The Joneses Reviews

Aaron Hillis
Time Out
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November 18, 2011

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
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November 17, 2011

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rafer Guzman
Newsday
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April 12, 2011

The Joneses starts with a great pitch but ultimately fails to close the deal.

John Anderson
Variety
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August 31, 2010

Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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April 21, 2010

There's a nicely cynical streak at the heart of The Joneses, until Borte goes soft and lets the audience off the hook.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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April 19, 2010

Mr. Borte conjures up a pleasant Stepford that runs less on robotic conformity than on endless, anxious competition. The key to the film is that it allows this life to have some real appeal.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tom Long
Detroit News
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April 16, 2010

A cheeky little commentary on modern consumption, The Joneses offers an uneasy balance between what's funny and what's not, staying just edgy enough to be uncomfortable while hitting its targets.

Full Review | Original Score: B-
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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April 16, 2010

[Demi Moore is] She's one reason to see writer-director's Derrick Borte's zeitgeist fable The Joneses. Though she's not the only one.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Germain
Associated Press
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April 16, 2010

It makes for good, although not great, satire of the consumer culture that helped wreck the economy.

Dan Kois
Washington Post
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April 16, 2010

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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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April 16, 2010

The Joneses is a black comedy about stealth marketing made by a filmmaker who's evidently much too close to the subject to bite the hand that feeds him.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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April 16, 2010

The all-important production design perfectly captures a generation of unthinking consumers. And Moore and Duchovny, who have great chemistry, are strong enough to make the most of a script that really needed another rewrite.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Mary F. Pols
MSN Movies
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April 15, 2010

You walk out of it thinking, that's totally plausible and, while sick, a great idea.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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April 15, 2010

In an entertaining way, the movie says something challenging, that it's possible to lose your life to stuff -- and never even know it.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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April 15, 2010

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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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April 15, 2010

Almost everything about The Joneses, from the transparent plot twists to the winking irony of the golf-course patter, falls flat.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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April 15, 2010

In its amiable, ambling way, The Joneses is a zeitgeist film: it says as much as a Michael Moore screed about the American way of debt.

Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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April 15, 2010

Borte loses his nerve about halfway through and turns what should be a biting satire on American greed into a melodramatic lesson of conscience.

| Original Score: 2.5/4
Michael Ordoña
Los Angeles Times
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April 15, 2010

The Joneses is a list of grievances nailed to the door of the Church of Materialism, but the hammer never hits the audience's fingers.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
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April 15, 2010

Sometimes the social satire is a bit too obvious, but thanks to a smart screenplay and excellent performances, "The Joneses" is largely successful in delivering on its intriguing premise.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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April 15, 2010

The film asks welcome questions about what price we should be willing to pay for "the good life," but ultimately it can't close the deal.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
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April 15, 2010

Iinitially promising but finally unremarkable...

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Janice Page
Boston Globe
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April 15, 2010

A generic hash of contrived comedy, romance, and tragedy, the saddest part of which is that a way-cool, high-end riding lawn mower winds up at the bottom of someone's swimming pool.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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April 15, 2010

Writer-director Derrick Borte has a dark vision of maxed-out 21st-century suburbia where advertising is not only inescapable, but the essential fabric that bonds friends and family. What he lacks is follow-through.

Full Review | Original Score: C+
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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April 15, 2010

The premise of this social satire is so enjoyable you keep trying to believe it even though it makes no sense

Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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April 15, 2010

The Joneses starts with a fresh identity but finally feels like the product of a focus group.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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April 15, 2010

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 | Original Score: 2/4
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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April 15, 2010

Either this is a tragic family or a satirical one, and the film seems uncertain which way to jump.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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April 14, 2010

Fresh, scintillating and downright terrific...

James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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April 14, 2010

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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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April 14, 2010

As cautionary tales about consumerism go, The Joneses manages a deft blend of the sexy, the sad and the silly. And Borte doles out his secrets and surprises in ways that make it easy to keep up with these Joneses.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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April 14, 2010

David Duchovny and Demi Moore are well accessorized as display-model husband and wife. But this cautionary tale might be easier to swallow if all that stuff didn't look like it came from a Sky Mall catalog.

Full Review | Original Score: C+
Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
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April 14, 2010

For a while, at least, a pitch-black (and, therefore, pitch-perfect) tale of our times.

Aaron Hillis
Time Out New York
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April 14, 2010

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 | Original Score: 2/5