Free State of Jones

Lists: Action, Drama

Brief Synopsis: "True Civil War era story about a white Southerner who falls for a slave and consequently rebels against the Confederacy."

Overall Ranking: 2116 (Rank from 2016: # 121)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 0%
Regular 33.33%
Half-Popped 66.67%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Reviewer Rating Review Secondary Ratings
Bryan Lienesch80 - The one overarching nuisance to what was otherwise a pretty gripping period piece was McConaughey's Newton Knight. They didn't just make him morally superior to his fellow confederates, they practically made him beyond reproach. It all seems rather silly for a white man who grew up in the backwoods of Mississippi in the mid-19th Century.
Comedy: 3
Sex Appeal: 4
Scary: 6
Rewatch: 5
Le Anne of Tinsel And Tine65.6 - McConaughey is cool as Knight, he brings his usual laid back swagger and nonconformist ways to the character. It's not an exciting movie per se, but it keeps your interest and seems historically accurate. I do think it was released at a very bad time, right on the heels of A&E/History Channels Roots reboot. Really, how much slave narrative can one take in the same month.
(full review)
Rewatch: 4
David Baruffi61(full review)
Dan O'Neill60(full review)
Keith Noakes50(full review)
Gorgon Reviews43(full review)

People Involved

  • Matthew McConaughey (Newton Knight)
  • Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Rachel)
  • Mahershala Ali (Moses Washington)
  • Keri Russell (Serena Knight)
  • Jacob Lofland (Daniel)
  • Sean Bridgers (Sumrall)
  • Brad Carter (Lieutenant Barbour)
  • Jane McNeill (Miss Ellie)
  • Gary Grubbs (Prosecuting Attorney)
  • Christopher Berry (Jasper)
  • Joe Chrest (Amos Deason)
  • David Jensen (Quitman)
  • Kurt Krause (Injured Soldier)
  • Carlton Caudle (Confederate Color Guard)
  • Martin Bats Bradford (Freedman 1)
  • Matthew Lintz (Matthew Yates)
  • Kerry Cahill (Mary)
  • Jessica Collins (Annie)
  • Juan Gaspard (Confederate Soldier)
  • Liza J. Bennett (Junie Lee)
  • David Maldonado (Polling Station Clerk)
  • Serenity Neil (Schoolgirl)
  • Lawrence Turner (Chester)
  • Lara Grice (Mrs. Deason)
  • Wayne Pére (Col. Robert Lowry)
  • Jim Klock (Farmer 1)
  • Emily Bossak (Town Folk)
  • P.J. Marshall (Sergeant)
  • Ritchie Montgomery (Third Man)
  • Mattie Liptak (Stillman Coleman)
  • Jill Jane Clements (Aunt Sally)
  • Thomas Francis Murphy (Col. McLemore)
  • Johnny McPhail (Old Man)
  • Bill Tangradi (Lt. Barbour)
  • William Mark McCullough (First Man)
  • Sam Malone (Edward James - Cotton Field Worker)
  • Kylen Davis (Boy at Alice Hotel)
  • Will Beinbrink (Farmer 2)
  • (Director)