Jayne Mansfield's Car
Jayne Mansfield's Car (2013)

In what critics are calling his best work as writer/director since SLINGBLADE, Academy Award (R) winner Billy Bob Thornton stars - along with Oscar (R) winner Robert Duvall, two-time Oscar (R) nominee John Hurt and Golden Globe winner Kevin… More

Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: December 9, 2013
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35%
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User Score
42%



Critic Score: 35% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Jayne Mansfield's Car assembles an impressive number of talented actors, but the screenplay -- co-written by director and star Billy Bob Thornton -- never gives them much of anything to do.

Richard Brody
New Yorker

There's a terrific movie struggling to escape from this overplotted, overedited, overdetermined stew ...

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

Overall, the rambling "Jayne Mansfield's Car" is almost as big a wreck as its namesake.

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J.C. Mašek III
PopMatters

Jayne Mansfield's Car is dramatic and funny and entertaining in many parts, but the jigsaw puzzle doesn't always flow from piece to piece. For all of Thornton's directing skill, the overall film can be episodic and loses focus repeatedly.

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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap

It's one thing to explore the messiness of familial relationships and regret against the backdrop of the Vietnam War, and something else entirely to try and shove every jot and tiddle in place before the closing credits roll.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

In its best moments, you can see what the film might have been with half a dozen fewer characters.

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Simon Brookfield
We Got This Covered

The truly superb cast of Jayne Mansfield's Car sputters in this confused melodrama that is more pre-occupied with explicitly saying everything rather than genuinely saying something.

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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture

Jayne Mansfield's Car isn't likely to set America's theaters on fire, but it's a powerful whisper of a film.

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Claudia Puig
USA Today

The scenes in which good ol' boy mentality clashes with stuffy British sensibility are a highlight. Still, both cultures are depicted through cliches.

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Norm Schrager
Paste Magazine

It's obvious that Billy Bob Thornton is attempting something meaningful with Jayne Mansfield's Car. It's just tough to figure out what it is.

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Flixster Audience Score: 42% Flixster User Reviews
Bathsheba Monk
Billy Bob Thornton tells stories like a novelist. Not that there's anything intrinsically wrong with that, but when I see a scene that is nothing but… More
Cameron Johnson
"Here in Jayne Mansfield's car, I feel safest of all; I can lock all my doors; it's the only way to live, if you can get past the Satanism, in… More