Jayne Mansfield's Car
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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 Bacon - in this story of fathers and sons, wars and peace, and the turbulent time that changed America forever. It's 1969 in a small Alabama town, and the death of a quirky clan's long-estranged wife and mother brings together two very different families for the funeral. But do the scars of the past hide differences that will tear them apart or… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 35%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There's a terrific movie struggling to escape from this overplotted, overedited, overdetermined stew ..."
‑ Richard Brody, New Yorker
"Overall, the rambling "Jayne Mansfield's Car" is almost as big a wreck as its namesake."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"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."
‑ J.C. Mašek III, PopMatters
"The inconsistent tone and melodramatic tendencies unfortunately cancel out strong portrayals."
‑ Todd Jorgenson, Cinemalogue.com
"Thornton manages to balance these themes with interesting and damaged characters while also creating a strong family dynamic."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
"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."
‑ Alonso Duralde, TheWrap
"In its best moments, you can see what the film might have been with half a dozen fewer characters."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"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."
‑ Simon Brookfield, We Got This Covered
"A uniformly fine cast and some infrequent moments of storytelling genius keep Jayne Mansfield's Car steady most of the time."
‑ William Bibbiani, CraveOnline
"War is hell, duh. That's still all I can figure Thornton's film amounts to."
‑ Glenn Dunks, Glenn Dunks
"Jayne Mansfield's Car isn't likely to set America's theaters on fire, but it's a powerful whisper of a film."
‑ Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine/Vulture
"The scenes in which good ol' boy mentality clashes with stuffy British sensibility are a highlight. Still, both cultures are depicted through cliches."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"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."
‑ Norm Schrager, Paste Magazine
"With its sprawling array of characters and anecdotal, ramshackle structure, [the film] feels more like a collection of interrelated short stories cobbled into an flavorful but ultimately unwieldy narrative."
‑ Godfrey Cheshire, RogerEbert.com
"Thornton, Duvall, Bacon, Hurt and LaNasa part of a rich ensemble taking a trip in 'Jayne Mansfield's Car.'"
‑ John Wirt, Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
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