The Joneses Reviews

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Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
February 18, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Top Critic
Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review
April 12, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
April 12, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
Robert Hanks
Independent
April 12, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Sean Edgar
Paste Magazine
April 12, 2011
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 | Original Score: 8.6/10
Mike Barnard
Future Movies UK
August 21, 2010
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 | Original Score: 6/10
Perri Nemiroff
CinemaBlend.com
August 13, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union
May 27, 2010
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Alissa Wilkinson
Christianity Today
May 7, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Emily S. Mendel
culturevulture.net
April 30, 2010
The Joneses is somewhat entertaining ... because of its deliciously clichéd suburban location ... good acting and creative premise.
Nigel Floyd
Film4
April 29, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
Neil Smith
Total Film
April 29, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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+
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
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
Top Critic
John Anderson
Variety
August 31, 2010
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