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Janie Jones Reviews

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Kenji Fujishima
Slant Magazine

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 Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

May 9, 2011
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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Rosenthal fills this dewy road-trip movie with too many cliches.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

October 28, 2011
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper

You'll get in touch with your softer side and want to punch it.

Full Review Source: Washington City Paper

November 3, 2011
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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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 Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1/4

October 28, 2011
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

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 Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: C

October 27, 2011
Geoff Berkshire
Metromix.com

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 Source: Metromix.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

October 27, 2011
Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
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A mixture of discordant notes and way-too-familiar chords.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

November 3, 2011
Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
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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.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

October 20, 2011
Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
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Nivola and Breslin sing and perform the original numbers, welcome interludes that provide respite from Rosenthal's lousy script.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

October 25, 2011
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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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 Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

October 26, 2011
Tom Russo
Boston Globe
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"Janie Jones'' would feel more assured if Rosenthal had shown more inclination to commit.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

November 10, 2011
Dennis Harvey
Variety
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Despite the pic's assets and overall restraint, a whiff of cliched deja vu remains.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 17, 2010
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

A minor, utterly familiar and predictable father-daughter road picture melodrama, though Abigial Breslin is good

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: C+

September 26, 2011
David Noh
Film Journal International

Unrewarding retread of too many films we've seen before,

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

October 31, 2011
Ian Buckwalter
NPR
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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 Source: NPR | Original Score: 5.8/10

October 28, 2011
Perri Nemiroff
CinemaBlend.com

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 Source: CinemaBlend.com | Original Score: 3/5

May 1, 2011
Brett Michel
Boston Phoenix

Not particularly memorable.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 2/4

November 8, 2011
Eric Kohn
indieWIRE

Although not exemplary, "Janie Jones" at least manages to give its tired scenario a sense of legitimacy.

Full Review Source: indieWIRE

October 27, 2011
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Abigail Breslin in a shining performance as the responsible one in a father-daughter reunion.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 3/5

October 27, 2011
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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There are moments when "Janie Jones" threatens to turn into "Crazy Heart," which is not necessarily a bad thing.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

October 27, 2011
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