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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): BBC.com, Variety, Sight and Sound, The Playlist

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet Oblivion Verses (Los Versos del Olvido) (2017) An immersive, evocative pleasure, even when the narrative grows sluggish with remembrance of things past.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
No Score Yet Suleiman Mountain (2017) A mixture of sober, ethnographic study and high melodrama that compels even when it doesn't quite convince.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2018
60% Little Tickles (Les chatouilles) (2018) This spiky, occasionally soapy but ultimately deeply moving film draws power from its raggedness, making us uncomfortable even beyond the disturbing events it recounts, because its truths refuse to be tidy.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
No Score Yet Blossom Valley (Virágvölgy) (2018) Csuja finds beauty in his bruised, beer-can aesthetic and gives this small-scale, ostensible social-realist story of restlessness and rootlessness a slightly haunted, fairy-tale edge.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
No Score Yet Winter Flies (Vsechno bude) (2018) It's the performances that stay with you, and the two young first-time-actor leads are a revelation.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
No Score Yet Panic Attack (Atak paniki) (2017) Energetic, well-crafted, but ultimately rather empty...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
No Score Yet I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians (Îmi este indiferent daca în istorie vom intra ca barbari) (2018) A provocative, sarcastic, and momentous act of interrogation between the past and the present that escalates to an impasse, with the hands of each locked around the neck of the other.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
100% Three Faces (2018) With "3 Faces," the caged Panahi is determined to sing someone else's song, and in times like these, such generosity of spirit is its own quietly fierce act of cinematic defiance.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2018
No Score Yet The The Great Mystical Circus (2016) An uncomfortably soapy high-wire act that stumbles right out the gate and never stops tumbling.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
80% Carmen & Lola (Carmen y Lola) (2018) A pleasant but linear, single-issue movie, which is compassionate and deeply felt, but also tidy and tamed, just like first love isn't.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
No Score Yet Chris the Swiss (2018) A...compelling and artistic hybrid of memoir, biographical documentary and general discussion of why young men feel their pulses quicken at the idea of fighting in a foreign war.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 22, 2018
No Score Yet Dear Son (Weldi) (2018) Remarkable for the quietness of its approach, its rich, calm, generous characterizations, and the compassion it evokes for extremism's more indirect victims.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 22, 2018
38% Murder Me, Monster (Muere, monstro, muere) (2018) The suspicion nags that there's not a lot going on beneath the sludgy storytelling.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 21, 2018
No Score Yet The Trouble with You (En liberté!) (2018) Really, "The Trouble With You" is mostly a sparkling showcase for the consummately versatile Haenel...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 19, 2018
B- 59% The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018) Neither as bad as you fear nor as good as it deserves to be given the sheer effort of will that went into getting it made, it is enough that The Man Who Killed Don Quixote lives.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
95% Burning (Beoning) (2018) Not a lot actually burns in Lee Chang-dong's Burning. A barn, in a dream. A car. The tips of cigarettes. A joint. But the cumulative effect of all its perfect moments, all its perfectly true, unexpected and consequential scenes, is scorching.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
B 96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) You are never in any doubt that you are watching a 2018 movie that is less interested in the past for its own sake than for what it can tell us about our current American moment.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
100% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) Shoplifters showcases one of the modern cinema's great empaths deploying compassion like a time-delay nerve agent; this is Koreeda's expansive humanism, weaponised.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
43% At War (En guerre) (2018) In Union leader, spokesperson and factory worker Laurent Amédéo, Lindon adds another rivetingly real characterization to his muscular everyman repertoire.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
No Score Yet Treat Me Like Fire (Joueurs) (2018) Monge's deliciously seedy first film is light on originality but heavy on atmospherics: a sleazy, sultry, saxophone-blare echoing down a Parisian metro tunnel at night.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
F 52% The House That Jack Built (2018) A "Human Centipede" ass-to-mouth concertina of gruesome misogyny and utter tedium.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
B 84% Climax (2018) "Climax" is Gaspar Noé doing "The Red Shoes" on literal acid, and he will either dance you, or bore you, to death. ‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
89% Winter Brothers (2018) A film told not so much via traditional cause-and-effect plotting as through tactile, textural imagery, expressively physical performances and industrial-tinged atonal soundscapes.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
100% The Load (Teret) (2018) The elements that frustrate can also devastate.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
80% The Angel (El Ángel) (2018) How can someone so pretty be so ugly inside? The film offers no answers, but has a good time restating the question, and, of course, it looks great while doing so...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 12, 2018
B+ 100% Golden Dawn Girls (2017) The gripping but doleful "Golden Dawn Girls" reminds us that, depending on where you stand, a dawn can look like a sunset, and this one looks to be ushering in a very long night.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
