• Released
  • October 28, 2011
  • (Limited 10/28)
  • NR , 1 hr 54 min
  • Art House/Foreign

Boxoffice Magazine

By Pam Grady
What this predictable tale lacks in surprises it more than makes up for in charm, good music and the indelible performances of Alessandro Nivola and Abigail Breslin as father and child.
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By Eric Kohn
Although not exemplary, Janie Jones at least manages to give its tired scenario a sense of legitimacy.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
With Ethan and Janie sharing folkie duets, it has a certain small, wan charm, like a father-daughter gloss on "Once." Breslin is a clear-eyed delight.
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Washington Post

By Ann Hornaday
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," which may account for why it too often feels derivative and contrived.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Ray Bennett
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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Boston Globe

By Tom Russo
The actors also acquit themselves well singing the film's numerous tunes. Breslin's voice is pleasantly melodic, while Nivola sounds like someone who's been grinding it out on tour for years.
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Slant Magazine

First thing to get out of the way: No, David M. Rosenthal's third feature, Janie Jones, has nothing to do with the famous song by the same name that opens the Clash's self-titled 1977 debut album. Perhaps that might have made this film far more interesting film it is.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Writer-director David M. Rosenthal fills this dewy road-trip movie with too many cliches. From the glimpses we get of Shue's character, that may have been a more rockin' story.
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Time Out New York

By Joshua Rothkopf
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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New York Post

By Kyle Smith
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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52 out of 100
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