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Jonah Hex (2010)

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Average Rating: 3.5/10
Reviews Counted: 145
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 127

Josh Brolin gives it his best shot, but he can't keep the short, unfocused Jonah Hex from collapsing on the screen.

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Average Rating: 3.3/10
Critic Reviews: 34
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 32

Josh Brolin gives it his best shot, but he can't keep the short, unfocused Jonah Hex from collapsing on the screen.

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1970s-era DC antihero Jonah Hex makes his way to the big screen as co-screenwriters Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor (Crank, Gamer) team to follow the disfigured gunslinger and part-time bounty hunter on his biggest adventure yet. Supernatural elements combine with Western aesthetics to take viewers on a wild and bloody ride, with Josh Brolin leading the way as Hex and John Malkovich stepping into the villainous role of Turnbull. Jimmy Hayward (Horton Hears a Who) directs. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Oct 12, 2010

$10.5M

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All Critics (146) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (18) | Rotten (127) | DVD (10)

At 81 minutes with credits, Jonah Hex feels crude, lazy and entirely perfunctory.

September 1, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out
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There's just one ingredient missing: anyone with a clue.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Newsday
Newsday
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All three of you clamoring for a sequel to Wild Wild West have got your wish.

June 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Comments (6)
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Begins affably enough as a random slew of Leone-style squint-a-thons and shoot-outs but then loses it way in a dopey, anachronism-happy sci-fi plot.

June 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Calling Jonah Hex a waste of time requires qualification, given the action flick weighs in at 82 minutes.

June 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Comments (2)
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Bracingly inept.

June 18, 2010 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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It's popcorn-chomping fun rooting for the soul-stripped Hex as he battles his way toward redemption and sweet, sweet payback.

February 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

It's a little too brief to get bored exactly, but it's certainly long enough to get frustrated at the lack of the essential ingredients to get the audience engaged in its story.

September 25, 2012 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

It's a standard Western revenge tale dressed up with supernatural elements.

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

The mark of a good actor is being good in a really bad movie. Josh Brolin is a really, really good actor, because most of the time he's on screen speaking you can almost forget what a loathsome, irredeemable, turd of a film Jonah Hex is.

March 29, 2011 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

When it works, which it does quite often, it's one of the better comic book adaptations of recent years.

December 14, 2010 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies | Comments (3)
Goatdog's Movies

Seems almost calculated meticulously to suck the life out of its audience as much as humanly possible...

December 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

The film is simply too brief, too befuddled and too delirious to do the comic book legend justice.

October 20, 2010 Full Review Source: IGN DVD
IGN DVD

An awful excuse for cinema that ultimately fails in nearly every way possible.

October 20, 2010 Full Review Source: Christianity Today
Christianity Today

...remarkably two-dimensional, showing evidence of having been edited down from something more complex.

October 12, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

To quote Clint Eastwood's Monco in For A Few Dollars More, you people need a new sheriff.

September 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Total Film | Comment (1)
Total Film

Jonah Kex, Jonah Wrex, Jonah Hax, Jonah Kax, Jonah Thix, Jonah Crox, Jonah Sux.

September 8, 2010 Full Review Source: News of the World
News of the World

The film shows its comic-book origins in good ways (stylish settings) and bad (too many scenes end in a gigantic conflagration).

September 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

Whether it's the director's fault or the result of studio meddling, this is a mess of a movie that's been cut to pieces.

September 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

It just gets louder and more nonsensical as it progresses, with Fox shoe-horned into as many scenes as possible.

September 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

Almost everything is wrong with it.

September 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

Having already bombed big-time in the US, our search for the biggest turkey of 2010 ends right here.

September 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

At least it's relatively short.

September 2, 2010 | Comment (1)
Little White Lies

It's a loud and subtle-as-a-sledgehammer assault on the senses, though, at 81 minutes, mercifully short.

September 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

[A] dull and messy ride through supernatural Clint Eastwood territory.

September 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

An object lesson in how not to adapt a comic book. A crushing disappointment.

September 1, 2010 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Audience Reviews for Jonah Hex

I'll start by saying that I've seen my faire share of bad film, and to be honest, Jonah Hex wasn't that bad of a film. Of course it's a ridiculous affair, a film that is shallow in its story, but is somewhat entertaining despite its significant flaws. I didn't hate the film, but I felt that it could have been much better as well. I've seen my fair share of bad films, and I got to say that Jonah Hex is nowhere near the ineptitude garbage that films like Movie 43 and Texas Chainsaw were. This is somewhat entertaining, albeit it doesn't do anything really good with its ideas, and it does squander its potential. The film is mindless popcorn action, and it's decent at best, but it's definitely not great. I liked some aspects of the film, and the comic book vibe the film had was quite good, but the script was just empty, and the film's ideas never really took off. Jonah Hex for me anyways, isn't as bad as I thought it was going to be, but it's not a good film either. The film should have been much better than this, as there were some appealing things about it, however due to a lacking script, the film's ideas never come to fruition and it does make you wonder how good this film could have been if the screenwriters would have reworked the story a bit more. For metal fans, you'll probably enjoy Mastodon's soundtrack, and the cameo by the band's guitarist Brent Hinds as a Union Soldier. Not as bad as what I expected, but it does leave a bit to be desired, however I must say that I have seen far worse films than this one. At least this film had a few entertaining action scenes, if only the plot had been reworked, then this film really could have been something special.
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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The premise based on the comics has potential: a gunslinger who was so close to dying that he can now talk to the dead, while trying to stop a megalomaniac terrorist. The most pleasant surprise of the supernatural Western mix is the cast and how many well-known people show up in rather small and surprising roles. They may feel a tad underused but on the other hand it's fun to see them all come together. The less pleasant surprise is the kind of film they joined in. It does have it's moments and is rather entertaining, but also pretty damn shallow when it comes to dialogs and action. The shootouts are always rather short (and with the type of shredding metal guitars, that seem to imply speed and excitement but are just annoying), the characters remain flat. The short running time of the film implies that the creators were not that happy with it, either and tried to make it out alive as fast as possible.
March 13, 2013
ironclad1609

Super Reviewer

Mixed feelings about seeing this one.
December 15, 2012
FireStormStudios

Super Reviewer

    1. Jonah Hex: War and me took to each other real well. It felt like it had meaning. The feeling of doing what you thought was right. But it wasn't. Folks can believe what they like, but eventually a man's gotta decide if he's gonna do what's right. That choice cost me more than I bargained for.
    – Submitted by Nick S (17 months ago)
    1. Adelman Lusk: Sure hope you succeed. I would surely hang if you didn't. And that's something I'd like to avoid.
    2. Quentin Turnbull: [shoots Lusk in the head] Consider it avoided.
    – Submitted by Matthew H (2 years ago)
    1. Burke: Tell me, what's it like to go through life with a face like that?
    2. Jonah Hex: Let me show you! [punches him]
    – Submitted by Matthew H (2 years ago)
    1. Jonah Hex: I'm about out of wise-ass answers, friend.
    – Submitted by Matthew H (2 years ago)
    1. Jonah Hex: Christ woman, how many men you seeing today?
    – Submitted by rob g (3 years ago)
    1. Jonah Hex: 5 coffins. Don't you need eight?
    2. Train Wood Tender: Cut him down!
    – Submitted by James W (3 years ago)
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