Janie Jones
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Ethan Brand (Alessandro Nivola) and his band are on the comeback trail when a former flame (Elisabeth Shue) drops a bomb in his lap: their 13-year-old daughter, Janie Jones (Abigail Breslin). Ethan refuses to believe Janie is his kid, but when her mom suddenly leaves for rehab, the child has no place to go but into the tour bus and on the road with the band. With no inclination toward fatherhood, Ethan continues his hard-living ways, leaving Janie to fend for herself in the dive bars and sleazy motels along the way. As Ethan's self-destructive spiral threatens to destroy his band's… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 52%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

""Janie Jones'' would feel more assured if Rosenthal had shown more inclination to commit."
‑ Tom Russo, Boston Globe
"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
"Not particularly memorable."
‑ Brett Michel, Boston Phoenix
"Unrewarding retread of too many films we've seen before,"
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"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
"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
"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
"You'll get in touch with your softer side and want to punch it."
‑ Tricia Olszewski, Washington City Paper
"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
"Although not exemplary, "Janie Jones" at least manages to give its tired scenario a sense of legitimacy."
‑ Eric Kohn, indieWIRE
"A mixture of discordant notes and way-too-familiar chords."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"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
"A movie about second chances that's sweet (without being sugary) and tinged with regret."
‑ Marshall Fine, Hollywood & Fine
"Abigail Breslin in a shining performance as the responsible one in a father-daughter reunion."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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