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J. R. Jones

J. R. Jones

Agrees with the Tomatometer 71% of the time.

J. R. Jones's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Chicago Reader

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
85% Star Trek Beyond (2016) "This third installment in the millennial Star Trek reboot races along without an idea in its head, often recalling the silly, monster-driven final season of the 60s TV show. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 22, 2016
63% Therapy for a Vampire (Der Vampir auf der Couch) (2016) "Dracula meets Sigmund Freud in this Austrian horror farce, which benefits from a polished production but exhausts its premise about halfway through. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 21, 2016
75% Café Society (2016) "As in many of Allen's period comedies, the dialogue sounds completely modern and evokes the era only in its endless name-dropping. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 21, 2016
89% The Witness (2016) "The movie cuts deep on a personal level as well, turning Kitty from a poster child back into a real person. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 21, 2016
45% The Blackout Experiments (2016) "The participants provide plenty of heavy breathing about the darkness within, though when the mysterious organizers, a couple of young theater types, finally sit for an on-camera interview, their idea of what it's all about seems pretty vague. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 21, 2016
65% Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016) "Now that bad girls are in greater supply, Edina and Patsy aren't the novelty they once were, but they're still a giant embarrassment, and thank God for that. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 21, 2016
72% Wiener-Dog (2016) "The best story involves Danny DeVito as a screenwriting teacher, which allows Solondz, an adjunct professor at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, to vent his spleen at the ignorance and arrogance of his students. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 14, 2016
77% Captain Fantastic (2016) "The ending, in which the kids symbolically affirm their independence, is so aggressively tasteless it seems to have burst straight out of an underground cartoon. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 14, 2016
67% Lucha Mexico (2016) "Their enthusiasm for the sport and its traditions is contagious, spanning the generations. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 14, 2016
68% The Infiltrator (2016) "Brad Furman, the screenwriter's husband, wrings the maximum suspense out of all this. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 14, 2016
73% Miles Ahead (2016) "[Such] pat psychologizing of a notoriously complex personality undercuts the swirling chaos of the 80s narrative. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 8, 2016
65% Swiss Army Man (2016) "This movie is every bit as whimsical as [Jonze and Gondry's] work but lacks the minimal plotting and strong intellectual component that gives their flights of fancy shape and substance. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 8, 2016
91% The Innocents (Les innocentes) (2016) "It begins to bog down, though, as spiritual concerns take over the narrative. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 7, 2016
100% Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) "Waititi looks for humor in quirks of character and degrees of stubbornness, and the natural challenges of Crump's wilderness journey generate a succession of belly laughs onscreen as the gruff old man scraps with the loudmouthed kid. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 7, 2016
39% Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016) "Any such novelty is undercut by the dull certainty that, like the [Wedding Crashers] this one will end with a joyous ceremony and a validation of marriage. Mike and Dave may need wedding dates, but the producers need a date movie. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 7, 2016
74% The Secret Life of Pets (2016) "Comedy animation is all about timing, and Coffin and Renaud have it in spades, though the story is so tired that the action can't let up for an instant. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 7, 2016
100% Pervert Park "Pervert Park forces viewers to acknowledge even the worst offenders as people in need of care. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 30, 2016
94% Tickled (2016) "These are really stories about power, shame, and the law. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 30, 2016
90% Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words (2016) "Frank Zappa was an innovative composer and musician, but as this royally entertaining documentary illustrates, he was also an articulate and opinionated man, high-minded and mordantly funny. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 30, 2016
51% The Neon Demon (2016) "This stylish shocker by writer-director Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive) equates physical beauty with the life force-the metaphor is intriguing, but not enough to compensate for his cliched portrayal of the modeling business as a glamorous snake pit. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 23, 2016
95% De Palma (2016) "Paltrow and Baumbach simply walk De Palma through his filmography and collect his best stories. But this systematic approach has a nice leveling effect in that his more obscure, offbeat projects get as much attention as his signature films. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 23, 2016
43% Free State of Jones (2016) "American history is a mutable thing, shaped by our evolving sense of ourselves as a nation, which is why this Civil War drama, based on the little-known story of Newton Knight, seems so vividly modern. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 23, 2016
68% Central Intelligence (2016) "This has a pretty good laugh quotient as far as big-budget action comedies go. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 17, 2016
29% Warcraft (2016) "A lot of sentimental hogwash about fathers and sons heading off to war. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 16, 2016
94% Finding Dory (2016) "The elemental emotions at work and the childlike awe at the undersea world -- rendered once again in colorful, carefully researched, lovingly precise animation -- contribute to the sense of a story timeless and pure. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 16, 2016
