Free State of Jones

Free State of Jones
Free State of Jones
  • R
  • 2h 19m
  • 2016
Rotten46%
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Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey stars in this epic, untold true story of defiant Southern farmer, Newt Knight and his extraordinary armed rebellion against the Confederacy during the Civil War. Despite overwhelming odds, Knight banded together with other small farmers and local slaves and launched an uprising that led Jones County, Mississippi to secede from the Confederacy, creating a Free State of Jones. Written and directed by four-time Oscar® nominee Gary Ross (The Hunger Games, Seabiscuit, Pleasantville), critics are hailing Free State of Jones as "riveting" – A.O. Scott, The New York Times.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Rotten46%
Critics Consensus: Free State of Jones has the noblest of intentions, but they aren't enough to make up for its stilted treatment of a fascinating real-life story.
Reviews
London Evening Standard
Charlotte O'Sullivan
Fresh

A great story, galumphingly told.

June 25, 2017
Little White Lies
Adam Woodward
Rotten

There's a compelling story in here somewhere, but it's buried under a mountain of moral grandstand...

June 25, 2017
Guardian
Peter Bradshaw
Fresh

It's a movie that with enormous confidence operates outside the traditional story arc.

June 25, 2017
Sydney Morning Herald
Sandra Hall
Fresh

Clearly, the film has been a labour of love for Ross. I just wish a little more of his passion had...

June 25, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Civil War drama is eye-opening, brutal, overlong.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Free State of Jones stars Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey as Newton Knight, a real-life former soldier-turned-renegade. It's an intense, violent drama about a Civil War deserter who ended up leading one of the biggest wartime rebellions in U.S. history. Be ready for lots of wartime carnage -- including stomach-churning battle scenes with body parts blown off and blood everywhere -- and other violence and cruelty, including lynching and implied rape. Characters also drink and smoke a little and use language like "damn."

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Action, Drama
  • Release Date:June 24, 2016
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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