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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
38% 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
33% 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- 78% 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- 80% 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
95% November (2018) It's rooting the bizarre behaviors of its characters in such understandable motivations (usually greed) that makes it so unexpectedly funny and scabrously relatable.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2018
67% Monster Hunt 2 (Zhuo Yao Ji 2) (2018) "Monster Hunt 2" is so perfectly good-natured and so utterly nonsensical that it makes not-thinking-about-it basically an act of self-preservation, for which, bless its bouncing, gurgling, flolloping heart.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2018
50% Black 47 (2018) Daly's restrained, pared-down style is the opposite of flashy exploitation cinema, but watching these bastions of lethally repressive British rule get some overdue comeuppance is similarly stirring.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2018
B+ 90% Isle of Dogs (2018) They growl and occasionally they howl, but the dogs don't bark in Wes Anderson's stop-motion miracle "Isle of Dogs."‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
91% Are We Not Cats (2018) Lopez and Nicholson also appeared in Robin's short film of the same name, on which this longer version is based, and the roles hang on them comfortably, even at their most grotesque.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2018
A- 82% Life and Nothing More (La Vida y Nada Más) (2017) If it all sounds melodramatic, [Antonio Mendez] Esparza's rigorously unsentimental approach always pulls back form that brink. The film's style is, like its guarded characters, watchful. ‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
0% Lies We Tell (2018) Something's got to give, and unfortunately it's narrative coherence and character consistency, rather than any of the superfluous subplots, that get the chop.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2018
No Score Yet Bucky and the Squirrels (2018) "Bucky and the Squirrels" is so self-effacing in its slight, sweet silliness, that it practically seems to ask, "Who, me?"‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
100% Dead Pigs (2018) An antidote to China's weightier arthouse output, settling the stomach after too much stolid social realism, effervescent as an alka-seltzer.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
100% Chicken (2016) A remarkably solid and sincere look at lives marginalized several times over, collected around an achingly honest breakout turn.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2018
No Score Yet The Marriage (2017) A relevant, relatable and rewarding snapshot of how a society grows crookedly around its unresolved secrets, in the same way that a marriage can.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2018
92% The Rape Of Recy Taylor (2017) In the highly charged political and social environment of today's America and today's Alabama, the bald facts of this case, however they are communicated, remain acutely provocative.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2017
No Score Yet Asphyxia (Khafegi) (2017) As the movie progresses, it becomes thrillingly clear that the cruel gender politics of those sinister genres can map themselves in mutually illuminating ways onto an inquisitive critique of female oppression in contemporary Iran.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2017
No Score Yet Secret Ingredient (Iscelitel) (2017) "Secret Ingredient" should by rights be one of the most depressing films of the year. But instead, appropriately for a movie that deals, in its way, with miracles, it's one of the funniest, smartest and most endearing.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
No Score Yet Fatum: Room 216 (2017) Awkwardly titled, simply presented yet eerily engrossing ...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
No Score Yet Night Accident (Tunku Kyrsyk) (2017) Though shot through with a strain of stone-faced humor, it saddens the soul a little, but it's a wise and soothing sort of sadness: a story about a last chance.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
90% Newton (2017) Easy to watch, easy to enjoy and easy to leave with one's preconceptions wholly unchallenged.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2017
B+ 75% Filmworker (2018) Cinema would be much the poorer without Stanley Kubrick's legacy, but "Filmworker" emphatically proves that Stanley Kubrick's legacy would be much the poorer without Leon Vitali.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2017
No Score Yet The Dead Nation (2017) Armchair historians and amateur photographers alike may get a lot from this quietly reverent, unashamedly educational experience.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2017
No Score Yet Virus Tropical (2017) The movie's visual pleasures and idiosyncrasies may make for lively animation, but as a narrative film, "Virus Tropical" feels more like a sketch.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
B- 84% Loving Vincent (2017) The point of Van Gogh's style on the canvas was always its dynamism, its motility, so to see that style in motion is a curiously over-literal treat.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
B 100% A Man of Integrity (Lerd) (2017) A saturnine morality tale that unfolds in shades of rainy gray beneath leaden, overcast skies, gritting up the nation's cinematic tradition of humanist drama to an almost unrecognizable degree.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2017
No Score Yet Scary Mother (2017) The vast, largely unmapped terrain of a middle-aged mom's creative life gets a witchily weird, uncompromisingly assured showcase in Georgian director Ana Urushadze's exhilaratingly offbeat oddity.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
C+ 91% Human Flow (2017) We never remain long enough with any one person to get more than a cursory idea of their story, and so over the course of the film's 140 minute runtime, we end up with a sense of the crisis as a tragedy, yes, but a choral, abstract one.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
82% Bye Bye Germany (Es war einmal in Deutschland...) (2018) Decent performances and good intentions can't compensate for a sense of airlessness, reinforced by the kind of ersatz period detailing that makes this costume drama feel so very costume-y.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2017
A- 84% The Square (2017) Point and laugh all you like but beware, The Square is a schadenfreude boomerang.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2017