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Jessica Kiang

Jessica Kiang

Agrees with the Tomatometer 78% of the time.

Jessica Kiang's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): The Playlist

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
C+ 43% Looking for Grace "It is really only when we're with Grace, and when the things that happen are happening to her, that we find any of the grace that Brooks is looking for. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Feb 4, 2016
A- 92% The Treasure (2016) ""The Treasure" suggests that you can have both feet of clay and flights of fancy, and in the battle between the prosaic and the pie-eyed, the prosaic doesn't always have to win. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Jan 9, 2016
B- 90% 600 Miles "Boasting a bitter little kick to its ending, 600 Miles otherwise does not reinvent the wheel, but keeps it firmly steady, hands at ten and two. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Dec 9, 2015
C+ 60% Life (2015) " Corbijn is great at taking real-life flesh and blood people and alchemically rendering them in striking 2-dimensional images that transcend and mythologize the reality, but "Life" shows him fall some way short of achieving the reverse. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Dec 5, 2015
B 95% Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015) " Hitchcock is essential; Truffaut is essential; the book is essential; Kent Jones' "Hitchcock/Truffaut" is not quite so, but it's a very enjoyable appendix. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Dec 5, 2015
B 87% Mediterranea (2015) ""Mediterranea" does not solely owe its topicality to recent events, like the tragic sinking of an immigrant boat bound for Italy off the coast of Libya that resulted in 400 deaths, it will induce a shiver of recognition for American viewers too. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Nov 21, 2015
B- 42% Love (2015) "It may be hardcore XXX but "Love" is Noe at his most softhearted following the brutality of "Irreversible" and his most straightforward, following the mindfuckery of "Enter the Void" so it may even leave his fans feeling underwhelmed. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Oct 30, 2015
C- 13% Asthma (2015) "A film about ennui-filled photogenic folk who can scarcely muster enough curiosity or imagination to be interested in each other, let alone the wider world, is always going to struggle to win the interest of any viewer. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Oct 24, 2015
A- 94% The Pearl Button (El botón de nácar) (2015) "...there is so much in this film, so many thoughtful, inspiring and tragic ideas about water and stars and memory and music... " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Oct 24, 2015
A 89% Embrace Of The Serpent (El Abrazo De La Serpiente) (2016) "It's an absorbing, even thrilling head trip. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Oct 21, 2015
A- 59% Yakuza Apocalypse (2015) "A pure blast of pop pleasure. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Oct 7, 2015
B+ 70% The Daughter ""The Daughter" is a quiet, immensely affecting triumph that proves how, contrary to accepted wisdom, there are secrets that would better remain untold. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Sep 18, 2015
B 92% The Clan (El Clan) (2016) "The stylishly grimy "El Clan" asks but never quite fully explores one overriding question: can anyone be innocent of complicity in a crime when they heard and ignored the screams coming from the basement? " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Sep 18, 2015
C No Score Yet 11 Minutes (11 Minut) " For a movie that is all about accumulation, it adds up to very little, and for a story all about connectedness, "11 minutes," intermittently enjoyable though it may be, never connects. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Sep 18, 2015
C 24% Every Thing Will Be Fine (2015) "The real issue is that Tomas is just not that riveting a character, and his arc of change is pretty minute. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Sep 16, 2015
91% One Floor Below "it's a movie that gives you very little that you didn't have before -- no new wisdom, no new emotion, no further understanding of the world. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Sep 16, 2015
B 95% Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015) "A curated chat with some very articulate and respectful commentators on the book's subject. " ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Sep 16, 2015
B+ 80% Sleeping Giant "The performances, especially from the three boys, are so naturalistic it feels like we're eavesdropping, though we could wish the women, especially the cipher mother, were better drawn. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Sep 15, 2015
B 96% Mustang (2015) "The exuberant life and liveliness that spills off the screen and the effortless sororal chemistry between these young actresses are compelling reasons to seek out Mustang. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Sep 15, 2015
C- 38% Journey To The Shore (Kishibe No Tabi) "Seldom has a matter of life and death been less involving than here -- not wondrous enough to be likened to a ghost, Journey to the Shore is the corpse of a film: lifeless, bloodless, insensate. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Sep 15, 2015
B+ 82% Victoria (2015) "Definitely the tensest I've been in a cinema for a long time, some subconscious part of my brain that is used to the way films are normally made started begging for the relief of a cut that never comes. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Sep 14, 2015
C+ 73% Youth (2015) "Everything is ramped-up, hyper, effortful and constructed. Very rarely are things just allowed to be, a silence allowed to reign, or a real human moment allowed to bloom. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Sep 14, 2015
B- 50% Lolo (2016) ""Lolo" has many charms, and it seems highly possible that if someday Delpy embraces her real strengths as a writer/director and gives us 90 minutes of "Violette et Ariane," she might just make her "Annie Hall." " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Sep 12, 2015
C+ 63% Remember (2016) "What's so frustrating about "Remember" is that it's such a waste - of an intriguing, layered premise for one thing, but most especially of Christopher Plummer's late-career brilliance. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Sep 12, 2015
B+ 100% De Palma ""De Palma" is a joy: a hit of garrulous cinephile cocaine so pure you want to do a Tony Montana, fall face-first into it and inhale it all in one go. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Sep 12, 2015
B+ 94% In Jackson Heights (2015) ""In Jackson Heights" serves to remind us that our worlds are full of living things, and that, being the social creatures we are, we need each other. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Sep 12, 2015
