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.
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
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.
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.
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 26, 2016
A must for Civil War buffs, Free State of Jones is a ripping fictionalised drama about true events long hidden from history's spotlight.
November 8, 2016
A surprisingly enlightening film.
October 10, 2016
Free State of Jones stars Matthew McConaughey, with his smooth Southern lilt and cool demeanour, as Newton Knight, a battle-weary Confederate soldier who deserts, deciding that he no longer wants to fight for the rights of slave owners.
October 4, 2016
Not the story we want, perhaps, but one we need, told straight.
October 3, 2016
The story and performances carry a film that history buffs should enjoy.
October 2, 2016
McConaughey gives a stereotypically intense - cough, slightly worthy, cough - performance but Mahershala Ali steals the show with his dignified, quiet turn as slave Moses Washington.
September 30, 2016
Since its true story is still so timely after some 150 years, we can forgive this film for being somewhat dull in the way the events are recounted.
September 30, 2016
A biblically bewhiskered, burning-eyed McConaughey rises to the occasion, inspiring his compatriots with fluent rhetoric which is all the more persuasive for being delivered in the actor's mellifluous, musical Southern tones.
September 30, 2016
Although the film feels a little disjointed and confusing at times, the blend of a great story and McConaughey's on-screen dominance (he's in virtually every scene bar the flash forwards) makes this a compelling couple of hours.
September 30, 2016
It's dramatically compelling and sensitive to the racial complications of the era.
September 30, 2016
A great story, galumphingly told.
September 29, 2016
McConaughey - having risen from the ashes of many a rubbish romantic comedy in the noughties - here again demonstrates the kind of deeply dug intensity that can elevate a merely average film to greater heights.
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