Janie Jones Reviews

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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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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
November 5, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
November 4, 2011
Nivola and Breslin make a terrific mismatched pair in a film that often resembles a mash-up of "Crazy Heart" and Sofia Coppola's "Somewhere"...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
October 29, 2011
The movie works because it's essentially an old-fashioned two-hander for a couple of subtle and terrific actors.
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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
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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
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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
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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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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
October 27, 2011
Nominated for an Academy Award for 2006's "Little Miss Sunshine" when she was just 10 years old, Breslin here gives a performance of great naturalism and charm, effortlessly carrying a challenging leading role.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Noel Murray
AV Club
October 27, 2011
Contrivances aside ... Janie Jones is one of the more realistic depictions of what the rock 'n' roll lifestyle is really like.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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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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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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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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Dennis Harvey
Variety
September 17, 2010
Despite the pic's assets and overall restraint, a whiff of cliched deja vu remains.