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January 13, 2015
Zany but strained period piece dramedy.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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
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
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
September 16, 2013
There's a terrific movie struggling to escape from this overplotted, overedited, overdetermined stew ...
September 13, 2013
The inconsistent tone and melodramatic tendencies unfortunately cancel out strong portrayals.
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
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
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
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.
September 13, 2013
War is hell, duh. That's still all I can figure Thornton's film amounts to.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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.
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
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-
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
September 12, 2013
In its best moments, you can see what the film might have been with half a dozen fewer characters.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
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
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
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
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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