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Jayne Mansfield's Car Reviews

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Simon Brookfield
We Got This Covered

The truly superb cast of Jayne Mansfield's Car sputters in this confused melodrama that is more pre-occupied with explicitly saying everything rather than genuinely saying something.

Full Review Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 4/10

September 29, 2013
Jeff Beck
Examiner.com

"Jayne Mansfield's Car" is a bit of an oddity in that there's not really much of a plot to speak of, giving it the feeling of a film that's adrift as it searches for something to do.

Full Review Source: Examiner.com | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 12, 2013
Sam Fragoso
Fan The Fire

Despite suffering from a lack of conviction, it clearly comes from personal place deep within Thornton thoughts.

Full Review Source: Fan The Fire | Original Score: 2/5

September 30, 2012
Glenn Dunks
Glenn Dunks

War is hell, duh. That's still all I can figure Thornton's film amounts to.

Full Review Source: Glenn Dunks | Original Score: C+

September 13, 2013
Sam Adams
Time Out New York
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Thornton never establishes a rhythm that would let him move between stories without it feeling like he's changing channels on a vintage TV, the dial clunking into place every time he moves on.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

September 11, 2013
Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
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It's one thing to explore the messiness of familial relationships and regret against the backdrop of the Vietnam War, and something else entirely to try and shove every jot and tiddle in place before the closing credits roll.

Full Review Source: TheWrap

September 13, 2013
Nick Schager
AV Club
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It just sits there, in the process dispensing with so much leaden dialogue and half-formed narrative threads that it manages only to bring together lots of fine actors in the beautiful rural southern sunshine.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C-

September 12, 2013
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine

Billy Bob Thornton's ensemble Southern family dramedy fails to subvert its cutesy formula often enough.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

September 10, 2013
Richard Brody
New Yorker
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There's a terrific movie struggling to escape from this overplotted, overedited, overdetermined stew ...

Full Review Source: New Yorker

September 16, 2013
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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The scenes in which good ol' boy mentality clashes with stuffy British sensibility are a highlight. Still, both cultures are depicted through cliches.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2/4

September 12, 2013
Brian Tallerico
HollywoodChicago.com

Jayne Mansfield's Car is cluttered with characters and subplots, and only a few of them resonate at all.

Full Review Source: HollywoodChicago.com | Original Score: 2.0/5.0

September 11, 2013
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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In its best moments, you can see what the film might have been with half a dozen fewer characters.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

September 12, 2013
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Overall, the rambling "Jayne Mansfield's Car" is almost as big a wreck as its namesake.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1.5/5

September 13, 2013
Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
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By a certain point the deliberate pokiness and lackadaisical attitude toward character development and resolution feels like spilled food that never gets completely wiped up.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

September 12, 2013
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com

The inconsistent tone and melodramatic tendencies unfortunately cancel out strong portrayals.

Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com

September 13, 2013
Mark Adams
Screen International

Screen veterans Robert Duvall and John Hurt make a strong impact, but sadly Jayne Mansfield's Car is never quite as intriguing as the title suggests.

Full Review Source: Screen International

February 15, 2012
David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
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Billy Bob Thornton's rough charms make him always a welcome screen presence, but his return to the writer-director chair doesn't stand a chance with this labored script.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

February 22, 2012
Linda Holmes
NPR
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The whole is oddly unsatisfying and the film feels slow.

Full Review Source: NPR

September 11, 2012
Justin Chang
Variety
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A fine cast can only do so much with the script's pileup of generational conflict and long-winded introspection, resulting in a willfully out-of-step picture.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 9, 2013
David Noh
Film Journal International

Billy Bob Thornton's return as a screen auteur is anything but a joyous occasion.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

September 10, 2013
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