Free State of Jones

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The movie tells the story of defiant Southern farmer, Newt Knight, and his extraordinary armed rebellion against the Confederacy. Opposed to both slavery and secession, Knight launched an uprising of poor white farmers that led Jones County, Mississippi to itself secede from the Confederacy, creating a "Free State of Jones." His relationship and post-war marriage to a former slave, Rachel Knight, effectively established the region's first mixed-race community. Knight, continued his fight into the post war period, resisting Klan activity through Reconstruction. His legendary rebellion distinguished Newt Knight as a compelling, if controversial, figure of defiance long beyond the War.

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80/100
Mr. Ross consulted some of the leading experts in the era...and has done a good job of balancing the factual record with the demands of dramatic storytelling. The result is a ri...
52d ago
B-/A+
Everyone here means well and wants to make an epic war film, but it lacks a narrative strong enough to make it essential viewing for those beyond the genre’s fans.
52d ago
3/4
Far be it from me to read political meanings into a Civil War movie, but “Free State of Jones” is enticingly difficult to chart.
52d ago
C/A+
Free State of Jones is the least idiosyncratic film by Gary Ross (Pleasantville, Seabiscuit, The Hunger Games), whose askew view of the world is fogged by period-piece banaliti...
52d ago
C/A+
Not even McConaughey can make good drama from Free State Of Jones.
52d ago
As we abruptly transition to the Reconstruction, what was once a languid drama turns even more into an checklist of isolated historical events, but considering the relative lack...
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