'Janie Jones' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   1 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   30 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    59
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  • Stephen Holden New York Times (Top Critic)
    60
    There are moments when "Janie Jones" threatens to turn into "Crazy Heart," which is not necessarily a bad thing.
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  • Ann Hornaday Washington Post (Top Critic)
    63
    Nivola and Breslin make a terrific mismatched pair in a film that often resembles a mash-up of "Crazy Heart" and Sofia Coppola's "Somewhere"...
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  • Tom Russo Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    50
    "Janie Jones'' would feel more assured if Rosenthal had shown more inclination to commit.
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  • Melissa Anderson Village Voice (Top Critic)
    Nivola and Breslin sing and perform the original numbers, welcome interludes that provide respite from Rosenthal's lousy script.
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  • Joe Neumaier New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    40
    Rosenthal fills this dewy road-trip movie with too many cliches.
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  • Dennis Harvey Variety (Top Critic)
    Despite the pic's assets and overall restraint, a whiff of cliched deja vu remains.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Kyle Smith New York Post (Top Critic)
    25
    The indie road movie "Janie Jones" is billed as "inspired by the true story" of its writer-director, David M. Rosenthal. Impossible. No one's life is this boring.
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  • Eric Kohn indieWIRE (Top Critic)
    Although not exemplary, "Janie Jones" at least manages to give its tired scenario a sense of legitimacy.
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  • Andrew O'Hehir Salon.com (Top Critic)
    The movie works because it's essentially an old-fashioned two-hander for a couple of subtle and terrific actors.
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  • Ray Bennett Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    An earnest tale about a faded rock star who discovers he has a teenaged daughter and takes her on the road, Janie Jones follows a predictable path and despite decent performances it does not catch fire.
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  • Robert Abele Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    40
    A mixture of discordant notes and way-too-familiar chords.
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  • Brett Michel Boston Phoenix
    50
    Not particularly memorable.
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  • Tricia Olszewski Washington City Paper
    You'll get in touch with your softer side and want to punch it.
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  • Marshall Fine Hollywood & Fine
    A movie about second chances that's sweet (without being sugary) and tinged with regret.
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  • David Noh Film Journal International
    Unrewarding retread of too many films we've seen before,
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  • AV Club
    59
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  • Ian Buckwalter NPR
    58
    After a messy, cliched first half, Janie Jones is barely salvaged by the lightweight sweetness that emerges once it becomes a two-hander for Breslin and Nivola.
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  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat Spirituality and Practice
    60
    Abigail Breslin in a shining performance as the responsible one in a father-daughter reunion.
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  • Geoff Berkshire Metromix.com
    50
    It isn't easy to make an indie movie these days, so it's dispiriting how many wind up exactly like Janie Jones
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  • Moira MacDonald Seattle Times
    75
    Nominated for an Academy Award for 2006's "Little Miss Sunshine" when she was just 10 years old, Breslin here gives a performance of great naturalism and charm, effortlessly carrying a challenging leading role.
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  • Cole Smithey ColeSmithey.com
    42
    The musical set pieces aren't enough reason to see "Janie Jones," but at least there's some payoff for an otherwise dismal excuse for a story.
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  • Noel Murray AV Club
    59
    Contrivances aside ... Janie Jones is one of the more realistic depictions of what the rock 'n' roll lifestyle is really like.
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  • Joshua Rothkopf Time Out New York
    40
    The predictability is crushing, and with movies like Crazy Heart and Sofia Coppola's distinctly personal Somewhere so close in the rearview, David M. Rosenthal's estrangement drama feels especially soft.
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