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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 18
  2. Negative: 4 out of 18
  1. Reviewed by: Andrew Pulver
    Aug 2, 2013
    80
    It's ambitious enough to aim at polished, intelligent character drama, and pulls it off successfully.
  2. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Aug 25, 2013
    70
    The story’s overall trajectory is familiar, and sometimes clichéd, but it still has the power to surprise and startle from moment to moment, which is what really counts.
  3. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Sep 13, 2013
    60
    This isn’t the sort of movie that defines anyone’s career, as “Sling Blade” once did. But in an industry averse to risk, passion projects — even uneven ones — are always welcome.
  4. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Sep 12, 2013
    50
    Self-indulgent, heavy-handed and lumbering, Jayne Mansfield's Car is not a wreck, but it's certainly a vehicle for boredom.
  5. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Sep 11, 2013
    42
    Characters scream, throw glasses, screw, and strip nude for the self-gratifying viewing pleasure of others, but Jayne Mansfield’s Car never musters up even the faintest trace of Tennessee Williams-style hothouse drama.
  6. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Aug 2, 2013
    40
    A fine cast can only do so much with the script’s pileup of generational conflict and long-winded introspection, resulting in a willfully out-of-step picture.
  7. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Aug 2, 2013
    30
    Thematically diffuse, tonally inconsistent and blighted by an inauthentic feel for its story’s time and place, it sits awkwardly between sober human drama and lighter dysfunctional-family turf, constantly striving for unearned emotions.

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