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
46% Ted 2 (2015) "The movie is so indifferently plotted that it soon becomes a bore. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 2, 2015
3/4 58% 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 61% Magic Mike XXL (2015) "The movie is all tease and no release. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 2, 2015
50% 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
38% 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
81% The Overnight (2015) "[An] unpredictable indie comedy -- sort of a "Who's Afraid of Virginia Kink?" " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 25, 2015
37% 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
86% 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
39% 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
95% Spy (2015) "Hollywood is gradually figuring out what to do with Melissa McCarthy. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 11, 2015
82% 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
48% Live From New York! (2015) "The producers of Saturday Night Live spend so much time milking the show's legacy that this 40th-anniversary documentary would seem pointless even if it weren't so complacent and congratulatory. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 11, 2015
82% Me & Earl & the Dying Girl (2015) "[The film] demonstrates a sharp eye for the teenage politics of pity. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 11, 2015
50% San Andreas (2015) "My resistance to summer blockbusters crumbled like a collapsing skyscraper in the face of this big, loud, exuberantly destructive movie. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 4, 2015
94% Hard to be a God (2015) "Nasty, brutish, and long. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 4, 2015
76% Felix & Meira (2015) "This is the sort of movie whose warmth toward its characters is contagious. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 4, 2015
100% Blind (2004) "These lonely, possibly imagined secondary characters are portrayed with the same depth of feeling as the married couple but are even more engrossing as psychological projections of the wife. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 4, 2015
70% The Nightmare (2015) "This movie should have made me afraid to go to sleep, but in fact I couldn't wait. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 4, 2015
90% Love & Mercy (2015) "Dano, a soft and moony presence, gives the better impersonation of Wilson, an enthusiastic man-child who morphs into a grotesque baby. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 4, 2015
1/4 31% Entourage (2015) "After a while, you expect a tale of the movie business to tell you something about the movies as well as the business, but Ellin and company have never had anything to say about that. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 4, 2015
3/5 76% Kill List (2012) "Wheatly aims for something like moral complexity by having one of the killers believe in God and the other aspire to be a good husband and father, but once the graphic violence starts, it upstages everything else. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted May 28, 2015
89% When Marnie Was There (2015) "Yonebayashi made his feature directing debut with The Secret World of Arrietty, adapted from the British children's book The Borrowers, and this emotionally resonant second feature takes its story from another such title. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted May 28, 2015
89% Sunshine Superman (2015) "The real-life stunts are eminently suspenseful and exhilarating, and adrenaline junkies will be well pleased. For the uninitiated, however, Strauch's adoring treatment of the Boenishes may be a little hard to stomach. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted May 28, 2015
3/4 No Score Yet The Thoughts That Once We Had "[The film] is less an essay than a scrapbook, and as such it can be both bewildering and fascinating: you can feel the force of the owner's obsession even if you can't see the owner. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted May 26, 2015
87% Lambert & Stamp (2015) "An engrossing business story that approaches the band as a showbiz concern, recognizing the two managers as full creative partners and probing their relationships with the fractious musicians. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted May 14, 2015
83% I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story (2015) "Behind-the-scenes footage provides some fascinating glimpses of Sesame Street being blocked. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted May 14, 2015
70% Welcome to Me (2015) "Screenwriter Eliot Laurence and director Shira Piven... [have] got the ideal star in Wiig, whose vacant gaze, frozen smile, and preternatural calm have always suggested a vast reservoir of madness. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted May 7, 2015
3/4 85% Far From the Madding Crowd (2015) "Nearly all of these developments wind up onscreen, but that only goes to show how the most faithful adaptation, by emphasizing some things and deemphasizing others, can spin the story in a different direction. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted May 7, 2015
81% Queen and Country (2015) "Don't let the British pedigree and nostalgic trimmings fool you: this is no Masterpiece Theatre exercise but a broad, high-spirited, riotously funny service comedy, on par with M*A*S*H and Stripes. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted May 7, 2015
97% Black Souls (2015) "Writer-director Franceso Munzi has particularized the familial relationships enough for it to stand on its own. (As Tolstoy wrote, all happy crime families are the same but each unhappy crime family is unhappy in its own way.) " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted May 7, 2015
97% About Elly (2015) "[A] suspenseful domestic intrigue deeply rooted in traditional Iranian mores and social codes. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted May 7, 2015
91% Heaven Adores You (2015) "Evocative location photography gives a strong sense of the indie rock scenes he inhabited in Portland, Oregon, and New York City, and there are affecting interviews with friends and colleagues who struggle to make sense of it all (as do I). " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted May 7, 2015
90% The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness (2014) "For film buffs it's worthwhile viewing. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 30, 2015
83% Tangerines (2015) "Writer-director Zaza Urushadze turns this fragile premise into a superior chamber drama. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 30, 2015
89% In Country (2015) "The movie earns its stripes only when Attie and O'Hara interview the weekend warriors and find their motivations to be more varied and legitimate than you might expect. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 30, 2015
74% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) "At this point the Marvel superhero movies are as machine-tooled as a Prius, and this one sticks closely to the blueprint that's made them box office titans. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 30, 2015
No Score Yet Villa Touma "The film's assured narrative development is buttressed by a control of tone that's impressive for a neophyte: this is one of those movies whose measured speech and decorous staging can't conceal the white-hot fury that drives it. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 23, 2015
81% Dior and I (2015) "A few gauzy montages of black-and-white archival footage glorify the fashion house's founder and namesake, providing a welcome interruption to all the self-serving confessionals and stage-managed conflicts. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 23, 2015
44% Adult Beginners (2015) "The early scenes are acidly funny... By the end, though, this has turned into a Tim Allen movie. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 23, 2015
62% The Water Diviner (2015) "Some formulaic elements creep into the story but it's anchored by the grim realities of the first modern war and a sweeping humanism reminiscent of Jean Renoir's Grand Illusion. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 23, 2015
18% Little Boy (2015) "Emily Watson plays the boy's mother and Tom Wilkinson turns up as a gentle parish priest, so this must have looked better on paper than it does onscreen. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 23, 2015
No Score Yet Eyes Of A Thief "[The movie] is rooted in the grim realities of the Israeli occupation but plays like something that's been workshopped with Hollywood industry types. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 16, 2015
No Score Yet Aurora (2015) "Writer-director Rodrigo SepĂșlveda suggests a personal explanation for her quest late in the game, but too late and too half-heartedly to rescue this morose Chilean drama from its own sanctimony. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 16, 2015
91% Ex Machina (2015) "Its aura of cool menace is largely attributable to Isaac, stealing his every scene as the smoothly bullying CEO, and production designer Mark Digby, who created the millionaire's sleek, high-tech mountain fortress. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 16, 2015
48% True Story (2015) "The script is first-rate, questioning whether any story can really be credible when both the writer and the subject have everything to gain from it. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 16, 2015
No Score Yet La formula del doctor Funes "This low-budget kiddie comedy from Mexico aspires to the hip, candy-colored vibe of Robert Rodriguez's Spy Kids movies, especially in its genial parent-child relationships, but compared to its models, it's pretty short on invention. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 9, 2015
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