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The Ballad of Jack and Rose Reviews

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.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
April 22, 2005
The entire movie seems to be suffering from the same suffocating disease as Jack.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 22, 2005
We leave this movie hoping to see Miller and Lewis together again soon.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 14, 2005
It's all strange and mildly unpleasant and self-consciously arty.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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
The schematic design behind her plot and characters is so rigidly predetermined that nothing feels lifelike despite the naturalistic acting and filmmaking.
April 2, 2005
The Ballad of Jack & Rose gets caught up in incidental distractions that lead the drama astray.
April 2, 2005
The premise here has terrific potential, and I felt affection for all the characters.
April 1, 2005
Suffers from narrative shapelessness. It's hard to tell what message Miller is trying to convey.
Read More | Original Score: C+
April 1, 2005
Suffers from a failure of nerve.
April 1, 2005
Most of The Ballad of Jack and Rose takes itself too seriously.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 1, 2005
A film of scenes, not a cohesive whole.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 1, 2005
A potent, mesmerizing drama of a counterculture Adam and Eve and their expulsion from paradise.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 1, 2005
Even with such a powerhouse actor as Day-Lewis, this movie belongs to Rose, who is sensitively played by Camilla Belle, an accomplished young actress who should have a bright future.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 1, 2005
Explores the dangers of idealism, of belief and even beauty, with a touch that's neither overly cynical nor sentimental, even though it does slip logically here and there.
Read More | Original Score: B
April 1, 2005
It's well-sung and performed but less than stirring.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 1, 2005
It contains elements that prove engrossing, even as certain symbolic gestures (the repeated use of a snake, for example) slither depressingly into view.
Read More | Original Score: B-
April 1, 2005
Miller can rightly be celebrated as a wonderful short-story director in that her gift for detail mines the particular intimacy of its characters even as it delivers works of mythlike mood.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 1, 2005
An absorbing experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 1, 2005
Indulgent, shapeless, and full of well-meant but ponderous pieties and psychologically driven mayhem.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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.
March 31, 2005
Mr. Day-Lewis is particularly outstanding as a man out of time and out of touch. His gaunt face (he lost several pounds for the role) registers the anxiety and futile determination of someone slowly imploding. He makes the whole thing worthwhile.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 31, 2005
The film disappoints, partly because it inspires such large expectations.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 31, 2005
It's hard not to sing the praises of The Ballad of Jack & Rose.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 25, 2005
Certainly there's no such thing as spending too much time with your child. Or is there?
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
March 25, 2005
There is something garish about watching a father and daughter struggle with the snake of incest in their ill-advised Garden of Eden.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 24, 2005
Combining an actor you can't take your eyes off with unapologetically emotional material makes The Ballad of Jack & Rose a model of artistic, provocative American filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
March 24, 2005
The plot of The Ballad of Jack and Rose relies overmuch on contrivances, but the viewer ends up liking the characters enough that it's hard not to forgive such narrative hiccups.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 24, 2005
Too self-consciously offbeat for its own good.
March 24, 2005
Strangely moving.
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 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 23, 2005
Miller's theme is innocence, the loss of it, and the reclamation of equanimity in the face of that loss, and the music she makes is haunting.
Full Review | Original Score: A
March 22, 2005
[Lewis'] turn as lifestyle extremist Jack carries an authentic scent of tobacco and peat while much of the movie smells of the lamp.
February 4, 2005
It's hard to feel any sense of tragedy, much less sympathy, for a parent whose idea of child rearing borders on abuse.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4