Free State of Jones

Free State of Jones

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Free State of Jones

Matthew McConaughey is a defiant Southern farmer who inspires and leads a rebellion against the Confederacy during the America Civil War, in this true-story drama from Gary Ross (Pleasantville, Seabiscuit).

After surviving the 1862 Battle of Corinth, Newton Knight gathered a group of small farmers and local slaves in an armed rebellion in Jones County. Knight would go on to marry a former slave and establish a mixed-race community - unique to the post-war South.

2016Rating: R16, Depicts graphic and realistic war scenes140 minsUSA
DramaTrue Story & BiographyWarHistorical
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

"Free State of Jones" is one of those historical dramas with a script that's big on crowning lines of moral fervour and not so big on nuts-and-bolts detail.

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Impeccably wrought yet emotionally hollow, Gary Ross's Civil War-era rebellion drama suffers from too much ambition.

3.0
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The New York Times

The New York Times

press

A riveting visual history lesson, whose occasional didacticism is integral to its power.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

The Free State of Jones is an anti-war film with a commie message that still glamourises southern pride, hard work and the Good Book. It's a nuanced message far too rare in our current political state.

3.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

You really feel like this is a location where life is nasty, brutish, short and breathless.

4.0
0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

If you think a thick, juicy slab of Civil War history can't be boiled down to 145 minutes of speechifying, stultifying cinema, then grab a seat. Even McConaughey is sucked dry of his usual acting panache.

0
New York Post

New York Post

press

If McConaughey's performance is a little too jut-jawed and noble, the script has plenty of force.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A compelling and little-known story of the Civil War period is studiously reduced to a dry and cautious history lesson.

0

For a long movie, time flies. A tad gruesome to begin with but that's war, then the real story starts as you see American History for what it was; aspects of which many folk especially outside of the States may not be aware of. The story line had me engaged. The mixing of white and negro fighting for a common cause of human decency amongst lies, romance,...

0

Great directing on this fascinating story that NZers wouldnt have known, about an independent thinker and man of action in the US civil war. Lots happening and great acting (although Mathew M does a little bit of southern drawl mumbling so you miss a little bit of script a couple of times.) It could have cut 20 mins without harming the story line but...

4.0
0

great acting; should be compulsory viewing every time there's talk of war, and in USA

5.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

"Free State of Jones" is one of those historical dramas with a script that's big on crowning lines of moral fervour and not so big on nuts-and-bolts detail.

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Impeccably wrought yet emotionally hollow, Gary Ross's Civil War-era rebellion drama suffers from too much ambition.

3.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

A riveting visual history lesson, whose occasional didacticism is integral to its power.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

The Free State of Jones is an anti-war film with a commie message that still glamourises southern pride, hard work and the Good Book. It's a nuanced message far too rare in our current political state.

3.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

You really feel like this is a location where life is nasty, brutish, short and breathless.

4.0
0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

If you think a thick, juicy slab of Civil War history can't be boiled down to 145 minutes of speechifying, stultifying cinema, then grab a seat. Even McConaughey is sucked dry of his usual acting panache.

0
New York Post

New York Post

press

If McConaughey's performance is a little too jut-jawed and noble, the script has plenty of force.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A compelling and little-known story of the Civil War period is studiously reduced to a dry and cautious history lesson.

0

For a long movie, time flies. A tad gruesome to begin with but that's war, then the real story starts as you see American History for what it was; aspects of which many folk especially outside of the States may not be aware of. The story line had me engaged. The mixing of white and negro fighting for a common cause of human decency amongst lies, romance,...

0

Great directing on this fascinating story that NZers wouldnt have known, about an independent thinker and man of action in the US civil war. Lots happening and great acting (although Mathew M does a little bit of southern drawl mumbling so you miss a little bit of script a couple of times.) It could have cut 20 mins without harming the story line but...

4.0
0

great acting; should be compulsory viewing every time there's talk of war, and in USA

5.0
0