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Jesse Hassenger

Jesse Hassenger
Jesse Hassenger's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Filmcritic.com, PopMatters, AV Club, Time Out, Brooklyn Magazine

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
93% Blue Jay (2016) Shows off a different side of Sarah Paulson-looser, more relaxed, and playing opposite Mark Duplass, who seems like he would thoroughly irritate many other Paulson characters.‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2016
43% The Girl on the Train (2016) What gives the trashiness a mild kick is the movie's observation of how women are so often victim-blamed and pitted against each other.‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2016
C- 58% Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life (2016) Though its title and general tone lament the stifling atmosphere of the years between childhood and full-fledged teenhood, the movie misses the animal hostility and physical awkwardness of genuine tweens.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2016
C- 65% The Great Gilly Hopkins (2016) The Great Gilly Hopkins may serve as an early lesson for young readers and movie-watchers on the way that a film can be utterly faithful to its source and still not feel quite right.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2016
82% Girl Asleep (2016) The movie does stay on the right side of the charm/smarm divide.‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
A- 79% American Honey (2016) Plenty of recent films can claim Terrence Malick as an influence, but Arnold is one of the few filmmakers who takes that intuitive style in a fresh direction-who builds on it, rather than repeating its contemplative whispers.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
C+ 82% Denial (2016) As an actual procedural narrative, the film is only passably interesting, afflicted with the kind of stop-start rhythms endemic in movies that compress a legal battle spanning years into a two-hour movie.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
B- 81% My Blind Brother (2016) My Blind Brother is slight and a little easy, but it's powered by sincere affection.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2016
C+ 63% Storks (2016) Like so many big-studio cartoons, Storks doesn't seem to understand that its strengths lie not in the speed or volume of its dialogue, but the energy of its animation.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2016
63% The Magnificent Seven (2016) The unofficial cowboys and outlaws played by Pratt in Guardians of the Galaxy or Denzel in any number of Tony Scott movies have more pizazz than this bunch. ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2016
C+ 76% Bridget Jones's Baby (2016) This is a third helping of comfort food, lukewarm but edible for anyone in the mood.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2016
61% Snowden (2016) There's something flaccid and by-the-numbers about Stone's latest-a button-pusher that doesn't muster the energy to push enough buttons.‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2016
D+ 15% Mr. Church (2016) Mr. Church is certainly another sign that Murphy does what he wants. Maybe this guarded performance in a lousy movie is a sign of him wanting to do something better.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2016
C+ 83% Kicks (2016) It's well made, compelling, and no more of a miserablist wallow than any number of film-festival refugees. Yet the movie's persistent grimness keeps compounding in a way that starts to feel like an end unto itself.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2016
B- 40% Morgan (2016) It would be a stretch to call the movie any kind of feminist statement, but it does boast an equal-opportunity nastiness alongside its enjoyable stupidities.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2016
C 71% White Girl (2016) Its idea of drama is to have all of its characters make a bunch of haphazardly bad decisions as they stumble through New York steaminess.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2016
91% Southside With You (2016) This isn't pure hero worship, either; it's the work of a filmmaker enchanted by his subjects as a couple, not as conduits of history.‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2016
C 43% The Hollars (2016) Whenever the movie starts to get genuinely idiosyncratic, it reverts to singing the same old songs: weddings, funerals, births, and tasteful finger-picking.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2016
45% Hands of Stone (2016) This Durán becomes less charming, in fact, the more time the movie spends with him, accumulating new details of his jerkiness.‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2016
89% Morris from America (2016) gets the range of bottled-up teenage emotions right‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2016
B+ 97% Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) No American animation studio is better-suited to dreamlike plotting than Laika, and the animation of Kubo is truly dazzling, mixing sophistication and handmade charm with inspired flow.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2016
87% Pete's Dragon (2016) sort of a kiddie Malick‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2016
C+ 79% Joshy (2016) Joshy uses so much architecture from indie-movie blueprints and uses so many comic actors as building blocks that it briefly seems like an elaborate spoof project.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2016
B 83% Sausage Party (2016) Rogen and Goldberg start with spoofery and work their way into something bolder and stranger; it's as if playing in the Pixar sandbox, or a reasonable approximation thereof, can't help but inspire creativity.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2016
C+ 97% Little Men (2016) The younger characters are so full of life, and the older ones so full of trenchant but predictable talking-point issues, that it sometimes feels like a middling movie encroaching on a good one.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2016
