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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
B- 89% A Bigger Splash (2016) The cast is uniformly strong, and willing to go wherever Guadagnino takes them, in however little clothing he deems necessary; the ensemble-wide equal-opportunity nudity is almost frequent enough to qualify as confrontational. ‐ AV Club
Posted May 5, 2016
D- 7% Mother's Day (2016) It's worth asking whether Marshall and his cronies constitute some kind of hostage-taking Hollywood mafia, forever calling in favors to get another vanity project running. ‐ AV Club
Posted Apr 29, 2016
C 80% The Family Fang (2016) Bateman has made the kind of adaptation that unintentionally advertises its source material, as in: All of this must have worked so much better on the page. ‐ AV Club
Posted Apr 28, 2016
70% A Hologram for the King (2016) It's largely a Hanks solo show, and the beloved icon is in fine, unfussy form. ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Apr 22, 2016
B- 17% The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016) Really, Winter's War is superior to its predecessor in almost every way, with better pacing, funnier dwarves, a less overcast tone, and vastly more goblins. ‐ AV Club
Posted Apr 21, 2016
B 84% The Meddler (2016) The Meddler does successfully untether itself from formula, and gives Sarandon a surprisingly great role in the process. ‐ AV Club
Posted Apr 21, 2016
C+ 77% Elvis & Nixon (2016) As much as the movie sidesteps biographical conventions with its narrow frame and playful tone, it can't avoid a separate cliché that plagues this sort of material: Elvis & Nixon is basically a diverting TV movie given a theatrical release. ‐ AV Club
Posted Apr 21, 2016
91% Always Shine (2016) The passive-aggressive balance in the dialogue is perfectly modulated between encouragement and undermining. ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Apr 20, 2016
100% Folk Hero & Funny Guy (2016) starts so confidently that its unobtrusive competence is something of a let-down ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Apr 20, 2016
57% Dean (2017) The emotional component of Dean is a little remote. For that matter, so is some of the comedy. ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Apr 20, 2016
52% Demolition (2016) For an hour or so, at least, Vallée makes it sing. ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Apr 19, 2016
27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) It is too much, and it is not enough. In short: Nobody wins. ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Apr 19, 2016
95% The Jungle Book (2016) Despite the hollowness, it's easy to roll with the beauty ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Apr 19, 2016
90% Green Room (2016) an extended knife-twist at a screw-turning pace ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Apr 19, 2016
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- 30% 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+ 12% 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 43% 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 70% 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 43% 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+ 39% 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 14% 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+ 60% 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 (2015) 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 91% 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+ 95% 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 66% 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+ 71% 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