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Jayne Mansfield's Car Reviews

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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
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
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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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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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
JimmyO
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
September 10, 2013
If you are a fan of Thornton's earlier work you will definitely find this to be an oddly enlightening experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
September 10, 2013
If you're not Southern, and just a little bit Gothic, you probably won't get it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Mike D'Angelo
The Dissolve
August 27, 2013
The film as a whole feels fundamentally shapeless, more like a collection of anecdotes than a proper narrative. But there's a raucous energy to its digressions that arguably has more value than crystalline structure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Fred Topel
CraveOnline
September 30, 2012
A triumphant return to directing for Billy Bob Thornton. It's maybe not as monumental as Sling Blade, but it's a fine piece of character work with an unmistakable Thornton touch.
Full Review | Original Score: 7 out of 10
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
February 14, 2012
It succeeds in being funny, sad and monstrously quirky, sometimes at the same moment.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 13, 2015
Zany but strained period piece dramedy.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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.
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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
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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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