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The Joneses Reviews

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Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

Full Review Source: Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies | Original Score: B+

February 18, 2012
Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

November 17, 2011
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review

Even with decent turns from the leads, and a usefully soulful one from Gary Cole as a neighbor inclined to do the proverbial keeping up, the film can't always manage to justify itself as an actual movie instead of merely a clever concept.

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 3/5

April 12, 2011
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

A darkly comical satire about affluence might seem a bit ill-timed during a global recession. But a strong cast makes this film very watchable, even as it slips into melodrama.

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 3.5/5

April 12, 2011
Robert Hanks
Independent

Borte, directing his first film, does a smooth, confident job, so that even though the set-up isn't quite plausible you're happy to go along with it.

Full Review Source: Independent | Original Score: 3/5

April 12, 2011
Sean Edgar
Paste Magazine

Think of it as an inverted Truman Show, with David Duchovny and Demi Moore as yuppified secret salesmen hawking an idealized suburban lifestyle while incognito.

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine | Original Score: 8.6/10

April 12, 2011
Mike Barnard
Future Movies UK

Taken at surface level, The Joneses does succeed in presenting its attack on consumerism; and for that alone it sparks up talking points and will leave you to think about exactly why you bought the model of car or mobile phone you did.

Full Review Source: Future Movies UK | Original Score: 6/10

August 21, 2010
Perri Nemiroff
CinemaBlend.com

Exceptionally thoughtful, not only in terms of consumerism, but when considering the value of compassion as well. Worth your hard earned money, no strings attached.

Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 13, 2010
Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union

A fine, sneaky satire ... undercut by an awful ending, one that smells as if someone (a corporation perhaps?) got their hands on it.

Full Review Source: Florida Times-Union | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 27, 2010
Alissa Wilkinson
Christianity Today

This cautionary tale depicts consumers who believe they deserve stuff, whether or not they can pay for it. Rarely is this kind of truth seen onscreen in such a subtle and entertaining film.

Full Review Source: Christianity Today | Original Score: 3/4

May 7, 2010
Emily S. Mendel
culturevulture.net

The Joneses is somewhat entertaining ... because of its deliciously clichéd suburban location ... good acting and creative premise.

Full Review Source: culturevulture.net

April 30, 2010
Nigel Floyd
Film4

Every now and then a small, intelligent, quietly thought-provoking film slips through the Hollywood studios' net and prompts the thought, How did this ever get made?

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 3.5/5

April 29, 2010
Neil Smith
Total Film

It's a fine idea that could have made for a devastating critique of consumerism had Borte chosen to follow it through to a cynical, nihilistic conclusion.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 3/5

April 29, 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 Source: Scotsman | Original Score: 3/5

April 26, 2010
Allan Hunter
Daily Express

A breezy satire on consumerism that takes a smart idea and develops it into an entertaining morality tale.

Full Review Source: Daily Express | Original Score: 4/5

April 26, 2010
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

A critique on consumerism comes off like a vehicle for product placement

Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI) | Original Score: C+

April 26, 2010
Sarah Boslaugh
Playback:stl

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 Source: Playback:stl | Original Score: 6/10

April 25, 2010
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian

Here is a smart, entertaining satire on greed and materialism among America's leisured classes.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 3/5

April 23, 2010
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]

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 Source: Daily Mail [UK] | Original Score: 3/5

April 23, 2010
Laura Bushell
Little White Lies

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

April 23, 2010
John Anderson
Variety
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