Free State of Jones Reviews

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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
December 17, 2016
Absolutely nothing but a history lesson, presented in what feel like deliberately uncinematic terms.
November 29, 2016
Anyone visiting Free State of Jones merely hoping to learn more about an interesting anti-slavery rebellion will likely come away sated, but those looking for an exciting, vital piece of filmmaking will have to wait for another opportunity.
November 9, 2016
By covering so many events in one go, Ross's episodic and exhausting history lesson wastes the remarkable story of Knight's wartime escapades.
October 14, 2016
This is textbook filmmaking, and that's the problem. It literally plays out like some history book edition lacking any cinematic panache.
October 2, 2016
A fascinating and genuinely important period in American history is underserved here by an inelegant structure and unwieldy running time.
September 30, 2016
Free State Of Jones is an American Civil War-era saga that would surely have worked better as a box set TV drama than as a feature film. There is just too much information to pack in.
September 30, 2016
Ultimately, the film tries to try to do too much and as such loses its impact.
September 30, 2016
Rarely have I so wanted a film to finish, with so little evidence that it was about to oblige.
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