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
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  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.
User Score
6.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Oct 5, 2014
    8
    Seeing movies back to back on a plane is always interesting. The context can totally shift the tone of a film. Watched JANIE JONES, a lovelySeeing movies back to back on a plane is always interesting. The context can totally shift the tone of a film. Watched JANIE JONES, a lovely small indie that just feels so right and so right now, capturing the ebb and flow of contemporary life. The film doesn't break any new territory but as a character study it surprises in so many ways. Both Abigail Breslin and Alessandro Nivola are pitch perfect and even every small role from Elizabeth Shue to one of my favorites Peter Stormare, just rings right. An eloquent complex work that really surprised me! Full Review »
  2. 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,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 »