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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
C+ 66% Yesterday (2019) Jack never attempts to impose his own personality on his endless and pleasant covers. Neither does Boyle. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2019
B 89% Plus One (2019) Plus One isn't much more than consistently amusing and sweetly romantic, but in the right hands, those qualities can still feel like a lot. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
23% Dark Phoenix (2019) The series ends recalling its strengths, but not fully embodying them. - The Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
C+ 79% Late Night (2019) Late Night is admirably eager to address the messy problems of the comedy world, but it ultimately can't stop cleaning up after itself. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
C 56% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) Actual kids will probably enjoy The Secret Life Of Pets 2... But they might also start to sense just how mini this sequel feels, and start fidgeting after 15 or 20 minutes. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
97% Booksmart (2019) Feldstein and Dever are both terrific in it. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
C- 57% Brightburn (2019) For such a specific, clever-on-paper idea, Brightburn follows a shockingly predictable turn of events, possibly because it has few reference points beyond other pop-culture stories. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
C+ 89% Rocketman (2019) As inventive as the movie gets in teasing out both the melancholy and the joy of John and Taupin's songs, Rocketman still genuflects toward the myth of biopic respectability. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2019
B 79% Photograph (2019) What's consistent about Photograph is the way it maintains the delicacy of a particularly fine short story, complete with some ghostly supporting characters and plenty of ellipses where more conventional movies would amp up the exclamation points. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
C+ 51% Tolkien (2019) There are times when the Tolkien the character seems more interested in his past than Tolkien the movie does. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
C- 66% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Instead, Detective Pikachu settles into the generic rhythms of a second-tier '80s cop movie-in other words, noir for dummies. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
C- 29% UglyDolls (2019) Like their Troll ancestors, the UglyDolls combine an evergreen cuteness with a why-now lack of currency. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Infinity War may have proved that Marvel can pull off a massive superhero crossover event, but Endgame shows how much better these movies are when they pay attention to people, too. - The Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
D+ 60% Breakthrough (2019) Lots of small, potentially affecting dramas buzz around the center of Breakthrough before the movie swats them away to focus on the power of prayer. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
B- 46% Little (2019) Issa Rae holds the movie together with a delivery style that can go to offhand understatement as easily as an outburst. In either mode, she's cheerfully likable. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
64% Unicorn Store (2019) The movie constantly grasps for more than its surface charms. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
B 89% Missing Link (2019) A sweet, distinctively animated bit of all-ages entertainment. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
3/10 42% Faster (2010) Looking good is just about all Faster does. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
C 57% The Highwaymen (2019) The Highwaymen is a crucial reminder that good Dad Movies aren't as easy to make as they look. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
A- 100% Slut in a Good Way (Charlotte a du fun) (2019) Slut In A Good Way is more than the sum of its entanglements; the actors and the camera work so well together that it feels, at times, like a musical. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
C 34% Wonder Park (2019) But even before it gets to its conspicuously director-less end credits, Wonder Park has the unmistakable air of a promising movie no one has taken full responsibility for polishing into a good one. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
C+ 65% Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase (2019) The Hidden Staircase ultimately fails to introduce the younger members of its audience to the pleasures of movie detective. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2019
78% Captain Marvel (2019) What really stands out about Captain Marvel, then, is its approach to its hero's origin. Unlike Marvel's typically heavy-handed exposition, this movie only hints at a backstory it never truly reveals. The restraint is refreshing. - The Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
C+ 44% The Prodigy (2019) The filmmakers figure out how to make a creepy kid chilling again, then stop short, closing the case too early. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
B- 60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) The movie is body horror, body action, and body romance, all Frankensteined together-and a lot of fun. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
C 22% Miss Bala (2019) It's the kind of thriller about violent turf wars, corruption, and sex trafficking that's rated PG-13, in case some 11-year-olds want to see it unaccompanied. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
B 85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) The Lego Movie 2 is lovable. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
89% The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) Why is someone as talented as Joe Cornish dedicating himself to different varieties of Amblin pastiche? - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
37% Glass (2019) With its many characters alternately showcased and neglected, Glass is a strange movie. In its haunted, haunting way, it's also a satisfying one. - The Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
10% Replicas (2019) Poor audience members may only feel disoriented, as the line between A-movie, B-movie, and D-list embarrassment continues to futuristically blur. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
C+ 93% Bumblebee (2018) If only not being terrible was the same as being good; Bumblebee is still just reheated nostalgia. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
65% Aquaman (2018) [Aquaman's] delightful silliness does point to what these movies should have been doing all along: standing alone, rather than trying to reconcile the weird worlds of its various heroes for premature team-ups. - The Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
33% Welcome to Marwen (2018) Zemeckis seems to think he's showing heart. Instead, he's messily dissecting it. - The Verge EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
B- 70% The Mule (2018) It finds Eastwood performing (both as actor and director) in two of his most comfortable modes: ambling low-key pulp and quiet regretful elegy. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
C+ 63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Given the capable performances and a few memorable scenes, it's difficult to pinpoint why this handsome, competent production can't offer much more satisfaction... - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
C- 19% The Possession of Hannah Grace (2018) Most of the movie's creepy overtures are bluntly obvious-menacing thumps, rather than barely perceptible twitches. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
B+ 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) This is the seventh Spider-Man feature film in 16 years, but this universe has rarely felt so fresh. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) The Crimes of Grindelwald appears to be, first and foremost, made "for the fans." But the series' age agnosticism seems less about providing all-ages entertainment than a refusal to think of these fans as actual people. - The Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
B 84% Creed II (2018) Sometimes the movie feels torn between spare evocations of a boxer's life and crowd-pleasing evocations of past movies. But more often than not, Caple splits the difference with aplomb. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
64% The Way We Were (1973) For a screen romance with huge movie stars, that sentiment feels pretty real. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
B 88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) If the movie never falls into a feedback loop, credit should probably go to Reilly and especially Silverman, who bring human vulnerability to little bits of ultra-branded ones and zeroes. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
C+ 63% Outlaw King (2018) For a historical epic that probably looks even better on the big screen, it's oddly well-suited to Netflix: spectacle, yes, but nothing too specific about it. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2018
C 59% The Grinch (2018) Illumination's focus on cartoon villainy should set it apart. But by this point, the filmmakers have softened the very concept of "bad" into just another bowl of brightly colored sugary mush. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
C 23% Nobody's Fool (2018) [Sumpter] and Haddish make a likable pair, but Perry never quite works them into a functioning comedy team. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
89% Adam Sandler: 100% Fresh (2018) Whether he's giving a nuanced performance, standing back at a lazy de facto family reunion, or telling silly jokes on a relatively unadorned stage, Sandler feels like himself-and 100% Fresh is a particularly likable, unfussy iteration. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
C+ 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Like a lot of depictions of rock music on film, Bohemian Rhapsody lacks both the stylistic daring of a music video and the outright euphoria of a proper musical, but it gets closer to both with the Live Aid sequence. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
C 37% Johnny English Strikes Again (2018) Johnny English Strikes Again might actually come closer to success than its predecessors, if only by default. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
97% The Hate U Give (2018) But at its best, George Tillman Jr.'s film has a gravity and forthrightness missing from so many movies aimed at younger audiences. - The Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
B 81% Mid90s (2018) Mid90s is more than an exercise in refracting the nostalgic radiance of its cultural touchstones. It's something both rougher and more tender, and still a little bit unformed. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
29% Venom (2018) The best supervillains tell us something about ourselves and our heroes. Venom crawls into its hero's head and realizes it has nothing to say. - The Week EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018