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The Joneses


Genre :

Drama, Comedy

Release Date :

April 16, 2010 (Limited)

MPAA Rating :


Director :

Derrick Borte

Starring :

Demi Moore, David Duchovny, Amber Heard, Ben Hollingsworth, Gary Cole, Glenne Headly, Lauren Hutton, Chris Williams

REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  5 of 5 [Rate It]

2.5 of 4

“..Though it's entertaining when the tone is light, The Joneses can't quite keep up with this sort of complexity..”
by Connie Ogle [Miami Herald]
2.5 of 4

“..this uneven cautionary tale that starts off incisively funny, then devolves into preachiness..”
by Claudia Puig [USA Today]
3 of 4

“..The Joneses manages a deft blend of the sexy, the sad and the silly..”
by Roger Moore [Orlando Sentinel]
Review rate : C+

“..The Joneses is fun until the plot turns maudlin..”
by Lisa Schwarzbaum [Entertainment Weekly]
Review rate : B

“..The Joneses is a refreshing twist on the mistaken identities and misunderstandings so many movies hinge upon..”
by Steve Persall [St. Petersburg Times]
3 of 5

“..The entire film hinges on a crucial fact about the family, one we learn pretty early..”
by Bill Goodykoontz [Arizona Republic]
“..The ending feels a bit rushed and incongruous, but the film never leaves behind the humanity of its characters..”
by Michael Ordona [LA Times]
Review rate : C+

“..No sale..”
by Scott Tobias [A.V. Club]
2.5 of 4

“..It's sad, really, because the movie begins with so much promise..”
by James Berardinelli [ReelViews]
2 of 4

“..It's cute and clever to a point - especially if you don't know much about the film's premise going in..”
by Janice Page [Boston Globe]
“..In an entertaining way, the movie says something challenging, that it's possible to lose your life to stuff - and never even know it..”
by Mick LaSalle [San Francisco Chronicle]
“..Consumption isn't the only thing conspicuous in this unsubtle satire..”
by Michael Rechtshaffen [Hollywood Reporter]
3 of 5

“..Considered one of the more audience friendly films..”
by Steve Ramos [Boxoffice Magazine]
“..And since you've already paid for the ticket, you might end up feeling cheated..”
by A.O. Scott [NY Times]
2 of 4

“..almost everything about The Joneses falls flat..”
by Steven Rea [Philadelphia Inquirer]
2.5 of 4

“.."The Joneses" starts with a fresh identity but finally feels like the product of a focus group..”
by Joe Williams [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]

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“..this is one of those movies that's not very good but not so offensively bad that I regret ever seeing it. No doubt, it's also something I probably won't remember in a week..”
by Brian Oliver [The Movieman]


“..like a counterfeit handbag: It looks great but falls apart when you reach into it..”
by Rafer Guzman [Newsday]


“..thoroughly predictable, and despite an original setup, the movie never rouses the emotions..”
by Marjorie Baumgarten [Austin Chronicle]


“..the stories are horrifying, but essential to hear..”
by Joe Neumaier [NY Daily News]


“..a horror movie with an anti-globalist bent that's more interesting than its halfhearted scares..”
by Sara Stewart [New York Post]


“..delivering a highly stylized widescreen revenge picture loaded with weapons and driven entirely by "superficial action"..”
by Peter Debruge [Variety]


“..the film isn't particularly convincing either as a rousing anthology of bloodsport set pieces or a deeply felt portrait of revenge and reunion..”
by Vadim Rizov [A.V. Club]

'71 :

“..the hard-charging debut feature from TV director Yann Demange, makes us live every vivid, violent moment with him, the threat of death lurking at every turn..”
by Peter Travers [Rolling Stone]


“..undoubtedly a remarkable achievement, especially for a first-time filmmaker..”
by Jordan Hoffman [Film.com]


“..still, "The Lazarus Effect," clocking in at a brief 86 minutes, doesn't go far enough, isn't scary enough and has mad scientists who just aren't mad enough..”
by Joe Neumaier [NY Daily News]