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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
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
100% 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 (2017) 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- 83% 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+ 94% 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
80% Bye bye Germany (Es war einmal in Deutschland...) (2017) 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- 81% 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
A- 91% On Body and Soul (A Teströl és Lélekröl) (2018) "On Body and Soul" imagines an unlikely scenario, yet one that possibly occurs to many people who fall madly and completely in love, that somehow they have beaten those astronomical odds and found their other half. ‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2017
No Score Yet Shock and Awe (2017) Righteously motivated but clunkily executed ...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2017
B+ 100% The Desert Bride (La Novia del Desierto) (2017) It won't scorch the cinema, but this slight story of fragile connection is a charmer that locates heroism in a hesitant smile and dares to suggest that though you might have been diminished by disappointment in the past, what you are is still enough.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
No Score Yet Killing Jesus (Matar a Jesús) (2017) The sincere, fitfully insightful "Killing Jesús" is most valuable not for the cold dish of revenge it serves, but as a snapshot of a doomed generation of the Colombian criminal underclass ...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
80% Sollers Point (2017) It gains little momentum, and the result feels a little pallid, for all its lived-in, worn-through sense of place.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
C 22% Loving Pablo (2017) This unintentionally hilarious take, on territory covered much more soberly and with far less reliance on prosthetic bellies in current Netflix hit "Narcos," is so trashy it may even make you forget a few things you knew before.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2017
No Score Yet Wonders of the Sea 3D (2017) Its vibrant, thrillingly crisp 3D visuals alone give the armchair oceanographer all the excuse needed to dive right in, no snorkel needed.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
C 33% Marrowbone (2017) In the end, all the creaky floorboards and crackly old-vinyl recordings of 1940s ballads in the world, can't obscure the fact that the most haunting things about "Marrowbone" are the ghosts of all the better movies it fleetingly resembles.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
A- 87% Custody (Jusqu'à la garde) (2017) "Custody" makes vivid and visceral the escalating, suffocating terror of domestic abuse (even after the end of the relationship) in a way few films have managed.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2017
15% 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- 95% 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 96% 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 40% 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
57% 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 69% 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 20% 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+ 88% 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- 28% 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- 92% 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+ 90% Lean on Pete (2018) 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 92% 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 50% 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
71% 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