Jesse Hassenger Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

Jesse Hassenger

Jesse Hassenger

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

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

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
C- 9% Rio, I Love You (Rio, Eu Te Amo) (2016) "Rio offers the uncomfortable spectacle of 10 different filmmakers mostly failing to produce a sense of place that can be sustained over 10 minutes, much less multiple senses of place that can be stitched into an interesting patchwork. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Apr 14, 2016
B- 90% Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016) "A movie theater, like a barbershop, is a communal space, and the clamorous conversation plays especially well to a crowd eager to spend time with a bunch of likable stars. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Apr 14, 2016
B- 22% The Boss (2016) "A lot of The Boss works because Michelle Darnell is a funny character, and McCarthy is funny playing her. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Apr 7, 2016
D+ 13% Meet the Blacks (2016) "A tortured use of another movie's absurd mythology to help make muddled quasi-satirical points, while indulging the apparently fail-safe punchline of saying the word "purge" about once a minute. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Apr 3, 2016
B- 97% The Dark Horse (2016) "The Dark Horse may not entirely work as a film, but it has an unexpected amount of gritty idiosyncrasy on its side. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Mar 31, 2016
C- 29% My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016) "Jones has limited ideas about funny staging. His go-to move is mashing two to 10 people together into an awkward scrum, then cutting to Vardalos or Paris watching with wide-eyed discomfort. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Mar 24, 2016
D+ 40% They're Watching (2016) "Is the film savaging cable TV? Ethically challenged filmmakers? Found-footage horror itself? If the intent was to finish off this subgenre by exposing the rote mechanics behind it, the mission is only halfway accomplished. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Mar 22, 2016
C+ 13% The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016) "After about 30 minutes of agreeably junky sci-fi that often exceeds the energy levels of its predecessors, the inevitable happens: Allegiant becomes a Divergent movie. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Mar 17, 2016
B- 33% The Bronze (2016) "Anyone looking for a truly blackhearted, merciless comedy will be disappointed. But that can be a zero-sum game; at least The Bronze softens up convincingly. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Mar 17, 2016
D 44% Miracles from Heaven (2016) "Stories that lead inextricably toward divine intervention don't have a lot of options other than killing time. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Mar 16, 2016
C+ 37% The Brothers Grimsby (2016) "The movie's scant 83 minutes dictate that The Brothers Grimsby proceed impatiently; the movie feels cut to fit the running time, rather than for the effectiveness of either the story or the comedy. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Mar 10, 2016
C+ 68% Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016) "The filmmaking fails to draw this material together in a cohesive way, and the resulting fragmentation feels more like a side effect than a skillful style choice. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Mar 3, 2016
B 98% Zootopia (2016) "By investigating the mechanics of long-held cartoon assumptions (both about the harmoniousness of some cartoon animals, and the characteristics of others), Disney is encouraging viewers young and old to see the world differently and more thoughtfully. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Mar 2, 2016
C 17% A Country Called Home (2016) "A Country Called Home never goes all-in on the implied cornpone of its title-but it never really goes all-in on anything else, either. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Feb 25, 2016
C+ 61% Race (2016) "Ultimately, it offers history told as a series of passing anecdotes. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Feb 18, 2016
B- 23% Zoolander 2 (2016) "It's a bizarre and pointless spectacle, but not an unamusing one. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Feb 11, 2016
C 68% Touched With Fire (2016) "As personal, well-performed, and sometimes lyrical as this material is, Dalio also has a peculiar way of making it all play like a public service announcement-like a feature commissioned for a mental-wellness convention. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Feb 11, 2016
C 42% Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016) "That this particular retelling of the Jane Austen novel feels like a Cliffs Notes version is understandable; that its zombie bits are equally rudimentary, though, is more disappointing. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Feb 4, 2016
C+ 41% Jane Got a Gun (2016) "At times, Jane Got A Gun comes perilously close to staying passive-to becoming A Gun Was Gotten By Jane. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Jan 30, 2016
C+ 63% The Finest Hours (2016) "The ocean-set peril grows monotonous, and the attempts to infuse Grainger's worry-girl role with some agency and dramatic urgency are noble, but largely unsuccessful. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Jan 28, 2016
C 15% Ride Along 2 (2016) "The implausibilities, cop-movie checkboxes, and mildly wasted talent make Ride Along 2 lazy, but not downright loathsome. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Jan 14, 2016
C- 10% The Forest (2016) "The movie seems to be conceived as a slow burn, but it's more like a faucet dripping lukewarm water. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Jan 8, 2016
C+ 31% Daddy's Home (2015) "Like other comedies co-written and/or directed by Sean Anders, it's fitfully amusing and, given that quality, a little too sure of itself. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Dec 24, 2015
C+ 61% Concussion (2015) "Concussion is thoughtful but workmanlike, and not quite up to a full exploration of the issues it raises. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Dec 17, 2015
D 16% Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip (2015) "Hale deserves credit for trying his best; a Chipmunks movie looks like a lonely place. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Dec 17, 2015
C 0% The Ridiculous 6 "The good news is that this movie doesn't feature many instances of Sandler making half-assed schoolyard taunts passed off as jokes. The bad news is that freeing himself of the joke-telling burden doesn't seem to cheer him up. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Dec 12, 2015
