Nylon

Nylon is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Cate Young, Ela Bittencourt, Jesse Hassenger, Sesali Bowen
Rating Title/Year Author
A- Thoroughbreds (2017) Jesse Hassenger A minor miracle of tone control: an unsettling character study with the sick-funny kicks of a merciless thriller. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2021
C Midnight Sun (2018) Jesse Hassenger This sweet-natured movie turns into something of an emotional vampire, sucking out the feels before casting your body aside. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2021
A- A Quiet Place (2018) Jesse Hassenger It's terrifying and touching, which is to say pretty true to the experience of having a family. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2021
B+ You Were Never Really Here (2017) Jesse Hassenger Ramsay melds physical and psychological pain with such acuity that her bloody righteous-rescue movie sometimes appears to be deconstructing itself, piece by piece, before our eyes. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2021
C+ I Feel Pretty (2018) Jesse Hassenger Schumer isn't perfect, and she'd probably be among the first to say so. But she can do better than the cutest sorta-comedy of 1988. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2021
C+ Book Club (2018) Jesse Hassenger What's most disappointing about these ladies reading Fifty Shades is how uncritical they are of it. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2021
B Deadpool 2 (2018) Jesse Hassenger The movie's progressivism is a touch paradoxical but inviting: a boys' club that wants everyone to join. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2021
B Upgrade (2018) Jesse Hassenger The kind of pulpy, low-pretense, non-franchise thriller that bigger studios have done their best to usher toward extinction. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2021
B Hereditary (2018) Jesse Hassenger Part of the fun, if "fun" is even the right word for such an upsetting movie, comes from the uncertainty over what kind of horror show this is, exactly. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2021
C+ Skyscraper (2018) Jesse Hassenger This is Die Hard in a building, which is exactly what regular Die Hard was in the first place. But this is, like, a really, really big building. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2021
C+ Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) Jesse Hassenger The movie is a significant improvement on its predecessor. Then again, it's difficult to state just how incompetently made the first movie is. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2021
B Never Goin' Back (2018) Jesse Hassenger What really infuses Never Goin' Back with some extra electricity, though, is Frizzell's dedication to finding life in small details. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2021
C Peppermint (2018) Jesse Hassenger The movie's feints toward "fun" are awkward, and Morel's lack of interest in even the most basic details feels downright contemptuous. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2021
B Juliet, Naked (2018) Jesse Hassenger This is a rom-com so relaxed and human that fans (or haters) of the genre may not recognize it. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2021
B A Simple Favor (2018) Jesse Hassenger It has enough interesting material about #momlife, frenemies, and women who can't stop apologizing that its genre-crossing tonal weirdness becomes part of its charm. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2021
C Non-Fiction (2018) Jesse Hassenger Binoche can do a lot more than just make winking jokes about her industry and, later in this film, herself. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2021
B Wildlife (2018) Jesse Hassenger It's rare to see a movie family, even a small one, get such equal weight on screen. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2021
B Her Smell (2018) Jesse Hassenger Perry stages the movie not like a biopic, but like a distended, sometimes punishing version of the micro-biography structure that's become popular over the course of the decade. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2021
B- A Star Is Born (2018) Jesse Hassenger As a director, Cooper's bag of tricks isn't exactly filled to bursting, but he cuts his scenes more concisely than any previous version and introduces his characters with naturalistic bits of dialogue. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2021
A- The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Jesse Hassenger Unlike so many anthology movies, the pieces of the Coens' omnibus build into something more. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2021
C+ On the Basis of Sex (2018) Jesse Hassenger Felicity Jones makes Ginsburg so immediately likable that the movie's frequent invocations of her stubbornness and exacting expectations feel a lot more theoretical than experienced. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2021
B+ Destroyer (2018) Jesse Hassenger Kusama manages the neat trick of keeping her storytelling clear enough to understand, but tricky enough to hold off on some crucial information. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2021
