Janie Jones Reviews

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Kenji Fujishima
Slant Magazine
May 9, 2011
You can probably guess what must happen during the course of this road trip. Even less surprising than its story arc, however, are its character details.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
October 28, 2011
Rosenthal fills this dewy road-trip movie with too many cliches.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
November 3, 2011
You'll get in touch with your softer side and want to punch it.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
October 28, 2011
The indie road movie "Janie Jones" is billed as "inspired by the true story" of its writer-director, David M. Rosenthal. Impossible. No one's life is this boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
October 27, 2011
The musical set pieces aren't enough reason to see "Janie Jones," but at least there's some payoff for an otherwise dismal excuse for a story.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Geoff Berkshire
Metromix.com
October 27, 2011
It isn't easy to make an indie movie these days, so it's dispiriting how many wind up exactly like Janie Jones
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
November 3, 2011
A mixture of discordant notes and way-too-familiar chords.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
October 20, 2011
An earnest tale about a faded rock star who discovers he has a teenaged daughter and takes her on the road, Janie Jones follows a predictable path and despite decent performances it does not catch fire.
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
October 25, 2011
Nivola and Breslin sing and perform the original numbers, welcome interludes that provide respite from Rosenthal's lousy script.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
October 26, 2011
The predictability is crushing, and with movies like Crazy Heart and Sofia Coppola's distinctly personal Somewhere so close in the rearview, David M. Rosenthal's estrangement drama feels especially soft.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Tom Russo
Boston Globe
November 10, 2011
"Janie Jones'' would feel more assured if Rosenthal had shown more inclination to commit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
September 17, 2010
Despite the pic's assets and overall restraint, a whiff of cliched deja vu remains.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
September 26, 2011
A minor, utterly familiar and predictable father-daughter road picture melodrama, though Abigial Breslin is good
Full Review | Original Score: C+
David Noh
Film Journal International
October 31, 2011
Unrewarding retread of too many films we've seen before,
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October 28, 2011
After a messy, cliched first half, Janie Jones is barely salvaged by the lightweight sweetness that emerges once it becomes a two-hander for Breslin and Nivola.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.8/10
Perri Nemiroff
CinemaBlend.com
May 1, 2011
Not only reveals that Abigail Breslin as an incredibly talented singer, but an actress who can take a subpar script, breathe life into it and make it somewhat enjoyable, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brett Michel
Boston Phoenix
November 8, 2011
Not particularly memorable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
October 27, 2011
Although not exemplary, "Janie Jones" at least manages to give its tired scenario a sense of legitimacy.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
October 27, 2011
Abigail Breslin in a shining performance as the responsible one in a father-daughter reunion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
October 27, 2011
There are moments when "Janie Jones" threatens to turn into "Crazy Heart," which is not necessarily a bad thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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