Jessica Kiang Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

Jessica Kiang

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

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet Tarzan's Testicles (2017) Whatever you might be expecting from a documentary with the eye-catching​​​​ title of "Tarzan's Testicles," it's unlikely to be quite what you get with Alexandru Solomon's disquieting, strange and peculiarly philosophical film.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
100% Who's Gonna Love Me Now? (2016) Although the issues it tackles are troublesome and heartsore, the film is anything but morose, as though it emanates from the engaging Saar himself, like a song.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2017
C+ 75% Becoming Cary Grant (2017) And so Becoming Cary Grant falls into that disappointing category of a documentary that, in wanting to do its subject a favor, actually does him a disservice.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2017
69% Happy End (2017) It's a film whose themes put it squarely within the continuum of Haneke's filmography, yet it also distinguishes itself from much of it in the deployment of unexpectedly approachable dark wit and thriller-ish sensibility.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
B+ No Score Yet Heartstone (Hjartasteinn) (2016) Beautifully shot, touchingly performed and delivered with a thrillingly atmospheric sense of place, Heartstone lets us meditate on these themes during that long last summer...‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
80% Moscow Never Sleeps (2017) "Moscow Never Sleeps" is engaging, but there are only a few occasions when it feels genuinely inspired.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2017
No Score Yet Plot 35 (Carré 35) (2017) "Plot 35" doesn't just explore a family tragedy - it explores the tragedy of family, the way that loving our parents is not the same as understanding them, just as for them, loving their children does not always mean telling them the truth.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
C 44% April's Daughter (Las hijas de Abril) (2017) It's as though Franco's instincts as a screenwriter - pulpy plotting, heightened psychology, murky motivations - are in a constant war of attrition with his instincts as a realist director.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
60% Los Perros (2017) Not only a supremely assured and intriguing sophomore feature but carving out its own oblique niche of coolly clipped bourgeois assassination at the same time.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
100% Directions (Posoki) (2017) A series of cab rides in nighttime Sofia give a well-observed impression of Bulgarian society in Stephan Komandarev's film.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 31, 2017
88% Closeness (Tesnota) (2017) An ethically indefensible choice mars Russian first-timer Kantemir Balagov's otherwise impressively tough-minded debut.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 31, 2017
A 79% You Were Never Really Here (2017) Lynne Ramsay has made a film that burns so much brighter and cuts so much deeper than any such story has a right to. Do you remember the first time you saw "Taxi Driver"?‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted May 28, 2017
No Score Yet I Am Not a Witch (2017) It's rare and exhilarating that a new filmmaker arrives on the scene so sure of herself and so willing to take bold, counter-intuitive chances.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 27, 2017
40% The Summit (La cordillera) (2017) As an arthouse film, "The Summit" has too many genre trappings; as a genre film, especially one in the thriller category which relies on a solid dismount, it doesn't satisfy.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
A- 94% Good Time (2017) An anthemic, youthful blast of generational pop art, "Good Time" is a 100 minute-long string of fire emojis, that begins and ends with a heart.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
14% Frost (2017) "Frost" is not only severely hobbled by the almost complete absence of drama and characterization, but is also delivered in relentless, claustrophobic, tiresome medium-to-close shots ...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
B 74% The Beguiled (2017) Coppola's version abounds in pleasures: from the starry cast to Philippe Le Sourd's cinematography, all misty woods, dangling creepers and softly sparkling candlelit interiors.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
A 100% The Florida Project (2017) The deceptive intelligence of The Florida Project is how immersive this bouncy-castle reality is while sitting exactly on top of the drawn-out, unremarked tragedy that is life on the margins of respectable, solvent society.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted May 23, 2017
A- 91% Tempestad (2016) Huezo puts those stories in service of a broader and much more ambitious remit: to tell us about a whole exploited underclass, a whole society, a whole country.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted May 22, 2017
A 73% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) For Lanthimos fans, it might just be the purest, and most dangerous hit of our favorite drug yet, with layers of potential dark significance and meta-meaning to almost every moment.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted May 22, 2017
B- 88% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) While the blood-temperature familiarity feels comfy, there is still the nagging sense that we're just passing the time here, in a world that doesn't resemble real life as much as it resembles other movies we've been fond of before.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted May 21, 2017
No Score Yet Ava (2017) Right up to the slightly unsatisfying ending, "Ava" is both a complex character portrait and a heartsore farewell to the ephemeral images that will be among the last she sees.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 20, 2017
29% Jupiter's Moon (Jupiter holdja) (2017) This serious-minded, ambitious oddity shoots for the moon of a far-off planet, but it really only finds the grace it's looking for in its magnificent supple camerawork.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
A 84% Okja (2017) This is a gorgeously realized popcorn movie of the most satisfying, comforting, restorative kind: full as its heart is, it has a lot on its mind, yet you'd also quite like to curl up on its belly and doze in the sun.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
