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The Ballad of Jack and Rose Reviews

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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
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.
April 4, 2005
Jack and Rose's ballad is a sour song punctuated by ugly behavior from characters who are supposed to be sympathetic.
April 2, 2005
A quiet, character-driven piece that slowly gets too big for itself.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
April 2, 2005
The Ballad of Jack & Rose gets caught up in incidental distractions that lead the drama astray.
March 24, 2005
Rebecca Miller's attempt to elevate a small Oedipal story about two damaged souls into a grandiloquent epic misses by a significantly wide mark.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 26, 2007
A disjointed collection of characters whose dysfunctional behavior modes only reinforce the aimlessness of the narrative.
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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
March 25, 2005
When Daniel Day-Lewis sprays lead in his new film, though, we're supposed to consider him a misunderstood romantic, a crusading outlaw. Bob Dylan keeps popping up on the soundtrack to make sure you get the point.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 3, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
March 25, 2005
Its inscrutability and standoffishness make The Ballad of Jack & Rose more boring than watching someone else knit.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
March 25, 2005
When the father and daughter are left to their own devices, the film plods along with four endings.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.25/5
March 25, 2005
A fine cast gives their director beautifully shaded performances, but the writer squanders them on a pretentiously meaningless story with...a creepy incestuous theme.
Full Review | Original Score: C
April 2, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 6, 2005
Think of it as an somewhat self-conscious, sensitive, offbeat tone poem.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
March 24, 2005
The whole story feels like an exercise in manufactured emotion, tortured contrivance, narrative shortcutting and easy morality.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
March 25, 2005
Certainly there's no such thing as spending too much time with your child. Or is there?
March 31, 2005
The film disappoints, partly because it inspires such large expectations.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 31, 2005
An engaging battle between terrific acting and a flawed script. Unfortunately, the actors -- including Daniel Day-Lewis, Catherine Keener and extraordinary newcomer Camilla Belle -- lose.
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