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

The Ballad of Jack and Rose Reviews

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Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
April 19, 2005
Daniel Day-Lewis gives the first great performance of 2005.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Carla Meyer
Sacramento Bee
April 15, 2005
Cinematic flourishes intoxicate until the hangover of retrospect sets in, and you recognize the unhealthiness of the filial relationship this scene has celebrated.
| Original Score: 2/4
Carlo Cavagna
April 14, 2005
Jack's realizations, particularly vis--vis his daughter, offer rich dramatic possibilities.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
April 14, 2005
It's all strange and mildly unpleasant and self-consciously arty.
| Original Score: 2/5
Phoebe Flowers
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
April 14, 2005
It's generally a bad sign when you find yourself actively longing for the deadly copperhead snake that co-stars to take a nice, juicy bite out of the alleged protagonist.
| Original Score: 2/4
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
April 14, 2005
The film's characters serve their schematic functions in Miller's story and never stray outside them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
April 13, 2005
If Miller's drama begins as a wistful ballad, it decomposes into an overwrought dirge.
Jordan Hiller
April 12, 2005
While I appreciate and respect Miller's focus on nature and innocence, I couldn't help but feel the film was puffed up and sustaining itself on esoteric nonsense.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5
Jules Brenner
April 11, 2005
The appeal of the piece is limited; the telling of it is accomplished
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
April 7, 2005
Day-Lewis brings the picture closer, by himself, to the ballad of its title than to the dirge it constantly threatens to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
April 6, 2005
The movie's few flaws do a lot of damage to an otherwise skillfully crafted film
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Susan Granger
April 6, 2005
Think of it as an somewhat self-conscious, sensitive, offbeat tone poem.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 4, 2005
Jack and Rose's ballad is a sour song punctuated by ugly behavior from characters who are supposed to be sympathetic.
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
April 3, 2005
A tune that humorlessly circles back in on itself, sounding seductive in parts but leaving dissatisfaction in its wake.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
April 2, 2005
If there was a profound message, I missed it.
Eric D. Snider
April 2, 2005
A quiet, character-driven piece that slowly gets too big for itself.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Todd McCarthy
April 2, 2005
The Ballad of Jack & Rose gets caught up in incidental distractions that lead the drama astray.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
April 2, 2005
The schematic design behind her plot and characters is so rigidly predetermined that nothing feels lifelike despite the naturalistic acting and filmmaking.
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Andrew O'Hehir
April 2, 2005
The premise here has terrific potential, and I felt affection for all the characters.
Bridget Byrne
Boxoffice Magazine
April 2, 2005
It's somehow out of sync with its own rhythms and moods, thus its impact is much slighter than might be expected from an idea approached with intelligence and insight by Rebecca Miller and conveyed by as talented a clutch of actors.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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