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The Joneses Reviews

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
August 1, 2012
As interesting as the message is with this film, it is equally as hypocritical of the movie industry to shake its finger at fads, trendsetters and materialistic nonsense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review
April 12, 2011
Even with decent turns from the leads, and a usefully soulful one from Gary Cole as a neighbor inclined to do the proverbial keeping up, the film can't always manage to justify itself as an actual movie instead of merely a clever concept.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
April 12, 2011
A darkly comical satire about affluence might seem a bit ill-timed during a global recession. But a strong cast makes this film very watchable, even as it slips into melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Rafer Guzman
April 12, 2011
The Joneses starts with a great pitch but ultimately fails to close the deal.
Beth Accomando
April 12, 2011
Dawn of the Dead made a savvier commentary on consumerism and materialism.
Robert Hanks
Independent (UK)
April 12, 2011
Borte, directing his first film, does a smooth, confident job, so that even though the set-up isn't quite plausible you're happy to go along with it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sean Edgar
Paste Magazine
April 12, 2011
Think of it as an inverted Truman Show, with David Duchovny and Demi Moore as yuppified secret salesmen hawking an idealized suburban lifestyle while incognito.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.6/10
Dave White
April 4, 2011
Way to kill that dark comedy you were going for.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
November 20, 2010
full review at Movies for the Masses
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Josh Larsen
October 29, 2010
A missed opportunity from 2010 that could have been so timely and brilliant that it's almost painful to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Mike Barnard
Future Movies UK
August 21, 2010
Taken at surface level, The Joneses does succeed in presenting its attack on consumerism; and for that alone it sparks up talking points and will leave you to think about exactly why you bought the model of car or mobile phone you did.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
August 20, 2010
Plays it far too safe and ends up not saying anything at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Perri Nemiroff
August 13, 2010
Exceptionally thoughtful, not only in terms of consumerism, but when considering the value of compassion as well. Worth your hard earned money, no strings attached.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Alison Gang
San Diego Union-Tribune
August 11, 2010
We know by now that blatant, senseless consumption is bad, harmful even. But the biggest surprise about The Joneses is its skillful avoidance of any meaning or significance whatsoever.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union
May 27, 2010
A fine, sneaky satire ... undercut by an awful ending, one that smells as if someone (a corporation perhaps?) got their hands on it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald
May 15, 2010
The film's fatal flaw is Borte's refusal to give his satire the darker, uncomfortable edge it needs to give his lesson some impact.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Alissa Wilkinson
Christianity Today
May 7, 2010
This cautionary tale depicts consumers who believe they deserve stuff, whether or not they can pay for it. Rarely is this kind of truth seen onscreen in such a subtle and entertaining film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Emily S. Mendel
April 30, 2010
The Joneses is somewhat entertaining ... because of its deliciously clichéd suburban location ... good acting and creative premise.
Nigel Floyd
April 29, 2010
Every now and then a small, intelligent, quietly thought-provoking film slips through the Hollywood studios' net and prompts the thought, How did this ever get made?
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Neil Smith
Total Film
April 29, 2010
It's a fine idea that could have made for a devastating critique of consumerism had Borte chosen to follow it through to a cynical, nihilistic conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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