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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
C 74% 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
73% 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
84% Deadpool (2016) Much of Deadpool is a disreputable delight.‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2016
C+ 49% 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
93% 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
90% 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+ 21% 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
37% 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
53% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2016
52% The Accountant (2016) Like a high-toned Jason Statham movie without the cool-ass fight choreography.‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2016
93% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2016
44% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2016
C- 58% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2016
79% Girl Asleep (2016) The movie does stay on the right side of the charm/smarm divide.‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
A- 79% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
C+ 83% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2016
63% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2016
C+ 76% Bridget Jones's Baby (2016) This is a third helping of comfort food, lukewarm but edible for anyone in the mood.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2016
61% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2016
C+ 84% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2016
C 71% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2016
91% 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
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2016
C 44% 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
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2016
45% 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
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2016
89% Morris from America (2016) gets the range of bottled-up teenage emotions right‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2016
87% Pete's Dragon (2016) sort of a kiddie Malick‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2016
C+ 98% Little Men (2016) The younger characters are so full of life, and the older ones so full of trenchant but predictable talking-point issues, that it sometimes feels like a middling movie encroaching on a good one.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2016
C+ 26% Five Nights in Maine (2016) Curran's film is at once admirable in its avoidance of easy sentiment and kind of predictable once its quiet seriousness makes itself known (which is to say very early on).‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2016
C+ 58% Bad Moms (2016) It sells its characters' struggle short by shuffling their kids off screen whenever it's convenient, and not even in the name of comical neglect; there always seems to be time and money to get a sitter.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2016
81% Equity (2016) I'm told that Equity is pretty realistic, nailing little details that bigger finance movies lack. I can say that the movie feels more lived than constructed. ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2016
B 99% Don't Think Twice (2016) Amidst its hard truths about the odds of real success in a creative field, it's surprisingly effective at communicating, through Jacobs especially, a kind of clear-eyed improv idealism.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2016
75% Lights Out (2016) It's satisfying (the audience I saw it with cheered, several times) and reasonably involving on an emotional level.‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2016
B- 35% Equals (2016) Stewart's twitchiness and utter sincerity both come in handy here, as she and Hoult generate a youthful electricity.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2016
71% Café Society (2016) Even by Allen's high standards, it's a gorgeous movie.‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2016
11% Cell (2016) Cell is somewhat faithful to its source material, just somewhat truncated-and it gets more truncated as it moves along, as if slowly running out of funds.‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2016