J. R. Jones

J. R. Jones

Agrees with the Tomatometer 71% of the time.

J. R. Jones's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Chicago Reader

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/4 73% Steve Jobs: Man in the Machine (2015) "As Gibney proved with Gonzo, his 2008 documentary on Hunter S. Thompson, he can go a bit moony in the presence of a cult hero, and he buys into the Jobs legend from the outset. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Sep 3, 2015
95% Rosenwald (2015) "Kempner has also interviewed people whose lives were shaped by Rosenwald's charity, and their cultural reminiscences give a strong feeling for what he was all about. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Sep 3, 2015
69% 7 Chinese Brothers (2015) "Writer-director Bob Byington showed potential as a social satirist with his provocative 2008 indie RSO (Registered Sex Offender), but this slacker comedy lacks any such venom. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Sep 3, 2015
48% A Walk In The Woods (2015) "[The film] is for anyone who wants to see two of America's finest screen actors completely humiliate themselves. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Sep 3, 2015
39% She's Funny That Way (2015) "The giggly men's-magazine tone, especially in Bogdanovich's treatment of call girls, makes the movie seem weirdly anachronistic. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 27, 2015
3/4 96% Listen To Me Marlon (2015) "More than a Hollywood bio, Listen to Me Marlon is a story of demons being passed from one generation to the next. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 27, 2015
91% Grandma (2015) "The pistol-packin' granny has been a comedy archetype for years, but it turns out to be the role of a lifetime for Lily Tomlin, whose tour de force performance lights up this well-written escapade by Paul Weitz. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 27, 2015
17% Le règne de la beauté "The characters' social circle is carefully rendered, though their bland liberalism and unquestioned sense of entitlement are presented without a trace of irony or satire. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 27, 2015
55% Ten Thousand Saints (2015) "The film shows all the earmarks of a story too heavily compressed; the complications among the entwined families pile up after a while, and the period milieu feels arbitrary. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 20, 2015
82% Mistress America (2015) "Various deceptions and double-crosses ensue, the dialogue paced so fast in an effort to pump up the comedy that it would exhaust Howard Hawks. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 20, 2015
7% Hitman: Agent 47 (2015) "[A] soulless actioner. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 20, 2015
3/4 77% Tom at the Farm (2015) "As in Dolan's own stories, a mother's hunger for her children encompasses both loving and devouring them. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 13, 2015
97% The Look of Silence (2015) "The Look of Silence couldn't possibly equal its predecessor, but it's still a wrenching and unforgettable experience. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 13, 2015
94% The Diary Of A Teenage Girl (2015) "It dares to show the heroine as something more complicated than a victim. As a result the movie lands somewhere outside the battle lines of contemporary gender politics, which may be why it feels true. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 13, 2015
67% The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) "Whose idea was it to make a cold war thriller for a generation that doesn't know what the cold war was? " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 13, 2015
83% Runoff (2015) "Promising work that's worth checking out. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 7, 2015
3/4 94% Best Of Enemies (2015) "New documentary explores the public intellectuals' televised spats. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 7, 2015
92% The End Of The Tour (2015) "Moving, morally engaged drama. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 7, 2015
62% Ricki And The Flash (2015) "The result is cold porridge. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 6, 2015
93% The Gift (2015) "Edgerton -- who also wrote The Square and the story for The Rover -- exploits Bateman's smarty-pants persona to chilling effect; he's the rare triple threat who's more valuable behind the camera than in front of it. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 6, 2015
100% Ring-a-Ding Rhythm! (It's Trad, Dad!) "Lester's brainy sight gags inside the radio station presage the pop-culture blast that he and the Fab Four would deliver two years later. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 3, 2015
84% The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015) "Billy Crudup gives a fine performance as Dr. Philip Zimbardo, who engineered the whole thing and was then pulled into his own power trip. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 30, 2015
27% Vacation (2015) "Respectably funny. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 30, 2015
93% Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) "Five movies in, Cruise has perfected the M:I formula -- a simple spy story, passable character comedy, and extremely long, impressively sustained action sequences. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 30, 2015
