Jesse Hassenger Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

Jesse Hassenger

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

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
C 71%

Frank & Lola (2016)

"In a trim 88 minutes, it manages to make Poots and Shannon an intriguing duo, then lets them revert to odd mismatch." ‐AV Club
Posted Dec 7, 2016

Anesthesia (2016)

"Too often, it plays like a self-consciously high-minded riff on Crash." ‐Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Nov 30, 2016

Midnight Special (2016)

"Midnight Special is a pretty good film; its best moments thrum with mystery. In the end, it's just hard to feel transported by a puzzle-box that doesn't want anyone opening it up." ‐Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Nov 30, 2016

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi (2016)

"There are few horrors of war that can't be reduced to blockbuster shtick." ‐Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Nov 29, 2016

Triple 9 (2016)

"The sloppiness of the cops-and-robbers games starts to feel pointless, even as it remains generally compelling. Everyone in Triple 9 ultimately feels a bit like a supporting character -- even the filmmakers." ‐Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Nov 29, 2016

Gods Of Egypt (2016)

"Granted, there's really no good reason for this nonsense to last over two hours; there's probably no good reason for it to exist at all beyond garnering Alex Proyas a long-overdue paycheck. But here it is, and it's actually pretty fun." ‐Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Nov 29, 2016

The Wave (Bolgen) (2016)

"The Wave, based on some actual rockslides from decades ago, may try for a little bit of respectability, but it doesn't have much to say, and then says it in a somber closing credits: Watch out for rockslides, basically." ‐Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Nov 29, 2016

Tumbledown (2016)

"Despite its earnest charms, Tumbledown is the type of movie that explores its themes and touchstones so insistently that you start to hunger for any alternative to acoustic guitars or overcoming grief." ‐Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Nov 29, 2016

Rules Don't Apply (2016)

"Much of the movie is charming and funny, but by the end it feels elusive, particularly when trying to figure where Beatty is going with this pet project." ‐Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Nov 23, 2016
C 68%

Miss Sloane (2016)

"Why does Chastain still feel vaguely miscast, even as she commands the screen?" ‐AV Club
Posted Nov 23, 2016
B+ 96%

Moana (2016)

"For the most part ... the movie feels more heartfelt than calculated, no small feat after decades of princesses, journeys, and "I want" songs." ‐AV Club
Posted Nov 21, 2016

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)

"Rowling, a first-time screenwriter, seems accustomed to viewers who come in already knowing a lot of backstory and will be delighted to see certain characters depicted at all." ‐Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Nov 18, 2016
B+ 94%

The Edge of Seventeen (2016)

"It reclaims smart sensitivity in teen movies-emotional territory that sometimes feels like it's been ceded to the occasional TV show." ‐AV Club
Posted Nov 17, 2016
D 0%

Life on the Line (2016)

"Movies like Life On The Line ... fancy themselves meat-and-potatoes dramatic thrillers that big studios don't often make anymore. Unfortunately, they're more like gristle mixed in with a couple of burnt french fries." ‐AV Club
Posted Nov 16, 2016

Deadpool (2016)

"Much of Deadpool is a disreputable delight." ‐Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Nov 15, 2016
C+ 50%

Almost Christmas (2016)

"It busies itself assembling the kind and number of subplots that create mounting dread about the marathon of resolution they will require in the final half hour." ‐AV Club
Posted Nov 10, 2016
B 45%

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016)

"This is an uncharacteristically unsubtle work from Lee-yet in the end, it's not ineffective." ‐AV Club
Posted Nov 10, 2016

Arrival (2016)

"This isn't Close Encounters's wonder about the vastness of the universe; it's something trickier and more bittersweet about how we make our life decisions." ‐Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Nov 7, 2016

Doctor Strange (2016)

"Basically Iron Man with weaker laugh lines and vastly cooler action sequences. It's Iron Man meets Thor 2, and the thing is, those guys have met before." ‐Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Nov 4, 2016

Everest (2015)

"Kormákur genuflects to the tragedy without really shaping it; when it's time for the movie to face reality, it doesn't bring along much additional insight." ‐Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Oct 31, 2016
D+ 22%

Boo! A Madea Halloween (2016)

"Madea remains a distinctive, weirdly compelling character. Maybe someday Perry will make a good comedy for her." ‐AV Club
Posted Oct 21, 2016

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)

"Star power and airport-novel craftsmanship can still deliver some old-fashioned goods." ‐Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Oct 21, 2016
C+ 57%

Michael Moore In TrumpLand (2016)

"TrumpLand has an immediacy not always present in Moore's more ambitious, sprawling, and sometimes scattered documentary work. There's also an unfortunate technical hurriedness to go along with that immediacy." ‐AV Club
Posted Oct 20, 2016

Mascots (2016)

"It's kind of dull, it gets duller as it goes, and you start to think of ways it could have been funnier." ‐Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Oct 19, 2016

The Accountant (2016)

"Like a high-toned Jason Statham movie without the cool-ass fight choreography." ‐Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Oct 13, 2016
B- 76%

Kevin Hart: What Now? (2016)

"This movie is not quite the comic event it relentlessly advertises in its opening and closing moments. But it is a reminder of the talent behind the hubris." ‐AV Club
Posted Oct 13, 2016

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
Posted Oct 7, 2016

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
Posted Oct 7, 2016
C- 55%

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
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
Posted Oct 5, 2016

Girl Asleep (2016)

"The movie does stay on the right side of the charm/smarm divide." ‐Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Sep 29, 2016
A- 81%

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
Posted Sep 29, 2016
C+ 81%

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
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
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
Posted Sep 22, 2016

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
Posted Sep 21, 2016
C+ 77%

Bridget Jones's Baby (2016)

"This is a third helping of comfort food, lukewarm but edible for anyone in the mood." ‐AV Club
Posted Sep 15, 2016

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
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
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
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
Posted Sep 1, 2016
C 70%

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
Posted Sep 1, 2016

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
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
Posted Aug 25, 2016

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
Posted Aug 24, 2016

Morris from America (2016)

"gets the range of bottled-up teenage emotions right" ‐Brooklyn Magazine
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
Posted Aug 18, 2016

Pete's Dragon (2016)

"sort of a kiddie Malick" ‐Brooklyn Magazine
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
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
Posted Aug 11, 2016
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