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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, The Week

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
C+ 49% The Lego Ninjago Movie (2017) Warner Bros. animation has finally made the uninspired Lego cartoon that so many people were expecting from The Lego Movie back in early 2014.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2017
C 66% Victoria & Abdul (2017) Victoria And Abdul fails to make much of a case for its characters' friendship apart from the fact that it seems pretty nice.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
86% Brad's Status (2017) [Ben] Stiller might be stuck in a midlife crisis on screen, but he deepens that crisis like a pro.‐ The Week
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
B 72% Dayveon (2017) By displacing some familiar gang-movie dynamics into an environment less often glimpsed on film, Abbasi stays true to the offbeat heart of his influences.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
D 11% 9/11 (2017) By invoking September 11th, this movie is announcing that it has something to say... it's the film equivalent of a guy loudly demanding the attention of everyone in a subway car, then refusing to even issue a compellingly strange rant.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
85% It (2017) Put together, the focus on the kids both redeems It through charm and robs the movie of a greater power.‐ The Week
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
C+ 7% Tulip Fever (2017) It's often difficult to tell whether Tulip Fever is supposed to be soap or farce (probably neither, but there is just enough genuine comic relief amidst the sudsy absurdity to confuse the issue).‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
C 30% I Do... Until I Don't (2017) The outline of a snappy relationship comedy is here, and Bell is talented enough to make one. Maybe next time she'll commit to it.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2017
93% Logan (2017) [Logan] puts a period at the end of a 17-year sentence.‐ The Week
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2017
36% Snatched (2017) The zippy, occasionally slapdash watchability of Snatched doesn't have to be a letdown. It's not meant to be shared on Facebook walls as a vital piece of cultural criticism.‐ The Week
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2017
70% Alien: Covenant (2017) The scrambled, searching quality makes Covenant both oddly satisfying and satisfyingly odd, even if many of its plot turns are predictable and its non-Fassbender characters negligible.‐ The Week
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2017
16% The Mummy (2017) Tom Cruise's steadiness powers a lot of his late-period action movies. In The Mummy it starts to feel like a constraint.‐ The Week
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2017
15% Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) The Last Knight keeps spinning out nonsensical mythology that can barely sustain itself in a single scene of Anthony Hopkins-delivered exposition.‐ The Week
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2017
98% The Big Sick (2017) The Big Sick comes to life just fine. But it's a little unsettling to consider that what might turn out to be the best romantic comedy of the year depends so heavily on a girlfriend in a coma.‐ The Week
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2017
93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) War for the Planet of the Apes is a statelier affair: The special effects get even more detailed, convincing, and gorgeous; the ongoing story deepens and expands; and the reviews get better and better.‐ The Week
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2017
50% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) It's unlikely another movie this year will match the concise and entertaining construction Besson chronicles here.‐ The Week
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2017
85% Ingrid Goes West (2017) Ingrid Goes West is a sharp, funny, sometimes heartbreaking comedy about how the internet, specifically Instagram, helps to ravage the mental health of a young woman.‐ The Week
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2017
93% Logan Lucky (2017) He's made great movies in both categories, but with Logan Lucky, Soderbergh the studio-movie entertainer and Soderbergh the clinical, experimental stylist fully merge.‐ The Week
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2017
C- 35% Leap! (2017) While the animation here is reasonably polished for a lower-tier cartoon, it struggles with how to best depict dancing, an action not always well-suited to this medium.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
A- 93% Logan Lucky (2017) Soderbergh isn't exactly hiding a secret drama inside his barrel of laughs and twists. But his comeback project keeps quiet about being one of the sweetest, most affirming movies he's ever made.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2017
C- 10% The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature (2017) The Great Pacific garbage patch of the future will contain relatively few copies of The Nut Job 2.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
D 30% The Only Living Boy in New York (2017) Thomas' romantic tribulations amount to him whining in gussied-up language about getting friend-zoned, and his view of New York is tedious boilerplate about how the gentrified city has lost its soul.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
C+ 89% Girls Trip (2017) A big crowd-pleasing comedy that's a little too long, squishy, and sloppy for its own good.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
C 84% Megan Leavey (2017) When Megan Leavey touches upon the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder in both humans and animals, it looks capable of bringing something novel to the human-and-dog formula. Most of the time, it's a rote biography of someone a dog really liked.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
