Jesse Hassenger

Jesse Hassenger

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Publications:
Film Racket , Filmcritic.com , MovieWeb , PopMatters
Total Reviews:
260

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
C- —— The Possession of Michael King (2014) " After an efficient start, The Possession Of Michael King drags, weighing itself down with genre conventions the filmmakers don't seem to understand or care about." — AV Club
Posted Aug 21, 2014
D- 7% Septic Man (2014) " Former wrestler Maillet is the only performer who generates any empathy." — AV Club
Posted Aug 14, 2014
B- 47% War Story (2014) " So often does Catherine Keener play snappish or smart-mouthed characters that it's startling to see her behaving so tired and ragged throughout much of War Story." — AV Club
Posted Jul 31, 2014
C 17% Very Good Girls (2014) " Holbrook acts as a discount Ryan Gosling -- all the mumbling and silence at just 20 percent of the charisma." — AV Club
Posted Jul 23, 2014
C- 18% Video Games: The Movie (2014) " Beyond associating breakthroughs with particular years and companies, Video Games: The Movie has trouble moving beyond generalities." — AV Club
Posted Jul 17, 2014
3.5/5 76% Land Ho! (2014) " sweet, even life-affirming" — Film Racket
Posted Jul 10, 2014
C 54% Road to Paloma (2014) " Road To Paloma features perhaps the most motorcycle-riding footage of any actor-directed vanity project since The Brown Bunny." — AV Club
Posted Jul 10, 2014
C+ 96% Wrinkles (2014) " Wrinkles doesn't offer the aesthetic rewards necessary to make its sad material compelling." — AV Club
Posted Jul 3, 2014
2/5 24% Third Person (2014) " Watchably stupid" — Film Racket
Posted Jun 19, 2014
2.5/5 54% The Signal (2014) " winds up with all of the resonance and feeling of a demo reel. " — Film Racket
Posted Jun 12, 2014
D 31% Lullaby (2014) " The movie falls flat in its attempts to show how moments of absurdity break familial tension, as Levitas interrupts every bit of weary comic relief with more histrionics." — AV Club
Posted Jun 12, 2014
C+ 52% Trust Me (2014) " As Trust Me gets twistier and more serious, it also veers toward pity for its central character (which reads as self-pity for the filmmaker, fairly or not)." — AV Club
Posted Jun 5, 2014
C 76% Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (2014) " The movie is most interesting as a collection of trivia-and trivial if amusing testimonials." — AV Club
Posted Jun 5, 2014
D+ 10% The Angriest Man in Brooklyn (2014) " As broad as Williams goes in these scenes, it's not really his fault. He's acting out a screenplay, credited to Daniel Taplitz, that's peppered with bad writerly flourishes." — AV Club
Posted May 22, 2014
C 42% Words And Pictures (2014) " Owen's performance as a man who values his own faux-sophistication even as he goes to seed overpowers Binoche, leaving the movie lopsided." — AV Club
Posted May 22, 2014
3/5 72% Palo Alto (2014) " floats through an eerie netherworld of familiarity somewhere between recognizing real life and remembering other movies that recognized it better" — Film Racket
Posted May 8, 2014
C- 27% Farmland (2014) " Farmland lets the farmers tell their stories, but doesn't see fit to shape them into anything resembling a coherent statement or narrative." — AV Club
Posted May 8, 2014
C+ 18% Gambit (2014) " When the movie veers away from the verbal gymnastics of a bunch of colorful dopes out-dumbing one another and into overindulged farce, the specificity of the Coens' writing begins to fade." — AV Club
Posted May 1, 2014
C+ 64% For No Good Reason (2014) " [It becomes] less interesting as it stretches to feature length, sometimes resembling a handsomely illustrated CV." — AV Club
Posted Apr 24, 2014
B+ 63% In Your Eyes " At its frequent best ... it provides a potent metaphor for a life-changing relationship, cleverly literalizing the way a new romantic connection can feel like a voice in your head that you never want to stop hearing." — AV Club
Posted Apr 24, 2014
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+ 52% 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 78% 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 93% 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 53% 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 50% 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 64% 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
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