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Jessica Kiang

Jessica Kiang
Jessica Kiang's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Variety, The Playlist

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
0% Anonymous (Hacker) (2016) An uninspired thriller offering even the minimally computer-literate viewer few insights into the world of hacktivism. ‐ Variety
Posted Dec 1, 2016
No Score Yet Haruko Azumi Is Missing (Japanese Girls Never Die)(Azumi Haruko wa yukue fumei) (2016) This vibrant, energetic film simultaneously manages to be pop-art, edgy social critique, and a strangely moving prayer for all the gone girls. ‐ Variety
Posted Nov 30, 2016
100% I Am a Hero (2015) I Am A Hero careens along in a giddy, bloodsoaked, immensely pleasurable rush, propelled by an enthusiasm as infectious as a bite from the undead, that makes even the hoariest beats of the plot seem dipped in bright, bloody newness. ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 24, 2016
86% Operation Mekong (2016) If it makes for a breathlessly assaultive, vastly entertaining couple of hours, it can be discomfiting whenever there's a brief pause in the pelting gunfire and we glimpse the contours of the actual, flesh-and-blood tragedy. ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 22, 2016
A- 96% The Age of Shadows (Mil-jeong) (2016) A blisteringly entertaining and exquisite genre exercise. ‐ The Playlist
Posted Sep 23, 2016
B+ 82% The Untamed (La región salvaje) (2016) Plays like an acknowledgement that the hiddenness, the private nature of sexuality is also part of its power. ‐ The Playlist
Posted Sep 22, 2016
B+ No Score Yet Hounds of Love (2016) It's not the seamy salaciousness of the plot that is the most impressive thing about Hounds of Love - more it is a demonstration of Young's precise understanding of the mechanics of tension-based storytelling. ‐ The Playlist
Posted Sep 22, 2016
C- No Score Yet On the Milky Road (2016) The film's real failure, that the smokescreen of busyness cannot conceal, is its utter vacuity. ‐ The Playlist
Posted Sep 17, 2016
B 83% The Bleeder (2016) Its familiarity feels less like the ineffectual repetition of platitudes ... and more like bumping into a pal you haven't seen in a while. ‐ The Playlist
Posted Sep 17, 2016
No Score Yet Prank (2016) The overplayed coming-of-age genre gets an undercooked workout in a well-shot but hesitant debut that leaves its most promising ideas unexplored. ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 11, 2016
B- 45% Brimstone (2016) The absorbing and uncompromising Brimstone is a visceral and elegantly grimy vision of an Old West where money, religion, power and politics may be the domains of men, but survival is a woman. ‐ The Playlist
Posted Sep 10, 2016
No Score Yet Gantz: O (2016) An aggressively unpleasant all-CG rendering of a bestselling Japanese manga that may scrape by as a supplement to the canon, but fails on every level as a standalone film. ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 9, 2016
A- 89% Jackie (2016) "Devastatingly human." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Sep 7, 2016
B- 62% Voyage of Time: Life's Journey (2016) "Perhaps Terrence Malick's head and heart lie beyond the horizons of mortal human existence." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Sep 7, 2016
100% The Fury of a Patient Man (Tarde para la ira) (2016) The road to hell is paved with bad intentions in Spanish actor Raul Arévalo's auspicious, uncompromising genre-inflected debut. ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 6, 2016
C 46% The Bad Batch (2016) Consider a moment a lesser "Mad Max: Fury Road." Now consider a greater "Southland Tales." Now drive out into the Saharan expanse of quality that still exists between those two things, find the exact midpoint and plant a flag for "The Bad Batch." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Sep 6, 2016
A 100% One More Time With Feeling (2016) This is a virtuosic piece of filmmaking art that also happens to be almost unbearably moving. Actually, there is no "almost." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Sep 5, 2016
C 86% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) This tale of real-life heroism seems less a celebration of humanist convictions than a glorification of religious intransigence and a declaration of the moral superiority of the faithful over the faithless. ‐ The Playlist
Posted Sep 4, 2016
C No Score Yet In Dubious Battle (2016) "In Dubious Battle" marks an embrace of a kind of anonymous, fuddy-duddy traditionalist approach. In short, it's maybe James Franco's best-crafted film to date, and also maybe his dullest. ‐ The Playlist
Posted Sep 3, 2016
B 72% Nocturnal Animals (2016) Tom Ford's "Nocturnal Animals" is a feast for the eyes and a fun-size Mars Bar for the brain. It's also highly enjoyable, when it's not trying to be serious and make heavy points about the interrelation of art and life. ‐ The Playlist
Posted Sep 2, 2016
A- 94% Arrival (2016) It's a monolith, a megalith, but like the gigantic alien craft that comes to rest somewhere above Montana at the start of the film, despite its immensity it hovers elegantly overhead. The film defies gravity. ‐ The Playlist
Posted Sep 1, 2016
A 93% La La Land (2016) An absolute triumph. 'La La Land' is a film you simply never want to stop watching. ‐ The Playlist
Posted Aug 31, 2016
86% A Date for Mad Mary (2016) Mad Mary is a delight, especially for its rounded supporting characters, its skewering use of language, and the pinpoint accuracy of its observations of life in this specific time and place. ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 29, 2016
