Jolene (2008)

Author E.L. Doctorow's acclaimed short story Jolene: A Life gets the big screen treatment in Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont's director Dan Ireland's independent drama about life on the road. Jolene (Jessica Chastain) is a… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: June 13, 2008
DVD Release Date: April 26, 2011
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

More epic than it needs to be and less profound than it should be, "Jolene" remains a watchable excursion into human frailty and foibles.

Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

Ms. Chastain digs deep. Surrendering to her character's smoky voice-over and disastrous judgment, the actress finds pockets of soul in a role that's part Jessica Rabbit, part Marilyn Monroe.

Brian Orndorf

Cruelly, the display of sorrow never takes command, with most of the film an unsatisfactory soap opera that never seizes an illuminating essence.

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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times

Chastain proves near-heroic embodying Jolene's innate strength and incremental wisdom. Yet she also makes us understand how the heroine's wobbly resistance to manipulative characters is overwhelmed time and again.

Rex Reed
New York Observer

The movie has been through as many hurdles getting here as dear, sweet Jolene, but sometimes the most engaging movies are the ones worth waiting for.

Marcy Dermansky

Chastain has long red hair, wide eyes, and an even wider smile. She is Jolene, of course, and she is appealing.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

So bad it's almost (but not quite) good, Dan Ireland's Jolene is an unusually elaborate and excruciatingly long vanity production...

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Andrew Schenker
Time Out

One minute a guy's making Jolene patently false promises, the next she's getting sodomized on her wedding night.

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Maria Garcia
Film Journal International

Based on an E.L. Doctorow short story, Jolene is an apt example of how stories about women who are in abusive relationships can be turned into sexual exploitation.

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Flixster Audience Score: 43% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
A mercurial sexpot travels the country making bad decisions with the wrong men and occasionally ruining someone else's life for little discernible reason.… More
Bruce Bruce
A movie from the 2008 Seattle Film Festival List. This one is about a young girls trouble life and adventures. Starting when she first got married at 15 to her… More
Cynthia S.
Decent movie. A very sad journey for a young girl to have to take. Definitely not a heartwarmer...
Mark Abell
Jessica Chastain, in her breakout feature film debut, as a young woman searching for her place in the world, is spectacular, as her character ages from 15 to… More
Thomas Johnston
A bad situation only gets worse and eventually I ran out of interest i this one dimensional character.
Christopher Haskell
"Jolene" is the perfect vehicle to launch Jessica Chastain, with her stellar appearance in every scene, through every range of emotion, through every… More