100% Court (2015) "Writer-director Chaitanya Tamhane, making his feature debut, structures his story as a courtroom drama, and the legal intricacies of the case are sufficiently absorbing for the movie to succeed on that score alone. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 23, 2015
84% Alleluia (2015) "Dueñas rescues the project with her feverish performance, the character's sexual hunger generating a whirlpool of gore and perversion. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 23, 2015
40% Irrational Man (2015) "In his 60s stand-up act, Allen joked that he once cheated on a metaphysics exam by looking within the soul of the student sitting next to him; 50 years later he's still at it. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 23, 2015
60% Southpaw (2015) "You have to admire a fight picture in which the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat both arrive outside the ring. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 23, 2015
79% Ant-Man (2015) "At long last Marvel Studios offers up a superhero smaller than its artistic ambitions. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 23, 2015
2/4 80% Batkid Begins (2015) "Unfortunately Batkid Begins is so rigidly upbeat that it begins to seem like one of those really cheesy Hallmark movies on TV. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 16, 2015
87% Mr. Holmes (2015) "The movie resonates most as a story of approaching death -- the only mystery our hero can't solve. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 16, 2015
95% Tangerine (2015) "[A] rollicking indie comedy. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 16, 2015
86% X2: X-Men United (2003) "The light tone and modest character development of X-Men have given way to an avalanche of digital effects and a bloated symphonic score. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 14, 2015
75% A Murder In The Park (2015) "Rech and Kimber make a damning case against Protess as well as the private investigator who helped him incriminate Simon and the attorney who negotiated Simon's guilty plea. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 9, 2015
35% Strangerland (2015) "Director Kim Farrant paces her story deliberately, building up a heavy, almost oppressive tone, and Kidman takes advantage of it, burrowing into a complex and unglamorous character. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 9, 2015
46% Ted 2 (2015) "The movie is so indifferently plotted that it soon becomes a bore. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 2, 2015
3/4 60% The Little Death (2015) "The Little Death is [Lawson's] feature film debut, and it's beautifully scripted, each of its five story lines working out the comic implications of a perverse urge. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 2, 2015
1/4 65% Magic Mike XXL (2015) "The movie is all tease and no release. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 2, 2015
49% Manglehorn (2015) "I spent most of the movie admiring Pacino's discipline in the role instead of believing he was the character. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 25, 2015
71% Jurassic World (2015) "The characters are all paper-thin, but that doesn't matter because their sole purpose is to get chomped. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 25, 2015
40% A Little Chaos (2015) "Alan Rickman was born to play the Sun King -- or any king, really -- but neither he nor the blue-chip cast he's recruited in his capacity as director can rescue this muddled historical drama. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 25, 2015
82% The Overnight (2015) "[An] unpredictable indie comedy -- sort of a "Who's Afraid of Virginia Kink?" " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 25, 2015
36% The Face Of An Angel (2015) "[A] silly metamovie based on the Amanda Knox murder case. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 18, 2015
No Score Yet From Mayerling To Sarajevo (1940) "The tragic romance of the Austrian archduke Franz Ferdinand and the Bohemian countess Sophie Chotek proves to be ideal material for director Max Ophuls. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 18, 2015
85% Heaven Knows What (2015) "Fans of the cinematic street poet Larry Clark (Kids, Bully) might go for this, though the unexpected moments of dignity and compassion that deepen his characters are in short supply here. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 18, 2015
43% Madame Bovary (2015) "With her thousand-mile frown, Mia Wasikowska was born to play Victorian heroines, though she's a little too intelligent and self-aware for Flaubert's Emma Bovary. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 18, 2015
81% Results (2015) "Sharply funny slacker comedy. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 12, 2015
93% Spy (2015) "Hollywood is gradually figuring out what to do with Melissa McCarthy. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 11, 2015
81% Testament Of Youth (2015) "Vera Brittain's celebrated memoir of the British home front in World War I gets a polished Masterpiece Theatre treatment that fails to diminish the story's wrenching emotional content. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 11, 2015
93% The Farewell Party (2015) "The gags in the movie's first half are so unapologetically mordant that I was disappointed to see them dwindle to nothing in the second, as so often happens in stories like this one. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 11, 2015
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