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Jayne Mansfield's Car Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 13, 2015
Zany but strained period piece dramedy.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
J.C. Mašek III
PopMatters
February 17, 2014
Jayne Mansfield's Car is dramatic and funny and entertaining in many parts, but the jigsaw puzzle doesn't always flow from piece to piece. For all of Thornton's directing skill, the overall film can be episodic and loses focus repeatedly.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Simon Brookfield
We Got This Covered
September 29, 2013
The truly superb cast of Jayne Mansfield's Car sputters in this confused melodrama that is more pre-occupied with explicitly saying everything rather than genuinely saying something.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Norm Schrager
Paste Magazine
September 26, 2013
It's obvious that Billy Bob Thornton is attempting something meaningful with Jayne Mansfield's Car. It's just tough to figure out what it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
September 16, 2013
There's a terrific movie struggling to escape from this overplotted, overedited, overdetermined stew ...
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
September 13, 2013
The inconsistent tone and melodramatic tendencies unfortunately cancel out strong portrayals.
William Bibbiani
CraveOnline
September 13, 2013
A uniformly fine cast and some infrequent moments of storytelling genius keep Jayne Mansfield's Car steady most of the time.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
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Godfrey Cheshire
RogerEbert.com
September 13, 2013
With its sprawling array of characters and anecdotal, ramshackle structure, [the film] feels more like a collection of interrelated short stories cobbled into an flavorful but ultimately unwieldy narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media
September 13, 2013
Thornton manages to balance these themes with interesting and damaged characters while also creating a strong family dynamic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
September 13, 2013
It's one thing to explore the messiness of familial relationships and regret against the backdrop of the Vietnam War, and something else entirely to try and shove every jot and tiddle in place before the closing credits roll.
Glenn Dunks
Glenn Dunks
September 13, 2013
War is hell, duh. That's still all I can figure Thornton's film amounts to.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture
September 13, 2013
Jayne Mansfield's Car isn't likely to set America's theaters on fire, but it's a powerful whisper of a film.
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
September 13, 2013
Thornton, Duvall, Bacon, Hurt and LaNasa part of a rich ensemble taking a trip in 'Jayne Mansfield's Car.'
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
September 13, 2013
Thornton's approach is liquid enough to allow for a few poignant and unsettling moments, keeping the film captivating and organically felt before it becomes unbearable.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
September 13, 2013
Overall, the rambling "Jayne Mansfield's Car" is almost as big a wreck as its namesake.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
September 12, 2013
In its best moments, you can see what the film might have been with half a dozen fewer characters.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
September 12, 2013
The scenes in which good ol' boy mentality clashes with stuffy British sensibility are a highlight. Still, both cultures are depicted through cliches.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
September 12, 2013
By a certain point the deliberate pokiness and lackadaisical attitude toward character development and resolution feels like spilled food that never gets completely wiped up.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jeff Beck
Examiner.com
September 12, 2013
"Jayne Mansfield's Car" is a bit of an oddity in that there's not really much of a plot to speak of, giving it the feeling of a film that's adrift as it searches for something to do.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
September 12, 2013
Thornton's forthright direction fits the subject matter. And the actors are skilled enough to find shadings within starkly sketched scenarios.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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