Jesse Hassenger

Jesse Hassenger

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Publications:
Film Racket , Filmcritic.com , MovieWeb , PopMatters
Total Reviews:
240

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
B+ 88% Alan Partridge (2014) " Director Declan Lowney does an admirable job making a confined film look cinematic without overblowing it into action-comedy mode." — AV Club
Posted Apr 3, 2014
C+ 47% Blood Ties (2014) " Blood Ties comes off as a weird, misshapen version of a '70s-style thriller-almost as if it's lacking contemporary examples to follow." — AV Club
Posted Mar 20, 2014
4/5 77% Veronica Mars (2014) " Veronica Mars may not be a movie in the traditional sense, but as a cult pop-culture event (emphasis on the "cult"), it's hard to beat. " — Film Racket
Posted Mar 15, 2014
3.5/5 92% Journey To The West (2014) " The movie is a lot of fun, but it ends with puzzlement, rather than the ecstatic high notes of Chow's best work." — Film Racket
Posted Mar 6, 2014
C 48% Stalingrad (2014) " Too often does [Bondarchuk] goad his characters to brim over with righteous bloodlust-and, despite the occasional obligatory misgiving about the barbarism of war, goads the audience to lust right along with them." — AV Club
Posted Feb 28, 2014
3.5/5 52% Adult World (2014) " Once Roberts intersects with Cusack, his practiced cynicism balances out her manic episodes, and they make a winning team" — Film Racket
Posted Feb 18, 2014
2.5/5 15% Endless Love (2014) " one of those movies that paradoxically tries to capitalize on a brand name while relying on most of its audience to not recognize it" — Film Racket
Posted Feb 13, 2014
1/5 22% That Awkward Moment (2014) " That Awkward Moment is built on suggestions of real life, rather than depictions of it. " — Film Racket
Posted Jan 30, 2014
8/10 93% Veronica Mars: Season 3 (TV, 2006-2007) " Like many of the best network shows, Veronica seemed just a little bit ahead of its time, the kind of DVD boxed set that will be passed around for years. " — PopMatters
Posted Jan 23, 2014
95% Veronica Mars: Season 1 (TV, 2004-2005) " Long trailing even the WB in terms of innovation, UPN finally has a smart, original series to call its own. " — PopMatters
Posted Jan 23, 2014
8/10 100% Veronica Mars: Season 2 (TV, 2005-2006) " Veronica Mars blends high school stories with sophisticated style and themes. " — PopMatters
Posted Jan 23, 2014
2.5/5 49% The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013) " a movie about fantasies doesn't have much drama, so Stiller goads Walter into some real-life adventure, an interesting prospect the movie smothers with excessive feeling" — Film Racket
Posted Dec 24, 2013
4/5 92% Nebraska (2013) " Alexander Payne has become a master of a very specific, borderline nonexistent subgenre: the road movie that doesn't move. " — Film Racket
Posted Nov 14, 2013
6/10 70% Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013) " Just as the first film was funnier and more inventive than it needed to be, the second helping makes more of the same surprisingly satisfying." — PopMatters
Posted Oct 24, 2013
2.5/5 9% Runner Runner (2013) " The movie itself feels like the bigger con: a fast-paced thriller that turns out, in retrospect, to have been kind of a drag. " — Film Racket
Posted Oct 7, 2013
1.5/5 60% Bad Milo! (2013) " pitches stupidly between sketch and reality" — Film Racket
Posted Oct 3, 2013
5/10 90% Masters of Sex: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " By keeping Masters' heroic qualities firmly within the realm of his research, the pilot... falls into another trap entirely, that of the biopic that must explain the importance of its subject. " — PopMatters
Posted Sep 30, 2013
1.5/5 49% Thanks For Sharing (2013) " like a strained joke from a recovery counselor " — Film Racket
Posted Sep 19, 2013
3.5/5 96% Enough Said (2013) " smart and low-key" — Film Racket
Posted Sep 17, 2013
C+ 38% Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013) " Characters in Whannell/Wan screenplays speak with the first-draft expository bluntness of a cheap '50s thriller, letting the characters step on some of the best reveals." — AV Club
Posted Sep 17, 2013
7/10 99% Short Term 12 (2013) " It's a serious drama with warm, sometimes funny edges, made with an understated sense of craft." — PopMatters
Posted Aug 23, 2013
B 91% Sparrows Dance (2013) " Basically a two-hander, Sparrows Dance could be easily adapted for the stage, but writer-director Noah Buschel uses plenty of cinematic tools to fancy up his simple story." — AV Club
Posted Aug 22, 2013