B+ 88% The Big Short (2015) "Though much of the movie is fast and funny, McKay is clearly gunning for a more serious brand of comedy, controlling his usual comic anarchy into mere irreverence. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Dec 10, 2015
80% Balls Out (2015) "Though it's far less fratty than its bare-bones marketing suggests, it has a retrograde campus-comedy vibe, right down to the Orion Pictures logo that resurfaces in front of the movie. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Dec 9, 2015
C 92% The Lady In The Van (2015) "Though director Nicholas Hytner does his best to enliven the material, Bennett very much comes across as a dull man's Charlie Kaufman, even more so when the movie ends with flat, unearned whimsicality. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Dec 3, 2015
B+ 94% Creed (2015) "Creed works far better than it should, and does so twice: as the unexpected payoff to a nearly 40-year-old series, and as the confirmation of a major talent in its director. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Nov 23, 2015
B 67% The Night Before (2015) "Levine, Rogen, and company manage to convey holiday sweetness and sadness without resorting to quasi-cynical posturing about what a pain the season is. Not many of the movie's jokes linger after the credits roll, but its inclusive warmth does. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Nov 19, 2015
C- 19% Love the Coopers (2015) "As a comedy-drama, Coopers is almost completely without laughs, which maims its ability to find the right balance of pathos and farce. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Nov 12, 2015
B 87% The Peanuts Movie (2015) "This charming movie mostly captures the tone of Schulz's work and the voices of his characters. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Nov 5, 2015
C 73% Suffragette (2015) "It depicts an important movement that remains relevant today as a historical obligation of a movie, dutiful and often surprisingly dull. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Oct 22, 2015
B+ 86% Steve Jobs (2015) "The tension between Boyle's restless energy and Sorkin's tendency to run in place drives the movie. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Oct 8, 2015
C+ 70% The Final Girls (2015) "The mother-daughter material keeps the movie watchable, even as the filmmakers seem to consider its weaknesses the fun parts. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Oct 8, 2015
C+ 54% Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015) "It's an episodic, energetically animated gag factory from the pen of Adam Sandler, and while it's the best screenplay to bear his name in years, it also warps some overfamiliar family-movie concerns until they become unavoidable in their ickiness. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Sep 24, 2015
C+ 62% The Intern (2015) "This kind of unhurried, low-conflict story coming from a mainstream filmmaker might be more invigorating if not for the eventually wearying idealization of the De Niro character and the odd implications that come along with it. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Sep 24, 2015
C- 11% Pay the Ghost (2015) "The movie's B-movie flimsiness is pervasive, and paired with an overall lack of B-movie flair, though director Uli Edel makes some game yarn-spinning attempts. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Sep 22, 2015
B 31% Moonbeam City: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "What holds promise for future episodes is the mix of strange throwaway jokes and striking visual style that makes its dialogue-heavy jokes go down easier. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Sep 17, 2015
B 75% Black Mass (2015) "Black Mass more or less limits itself to procedural status. Within those aims, it's a pretty good one, absorbing and well-made. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Sep 17, 2015
C+ 71% Pawn Sacrifice (2015) "It's a fitfully entertaining and well-acted movie that doesn't quite come together-though maybe the frustrating lack of resolve is appropriate for Fischer's arc-resistant life. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Sep 17, 2015
D+ 19% The Perfect Guy (2015) "Scene after scene exists only to deliver facts for later: Carter's family background; the location of Leah's spare housekey; the presence of a mildly nosy neighbor and a clumsily introduced pet cat. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Sep 15, 2015
A- 63% Sleeping with Other People (2015) "It somehow makes the lusty undercurrents of its male/female friendship unironically romantic and, at times, unapologetically sexy. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Sep 10, 2015
C- 40% We Are Your Friends (2015) "By the time Cole reaches a point of self-reflection, even self-criticism, it's too late; the vast emptiness at the movie's center has become unintentionally funny. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Aug 27, 2015
D+ 8% Hitman: Agent 47 (2015) "All of its materials feel utterly and depressingly synthetic, right down to the most basic ingredients of almost any violent B-grade action movie: cars, blood, and fire, which all get the bad-CGI treatment. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Aug 20, 2015
B 67% The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) "The Man From U.N.C.L.E. feels fun even when it lacks a particular reason for existing. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Aug 13, 2015
C 26% The Runner (2015) "This slim if mildly compelling film lands somewhere between character sketch and morality tale. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Aug 6, 2015
B 99% Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015) "Every once in a while, the movie delivers a laugh big enough to dwarf its more modest charms-further emphasizing that this is junior-level Aardman. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Aug 6, 2015
B+ 93% The Diary Of A Teenage Girl (2015) "For a movie about such fraught topics, sometimes rendered with admirable and non-squeamish explicitness, Diary often eschews melodrama; when the plot turns, it does so abruptly, providing a credible simulation of real-life tumult. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Aug 6, 2015
B- 79% The Young And Prodigious T.S. Spivet (2015) "Even at its zippiest ... The Young And Prodigious T.S. Spivet is infused with a pervasive sense of melancholy and loss, with a family that seems as damaged as they are lovably quirky. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Aug 6, 2015
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