Jack and Diane Reviews

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Theodore Sariklis
FILMINK (Australia)
April 16, 2015
Jack and Diane is the worst kind of coming-of-age film; the kind that lacks any particular message or purpose and tries to merely rely on shock value to retain audience attention.
Zeba Blay
Slant Magazine
October 29, 2012
The stop-motion is meant to show us that these girls are so in love that they're turning into monsters, but because the werewolf elements of the story are never explicitly addressed, their effect is confounding.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Caitlin Colford
Paste Magazine
November 1, 2012
A girl-on-girl werewolf flick may sound similar to a plot line for the ultimate guilty pleasure horror flick, but in reality Jack and Diane may be just a little too John-Mellan-campy for most viewers' tastes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.1/10
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
November 16, 2012
Just plain icky - all toilets and blood and hair and bodily fluids.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Sam Adams
Time Out
October 31, 2012
Starts with an irresistibly trashy premise and proceeds to treat it with the po-faced pretentiousness of a film-school thesis.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
November 1, 2012
Felt like someone misinterpreting the most extreme bits of Gregg Araki and Harmony Korine and turning it into an unwatchable film made marketable by putting its leading ladies into lesbian situations.
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Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
November 2, 2012
Devoid of energy and direction, 'J&D' settles for faux-naif posturing and arty color design.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Alison Willmore
AV Club
November 1, 2012
A trudgingly self-serious affair that doesn't manage to be transporting on either its literal or conceptual levels.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
November 1, 2012
There's no heft to these supernatural suggestions, just a sense of stale horror tropes being trotted out to embellish otherwise routine indie material.
Richard Knight
Windy City Times
November 11, 2012
Never really moves beyond or does much to develop...its sorta cool premise.
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
November 2, 2012
Tonally, the film swings between whispery romance and ominous horror as it explores the dark side of love and lust ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com
April 26, 2012
Stilted line readings ... flatline whatever chemistry exists between these two young women.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 9, 2012
It stinks worse than rotten fish.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Dan Lybarger
KC Active
February 2, 2013
Little movie, called Jack and Diane. Must have been sitting too long in the can. No, it doesn't have the Mellencamp song. And it gets everything thing else terribly wrong.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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John Anderson
Variety
April 24, 2012
A well-constructed, well-intentioned but too deliberate attempt to provoke the unprovokable.
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
November 1, 2012
"Jack & Diane" offers a glaring example of a writer and director, Bradley Rust Gray, unable to trust in the simple strength of his material.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
November 1, 2012
Throughout, the filmmaking is tentative, as though Gray is unsure whether he wants to make a fantasy-tinged romance or a hyper-sexualized blood-fest. (He winds up with neither.)
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
November 4, 2012
What could have been an appealing, offbeat romance is instead little more than Twilight for the arthouse crowd.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
December 10, 2012
Let's see, monsters, internal organs with hair snaking through them, blood, teeth falling out after a kiss, vomiting, suicide over a broken heart. Some people call this romantic and charming. Pardon me while I gag.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
October 31, 2012
Bradley Rust Gray's attempt to weave horror elements into a fairly conventional narrative yields diminishing returns in this overly stylized effort.
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