A 89% Loveless (Nelyubov) (2017) This is the downer as an art form, a feelbad film of gargantuan reach and effect, and a brave, horrified commentary on a whole nation.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
B+ 71% Wonderstruck (2017) Todd Haynes has made a lovely wish-fulfillment movie, and you do not have to believe it, to be struck by wonder.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
C+ 59% Ismael's Ghosts (2017) The zany confidence of the approach is admirable, but what starts off as exuberance starts to wear thin. Pretty soon you start waiting for the film, not to end - that already feels optimistic - but simply to stop.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted May 17, 2017
50% The Drowning (2017) The film's biggest surprise may come when the credits roll to reveal that this almost perfectly bland, low-intensity mystery is directed by New York indie scene veteran Bette Gordon.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
100% Natasha (2017) David Bezmogis adapts his own short story into an impressively controlled coming of age tale animated by a cunning central performance.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 7, 2017
86% Sacred (2017) An impressively global project yields an attractive, mild if rather diffuse film in "Sacred," a respectful exploration by documentarian Thomas Lennon of faith and religious practice across the globe.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 2, 2017
21% Rupture (2017) It's been 15 years since Shainberg's wonderful "Secretary" and 11 since his lesser, yet still interesting "Fur," but this film replaces his facility with gentle, peculiar inquisitions into fetishism with something much more generic.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2017
92% Tomorrow (Demain) (2017) Cynicism gives way to admiration, and admiration can flare into inspiration.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2017
83% God Knows Where I Am (2017) The film gradually thaws out the stark, frozen mystery at its heart, but the warm-blooded, breathing truth of Linda's life is no less tragic than that of her cold death.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
92% The Levelling (2017) [Leach] gets her hands dirty, bedding down into these difficult, truculent characters and plunging us deep into the chilly loam of her mournful, atmospheric story.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2017
4/5 93% Logan (2017) Logan does go defiantly against the grain by favouring melancholic mood and themes of mortality and deterioration over inflated, end-of-the-world stakes or grandiose action pyrotechnics.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
B 69% Death in Sarajevo (2016) Polemical as it is, Death in Sarajevo is a hotel movie, one that fluidly entertains even as it educates.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2017
No Score Yet Snow Woman (Yuki onna) (2016) Sugino's careful, scene-by-scene meting out of minimal narrative information becomes part of its artistry: a breadcrumb trail leading deep into a dark forest.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2017
No Score Yet Up in the Sky (Upp i det blå) (2016) As a narrative, it's slight, gently nonsensical, and a little too easily resolved, but fleshed out with surprisingly affecting emotional beats, all reflected in the sweet, solemn, sad eyes of its wonderful star, Mira Forsell.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
No Score Yet Hostages (2017) An effectively glossy thriller.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2017
100% Vazante (2017) [A] darkly mysterious period fable.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2017
5/5 94% God's Own Country (2017) Under battered Yorkshire skies, with grime beneath its nails and soil clodding up the treads of its boots, Francis Lee's outstanding feature debut God's Own Country is a work of rough-hewn alchemy.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
4/5 80% Casting JonBenét (2017) Witty, inventive, spikily illuminating.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
A- 90% On the Beach at Night Alone (Bamui haebyun-eoseo honja) (2017) "On The Beach At Night Alone" feels like it will be exceptional even for longtime diehard Hong Sang-Soo fans.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
B 100% The Party (2017) There is an energy to "The Party," and a kind of rejuvenating bouncy glee that we haven't seen from Sally Potter in a long time.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2017
A- 100% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2017) After the exceptional "Gloria," Sebastián Lelio gives us another stunning, deeply involving portrait of a woman with the borderline superhuman capacity not to hate herself for who she is, no matter who else does.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2017
No Score Yet Devil's Freedom (2017) Director Everardo González's striking aesthetic twist informs a harrowing documentary on Mexican kidnapping culture.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2017
B 51% The Dinner (2017) This is a film that glories in juxtaposition, as exchanges of bestial ferocity hiss back and forth in an excruciatingly elegant destination restaurant, and as poisonously feral barbs are traded across a table laden with elaborately effete hors d'oeuvres.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
50% The Human Surge (El auge del humano) (2017) Lacking in narrative or character (the film is all theme and no story), the payoff moments for all one's carefully invested attention are few and far between.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
B- 80% Super Dark Times (2017) At what feels suspiciously like the Robert-McKee-approved screenplay page number for Beginning of Act 3, an unnecessary new development is introduced, and then ill-advisedly followed through on, right to its sensationalist genre-tinged conclusion.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
B 86% Marjorie Prime (2016) Within its narrow field of vision, the film does bore deep, right through the more obvious strata to the farther, rarer questions seldom asked regarding our relationship to memory - not just what we remember and why, but who we are remembering for.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017