C+ 26% Five Nights in Maine (2016) Curran's film is at once admirable in its avoidance of easy sentiment and kind of predictable once its quiet seriousness makes itself known (which is to say very early on).‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2016
C+ 59% Bad Moms (2016) It sells its characters' struggle short by shuffling their kids off screen whenever it's convenient, and not even in the name of comical neglect; there always seems to be time and money to get a sitter.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2016
81% Equity (2016) I'm told that Equity is pretty realistic, nailing little details that bigger finance movies lack. I can say that the movie feels more lived than constructed. ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2016
B 99% Don't Think Twice (2016) Amidst its hard truths about the odds of real success in a creative field, it's surprisingly effective at communicating, through Jacobs especially, a kind of clear-eyed improv idealism.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2016
76% Lights Out (2016) It's satisfying (the audience I saw it with cheered, several times) and reasonably involving on an emotional level.‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2016
B- 34% Equals (2016) Stewart's twitchiness and utter sincerity both come in handy here, as she and Hoult generate a youthful electricity.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2016
70% Café Society (2016) Even by Allen's high standards, it's a gorgeous movie.‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2016
11% Cell (2016) Cell is somewhat faithful to its source material, just somewhat truncated-and it gets more truncated as it moves along, as if slowly running out of funds.‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2016
B 73% Ghostbusters (2016) As enjoyable as this movie is, sometimes it feels like it's holding back; no one's id runs wild. But the limitations of Ghostbusters make Wiig, McCarthy, McKinnon, and Jones even more valuable.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2016
70% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015) When it gets to its final stretch -- the one that nothing except books or Wikipedia or other movies can prepare you for -- Mockingjay Part 2 is well-prepared for what might strike non-fans (or even some actual fans) as anticlimax.‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2016
65% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) At its best, this half-Mockingjay details a kind of unhealthy propaganda therapy as Katniss and Peeta head toward their inevitable reunion. But it's not really enough to sustain a satisfying two-hour feature.‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2016
B- 35% Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016) Efron and Devine's immature teamwork suggests that they've been watching Step Brothers a lot, while Kendrick and Plaza act like they've been studying Tina Fey.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2016
75% The BFG (2016) This is to Spielberg's faster-paced kid movies as Bridge of Spies is to Saving Private Ryan: quieter, more relaxed.‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2016
B- 71% Our Kind of Traitor (2016) Director Susanna White, on only her second feature, jazzes up the proceedings to match the skill of actors like McGregor, Harris, and Skarsgård.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2016
C+ 36% The Legend of Tarzan (2016) The movie tees up an exciting, likable yarn but never really takes off.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2016
98% The Babadook (2014) The Babadook is as accessible as any number of less accomplished ghost stories -- and more genuinely unsettling for its portrait of parent and child locked in mutual but potentially conquerable hell.‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2016
40% Me Him Her (2016) Me Him Her is the work of someone who lives, breathes, and loves Los Angeles to such a noxiously myopic degree that providing an actual sense of place holds little interest for him.‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2016
91% The Witch (2016) Though there is some real horror-movie imagery on hand, writer-director Robert Eggers also summons dread with small farmhouse touches: the thwack of an axe on wood, the eyes of a goat called Black Philip, the rustles of branches.‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2016
78% The Shallows (2016) swims right along the line between barely credible and flat-out nuts-a modest, swift, silly thriller‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2016
97% Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) Wilderpeople is fully redeemed by its sense of humor, both deadpan and broad, well-delivered through the strong performances.‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2016
C 47% Free State of Jones (2016) Instead of building to a crescendo, the movie trails off. By the end, serious-minded adult moviegoers may find themselves longing for another product from the well-oiled sequel machine.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2016
B- 78% The Phenom (2016) Simmons, Hawke, and Giamatti are all compelling enough to ensure that The Phenom doesn't turn into a bunch of empty tricks and fussy lighting.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2016
94% Finding Dory (2016) If the first movie was about parents learning to face their fears and trust their children, this one is about facing the fears that come with parenting a special-needs child.‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2016
D+ 8% No Stranger Than Love (2016) Wernham shows off a few well-choreographed camera movements throughout the film, but the technical competence is overshadowed by all the straining to grapple with the meanings of love.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2016
28% Warcraft (2016) It's probably a minor miracle that only about twenty to thirty minutes of its 120ish are outright boring.‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2016