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The Joneses Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

Writer-director Derrick Borte takes this somewhat clever concept and turns it into a muddled mix of weak social commentary, predictable drama and wan comedy.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly | Original Score: 2/5

April 14, 2010
Alison Gang
San Diego Union-Tribune

We know by now that blatant, senseless consumption is bad, harmful even. But the biggest surprise about The Joneses is its skillful avoidance of any meaning or significance whatsoever.

Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune | Original Score: 1/4

August 11, 2010
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Either this is a tragic family or a satirical one, and the film seems uncertain which way to jump.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

April 15, 2010
James Berardinelli
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The screenplay goes as limp as a noodle and turns into a long string of clichés. It's sad, really, because the movie begins with so much promise.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 14, 2010
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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The cons should leave the audience a little breathless; instead, Borte goes for an indistinct tone and suburban-malaise vibe that was dated (as well as patronizing) when American Beauty came out.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

April 15, 2010
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

Plays it far too safe and ends up not saying anything at all.

Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs | Original Score: 2/4

August 20, 2010
Alex Zane
Sun Online

Interesting if not entirely successful.

Full Review Source: Sun Online | Original Score: 2/5

April 23, 2010
Aaron Hillis
Time Out New York
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The spot-on cast almost holds the movie together, but whatever potential this timely premise has is wasted on reworking the same gag about overconsumption.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

April 14, 2010
Aaron Hillis
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

November 18, 2011
Mike Scott

It lures you in with a promise of being a smart, zeitgeist-y satire, but before it can deliver on that promise, it morphs into something more resembling a soap opera.

Full Review Source: Times-Picayune | Original Score: 2/4

April 16, 2010
Brett Michel
Boston Phoenix

Keeping up with the Joneses is tough. Derrick Borte should have learned this before deciding to write, produce, and direct his first major film, a slice of social commentary that loses focus as it unspools.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 2/4

April 14, 2010
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Director Derrick Borte's grasp of the material is shaky, which is revealed in major gaps in logic (how is it possible to keep track of the "sales" the Joneses are credited for?) and, worse, tone.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 1/4

April 16, 2010
Dan Kois
Washington Post
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By the end, The Joneses feels a little too satisfied with its own admittedly clever conceit and for the broad leeway it allows itself in the creative bandying of logos and slogans.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 16, 2010
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

A high-concept premise too-tidily comments on its underlying subject matter in The Joneses.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

April 12, 2010
Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald

The film's fatal flaw is Borte's refusal to give his satire the darker, uncomfortable edge it needs to give his lesson some impact.

Full Review Source: Tri-City Herald | Original Score: 3/5

May 15, 2010
Bill Gibron

...that most maddening of motion picture paradigms - a great concept badly bungled.

Full Review Source: PopMatters | Original Score: 2/5

April 16, 2010
Beth Accomando

Dawn of the Dead made a savvier commentary on consumerism and materialism.

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April 12, 2011
David Medsker

That the movie is able to suspend disbelief for as long as it does is a testament to David Duchovny's likability as an actor.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2.5/5

April 15, 2010
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Crass materialism and ridiculous marketing ploys are skewered by writer/director Derrick Borte in this uneven cautionary tale that starts off incisively funny, then devolves into preachiness.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 15, 2010
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses

full review at Movies for the Masses

Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses | Original Score: 1.5/5

November 20, 2010
John Anderson
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August 31, 2010
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