49% Genius (2016) "Good editors strive to make themselves invisible, which is what makes this affectionate biopic of Maxwell Perkins-who guided Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and Thomas Wolfe into print-such an odd surprise. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 16, 2016
No Score Yet Aurora "Writer-director Rodrigo Sepúlveda suggests a personal explanation for her quest late in the game, but too late and too half-heartedly to rescue this morose Chilean drama from its own sanctimony. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 6, 2016
19% Pelé: Birth of a Legend (2016) "This cable-ready biopic of the Brazilian soccer star covers the eight years leading up to his triumphant performance at the 1958 World Cup finals. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 2, 2016
59% Me Before You (2016) "I can't recommend this movie to anyone older than high school age. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 2, 2016
86% Time To Choose (2016) "Ferguson portrays the climate struggle as a winnable war, but also a titanic one, pitting a small, greedy plutocracy against the rest of the world's citizens. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 2, 2016
30% Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) "Children go to Lewis Carroll in search of lunacy. But this soulless Disney contraption, a sequel to Tim Burton's hit Alice in Wonderland, instead offers child-psyche self-pity. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted May 26, 2016
86% Maggie's Plan (2016) "The story grows emotionally muddled after Miller leaps ahead three years: now the two lovers are unhappily married parents, and the Gerwig character, for motives unclear to us and possibly herself, contrives to reunite her husband with his ex-wife. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted May 26, 2016
96% Weiner (2016) "As brutal and compelling as a car-crash video. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted May 26, 2016
91% The Nice Guys (2016) "Because this is set in Los Angeles in the 1970s, we're supposed to think back to Chinatown and The Long Goodbye and excuse the opaque plot, around which Black's eccentric gags float like seasoned croutons in bland soup. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted May 19, 2016
57% Money Monster (2016) "With all the ranting about a "rigged" financial system, the movie certainly captures the zeitgeist, but it' so overloaded with action-movie tropes and tech-based plot contrivances that it begins to feel a little silly. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted May 19, 2016
90% The Lobster (2016) "Lanthimos works the premise assiduously, especially after the Farrell character escapes and joins a band of rebel singles in the woods, and though the story slows to a crawl near the end, the poker-faced dramatization of a warped world is compelling. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted May 19, 2016
81% Men & Chicken (Mænd & høns) (2016) "Occasionally rib tickling but more often gut churning, this turns largely on the spectacle of Mikkelsen, a respected dramatic actor and a Bond villain no less, being cast as a furiously dyspeptic nerd who keeps running off somewhere to masturbate. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted May 19, 2016
99% Love & Friendship (2016) "Intelligent, nuanced, literate, and dismally dry; there's little of the juice that Stillman brought to his earlier films as a chronicler of his own times. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted May 19, 2016
2/4 62% High-Rise (2016) "No matter how much one shades the characters, though, High-Rise defies adaptation because the most vivid character is the building itself. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted May 18, 2016
88% My Big Night (Mi Gran Noche) (2016) "Álex de la Iglesia, Spain's master of grotesque comedy, checks his more outre impulses at the door for this frantic backstage farce. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted May 12, 2016
97% Dark Horse (2016) "Osmond reaches for political relevance [but] it seems peripheral to the investors' agenda of patting themselves on the back. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted May 12, 2016
92% Notfilm "As a documentary, it could use a tighter edit and a more generous music score, but as a research project, it's impressive. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted May 5, 2016
63% The Man Who Knew Infinity (2016) "Details the racial antagonism Ramanujan encountered on campus, and there's a weak romantic subplot involving the wife he left behind in Madras. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted May 5, 2016
No Score Yet Les Maudits (The Damned) (1947) "Clément conjures up some good suspense sequences as the doctor hatches a plan to escape in an inflatable dinghy, though what really powers the story is the director's icy contempt for his ship of fools. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted May 5, 2016
71% 11 Minutes (11 Minut) (2016) "Skolimowski's technique is impressive: the overlapping narratives are expertly handled, and the points of intersection can be dazzling. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 28, 2016
77% Elvis & Nixon (2016) "The spectacle of Presley visiting Nixon's buttoned-down White House in his jeweled sunglasses, silk scarf, open shirt, and giant gold belt is inherently farcical, but Elvis & Nixon might have delivered more than dumb laughs. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 28, 2016
78% Keanu (2016) "The incongruity between their white-bread delivery and the bad guys' jive generates a few laughs, but not enough to salvage this thing. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 28, 2016
84% The Meddler (2016) "In many respects this plays like a senior-citizen romance with Diane Keaton, but it goes down much more easily, thanks to the players' sincerity and the credible, unassuming dialogue. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 28, 2016
9% Rio, I Love You (Rio, Eu Te Amo) (2016) "Striking moments are overtaken by the fruit-juice mediocrity of everything else, particularly a connecting narrative about a cabdriver who insists on telling all his riders about the woman who got away. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 28, 2016
83% Midnight Special (2016) "Riffing on John Carpenter's Starman, writer-director Jeff Nichols has crafted a sci-fi chase film whose gravely naturalistic style adds to its sense of portent. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 26, 2016
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