An intriguing and timely satire about the increasingly insidious ways consumer culture tries to keep us spending even when we can't afford it.
| Original Score: 3/5
A breezy satire on consumerism that takes a smart idea and develops it into an entertaining morality tale.
| Original Score: 4/5
A critique on consumerism comes off like a vehicle for product placement
| Original Score: C+
It's a brilliant premise but wretchedly executed, as product placement becomes more important than the sly inherent satire of consumer conformity.
| Original Score: 4/10
You could probably find similar suburban developments, and similar people living in them, in most if not all U.S. states and that jibes perfectly with the spirit of this film.
| Original Score: 6/10
Here is a smart, entertaining satire on greed and materialism among America's leisured classes.
Any anti-materialistic movie from Hollywood - spiritual home of furtive product placement and dodgy role-models - deserves commendation for at least pretending to have its heart in the right place.
It's not a bad idea, but just as you think you're watching a biting consumer satire, the plot instead descends into melodrama and soap operatics.
| Original Score: 2/5
The Joneses never makes it into full on satire but is smart and clear enough in its setup not to have to spell out a message in some soapy conclusion.
| Original Score: 3/5
Moore looks fabulous in a role that plays to her strengths as a feisty, independent woman, and she generates on-screen heat with Duchovny to make the conventional happy ending easier to swallow.
Interesting if not entirely successful.
Director Borte doesn't press the dumb-laugh button hard enough.
Borte's conceit is a fun one to be in on, but basically too synthetic to have the satirical bite it wants -- it's more a playful fantasy of consumerist whim than an edgy exposé.
A meta-satire that doesn't quite come off.
Ordinarily, I wouldn't have crossed the road to see Moore and Duchovny together, but their relationship works both before and after the film's outragous left-field twist.
| Original Score: 4/4
Making good use of its excellent premise, this flawed gem deserves to find an audience.
The film doesn't just have its cake and eat it. It makes you want to upgrade that cake to a chic Ladurée macaroon.
A seamless debut feature for Derrick Borte as writer, director and producer.
Moore and Duchovny's on-screen connection is sizzling and both stars excel in unravelling their hard-bitten characters' fragility.
A good idea and good acting are ruined by a craven Hollywood Ending.
| Original Score: 5/10