A- Under the Silver Lake (2018) Jesse Hassenger Like a lot of good detective stories, Under the Silver Lake isn't entirely about the mechanics of its mystery so much as its detective's world. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2021
B- Aladdin (2019) Jesse Hassenger Still, as cynical and pointless an operation as this remake cycle has often been, Aladdin is a bit livelier than the equivalent Beauty and the Beast. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2021
B+ The Lighthouse (2019) Jesse Hassenger Amidst the dread, and dark humor, and bonkers imagery that makes The Lighthouse a weird little marvel, it's arguably Pattinson who really drives it home as a horror film. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2021
D Life Itself (2018) Jesse Hassenger Is this what happens when Hollywood makes so many sequels and shared universes? Do its writers try to go mad with the power that's already been wrested from them, reducing life to overwritten balderdash? EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2021
C Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Jesse Hassenger The movie more or less swears off being funny by around the halfway point, like a comedy trying out some kind of nontraditional no-laugh diet. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2021
B+ Luce (2019) Jesse Hassenger Luce never descends into talking-point debates or cheap button-pushing, in part because Onah and Lee seem aware of this potential pitfall. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2021
B- The Perfection (2018) Jesse Hassenger Director Richard Shepard puts the material on edge by stylizing it heavily from the jump, setting up more split-diopter shots than you're likely to see in a year of movie-watching EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2021
C+ Harriet (2019) Jesse Hassenger The movie unproductively splits the difference between reverence and thrills. The thriller scenes aren't particularly suspenseful, and the dramatic stuff isn't particularly graceful. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2021
A- Marriage Story (2019) Jesse Hassenger Comic moments are there, adding to the rich repertoire of notes that Driver and Johansson manage to hit in these two, yes, revelatory performances. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2021
C- Last Christmas (2019) Jesse Hassenger Last Christmas wanders around listlessly, unmoored from laughs, almost as if it's been made as revenge against anyone who's complained about [Feig's] penchant for improv-based indulgences. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2021
B- Charlie's Angels (2019) Jesse Hassenger Though Stewart isn't positioned as the team leader, she feels like one in spirit, reminding everyone around her to loosen up - and that is reason alone to see the movie. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2021
B The Rhythm Section (2020) Jesse Hassenger This is a pulpy, R-rated thriller for adults, relatively light on action and heavy on close-ups of its star's face. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2021
B Valley Girl (2020) Jesse Hassenger Goldenberg and her cast do have the beat, and assemble better production numbers than many splashier recent movie musicals. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2021
Wendy (2020) Jesse Hassenger It's a just-so vision of poverty, augmented by overly fussy, self-consciously yearning (and trailer-ready) narration. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2021
B Big Time Adolescence (2019) Jesse Hassenger Orley has a knack for getting what he needs out of scenes and cutting away before they overstay their welcome. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2021
B Banana Split (2018) Jesse Hassenger [Banana Split] keys into the heedless rush of meeting someone on your exact wavelength. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2021
Parasite (2019) Ela Bittencourt Bong harnesses the torment that capitalist greed, deregulation, and gaping inequality have unleashed across the world, making Parasite's dystopian vision ring universally true. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
It: Chapter Two (2019) Sesali Bowen What It: Chapter Two lacks in gore and terror, it makes up for in actual grime and crud. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Sesali Bowen Even though none of these characters are destined to give me nightmares, the unspoken themes of the film are way more likely to keep me up at night. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2019
Midsommar (2019) Jesse Hassenger Pugh's performance and Aster's filmmaking demand attention, even if they don't necessarily hold up to much scrutiny. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
Greta (2018) Cate Young Neil Jordan's Greta manages to infuse something fresh and almost comical into the female stalker genre by performing a simple narrative trick. EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2019
Rafiki (2018) Cate Young Rafikiis a stunning lesbian love story - in a place where't that's forbidden. EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2019
Crimson Peak (2015) Jenni Miller del Toro's catalogue of subversive and subtly political movies are worth celebrating even when they don't quite gel. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2017