C- 20% Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (2017) It traffics in computer-generated vomit, a surprising number of defecation gags, and a weird grudge against both the overweight and the bearded.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
90% Paint It Black (2017) Tamblyn has talent.‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted May 17, 2017
D+ 45% Paris Can Wait (Bonjour Anne) (2017) Even the heartfelt details are bizarre contrivances.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 9, 2017
28% King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) It's the /Snatch mash-up you probably didn't want but might not mind watching.‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted May 9, 2017
C 33% 3 Generations (2017) It spends 92 Weinstein-approved minutes on the verge of telling a compelling story, and winds up stalling out telling a worthwhile one.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
82% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) Already damned with faint raves (lots of fun, so likable, but not quite as fresh as the original), Guardians Vol. 2 is a better, more satisfying movie.‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted May 2, 2017
C 17% The Circle (2017) It's hard to make a film that's critical of digital technology without sounding like a square.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
66% Free Fire (2017) Nothing about Free Fire is narratively elusive-it takes place more or less in real time. Yet it remains mysterious, in its goofball way. ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
B- 28% Sandy Wexler (2017) This is all still Sandler shtick, replete with endless running gags, but it's also surprisingly endearing and often quite funny.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2017
C 66% Tommy's Honour (2017) Despite its scope, the filmmaking doesn't evoke the weight of time's passage, just the story's gentle pokiness.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2017
80% Colossal (2017) Hathaway is at her best digging into characters who know that they might have or could have been sweethearts-and who often feel that anger, guilt, or loss eating away at them.‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2017
B- 88% Their Finest (2017) Their Finest nimbly sidesteps inspirational pomposity and lands on a refreshingly utilitarian approach to the art of writing and producing a war movie.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2017
44% Ghost in the Shell (2017) There are few young actors more interesting to watch quietly grappling with what the hell it means to be human.‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
48% Wilson (2017) Amazing, the way the right pair of glasses can bring a comic-strip character to life.‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2017
B 43% Song to Song (2017) Song To Song simultaneously wants to capture every little thing in its sight, and as few big things as possible; it's a strategy as foolhardy as it is stunningly beautiful.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) The feelings it conjures are akin to those that course through the brain while experiencing a particularly well-designed attraction at a Disney theme park.‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2017
93% Logan (2017) Jackman makes Wolverine seem acutely-sometimes sardonically; sometimes tragically-aware of his capacity for pain, whether inflicted on himself or others.‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2017
99% Get Out (2017) It's rare that a movie (especially from a big studio) wrings so much suspense over the degree of obliviousness some white people are displaying in their racism.‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
42% A Cure For Wellness (2017) saturated with movie-ness and a thick sheen of music-video artificiality, though mostly, again, in a good way‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2017
10% Fifty Shades Darker (2017) strange that in a purportedly kinky movie, the two main characters only ever seem to achieve orgasm in the missionary position‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
C+ 83% A United Kingdom (2017) Outside of confirming its stars' presence, A United Kingdom is more valuable as history than filmmaking.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
B 91% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) In rampaging through Batman mythologies like a child through a playroom, the movie makes an admirable attempt to reconcile kid-friendly adventures with the character's psychological pain.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2017
C+ 50% Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back (2017) If anything, Demons Strike Back is an even zanier and more kid-friendly affair than the Chow original. Yet without Chow's unique strain of silliness, it also feels louder and more antic while covering less ground.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
17% The Space Between Us (2017) Chelsom and Loeb are the kind of filmmakers whose faces should be attached to any number of grievances from nonwhite, nonmale directors having a rough go of it.‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
C- 25% The Comedian (2017) The uncomfortable yet not unwelcome spectacle of De Niro attempting zingers makes this movie an essential subject for future study of the actor's comic side. Unfortunately, it is essential in no other way.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
34% Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2017) Anderson doesn't have the patience or the imagination of a great action director, but he throws a lot out there.‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017