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The Jesus Rolls (2020)



Critic Consensus: The Jesus Rolls limply into the gutter in its misguided attempt to belatedly explore the saga of a supporting character better left on the margins.

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Hours after being released from prison for good behavior, Jesus Quintana (John Turturro) reunites with his best friend and fellow underachiever Petey (Bobby Cannavale). In the first in a series of rapidly escalating bad decisions, they steal a vintage car parked in front of an upscale salon and hit the road for a no-holds-barred joyride -- until the car's gun-toting owner (Jon Hamm) catches up with them, wounding Petey. Fleeing the scene with fiercely free-spirited shampooist Marie (Audrey Tautou), Jesus and Petey continue their adventure in a series of stolen cars, cementing their partnership with an epic petty-crime spree and a three-way romance. A darkly funny, irreverent and freewheeling road movie, The Jesus Rolls is written and directed by Emmy (R) winner and nominee John Turturro and pays tribute to the classic French farce Les Valseuses.

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John Turturro
as Jesus Quintana
Jon Hamm
as Paul Dominique
JB Smoove
as Il meccanico
Gloria Reuben
as Lady Owner
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All Critics (46) | Top Critics (11)

Fair play to Turturro for going in such a strange direction, and assembling a pretty killer cast, but it's unlikely to satisfy even the most ardent Quintana enthusiast.

April 6, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Choppiness is the real issue. There are baffling shunts from town to country, while the middle stretch tosses up scenes with no real function or punchline.

March 23, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

No amount of added context can override the feeling that the Jesus was never meant to be more than a one-joke character.

March 22, 2020 | Rating: 2/5

The Jesus Rolls only gets more seductive as it ambles towards oblivion and textures its story with a gentle sense of cosmic justice... and its genial vigor gradually comes to excuse Turturro's abject lack of style.

March 2, 2020 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

It is very odd and not very good, but occasionally it ends up being charming in a goofy, almost innocent sort of way.

February 28, 2020 | Full Review…

It's hard to make a movie about annoying wanderers interesting, engaging, or realistic -- three words no one would use to describe this film.

February 28, 2020 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

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