Jayne Mansfield's Car Synopsis
Two colorful clans brought together by the death of a woman who was married, first to the Southerner Jim Caldwell (Robert Duvall) and then to the British Kingsley Bedford (John Hurt).
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The Guardian

By Andrew Pulver
It's ambitious enough to aim at polished, intelligent character drama, and pulls it off successfully.
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70

The Dissolve

By Mike D'Angelo
The story’s overall trajectory is familiar, and sometimes clichéd, but it still has the power to surprise and startle from moment to...
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63

Movie Nation

By Roger Moore
It’s too long and wildly uneven. And the longer it goes on, the more uneven and oddball it seems.
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60

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
This isn’t the sort of movie that defines anyone’s career, as “Sling Blade” once did. But in an industry averse to risk, passion projects —...
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60

The New York Times

By Stephen Holden
Behind the clunky machinery is a lyrical meditation on life, death, heroism, regret and forgiveness written in a florid style that might be...
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58

indieWIRE

By Eric Kohn
This tame exercise never quite jives and sometimes just bombs with one-note melodrama, but always maintains Thornton's conviction about the...
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50

RogerEbert.com

Feels more like a collection of interrelated short stories cobbled into an flavorful but ultimately unwieldy narrative.
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50

Slant Magazine

By
Billy Bob Thornton's ensemble Southern family dramedy fails to subvert its cutesy formula often enough.
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50

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Self-indulgent, heavy-handed and lumbering, Jayne Mansfield's Car is not a wreck, but it's certainly a vehicle for boredom.
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40

Variety

By Justin Chang
A fine cast can only do so much with the script’s pileup of generational conflict and long-winded introspection, resulting in a willfully...
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Jayne Mansfields Car

By nandupuy
Script was disjointed and had no flow. Still not sure bout the theme....disfuntionsal family? Anti war? Made no sense ... Seemed like a platform for Billy Bob to spout nonsensical anti human stuff...

Don't listen to the film critics on this one...

By lbelljourdan
I LOVED this movie. All the complexities of family, human nature, the human heart & the human brain all combined into a real life "Billy Bob Thorton" masterpiece. No wonder Angelina Jolie married...

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Rated R | For Sexual Content, Drug Use, Nudity, Language and Some Bloody Images
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Pause for kids 17 & under Thoughtful drama about effects of war has mature content.
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VIOLENCE & SCARINESS
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DRINKING & DRUGS
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