The embarrassingly low production value of Bernard Rose's 2 Jacks works symbiotically with the film's botched performances.
| Original Score: 0/4
False gravity weighs down 2 Jacks, a father-son drama less interested in exploring familial relations than in tut-tutting the millennials.
Mostly, it makes you feel like the only sober person at a party you can't leave.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Unfortunately, these inconsistencies cause more confusion than the magic Rose is presumably going for.
| Original Score: 2/5
John Huston's shadow looms over the entire film, and as shadows go, it is long and very hard to get out from under.
Bernard Rose's fourth ultra-low-budget Tolstoy adaptation suffers from a slack narrative and abysmal dialogue.
Inconsistent yet reverential, it's a truly trivial pursuit.
| Original Score: 3/10
Based very loosely on an early short story by Leo Tolstoy, "Two Jacks" has a much less interesting second act ...
| Original Score: 2/4
Granted, the Tolstoy story had the benefit of internal monologues that clarified motivations and impulses. But a good film finds ways of doing this through gesture, expression and other artful ways. This is not a good film.
Rose's apparent intent is to show how little of Hollywood's Golden Age magic is left today. In that, at least, he succeeds .
| Original Score: 1/5
Rather thin but moderately entertaining.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Playing these self-infatuated flimflammers, Danny and Jack Huston obviously know the drill. It's in their blood.
| Original Score: 3/5
It's a reasonably entertaining portrait of disreputable Tinseltown types that should at least provide some knowing chuckles for insiders.
Like the earlier Huston/Tolstoy projects, Two Jacks is cheap-looking and rough around the edges, but there's a confidence about all these films too.