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The Joneses Reviews

November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
April 12, 2011
The Joneses starts with a great pitch but ultimately fails to close the deal.
April 21, 2010
There's a nicely cynical streak at the heart of The Joneses, until Borte goes soft and lets the audience off the hook.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 19, 2010
Mr. Borte conjures up a pleasant Stepford that runs less on robotic conformity than on endless, anxious competition. The key to the film is that it allows this life to have some real appeal.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
April 16, 2010
A cheeky little commentary on modern consumption, The Joneses offers an uneasy balance between what's funny and what's not, staying just edgy enough to be uncomfortable while hitting its targets.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
April 16, 2010
[Demi Moore is] She's one reason to see writer-director's Derrick Borte's zeitgeist fable The Joneses. Though she's not the only one.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 16, 2010
It makes for good, although not great, satire of the consumer culture that helped wreck the economy.
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
April 16, 2010
The Joneses is a black comedy about stealth marketing made by a filmmaker who's evidently much too close to the subject to bite the hand that feeds him.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 16, 2010
The all-important production design perfectly captures a generation of unthinking consumers. And Moore and Duchovny, who have great chemistry, are strong enough to make the most of a script that really needed another rewrite.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 15, 2010
You walk out of it thinking, that's totally plausible and, while sick, a great idea.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 15, 2010
In an entertaining way, the movie says something challenging, that it's possible to lose your life to stuff -- and never even know it.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
April 15, 2010
Almost everything about The Joneses, from the transparent plot twists to the winking irony of the golf-course patter, falls flat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 15, 2010
In its amiable, ambling way, The Joneses is a zeitgeist film: it says as much as a Michael Moore screed about the American way of debt.
April 15, 2010
Borte loses his nerve about halfway through and turns what should be a biting satire on American greed into a melodramatic lesson of conscience.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 15, 2010
The Joneses is a list of grievances nailed to the door of the Church of Materialism, but the hammer never hits the audience's fingers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 15, 2010
Sometimes the social satire is a bit too obvious, but thanks to a smart screenplay and excellent performances, "The Joneses" is largely successful in delivering on its intriguing premise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 15, 2010
The film asks welcome questions about what price we should be willing to pay for "the good life," but ultimately it can't close the deal.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 15, 2010
Iinitially promising but finally unremarkable...
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 15, 2010
A generic hash of contrived comedy, romance, and tragedy, the saddest part of which is that a way-cool, high-end riding lawn mower winds up at the bottom of someone's swimming pool.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 15, 2010
Writer-director Derrick Borte has a dark vision of maxed-out 21st-century suburbia where advertising is not only inescapable, but the essential fabric that bonds friends and family. What he lacks is follow-through.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
April 15, 2010
Good salesmen would show no pity. The Joneses weeps, and we're not buying it.
Full Review | Original Score: C
April 15, 2010
The premise of this social satire is so enjoyable you keep trying to believe it even though it makes no sense
April 15, 2010
The Joneses starts with a fresh identity but finally feels like the product of a focus group.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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
April 14, 2010
Fresh, scintillating and downright terrific...
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
April 14, 2010
As cautionary tales about consumerism go, The Joneses manages a deft blend of the sexy, the sad and the silly. And Borte doles out his secrets and surprises in ways that make it easy to keep up with these Joneses.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 14, 2010
David Duchovny and Demi Moore are well accessorized as display-model husband and wife. But this cautionary tale might be easier to swallow if all that stuff didn't look like it came from a Sky Mall catalog.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
April 14, 2010
For a while, at least, a pitch-black (and, therefore, pitch-perfect) tale of our times.