Free State of Jones Reviews

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July 11, 2016
A better film would have muddled the clean white-savior narrative with an actual exploration of what the racial politics of a mixed-race insurgency in the South might have been like.
June 29, 2016
It certainly looks and sounds right, and probably smells right too -- these gunky Mississippi battles and unwashed soldiers feel authentic. The problem, as with McConaughey's performance, is that you always do feel it.
June 27, 2016
The director and screenwriter Gary Ross illuminates immense historical spans with the true story of one man's revolt during the Civil War.
June 24, 2016
Ross bit off more than he can chew... the story lolls and wallows in wartime violence and the rebellion, then rushes through the horrors and trauma of Reconstruction.
June 24, 2016
A Civil War rebellion becomes an enervating movie by Gary Ross.
June 24, 2016
As inherently astonishing and powerful as this little-known episode is, it has not been well-served by Ross' lumpy, ill-conceived script, which ends up wasting Matthew McConaughey's terrific lead performance and other strong acting contributions.
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.
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