—— Arrested Development: Season 2 (TV, 2004-2005) " Writing?nay, thinking?about Arrested fosters in me two unproductive urges: to describe how hilarious the show is, and to beg people to watch it. " — PopMatters
Posted Aug 16, 2013
3/5 84% Upstream Color (2013) " the movie is, I think, supposed to take on the added dimension of an interdependent, possibly desperate romance" — Film Racket
Posted Apr 12, 2013
3.5/5 45% To The Wonder (2013) " For better and worse, To the Wonder is embodied by that repeated shot of Marina running ahead: close, vivid, just out of reach." — Film Racket
Posted Apr 12, 2013
1.5/5 12% Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (2011) Filmcritic.com
Posted Jan 22, 2013
5/10 86% Robot & Frank (2012) " Despite some moments of surprising emotional impact, as we realize the depth of Frank's condition, the movie is too often mechanical." — PopMatters
Posted Jan 7, 2013
5/10 65% The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) " Even at their eye-filling best, these sequences generate more spectacle than suspense." — PopMatters
Posted Dec 13, 2012
6/10 64% Cosmopolis (2012) " As usual, Cronenberg shows masterful control, starting with Pattinson." — PopMatters
Posted Aug 21, 2012
3.5/5 86% The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012) " The lovingly crafted sight gags are plentiful and the lightly Pythonesque dialogue is cleverer than your average live-action comedy." — Filmcritic.com
Posted Apr 27, 2012
1.5/5 0% Dark Tide (2012) Filmcritic.com
Posted Apr 3, 2012
2.5/5 67% Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2012) " A sweet, charming couple in search of a movie sturdier than a wisp. " — Filmcritic.com
Posted Mar 15, 2012
3/5 53% Safe House (2012) " genre pulp " — Filmcritic.com
Posted Feb 9, 2012
2.5/5 73% Big Miracle (2012) " pretty much resembles a message-y family-friendly movie about saving some whales, which obviously isn't the worst thing in the world" — Filmcritic.com
Posted Feb 2, 2012
2.5/5 32% Man on a Ledge (2012) " a bit like Spike Lee's Inside Man remade by tourists" — Filmcritic.com
Posted Jan 26, 2012
3.5/5 83% Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) " feels like an extended quiz on your ability to put names to faces, codenames to other faces, and nicknames to important intelligence organizations" — Filmcritic.com
Posted Dec 8, 2011
4/5 79% Shame (2011) " sometimes the ridiculousness of Brandon's obsession has a dark humor to it, especially when he's cornered" — Filmcritic.com
Posted Dec 1, 2011
3/5 68% Tower Heist (2011) " an agreeable time-waster with some funny moments" — Filmcritic.com
Posted Nov 3, 2011
3/5 71% Footloose (2011) " a pretty good remake of Footloose: good-hearted, sincere, enjoyable, not too stupid" — Filmcritic.com
Posted Oct 13, 2011
3.5/5 93% 50/50 (2011) " sweet but sometimes a little too aggressively normal." — Filmcritic.com
Posted Sep 29, 2011
2.5/5 17% I Don't Know How She Does It (2011) " not spectacularly unfunny or appallingly made; it's just a rote treatment of a familiar subject" — Filmcritic.com
Posted Sep 15, 2011
2.5/5 74% Bellflower (2011) " the movie is so in love with itself that it's difficult to say where observation ends and revelry begins" — Filmcritic.com
Posted Aug 18, 2011
3.5/5 90% Attack the Block (2011) " a bit like Goonies and War of the Worlds filtered through the original English version of Skins" — Filmcritic.com
Posted Jul 28, 2011
4/5 71% The Future (2011) " Even at its most willfully bizarre, The Future has a sincere ache at its core, filled with anxiety about growing old and living a meaningful life" — Filmcritic.com
Posted Jul 28, 2011
3.5/5 77% Fast Five (2011) " It took ten years, but here, finally, is a worthwhile sequel to The Fast and the Furious" — Filmcritic.com
Posted Apr 28, 2011
3.5/5 73% POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (2011) " while it's funny to see footage of actual collector cups being manufactured for a documentary, the movie can't, of course, offer much in the way of results" — Filmcritic.com
Posted Apr 24, 2011
2/5 40% Henry's Crime (2011) " verges on absurdity -- the non-comedic kind" — Filmcritic.com
Posted Apr 16, 2011
2.5/5 41% HappyThankYouMorePlease (2011) " resembles a sitcom -- but the good kind, or at least one you might not flip past immediately on a Monday night" — Filmcritic.com
Posted Apr 14, 2011
3/5 49% Super (2011) " Gunn may not have his finger on the pulse of popular tastes, but he's certainly adept at reading the nerd-scented tea leaves." — Filmcritic.com
Posted Mar 31, 2011
1.5/5 23% Peep World (2011) " mildly amusing" — Filmcritic.com
Posted Mar 24, 2011
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