The Joneses Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
April 14, 2010
Writer-director Derrick Borte takes this somewhat clever concept and turns it into a muddled mix of weak social commentary, predictable drama and wan comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 15, 2010
Either this is a tragic family or a satirical one, and the film seems uncertain which way to jump.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 14, 2010
The screenplay goes as limp as a noodle and turns into a long string of clichés. It's sad, really, because the movie begins with so much promise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
April 15, 2010
The cons should leave the audience a little breathless; instead, Borte goes for an indistinct tone and suburban-malaise vibe that was dated (as well as patronizing) when American Beauty came out.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
Alex Zane
Sun Online
April 23, 2010
Interesting if not entirely successful.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Aaron Hillis
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
April 16, 2010
It lures you in with a promise of being a smart, zeitgeist-y satire, but before it can deliver on that promise, it morphs into something more resembling a soap opera.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brett Michel
Boston Phoenix
April 14, 2010
Keeping up with the Joneses is tough. Derrick Borte should have learned this before deciding to write, produce, and direct his first major film, a slice of social commentary that loses focus as it unspools.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
April 16, 2010
Director Derrick Borte's grasp of the material is shaky, which is revealed in major gaps in logic (how is it possible to keep track of the "sales" the Joneses are credited for?) and, worse, tone.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Dan Kois
Washington Post
April 16, 2010
By the end, The Joneses feels a little too satisfied with its own admittedly clever conceit and for the broad leeway it allows itself in the creative bandying of logos and slogans.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
April 12, 2010
A high-concept premise too-tidily comments on its underlying subject matter in The Joneses.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
Bill Gibron
PopMatters
April 16, 2010
...that most maddening of motion picture paradigms - a great concept badly bungled.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org
April 12, 2011
Dawn of the Dead made a savvier commentary on consumerism and materialism.
David Medsker
Bullz-Eye.com
April 15, 2010
That the movie is able to suspend disbelief for as long as it does is a testament to David Duchovny's likability as an actor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
April 15, 2010
Crass materialism and ridiculous marketing ploys are skewered by writer/director Derrick Borte in this uneven cautionary tale that starts off incisively funny, then devolves into preachiness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
November 20, 2010
full review at Movies for the Masses
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Graham Killeen
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
April 15, 2010
FX's under-viewed cable series >The Riches did everything that's here years ago, with more lucidity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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John Anderson
Variety
August 31, 2010
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