Joe Bell

critic Reviews

, 39% Rotten Tomatometer Score
  • Good Joe Bell's heartfelt message -- and Reid Miller's stirring breakout performance -- are unfortunately undermined by formulaic storytelling.
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    K. Austin CollinsRolling Stone
    Joe Bell is painful, sincere. Its most optimistic and substantial strand is its belief in the possibility of, not forgiveness for the unaccepting, but acceptance in itself
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    Mark FeeneyBoston Globe
    Wahlberg, who's one of the producers, presumably saw the film as a departure. He's required to do more emoting here than in maybe all of his previous movies combined. He's up to the challenge.
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    Katie WalshLos Angeles Times
    Though it sometimes feels treacly and hackneyed, or even predictable,"Joe Bell" resists expectation, and where this true story ends up is far more poignant and devastating than any work of fiction could be.
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    Christy LemireFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    It's incredibly formulaic and mawkish, although its heart is obviously in the right place.
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    Bilge EbiriNew York Magazine/Vulture
    An occasionally moving film that misses its chance at greatness.
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    Matt Zoller SeitzRogerEbert.com
    It's a bridge-building piece of Americana that doesn't let anyone off the hook, although the closing upbeat/inspirational notes seem a bit odd.
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    Lynn VenhausPopLifeSTL.com...Presents
    In a sit-up-and-take note breakthrough performance, newcomer Reid Miller delivers a heart-wrenching portrait as Jadin Bell, a gay teen trying to live his life out loud without the harassment about "being different."
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    Carey-Ann PawseyOrca Sound
    It is a film which aims for and packs an emotional punch.
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    Richard CrouseRichard Crouse
    Joe Bell is a movie about soul searching, with a good message, that never quite finds its way.
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    Dennis SchwartzDennis Schwartz Movie Reviews
    Though armed with a noble social conscience message, the entertainment value is not there.
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