Jolene

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  • Summary: Jolene is a red-haired wanderer who isn't content to call one place home for any expended stretch of time. Setting off to explore the outside world at age fifteen, the free-spirited teen embarks on a decade-long cross-country of adventure which finds her crossing the paths of everyone from aJolene is a red-haired wanderer who isn't content to call one place home for any expended stretch of time. Setting off to explore the outside world at age fifteen, the free-spirited teen embarks on a decade-long cross-country of adventure which finds her crossing the paths of everyone from a firebrand Texan who steals her heart and destroys her marriage to his wealthy fundamentalist nephew, to an ex-mobster (Donald Sutherland) attempting to make good in Las Vegas. Denise Richards, Rupert Friend, and Theresa Russell co-star in a film adapted from the story by screenwriter Dennis Yares. (E1 Entertainment) Collapse

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 10
  2. Negative: 5 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Oct 27, 2010
    75
    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
    70
    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
    60
    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: Rob Nelson
    Oct 24, 2010
    30
    Though stretched to a two-hour run time, Doctorow's socially critical tale is reduced to queasy spectacle.
  5. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Oct 28, 2010
    30
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: Nick Schagaer
    Oct 26, 2010
    30
    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.
  7. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Oct 29, 2010
    0
    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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