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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
B 42% 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
41% 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+ 84% 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
16% 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- 24% 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
36% 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
74% Split (2017) Split earns its unsettling sense of the creeps and is a pleasure to regard even when it's not springing surprises ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
D 45% The Resurrection of Gavin Stone (2017) Like so many movies designed for believers first and ordinary sinners second, if at all, Gavin Stone has trouble approximating the sensibility of actual entertainment and is particularly deadly as a comedy.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
C 31% Monster Trucks (2017) Whatever else can be said about Monster Trucks, it offers a strikingly peculiar version of hokey Americana.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
C- 3% Arsenal (2017) Miller conducts an ongoing distraction campaign against his own movie, with explosions of gnarly gore and Nicolas Cage overacting.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
B 35% Live By Night (2017) It's a lavish, decade-spanning period piece about what amounts not to a stirring microcosm of the American dream but the petty criminal squabbles that decorate its story's surface.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2016
C+ 43% Gold (2017) Gold is fitfully entertaining, but for a movie that gives itself license to go bigger and weirder than real life, its imagination for excess runs out whenever it isn't focused intently on its star.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2016
87% A Monster Calls (2017) Due credit for a family film that goes to such sad places.‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2016
C+ 92% Hidden Figures (2017) For all of its current touchstones, Hidden Figures feels far too late, both in the recognition these women deserve and the filmmakers' goodhearted but dull approach to their stories.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2016
C- 17% Assassin's Creed (2016) It's not unusual to see great European actors appearing in big-budget dreck, of course, but the participation of Fassbender (who also produced!) and Cotillard seems particularly unnecessary.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2016
C 39% Why Him? (2016) This is the kind of movie where an early-on mention of the band KISS must result in a late-movie KISS karaoke performance, dress-up scene, and/or band appearance.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2016
C- 73% Sing (2016) In a way, Sing deserves credit for bravely rejecting cuteness as a dominant animation aesthetic-though it's not clear that the movie knows it's doing this.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2016
93% Fences (2016) The musicality of Washington's voice as he turns interrogative, the repetitions and the needling, make Troy an intimidating force even when he's all bluster.‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2016
85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) It's most distinctive as a stylistic departure from the original Star Wars template.‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2016
B 83% The Founder (2017) A compelling (if sometimes slightly underexplained) business procedural, rife with details about franchise laws, handshake agreements, and contract negotiations, plus plenty of the invaluable Michael Keaton.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2016
41% Office Christmas Party (2016) Office Christmas Party does tap into some kind of pent-up HR-suppressed energy.‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2016
C 67% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2016
26% Anesthesia (2016) Too often, it plays like a self-consciously high-minded riff on Crash.‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2016
83% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2016
50% 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi (2016) There are few horrors of war that can't be reduced to blockbuster shtick.‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2016
53% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2016
15% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2016
82% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2016
69% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2016
56% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2016
C 76% Miss Sloane (2016) Why does Chastain still feel vaguely miscast, even as she commands the screen?‐ AV Club
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2016
74% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
B+ 95% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2016
83% Deadpool (2016) Much of Deadpool is a disreputable delight.‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2016
C+ 51% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2016
B 46% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2016
94% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2016
89% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2016
73% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2016
D+ 23% Tyler Perry's Boo! A Madea Halloween (2016) Madea remains a distinctive, weirdly compelling character. Maybe someday Perry will make a good comedy for her.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2016
38% Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) Star power and airport-novel craftsmanship can still deliver some old-fashioned goods.‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2016
C+ 55% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016