Jayne Mansfield's Car Reviews

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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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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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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.
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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.
Full Review | 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
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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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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-
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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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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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September 11, 2012
The whole is oddly unsatisfying and the film feels slow.
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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.