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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
21% Friend Request (2017) Flimsy and forgettable ... seems made with the sole aim of being perfectly adequate background noise for something else.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
A- 100% Sweet Country (2017) "Sweet Country" is a western in iconography and spare, taciturn tone, but it is also an incendiary slave narrative, in which the poetry of the filmmaking can barely contain a simmering fury and disgust at this most shameful of human institutions.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2017
A 100% Ex Libris: New York Public Library (2017) If this world has you in need of a little healing time, go, go, go and see it: it's a lovely, gracious, soul-satisfying thing.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
No Score Yet Left Behind Buddha (The Taste of Rice Flower) (2017) Beautiful, wise and lyrically resonant, "The Taste of Rice Flower" is rigorously unsentimental, but it's heart is bright with life, like a swooning dance of devotion performed in a limestone cave; like a butterfly held in a light, firm grasp.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
No Score Yet Krieg (2017) It fails to cohere internally and its endothermic nature makes it difficult to warm to as a viewer: From allusive beginning to enigmatic ending, "Krieg" remains as remote as a snowbound Alpine hideaway.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2017
B 25% The Racer and the Jailbird (Le Fidèle) (2017) If you're in a romantic frame of mind, 'Racer and the Jailbird' delivers so wholly on that front that it goes a fair way toward compensating for the film's deficiencies elsewhere.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
No Score Yet Outrage Coda (2017) The final outrage of this final 'Outrage' might just be how little real outrage there is within a constant, repetitive coda.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2017
No Score Yet Dalida (2017) A sentimentalized, shallow biopic that looks and sounds better than it is.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
No Score Yet Above the Law (Tueurs) (2017) While hardly boasting the most original of plots, it is informed by an authenticity rare for this popular genre with its pre-packaged tropes and formulae.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
55% Manhunt (2017) However much fun the film's high points may afford, there is also something faintly depressing about seeing a once-inventive filmmaker plunder his own legacy for easy props.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
B+ 100% Free in Deed (2017) Mahaffy's uncompromising approach, and the quality of its performances, make [Free in Deed] a rare and valuable testament: to the terrible danger of believing in miracles, and to the cruelty of a world that might make such belief necessary.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2017
A 67% mother! (2017) "mother!" is something truly magnificent, the kind of visceral arthouse experience that comes along very rarely and spits you out into the daylight dazzled, queasy, delirious, and knock-kneed as a newborn calf.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2017
C 10% Woodshock (2017) Long before "Woodshock" has hinted that assisted suicide is equivalent to plain old killing (or certainly a kind of gateway drug to it) the film's self-indulgent noodling has made it difficult to care too much what its moral may be.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2017
B+ 90% Zama (2017) "Zama" is a difficult film. But if you find a way to crack open its forbidding, austere exterior, there is treasure to be found, or at least something that sparkles, beautiful and cruel, like the spiky insides of a geode.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2017
No Score Yet The House by the Sea (La villa) (2017) "The House by the Sea" feels like the work of a filmmaker gazing back over his own filmography as one might across a sparkling blue sea, and observing its tides.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2017
B- 42% Suburbicon (2017) The joints show, making the enjoyable but just-not-quite-there "Suburbicon" feel like Clooney taking the mic for some pretty decent Coens karaoke.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2017
A- 100% Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017) It's a richly drawn crime and punishment fable, a noirish b-movie with real fondness for its cinematic forerunners, an extravagantly gory exploitation flick and a blistering showcase for the Vaughnaissance.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2017
B+ 91% Lean on Pete (2017) It's particularly refreshing, for those of us for whom the term "horse movie" summons a bit of a shudder, that "Lean On Pete" almost entirely refutes the idea of the mystical, mutually redemptive soul-mate-style connection between human and equine.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
A 96% The Shape of Water (2017) It's a film that makes you feel a lot, but overridingly you feel lucky - lucky to be watching it, lucky that something so sincerely sweet, sorrowfully scary and surpassingly strange can exist in this un-wonderful world.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
B 68% Downsizing (2017) "Downsizing" romps its way across the planet only to blossom into a surprisingly satisfying love story and, for Alexander Payne aficionados, an even-more-surprising exhortation: choose life.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2017
No Score Yet The Poetess (2017) Saudi writer Hissa Hilal appears in a burqa on a popular Arab TV talent show to protest laws against women in this engaging documentary.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2017
No Score Yet Those Who Are Fine (Dene wos guet geit) (2017) Envisioning the outskirts of Zurich as a gray, unpeopled dystopia of alienation and dissociation, "Those Who are Fine" may be set in the present, but its subtle uncanniness makes it feel like near-future sci-fi.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
No Score Yet Iceman (2017) Its beats are blunt, but the action scenes are all well-staged and often impressively gruesome.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2017
80% Mrs. Fang (2017) The film was never the story of a life, and by its close, it's not even the story of a death but Death itself: painful, pitiless and unbearably banal.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2017
No Score Yet Sparring (2017) A thoroughly competent, amiably performed and completely unremarkable bout with the clichés of this bloated category.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
No Score Yet Freedom (Freiheit) (2017) At its best moments, "Freedom" suggests that self-reinvention is entirely possible. You just have to know there will be consequences.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2017
33% Madame Hyde (2017) As if watching a Bruce Banner who never fully Hulks out, we sadly just don't get to witness Huppert ripping into the role of the selfish, voracious id-monster that the title promises.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2017
59% What Happened to Monday (2017) It's a whirlygig of inanely convoluted plotting, deeply dubious philosophy and shots of Noomi Rapace sliding glasses across tables to herself. You should probably watch it.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2017
83% Santoalla (2017) While "Santoalla" is a small story, its poignancy resonates, like an echo finding its way through the peaks and valleys of this windswept, eternal landscape.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2017
No Score Yet LOMO: The Language of Many Others (2017) A growing-up story that's both timely and timeless.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2017
No Score Yet The Garden (Sommerhäuser) (2017) A portrait of a bourgeois German family's 1970s summer that feels deliciously and authentically present-tense.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2017
No Score Yet Strange Daughter (Fremde Tochter) (2017) The film is so smoothly put together that it remains compelling even when the initial momentum has started to flag.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2017
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
62% 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+ 83% Heartstone (Hjartasteinn) (2017) 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
70% 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 65% 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 80% 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
100% 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
45% 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- 88% 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 78% 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 97% 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