Reviews

Aug 29, 2017
It's a mediocre movie with a very nice central performance.
May 3, 2011
Cruelly, the display of sorrow never takes command, with most of the film an unsatisfactory soap opera that never seizes an illuminating essence.
Nov 21, 2010
Chastain has long red hair, wide eyes, and an even wider smile. She is Jolene, of course, and she is appealing.
Nov 4, 2010
More epic than it needs to be and less profound than it should be, "Jolene" remains a watchable excursion into human frailty and foibles.
Nov 4, 2010
Chastain proves near-heroic embodying Jolene's innate strength and incremental wisdom. Yet she also makes us understand how the heroine's wobbly resistance to manipulative characters is overwhelmed time and again.
Nov 1, 2010
Based on an E.L. Doctorow short story, Jolene is an apt example of how stories about women who are in abusive relationships can be turned into sexual exploitation.
Oct 31, 2010
Vapid, convoluted, tedious and too episodic despite Jessica Chastain's charismatic performance as the seductive, wounded, insecure and lonely Jolene.
Oct 31, 2010
Jolene's main themes, including the manipulation of youth, the fragility of love, and the suppression of individuality, try to carry the wonky dialogue into complex territory.
Oct 29, 2010
So bad it's almost (but not quite) good, Dan Ireland's Jolene is an unusually elaborate and excruciatingly long vanity production...
Oct 29, 2010
Ms. Chastain digs deep. Surrendering to her character's smoky voice-over and disastrous judgment, the actress finds pockets of soul in a role that's part Jessica Rabbit, part Marilyn Monroe.
Oct 28, 2010
Chastain, an incandescent redhead with a heart-shaped face and round, shining eyes, does more justice to the part than it deserves.
Oct 27, 2010
Downplaying Doctorow's condescending literary and class ironies, Ireland creates something more like a queer-inflected Candide.
Oct 27, 2010
A road movie that charts the adventures of an orphan teenager as she experiments with sexuality, marriage, and adultery.
Oct 27, 2010
The movie has been through as many hurdles getting here as dear, sweet Jolene, but sometimes the most engaging movies are the ones worth waiting for.
Oct 27, 2010
One minute a guy's making Jolene patently false promises, the next she's getting sodomized on her wedding night.
Oct 26, 2010
Throughout, Chastain delivers a full-bodied debut performance, but she's ultimately stuck taking her wandering-soul protagonist far more seriously than it -- or the film -- deserves.
Oct 21, 2010
A picaresque tale of a young woman's sad passage through abuse marriages that retains the sardonic wit of the original story by E.L. Doctorow.
Jan 13, 2009
This picaresque tale dawdles a bit, but Chastain keeps us rooting for Jolene's survival.
Jan 8, 2009
While its lumpy story drags long before its running time is up, the film serves as the perfect showcase for new star Jessica Chastain, a dazzling redhead whose talent and radiance keeps its many parts watchable.
Jun 17, 2008
Though stretched to a two-hour run time, Doctorow's socially critical tale is reduced to queasy spectacle.