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Based on 10 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 40
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    The tone veers wildly, from wacky indie to melodramatic soap opera. Like the other men in her life, Ireland adores Jolene without entirely understanding her. show more

  • 40
    Frank Scheck The Hollywood Reporter

    They don't make movies like Jolene anymore, and that's a good thing. show more

  • 60
    Michelle Orange Movieline

    Chastain, an incandescent redhead with a heart-shaped face and round, shining eyes, does more justice to the part than it deserves. show more

  • 75
    Rex Reed New York Observer

    You go away exhilarated. 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. show more

  • NA
    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 based on a short story by E.L. Doctorow ("Ragtime"). show more

  • 20
    Time Out New York

    There's no pleasure in watching the repeated sexual exploitation of the eponymous heroine in Dan Ireland's adaptation of E.L. Doctorow's short story; that there's little purpose to this abuse, however, is absolutely unforgivable. show more

  • 70
    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. show more

  • 30
    Village Voice

    Throughout, Chastain delivers a full-bodied debut performance, but she's ultimately stuck taking her wandering-soul protagonist far more seriously than it-or the film-deserves. show more

  • 30
    Jeannette Catsoulis The New York Times

    Jolene's skin may smell like warm milk to Brad, but to the rest of us it has curdled long before she leaves his bed. show more

  • 30
    Rob Nelson Variety

    Though stretched to a two-hour run time, Doctorow's socially critical tale is reduced to queasy spectacle. show more

  • November 07, 2010 peggek
    Report This User

    This film had me enthralled the entire story. Wonderful. Loved it. Very entertaining.

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