Jeannette Catsoulis, NPR
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For 43 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 65% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 31% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 13 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jeannette Catsoulis' Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 72
Highest review score: 90 Higher Ground
Lowest review score: 35 The Iron Lady
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 43
  2. Negative: 1 out of 43
43 movie reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Jeannette Catsoulis
    What follows is something rarely seen in American movies: a sincerely humane examination of what it means to experience a crisis of faith. Tender, bittersweet and often gently comedic, Corinne's 20-year journey toward (and around, and away from) her God has a loose, searching rhythm that's engrossingly unpredictable.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Jeannette Catsoulis
    This astonishingly effective environmental nightmare is based on reasoning that, if you've been following the science, seems all too possible.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 85 Jeannette Catsoulis
    The film's greatest accomplishment is its ability to change tone at least three times without losing the audience.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Jeannette Catsoulis
    As its brilliantly choreographed -- and appropriately modest -- climax proves, given the right ingredients, even the simplest story can leave you gasping.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 85 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Jagged and gentle, shocking and sweet, Life During Wartime finds the King of Cringe more concerned than usual about forgiveness: who deserves it, and who is capable of bestowing it. True to form, though, he's not telling.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Frequently moving and quietly enlightening, Last Train Home is about love and exploitation, sacrifice and endurance.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 85 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Beautiful Boy is the antithesis of melodrama. Painfully perceptive and relentlessly raw, this intimate observation of a couple in extremis plays out with such subdued intensity that, by the end, audiences will very likely feel as wrung out as its embattled stars.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 85 Jeannette Catsoulis
    The wonder of Black's performance here is its empathy and balance: inasmuch as he can disappear into any role, he dissolves into this one with no hint of mocking remove. It's a beautiful thing to see.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Jeannette Catsoulis
    If your sole image of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner is that of a lanky, silk-jammied sybarite strolling the grounds of his mansion with a jiggling blond on either arm, Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel will knock your socks off.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Jeannette Catsoulis
    The trick to enjoying The Town, Ben Affleck's follow-up to his impressive 2007 directing debut, "Gone, Baby, Gone," is to expect nothing but pulpy entertainment.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Jeannette Catsoulis
    It's brilliantly silly entertainment whose flaws are glaring only in hindsight; in the moment, you'll have much more fun if you stop looking for holes in the script and join Paul in looking for a way out.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Jeannette Catsoulis
    At its best, The Fighter takes on the chasm between televised boxing and its mostly working-class, aspirational origins with grit and intelligence.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Jeannette Catsoulis
    The Kid With a Bike feels as vulnerable as Cyril's unformed character. Within its tight 87 minutes, not a lot happens, unless you count the saving of a life.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Propriety and recklessness make for uneasy bedfellows in The Deep Blue Sea, a shimmering exploration of romantic obsession and the tension between fitting in and flying free.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Even were it not so delightful, Damsels in Distress, set at a fictional upper-crust college, would deserve a watch for its dialogue alone.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Unfolding in somber tones and among hard surfaces, Arbitrage has the slickness of new bank notes and the confidence of expensive tailoring.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Sleep Tight is a nifty little thriller that dances on the boundary between plausible and preposterous.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Written and directed by David Riker, who built his 1998 drama "La Ciudad" around immigrants in New York City, The Girl is stingy with backstory but rich with visual clues.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Though the film eventually caves to sentiment and stereotype, its alert performances and muted rhythms offer much to enjoy in the interim.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Using de Chabannes as the film's conscience and moral fulcrum, Tavernier - just as he did in his 1996 film "Captain Conan" - exposes the shame of a meaningless war and the psychological damage borne by those fighting it.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Not until the film's surprisingly touching finale do we learn the source of that friction, in a delicately handled sequence that retroactively floods the story with satisfying context.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Richly photographed by Rob Hardy (who gave Red Riding: 1974 its almost surreal bleakness), this meticulously researched story (Marston spent a month interviewing families trapped in these vendettas) reveals a culture dominated by male pride and patriarchal selfishness.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Jeannette Catsoulis
    I went to school in Aberdeen and know the region well. It's a place of unforgiving winds and magnificent sunsets, harsh farmland and deserted beaches. The people are hardy, hardworking and fiercely self-sufficient, asking little of their government except the will to do the right thing. They weren't Trumped; they were betrayed.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Looper, a cocky sci-fi tale with more brass than substance, is rife with these "Say what?" moments.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Disconnect is naturally gripping. Using unforgiving closeups, Rubin pokes into unexpected corners— not least the different ways in which men and women respond to calamity — and never forces his story's social-media scares to improbable heights.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Turkish-German filmmaker Fatih Akin isn't exactly known for slapstick, so Soul Kitchen has the feel of a palate cleanser. After the hard-edged drama of "Head-On" and "The Edge of Heaven," this boisterous comedy milling with scruffy misfits goes down more easily than an oyster on the half shell.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    A creaky, sometimes forced drama that burrows under your skin if you let it, Welcome to the Rileys lurches along like Lois' car as she tries to exit her garage for the first time in years.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Though cinematographer Flavio Labiano turns the city into an alien maze of steel and glass, his chilling work is undercut by a script with more logical craters than Martin's.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    A highly respectable piece of genre entertainment, one with a little more class than most.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Everybody loves a do-over, but this could become tedious were it not for the undeniable chemistry of the two leads, whose dialogue crackles like cellophane.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    With its whispery conversations, sepulchral atmosphere and soothing play of light and shadow, Cave of Forgotten Dreams is probably best enjoyed in a chemically enhanced state of mind.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    West's throwback style and disdain for excess allows his characters to shine.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 65 Jeannette Catsoulis
    For all its dazzling allure, Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan, a feverishly psycho thriller set in the hermetic world of classical ballet, proves a meaningless exercise in Grand Guignol exhibitionism.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 65 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Somber and insubstantial, October nevertheless suggests that the Vega brothers are developing a careful, painterly style. Whether they will be able to match it with narrative depth remains to be seen.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 65 Jeannette Catsoulis
    A surpassingly silly monster movie with a side helping of satire, Trollhunter beckons mainly for its stunning Norwegian scenery and slyly effective government-bashing.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 65 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Starring flying debris and surging walls of water, The Impossible takes the template of the old-timey disaster movie, strips it to the bone and pumps what's left up to 11.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Evincing more visible intelligence than any of his human co-stars aside from Lithgow, Caesar is disquietingly lifelike.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Hysteria, a disappointingly limp ode to the invention of the vibrator, plays like a Merchant Ivory Production of "Portnoy's Complaint."
    • 59 Metascore
    • 55 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Frothy, frantic and inescapably unromantic - the two leads have less chemistry than an American high-school curriculum - Heartbreaker marks the uneven feature debut of television director Pascal Chaumeil.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 55 Jeannette Catsoulis
    An overwrought, undercooked tale of crazy love and crazier revenge.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 45 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Playing like a mashup of tropes from far superior small- and large-screen entertainments (Scandal, House of Lies, Ides of March), this clunky feature from Bill Guttentag is satire at its most soft-bellied and toadying.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 42 Jeannette Catsoulis
    By anyone's reckoning, Predators is a middling 1980s B movie; too bad this is 2010.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 35 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Whichever side of the aisle you inhabit, you will leave The Iron Lady feeling disgusted; you will also feel cheated - of information, insight or even an identifiable point of view.