The Joneses Reviews

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April 26, 2010
An intriguing and timely satire about the increasingly insidious ways consumer culture tries to keep us spending even when we can't afford it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
April 26, 2010
A breezy satire on consumerism that takes a smart idea and develops it into an entertaining morality tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
April 26, 2010
A critique on consumerism comes off like a vehicle for product placement
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
April 26, 2010
It's a brilliant premise but wretchedly executed, as product placement becomes more important than the sly inherent satire of consumer conformity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Sarah Boslaugh
Playback:stl
April 25, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
April 23, 2010
Here is a smart, entertaining satire on greed and materialism among America's leisured classes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
April 23, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
April 23, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Laura Bushell
Little White Lies
April 23, 2010
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
Catherine Jones
Liverpool Echo
April 23, 2010
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.
Alex Zane
Sun Online
April 23, 2010
Interesting if not entirely successful.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
April 22, 2010
Director Borte doesn't press the dumb-laugh button hard enough.
Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph
April 22, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Helen OHara
Empire Magazine
April 22, 2010
A meta-satire that doesn't quite come off.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
April 22, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Ben Rawson-Jones
Digital Spy
April 22, 2010
Making good use of its excellent premise, this flawed gem deserves to find an audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robbie Collin
News of the World
April 22, 2010
The film doesn't just have its cake and eat it. It makes you want to upgrade that cake to a chic Ladurée macaroon.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Karen Krizanovich
Radio Times
April 22, 2010
A seamless debut feature for Derrick Borte as writer, director and producer.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Anna Pollitt
Sky Movies
April 22, 2010
Moore and Duchovny's on-screen connection is sizzling and both stars excel in unravelling their hard-bitten characters' fragility.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tony Medley
Tolucan Times
April 21, 2010
A good idea and good acting are ruined by a craven Hollywood Ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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