The Ballad of Jack and Rose

User Score
6.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 20
  2. Negative: 4 out of 20
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  1. VinceH.
    Apr 22, 2005
    7
    I am almost in complete agreeance with Laura Sinagra from The Voice. The acting all around here is excellent (Day-Lewis is spectacular and turns in his best perf. since "In the Name of the Father" IMO) and Camilla Belle is also very good. In fact all the actors bring conviction and dedication to their performances, but overall even they cannot rise above Miller's paper-thin and I am almost in complete agreeance with Laura Sinagra from The Voice. The acting all around here is excellent (Day-Lewis is spectacular and turns in his best perf. since "In the Name of the Father" IMO) and Camilla Belle is also very good. In fact all the actors bring conviction and dedication to their performances, but overall even they cannot rise above Miller's paper-thin and dramatically flat script. I was a huge fan of Miller's "Personal Velocity", and somehow on that project and here Miller and Ellen Kuras are able to beautifully and lyrically communicate subtletly and nuance within the framework of a scene in a wonderful way. Miller clearly has a gift for working with actors and her sensitvive and heartfelt affection for the material is evident in each frame, the problem is the script. Too many scenes feel way too contrieved and over-written, and certain scenes (snakes escaping during a deflowering, a party in a commune acid-pad) are not only completely unbelievable but are like scenes from a 16-year old girl's better-than-average short story. I give this a 5 for the terrific acting and Ellen Kuras' stunning photography. Expand
  2. sally
    Apr 2, 2005
    10
    An excellent tale of lost innocence. Daniel Day-Lewis is extraordinary!
  3. ngrothr.
    Apr 2, 2005
    10
    Outstanding daniel, as always!
  4. LisaI.
    Mar 30, 2005
    7
    Strong acting, plot full of symbolism. worth seeing.
  5. debg.
    Apr 20, 2005
    10
    Fabulous performances. Well, at least it's different. Great music.
  6. ChadS.
    Apr 23, 2005
    8
    Both "The Ballad of Jack and Rose"(not counting the epilogue) and "The Amityville Horror" end in the same way, which is a bizarre fluke, but then you think about the lives of Jack and Rose, and there's the realization that their house is every bit as haunted. In "Personal Velocity", her "short-story collection", Rebecca Miller was in love with the voice-over. In "The Ballad of Jack Both "The Ballad of Jack and Rose"(not counting the epilogue) and "The Amityville Horror" end in the same way, which is a bizarre fluke, but then you think about the lives of Jack and Rose, and there's the realization that their house is every bit as haunted. In "Personal Velocity", her "short-story collection", Rebecca Miller was in love with the voice-over. In "The Ballad of Jack and Rose", "her novel", Miller seems to have a thing for Bob Dylan. These excesses are easy to forgive because this is a confident filmmaker who assumes her audience is intelligent. I even like the snake. People who read will like the snake, too. Martha McPhee, author of "Bright Angel Time" and "Gorgeous Lies" must be thinking, "Damn, I have a better 'death rattle of 60s counterculture' story than this." McPhee can also argue that Miller borrows from her, too. In "Gorgeous Lies", the counter-culture protagonist is less of a monster than he appeared in its predecessor "Bright Angel Time". It's all a matter of point-of-view, like Miller's, who doesn't seem to know that Jack is a complete, utter jackass for turning Rose into a well-adjusted Nell (this is in reference to the Jodie Foster movie). Expand
Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 35
  2. Negative: 1 out of 35
  1. Reviewed by: Jeremy Mathews
    40
    Might not have been a bad film if its characters never said anything and some obnoxious visual metaphors were removed.
  2. Shaky story and predictable developments make this an off-key ballad.
  3. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    50
    Well-wrought individual scenes and sharply focused acting provide Rebecca Miller's third feature with a measure of gravity, but too much abrupt, even melodramatic behavior and undigested psychological matter leave nagging dissatisfactions.