Joe Blessing

Joe Blessing
Joe Blessing's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): The Playlist
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T-Meter Title | Year Review
A- 92% Monos (2019) Though "Monos" feels very contemporary aesthetically, its subjects are timeless. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2019
A- 82% Light From Light (2019) A quiet and modest film with big subjects on its mind, that will reward those viewers with the patience to listen to the faint wavelengths at the end of the dial. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2019
B+ 100% Premature (2019) Zora Howard is a breakout talent and she endows this story with grace and passion. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
B- 70% The Mule (2018) The Mule isn't the crime thriller you're expecting, but if the idea of an oddball road trip with Eastwood toting a few kilos in the back sounds appealing, you're in for a treat. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
B 40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) The Girl in the Spider's Web loses a bit of individuality without Fincher/Mara, but succeeds as a gripping, visually impressive thriller featuring an explosive Claire Foy. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
B+ 100% The Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach (1968) Straub-Huillet both depict and impose such conditions on their viewers, making for a refreshing break from 2018. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
B+ 60% A Violent Life (2017) The complexity of A Violent Life will be difficult for many viewers, but this true-to-life moral intricacy is also what makes it such a valuable portrait of Corsica. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
A- No Score Yet Djon África (2018) Reis and Guerra bring to life the beauty, people, textures, and (stunningly shot) landscapes of Cape Verde as well as the difficulty of finding home. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
C+ 11% Siberia (2018) There's nothing particularly special about "Siberia," but with a winning Keanu Reeves performance, it maintains enough moment-to-moment suspense that it just might be enough to satisfy moviegoers... - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
B- 60% Operation Finale (2018) While some of the genre elements of Operation Finale are overly familiar, the film still succeeds due to the strength of the cast, especially Kinsgley and Issac... - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
95% Hotel by the River (2019) Where in other films the miscommunications with women are played for laughs that suggest they're merely bumps on the road to a later happiness, here they feel more fundamentally broken, with sorrowful repercussions that reach across generations. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
B 84% Monrovia, Indiana (2018) Monrovia, Indiana may not be Wiseman's best work, but it's still a meaningful and thoughtful elegy for a specific era of American rural life and a needed counterweight to Wiseman's examinations of coastal cities. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
A- 80% At Eternity's Gate (2018) Van Gogh is returned to his human dimensions, by a keen script and wonderful lead performance, while still being held up as an example of the artist's ability to transcend time. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
C+ 43% Where Hands Touch (2018) Using concentration camps as the backdrop to a love story is of questionable taste and artistically self-defeating. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
B- 46% Skyscraper (2018) "Skyscraper" isn't as clever, well constructed, or emotionally involving as "Die Hard," but on the level of pure spectacle, it delivers the silly, vertigo-inducing thrills it promises. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
B+ 92% Spielberg (2017) Overall, Spielberg is a satisfying and edifying look at a giant of cinema. Viewers will leave the film with a deeper appreciation not only of his exceptional craft, but also of the man himself... - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2018
A- 85% Sollers Point (2018) "Sollers Point" is an intimate and wise character study, not only of an unformed young man but also of a neighborhood struggling to preserve itself in the face of economic decline. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
B+ 90% Ghostbox Cowboy (2018) Fascinating, atmospheric, and utterly strange in ways both good and bad, Ghostbox Cowboy pulls back the curtain on those trying to export the American dream and reaping the whirlwind. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
B- 38% State Like Sleep (2019) Overall, State Like Sleep is a satisfying movie about grief and an unsatisfying mystery - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
D+ 12% The Vanishing of Sidney Hall (2018) While there are a few intriguing themes and ideas at play in "The Vanishing of Sidney Hall," once the viewer perseveres through the over-editing the final product is disappointing. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2018
A- 69% Spoor (Pokot) (2017) Where Aronosky's allegory flattens its Mother Earth figure into an eternal victim, "Spoor" plays a more subversive game, suggesting that the repressed will rise and that victims will not always remain that way. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
B- 58% What Happened to Monday (2017) It's fun to watch Noomi Rapace act against herself six times over and her game performances in the midst of fast-paced action make "What Happened to Monday?" a mostly enjoyable thriller. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2017
50% Julian Schnabel: A Private Portrait (2017) A largely seductive and engaging experience. But the lack of context often derails the entertaining film. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017