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Jayne Mansfield's Car Reviews

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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
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
Sam Fragoso
Fan The Fire
September 30, 2012
Despite suffering from a lack of conviction, it clearly comes from personal place deep within Thornton thoughts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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Sam Adams
Time Out
September 11, 2013
Thornton never establishes a rhythm that would let him move between stories without it feeling like he's changing channels on a vintage TV, the dial clunking into place every time he moves on.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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.
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Nick Schager
AV Club
September 12, 2013
It just sits there, in the process dispensing with so much leaden dialogue and half-formed narrative threads that it manages only to bring together lots of fine actors in the beautiful rural southern sunshine.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
September 10, 2013
Billy Bob Thornton's ensemble Southern family dramedy fails to subvert its cutesy formula often enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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 ...
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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
Brian Tallerico
HollywoodChicago.com
September 11, 2013
Jayne Mansfield's Car is cluttered with characters and subplots, and only a few of them resonate at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/5.0
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 13, 2015
Zany but strained period piece dramedy.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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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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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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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
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
September 13, 2013
The inconsistent tone and melodramatic tendencies unfortunately cancel out strong portrayals.
Mark Adams
Screen International
February 15, 2012
Screen veterans Robert Duvall and John Hurt make a strong impact, but sadly Jayne Mansfield's Car is never quite as intriguing as the title suggests.
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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
February 22, 2012
Billy Bob Thornton's rough charms make him always a welcome screen presence, but his return to the writer-director chair doesn't stand a chance with this labored script.
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September 11, 2012
The whole is oddly unsatisfying and the film feels slow.
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Justin Chang
Variety
September 9, 2013
A fine cast can only do so much with the script's pileup of generational conflict and long-winded introspection, resulting in a willfully out-of-step picture.
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