if the whole felt fresher.
  13. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Oct 28, 2011
    40
    Writer-director David M. Rosenthal fills this dewy road-trip movie with too many cliches. From the glimpses we get of Shue's character, that may have been a more rockin' story.
  14. Reviewed by: Melissa Anderson
    Oct 25, 2011
    40
    Nivola and Breslin sing and perform the original numbers, welcome interludes that provide respite from Rosenthal's lousy script.
  15. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Oct 25, 2011
    40
    The predictability is crushing, and with movies like "Crazy Heart" and Sofia Coppola's distinctly personal "Somewhere" so close in the rearview, David M. Rosenthal's estrangement drama feels especially soft.
  16. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Oct 28, 2011
    25
    The indie road movie Janie Jones is billed as "inspired by the true story" of its writer-director, David M. Rosenthal. Impossible. No one's life is this boring.
User Score
5.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Oct 20, 2012
    5
    Starts off absorbing, band interactions are interesting. But second half is a bore and utterly predictable. Should have let Breslin solo, rather than spend so much time on Nivola's dreary narcissistic monotones. Shue's role could have been developed more, especially her relationship to her daughter. Instead, the ending just doesn't ring true. Full Review »