“Cute Father-daughter Chemistry But Nothing Out Of The Ordinary”
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
- New York Times
There are moments when "Janie Jones" threatens to turn into "Crazy Heart," which is not necessarily a bad thing.
Stephen Holden - New York Times
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"...
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
"Janie Jones'' would feel more assured if Rosenthal had shown more inclination to commit.
Tom Russo - Boston Globe
Nivola and Breslin sing and perform the original numbers, welcome interludes that provide respite from Rosenthal's lousy script.
Melissa Anderson - Village Voice
Rosenthal fills this dewy road-trip movie with too many cliches.
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
Despite the pic's assets and overall restraint, a whiff of cliched deja vu remains.
Dennis Harvey - Variety
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.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
Although not exemplary, "Janie Jones" at least manages to give its tired scenario a sense of legitimacy.
Eric Kohn - indieWIRE
The movie works because it's essentially an old-fashioned two-hander for a couple of subtle and terrific actors.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
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.
Ray Bennett - Hollywood Reporter
A mixture of discordant notes and way-too-familiar chords.
Robert Abele - Los Angeles Times
Not particularly memorable.
Brett Michel - Boston Phoenix
You'll get in touch with your softer side and want to punch it.
Tricia Olszewski - Washington City Paper
A movie about second chances that's sweet (without being sugary) and tinged with regret.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
Unrewarding retread of too many films we've seen before,
David Noh - Film Journal International
- AV Club
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.
Ian Buckwalter - NPR
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.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Contrivances aside ... Janie Jones is one of the more realistic depictions of what the rock 'n' roll lifestyle is really like.
Noel Murray - AV Club
Abigail Breslin in a shining performance as the responsible one in a father-daughter reunion.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
It isn't easy to make an indie movie these days, so it's dispiriting how many wind up exactly like Janie Jones
Geoff Berkshire - Metromix.com
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.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
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.
Joshua Rothkopf - Time Out New York
Cute father-daughter chemistry but nothing out of the ordinary.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
A minor, utterly familiar and predictable father-daughter road picture melodrama, though Abigial Breslin is good
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
You can probably guess what must happen during the course of this road trip. Even less surprising than its story arc, however, are its character details.
Kenji Fujishima - Slant Magazine
Abigail Breslin is a charismatic screen presence, and quite splendid as the self-contained youngster.
Mark Adams - Screen International
...a watchable, sporadically moving drama...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews