'Jonah Hex' Critic Reviews

32%
MovieWeb:   17 reviews
12%
Rotten Tomatoes:   151 reviews
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    25
    [Brolin] is done in by the deathless mediocrity of the production, an assemblage of random camera shots, messy editing, redundant scenes, and witless dialogue as haphazardly stitched together as the flesh on Jonah Hex's face.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Manohla Dargis New York Times (Top Critic)
    60
    Though it has bad word of mouth, "Jonah Hex" is generally better, sprier and more diverting than most of the action flicks now playing, The A-Team included.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Phelim O'Neill Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    40
    It just gets louder and more nonsensical as it progresses, with Fox shoe-horned into as many scenes as possible.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    38
    Some movies seem so blatant an effort to appeal to a specific target audience that they ought to come with a viewers' advisory warning.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post (Top Critic)
    38
    Jonah Hex may not be the longest 81 minutes you ever spend, but it might well be the most tedious.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Wesley Morris Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    50
    The movie began life as a macabre postbellum western for DC Comics. Now it's lumbering action-camp following a video game plot.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    40
    If all you want is a bullets-and-bombs B-movie, you'll get your money's worth: Somehow, Hayward makes 82 minutes feel like hours.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Tom Maurstad Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    40
    Jonah Hex is cut-and-paste filmmaking at its crudest.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Mary F. Pols MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    10
    The movie is laughable, but it's not funny, not even in a camp way.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    50
    It's based on some DC Comics characters, which may explain the way the plot jumps around. We hear a lot about graphic novels, but this is more of a graphic anthology of strange occult ideas.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • S. James Snyder Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    30
    With a total running time that barely hits 80 minutes, it's hard to believe they even paid [John] Malkovich and [Megan] Fox to show up.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    50
    Here's how you know Josh Brolin has become a movie star: Jonah Hex may not be much with him, but without him? Perish the thought.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Cliff Doerksen Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    Begins affably enough as a random slew of Leone-style squint-a-thons and shoot-outs but then loses it way in a dopey, anachronism-happy sci-fi plot.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    38
    Mercifully fleet and lamentably uninteresting...
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    13
    This is industrially processed entertainment at it cheapest, nastiest and greasiest.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    30
    Take the intriguing premise of a punk-rock Western based on a graphic novel, populate it with a good cast, add striking visuals and you come up with...a real mess.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Justin Chang Variety (Top Critic)
    The film's noisy, slam-bang approach and lack of imagination in all nonvisual departments will keep it from rounding up a fresh generation of thrill-seekers.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Kyle Smith New York Post (Top Critic)
    75
    The Western, with its code of short tempers and cheap life, sprang from the Civil War, but few Westerns connect the dots to demonstrate how the war must have created hollow nihilists the way Jonah Hex does.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    50
    Jonah Hex is a good performance and a few good lines buried in a script whose authors should do a little time in writer's hell for scribbling it.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    38
    This looked to be a priority project by Warner Bros. at one point -- that is until cash spigot got turned off. The special effects are really cheesy, even by comic-book standards.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Stephen Cole Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    25
    Calling Jonah Hex a waste of time requires qualification, given the action flick weighs in at 82 minutes.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Andrew O'Hehir Salon.com (Top Critic)
    It isn't just that no effort is expended on old-fogey ideas like character development; it's more that Hayward doesn't even try to make individual scenes make sense.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    50
    If this represents the true vision of director Jimmy Hayward, then I have only one question: What was he thinking?
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Michael Rechtshaffen Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    Although Josh Brolin rises to the occasion, much of this comic book adaptation appears to have been abandoned on the cutting-room floor.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • David Germain Associated Press (Top Critic)
    So short, and so bad, you cringe at the thought of how awful whatever ended up on the cutting-room floor must be.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
AVG. RATING 2.1 POOR
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