B 89% Strike a Pose (2017) Yes, the contrived nature of the situation contributes to a performative feel, but these men are all performers, and their interactions are no less authentic and sincere for being self-consciously dramatic. ‐ The Playlist
Posted Aug 29, 2016
C- 9% Endless Night (Nadie quiere la noche) (2015) The evocative, philosophical, awe-inspiring story that Barros and Coixet so clearly hoped to tell is in here somewhere, but sadly, you couldn't find it with a compass. ‐ The Playlist
Posted Aug 26, 2016
B+ 100% Shelley (2016) A classy take on the often trashy pregnancy horror category, with a subtle social critique underlying its neo-gothic texture. ‐ The Playlist
Posted Jul 26, 2016
No Score Yet Houston, We Have a Problem! (2016) What little fun this mockumentary offers depends on falling for its far-fetched premise about America being scammed by the Yugoslav space program. ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 15, 2016
B 78% From Afar (Desde Allá) (2016) Vigas' confidence in trusting his audience to form an emotional connection to the narrative without such signposting is admirable, but the film expects and needs your patience and close attention. ‐ The Playlist
Posted Jun 6, 2016
B+ 100% Harmonium (Fuchi ni tatsu) (2016) A slow first hour builds to a deeply involving and uncannily affecting second half in ... Fukada's chilly and chilling examination of familial guilt. ‐ The Playlist
Posted May 27, 2016
B+ 100% After the Storm (Umi yori mo mada fukaku) (2016) A film that invites you in, and clears a space for you at the dinner table while you shuck off your shoes in the hallway. ‐ The Playlist
Posted May 25, 2016
B+ 97% Aquarius (2016) A stunningly intelligent and considered sophomore feature. ‐ The Playlist
Posted May 23, 2016
C- 43% Dog Eat Dog (2016) Feels like a lukewarm retread of elements [Schrader] has achieved, as a writer and director, much better before. ‐ The Playlist
Posted May 22, 2016
No Score Yet Les vies de Thérèse (2016) Insightful, witty and profoundly moving ... ‐ Variety
Posted May 20, 2016
B+ 57% The Neon Demon (2016) A gorgeously grotty little number without a thought in its pretty little head. ‐ The Playlist
Posted May 19, 2016
A- 95% Graduation (Bacalaureat) (2016) Intimate, epic and crisply intelligent: Haneke with a human touch and no desire to judge. ‐ The Playlist
Posted May 19, 2016
C- 42% It's Only the End of the World (Juste la fin du monde) (2016) Appears to be the work of a sulking, self-conscious teenager, locked in his bedroom with his music blaring, feeling like the most misunderstood genius who never asked to be born. ‐ The Playlist
Posted May 19, 2016
B- 61% The Unknown Girl (La fille inconnue) (2016) The somewhat drab aesthetic and almost vanishingly understated performance style dull the potential pleasures of a good old-fashioned whodunit to roughly the luminosity of an above-average feature-length episode of a TV procedural. ‐ The Playlist
Posted May 18, 2016
A- 94% Sieranevada (2016) Puiu scoops up storylines and arguments and revelations armful by messy armful and ... Sieranevada becomes by turns pit-of-stomach-sad, flight-of-fancy funny and pin-in-heart moving. ‐ The Playlist
Posted May 17, 2016
A- 96% Neruda (2016) Neruda feels like such a leap into the unknown that it's almost outside the solar system - it's the Pluto of Larraín's filmography so far. ‐ The Playlist
Posted May 17, 2016
B 82% Julieta (2016) [W]ith the wick turned down on his Almodóvarian fire, the great Spanish director may get fewer sparks flying, but the embers still glow and can occasionally burn. ‐ The Playlist
Posted May 17, 2016
C 68% Staying Vertical (Rester vertical) (2017) Lacking a guiding principle or a forceful sense of inner momentum, the film ... idles between provocations and too many of its potential themes ... wither on the vine. ‐ The Playlist
Posted May 16, 2016
C+ 67% Personal Shopper (2017) Personal Shopper is a mess - not an uninteresting one, and better that than a staid, unadventurous bore, but a mess nonetheless. ‐ The Playlist
Posted May 16, 2016
A- 92% Toni Erdmann (2016) [T]he genius of Maren Ade's brilliantly funny and slyly crushing Toni Erdmann is that it makes the utterly foreign nation of its central father/daughter relationship feel so much like home. ‐ The Playlist
Posted May 16, 2016
A- 79% American Honey (2016) It will make you drunk, it will make you giddy, it will make you high, and ... it will eventually make you tired, but even with the hangover, American Honey is a glorious mezcal bender. ‐ The Playlist
Posted May 16, 2016
B+ 94% The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016) Deliriously fun, terminally silly. ‐ The Playlist
Posted May 15, 2016
A- 96% Paterson (2016) Pure poetry. ‐ The Playlist
Posted May 15, 2016
14% From the Land of the Moon (Mal de pierres) (2016) Garcia's few edgy, explorative instincts soon give way to a far more decorous and far less interesting evocation of "exquisite" emotional suffering. ‐ Variety
Posted May 15, 2016
B 70% Café Society (2016) Allen's most untroublesome film in a while, his most charming in years and his most beautiful to look at, maybe ever. ‐ The Playlist
Posted May 11, 2016
B+ 75% Sworn Virgin (Vergine giurata) (2016) In her impressive debut feature, writer/director Bispuri uses this unusual, specific tradition to investigate much broader issues of gender identity ... while also delivering a touching personal portrait of tentative liberation. ‐ The Playlist
Posted Apr 18, 2016
B- 65% 13 Minutes (Elser) (2017) 13 Minutes is an elegant, expensive-looking, respectful history lesson that finds just enough interesting texture ... to save it from becoming dry ‐ The Playlist
Posted Apr 17, 2016