Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 10
  2. Negative: 5 out of 10

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  1. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Oct 27, 2010
    You go away exhilarated. The movie has been through as many hurdles getting here as dear, sweet Jolene, but sometimes the most engaging movies are the ones worth waiting for.
  2. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Nov 4, 2010
    More epic than it needs to be and less profound than it should be, Jolene remains a watchable excursion into human frailty and foibles.
  3. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    Oct 26, 2010
    Chastain, an incandescent redhead with a heart-shaped face and round, shining eyes, does more justice to the part than it deserves.
  4. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Oct 30, 2010
    They don't make movies like Jolene anymore, and that's a good thing.
  5. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Oct 29, 2010
    The tone veers wildly, from wacky indie to melodramatic soap opera. Like the other men in her life, Ireland adores Jolene without entirely understanding her.
  6. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Oct 28, 2010
    Jolene's skin may smell like warm milk to Brad, but to the rest of us it has curdled long before she leaves his bed.
  7. Reviewed by: Nick Schagaer
    Oct 26, 2010
    Throughout, Chastain delivers a full-bodied debut performance, but she's ultimately stuck taking her wandering-soul protagonist far more seriously than it-or the film-deserves.
  8. Reviewed by: Rob Nelson
    Oct 24, 2010
    Though stretched to a two-hour run time, Doctorow's socially critical tale is reduced to queasy spectacle.
  9. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Oct 26, 2010
    There's no pleasure in watching the repeated sexual exploitation of the eponymous heroine in Dan Ireland's adaptation of E.L. Doctorow's short story; that there's little purpose to this abuse, however, is absolutely unforgivable.
  10. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Oct 29, 2010
    So bad it's almost (but not quite) good, Dan Ireland's Jolene is an unusually elaborate and excruciatingly long vanity production based on a short story by E.L. Doctorow ("Ragtime").

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