D+ 0% Man Down "In a couple of years when you're watching TV and something not very good with Shia LaBeouf, Gary Oldman, Jai Courtney, Clifton Collins, and Kate Mara comes on, you'll know that it's Montiel's "Man Down." " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Sep 12, 2015
B 85% A Bigger Splash (2016) "It's not deep, nor refined, in fact it's kind of trashy at times. But you can still make a solid, buzzy rock 'n' roll album track out of trash, if not quite a hit single. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Sep 6, 2015
B- 70% The Danish Girl (2015) ""The Danish Girl" is so primly told, it treads so delicately around even the most conservative sensibilities that it might just work to change some minds, which makes it valuable in a way an edgier, swifter, more urgent, or exciting film might not be. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Sep 5, 2015
C- 40% Equals "The real wonder and marvel and breathless mystery of "Equals" may be that something so dazzlingly white can be so very dull. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Sep 5, 2015
A 91% Beasts of No Nation (2015) "Surely one of the most beautiful films about ultimate ugliness ever, Cary Joji Fukunaga's immersive and profoundly moving "Beasts of No Nation" is a hollowing experience. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Sep 5, 2015
B- 72% Everest (2015) "The moral of the story is of course that in the battle of puny man vs the grandeur of nature, nature will always win. It's just a shame that "Everest," its human drama swamped by spectacle, embodies that truism quite so literally. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Sep 5, 2015
B- 75% Black Mass (2015) ""Black Mass" is like Johnny Depp's troublesome mask of makeup: we're not sure what, if anything, is going on underneath it, and its biggest failing is how close it gets to almost looking like the real thing. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Sep 4, 2015
A- 96% Spotlight (2015) "The cast, tasked with delivering all this information and making it feel natural, are remarkable, investing sometimes just the tiniest glances or the shortest of lines with an acreage of personality. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Sep 3, 2015
A- 100% Aferim! (2016) "You get to say, truthfully, that you've seen a black and white, period Romanian art-house movie that intelligently dissects and contextualizes the historical roots of racism, and no one need ever know you've just had a blast. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Aug 20, 2015
B 80% Counting (2015) "If you are in that mood, it's a generous experience, the opposite of didactic that invites contemplation rather than contention. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Jul 27, 2015
B+ No Score Yet A Blast " "A Blast" is complicated and demanding and messy, like the world right now, like life. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Jul 17, 2015
B+ No Score Yet The Brand New Testament "With a sense of fun that is more playful than subversive, "The Brand New Testament" is a bouncy treat: not so much heresy as whimsy, with a smooth matte finish and a mischievous grin. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Jul 17, 2015
B- 100% The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson "It's a film that constantly brings us to the brink of revelation but pulls up some way short, be it through the rather indifferent shooting style, the sometimes unilluminating choice of clips and illustration. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Jul 17, 2015
B 83% Goodnight Mommy (2015) ""Goodnight Mommy" delivers a finale you watch all the way through to the bitterest of ends, though it's a high compliment the film's horror cred to say that you might not want to. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Jul 12, 2015
C 91% Stations of the Cross (2015) "While the film's craftsmanship and experimental form go some way toward mitigating the convenient plotting and confused point of view, wrapping the whole in craw-sticking sanctimony is a sin too far for forgiveness. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Jul 11, 2015
C+ No Score Yet Heil ""Heil" is undone by its writer/director's utter disdain for all of his characters and has to resort to simpleminded farce to claw its way out of the wreckage of its exhaustingly overcomplex plot. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Jul 11, 2015
C 30% The Benefactor (2016) "With "Franny" we get a character study of a character almost entirely composed of screenwriting conveniences and actorly flourishes. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Jul 11, 2015
B 56% Partisan (2015) ""Partisan" is slow and it is ambiguous but supremely sure of itself, as it moves, with singleminded grace from chilly to all-out chilling. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Jul 11, 2015
C 25% Dark Places (2015) "Everyone involved, including the audience, deserves a better movie than this, and for fans of the book, it's possible some out there might not find the film version a disappointment, but like everything else in "Dark Places" that seems unlikely. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Jun 19, 2015
A- 96% Orange is the New Black: Season 3 (TV, 2015) "This season may feel like it has less forward momentum than last year's helter-skelter building of a villainess, but each episode moves at a brisk clip, giving us the backstory of a different character each time, and propelling various thematic strands. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Jun 16, 2015
A- 77% The Assassin (2015) "It has been seven years since Hou's last film, "The Flight of the Red Balloon," and I hope it won't be as long till his next, but "The Assassin" is the literal embodiment of the rewards, for the film and for the viewer, of patience and held breath. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted May 28, 2015
A- 80% Macbeth (2015) "In Kurzel's "Macbeth," the beautiful ferocity and complexity of Shakespeare's "Macbeth" is reborn, forged in iron, blood, and fire. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted May 23, 2015
B 93% Sicario (2015) ""Sicario" features neither the twistiness of "Prisoners" nor the weirdness of "Enemy," and so is just a very solid procedural that eschews bigger drama in favor of a continual slow build... to nowhere in particular. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted May 19, 2015
B+ 98% Inside Out (2015) "Pretty to look at, the film is not quite the perfection of Pixar's greatest output, but no matter how much you may put your dukes up to a movie so shamelessly manipulative, you will be disarmed. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted May 18, 2015
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