Free State of Jones Reviews

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September 26, 2019
McConaughey's charm is one of the positive aspects of the film and it is easy to see how he could command a group of disheartened people and get them to band together to fight back.
July 17, 2019
The Free State of Jones does a disservice to the lives it hopes to dramatize as well as the time of anyone unfortunate enough to end up seeing it.
October 23, 2018
Free State of Jones has its moments of clumsiness, but it also has scenes that are rousing and a story that, as they say, makes learning fun.
August 22, 2018
As it stands, the film isn't a complete mess, but with its slow pace and lack of cohesion, it does leave a lot to be desired.
August 22, 2018
It's a powerful, moving story, but that doesn't mean it moves quickly. [It's a] very serious and often grim film.
March 6, 2018
There's much in Jones worth seeing and considering-for those who can stomach the war violence.
January 10, 2018
The interrelations between characters may be superficial and there's a 
wearisome didactic element, but this new film contains some powerful 
scenes...Free State doesn't fail to generate interest, even if it lacks any cinematic distinction.
December 5, 2017
Director Gary Ross treats the movie like a glorified history lesson complete with shockingly amateur and inept filmmaking decisions at every corner
October 31, 2017
A tad too long and tad too inconsistent, the only respectability that Free State Of Jones retains is thanks to Matthew McConaughey's performance.
October 18, 2017
It's a potentially fascinating piece of Americana but McConaughey gives one of his vainer, more posturing performances in a film that eventually outstays its welcome.
October 14, 2017
Free State of Jones is too boring to be bad in an interesting way and too infuriating to be bad in a fun way. It can best be summed up in four words: Whitesplaining the Civil War.
September 26, 2017
Because Free State of Jones concentrates so singularly on making [Matthew] McConaughey the hero of the film, it ends up being a series of missed opportunities.
August 29, 2017
What does not play so true is the production value of Free State of Jones. So often the acting and enacting are wooden, the make-up a few smears of mud on a face. The film could have used subtitles.
June 26, 2017
Essentially, it's a messy movie about an even messier stretch of ugly American history that would've fared better as a prestige miniseries.
June 26, 2017
Free State of Jones contains so much story that it might have been better served in a longer format. But as it is, the film is a mess.
June 20, 2017
The picture is, if nothing else, a fascinating historical footnote. Major kudos to McConaughey for using his post-Oscar clout - and for having the courage (and the ego) - to bring this little-known story to light.
March 21, 2017
While all the performances are solid, there's too much of a distance from the setting of the story to truly create an immersive experience between the audience and the film.
February 8, 2017
Free State of Jones is a worthy experience, both instructive and provocative -- a lot of what goes on here is starting to look too familiar for comfort.
January 1, 2017
McConaughey plays Newton Knight in one key, the key of righteous indignation, just what the story calls for.
December 31, 2016
It's a plodding and dry story that feels like something only a History Channel-addicted dad could love. And it's surprising how bad it is given the players.
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