45% Backstabbing for Beginners (2018) An elegantly shot, compelling impression of the compromises and corruptions of the international aid world, and the compromised, corrupt, but not necessarily evil people who run it.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
37% Madame (2018) "Madame" is less a baroque masterpiece than a subpar reproduction in a gaudy frame.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
No Score Yet No Light and No Land Anywhere (2018) Even when Lexi is unlikable, even when she doesn't quite earn her self-absorption, Catherine Goldschmidt's shimmery, handheld camerawork keeps bringing us back to her, as if magnetized.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2018
No Score Yet Theatre of War (Teatro de guerra) (2018) Arias' film is built on ironies, on the juxtaposition of the real and the staged, the random and the deliberate, the factual and the remembered.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2018
No Score Yet The Bed (La cama) (2018) Lairana draws an unflinching portrait of the anticlimactic end of a long relationship that was meant to have lasted forever. It's a heartbreak so passionless it scarcely deserves the dramatic name.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2018
No Score Yet Cross My Heart (Les rois Mongols) (2017) With deft direction for his young actors, a feel for gentle comedy and an almost-too-precise eye for period detailing, Picard polishes the film to a fine gleam ...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2018
No Score Yet L'Animale (2018) Despite strong performances that go a long way to embedding the film in real, idiosyncratic life - and the warm-toned, polished photography of Michael Schindegger - too much of "L'Animale" feels too familiar.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
100% Fake Tattoos (2017) There's nothing new under the Canadian sun that dapples and splashes "Fake Tattoos" in light and color, just like there's nothing new about attractive young people falling in love. Doesn't mean it ever gets old.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
No Score Yet Yocho 'Foreboding' (2017) It's overlong, lacks focus, has underwater pacing and a dissociative, somnolent acting style that makes it hard to invest in the human characters even before they've been partially zombified.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2018
No Score Yet The Interpreter (Tlmočník) (2018) The subtlety of the film's elegant craft, the restraint of ulík's characterful screenplay, and the superb chemistry between the two lead actors ... gives "The Interpreter" a respectful, quiet resonance.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2018
No Score Yet John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection (L'empire de la perfection) (2018) What on paper might be a standard sporting bio-doc, largely relevant only to tennis aficionados or fans of John McEnroe at the height of his powers, instead becomes a lovely meditation on time and movement, dedication and obsession, image and perception.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2018
No Score Yet Styx (2018) This is "All Is Lost" with a spinning moral compass and a topical dimension that proves even more gripping than its brilliantly achieved visceral action.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2018
No Score Yet Mug (Twarz) (2018) "Mug" works hard to be a fable about inner strength and beauty. But did everyone else have to come off as quite so foolish and ugly?‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2018
100% In the Aisles (In den Gängen) (2018) We could spend forever watching two such interesting actors as Hüller and Rogowski glimmer at each other, his bashful hopefulness meeting her considering eyes, which are strangely serious however merry or mischievous her expression.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
88% Museum (Museo) (2018) If you're going to pick history's pocket to tell a shaggy-dog story of distant fathers, weak sons and friendship so steadfast it can withstand even the bad weather of one's worst ideas, you better do it with movements this deft and fingers this light.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
100% Infinite Football (2018) It's easy to read parallels between the nation's troubled experience of authoritarianism and Ginghină's obsessive pursuit of a perfectly ordered yet perfectly liberated game of soccer.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2018
B- 80% Unsane (2018) If you're looking forward to the next inquisitorial, curious Soderbergh joint, once you get past the "Cool! He can shoot on an iPhone!" thing, there's not a lot to grab on to. ‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2018
60% Pig (The Pig) (2018) At the very least ... this blizzard of oddity marks Haghighi out as the joker in the Iranian auteur pack, and every gang needs a wildcard.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2018
No Score Yet Victory Day (2018) "Victory Day" seems so simple, but it is properly complex: a conflicted memorial to a conflicted memorial.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2018
B- 87% Transit (2018) Be prepared to be challenged by the glittering, allusive and often bewitching "Transit," but also to be frustrated.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
No Score Yet The Eternal Road (Ikitie) (2017) The focus on a rather blank, unsympathetic lead character means its heart is hollow.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
No Score Yet The Time of Humans (2018) Imagine Darren Aronofsky's terrific, basalt-hearted "Mother!" shorn of any wit or style, and repurposed away from phantasmagorical cautionary horror into something more like a manifesto.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
100% Daughter of Mine (Figlia mia) (2018) Even when it trips up in its later stages, "Daughter of Mine" is a noble rarity, passionately involved in the exploration of oppositional ideas of motherhood not just as an abstract concept, but as a real and vivid, painfully sacrificial thing.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2018
No Score Yet Dominion (2016) Sadly [adds] up to the impression that whatever else Thomas was - genius, charlatan, rogue - he was also a crashing bore.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2018