The Ballad of Jack and Rose - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Ballad of Jack and Rose Reviews

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Top Critic
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
February 8, 2010
Doesn't succeed in everything it sets out to do, but as a statement about the death rattle of 60s counterculture it's thoughtful and affecting.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
A sad tale of isolation and love.
Brandon Fibbs
February 28, 2008
The Ballad of Jack and Rose, like the community it elucidates, is not perfect. Like the people who try so desperately to make the most of the world in which they live, it is full of flaws, inconsistencies, and shortcomings.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Prairie Miller
NY Rock
March 26, 2007
A disjointed collection of characters whose dysfunctional behavior modes only reinforce the aimlessness of the narrative.
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Bruce Feld
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
It is the harbinger of great films to come from an exceptional screenwriter and director.
Matthew Turner
March 30, 2006
Belle is equally good, proving that she's a real movie star in the making - there's a sort of feral energy to Rose that's genuinely scary and disturbingly unpredictable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
June 8, 2005
It's about two-thirds a great movie and worth it for those two-thirds.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
May 13, 2005
Generally it works, thanks to the terrific performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
May 13, 2005
A fable of the end of innocence, complete with such symbols of paradise lost as a snake (a fugitive copperhead) and a toppled playhouse.
| Original Score: '3/4'
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 6, 2005
As indie efforts go, The Ballad of Jack and Rose pushes a lot of the classic indie audience buttons, coupled with some depressingly mainstream ones.
| Original Score: 3/5
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
May 6, 2005
Ballad wears out one tale before its end.
| Original Score: 2/4
Lindy T. Shepherd
Orlando Weekly
May 5, 2005
[A] strange blend of a daughter's coming of age and a father's advancing toward death.
| Original Score: 3/5
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
April 29, 2005
The always-superb Day-Lewis and bright newcomer Belle almost redeem this pretentious, improbable scenario. But almost isn't enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Paul Doro
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
April 28, 2005
Poignant, melancholic and a little strange, The Ballad of Jack and Rose is an effective rendering of the loss of innocence and the acceptance that some ideals can't survive in a modern world.
| Original Score: 3/4
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
April 28, 2005
Rebecca Miller's third feature begins as a two-character drama, and it would have been so much better if it had stayed that way.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
April 27, 2005
Murky, disturbing stuff that most of the time does better at repelling viewers than compelling them to stick around to see what happens next.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
April 22, 2005
The entire movie seems to be suffering from the same suffocating disease as Jack.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
April 22, 2005
Doesn't seem to know what it wants to be, and that's right down to its artificial-feeling ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
April 22, 2005
We leave this movie hoping to see Miller and Lewis together again soon.
| Original Score: 3/4
Angela Baldassarre
April 22, 2005
Performances are exceptional in this melodramatic film from the daughter of Arthur Miller.
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