Jeannette Catsoulis

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For 1,122 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 47% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jeannette Catsoulis' Scores

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Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 Z for Zachariah
Lowest review score: 0 The Tiger and the Snow
Score distribution:
1122 movie reviews
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    By ignoring Israeli voices and focusing only on the immigrants, Mr. Haar has produced a documentary filled with immediacy but free of analysis, a fascinating but ultimately unenlightening record of their plight.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Knowing but never jaded, Hollywood Dreams is driven by Ms. Frederick's no-boundaries commitment to her broken character, a performance that's as startling as it is touching. In Mr. Jaglom's maverick hands, the appeal of illusion over reality is both fatal and irresistible.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Sarah Silverman burns through the indie drama “I Smile Back” without making the slightest move to gain our sympathy.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Poking the bear of repression has consequences beyond Mr. Zahedi's immediate artistic goals, as this layered, intermittently fascinating documentary makes abundantly clear.
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    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Messy in parts and at least 15 minutes too long, Personal Tailor is also cunningly acted and lushly photographed (by Zhao Xiaoshi) in dazzling candy-bright colors.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    The actors are so relaxed and personable that the film’s occasional glibness — and its over-reliance on coincidence to further the cross-pollinating narrative — is easy to let slide.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Unearthing a decent sample of these former members, as well as a wealth of archival film and photographs, the directors elicit testimony that’s diversely sharp, spacey, nostalgic and heartbreaking.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    What could have been a very funny short film about self-control and befriending your id instead becomes a rambling commentary on father-son dysfunction and the limits of proctology.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    This weirdly engaging tale of banking and bad behavior makes 19th-century China look uncomfortably like 21st-century America.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    A little wan but a lot likable, Gustavo Ron’s Ways to Live Forever is a forthright and surprisingly buoyant drama about facing death before you have really lived.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Good Dick surmounts its indie-movie quirkiness with exceptional acting and a sincere belief in the salvation of its wounded characters.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Simon Dennis’s photography is glossy and crisp, and a lengthy foot chase — making excellent use of the National Gallery — is inventively choreographed. And if the villains are little more than fireplugs in balaclavas, the violence they provoke is satisfyingly vicious.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Mr. Hardy, however, would rather busy himself with reminders of earlier creature features.... Luckily, John Nolan’s old-school effects are wicked good, and Martijn van Broekhuizen’s mossy photography is pleasingly sinister.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Battling a preposterous plot and second-tier performances that are, at best, serviceable, this roll-along thriller from Scott Mann works its keister off to turn beef jerky into chateaubriand.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    The shocks are short and sharp, the acting is strongest where it counts, and the director of photography, Adam Marsden, washes everything in a swampy green that makes spooks pop.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Driven less by civic duty than by the need to escape his dreary life, Zebraman is a tragic, touching figure too often obscured by Kankurou Kudo’s hyperactive screenplay and a special-effects team drunk on alien slime.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Unfolding like a medieval horror movie, Delta is sometimes laughable but often admirable.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    An oddly sterile documentary inspired by a particularly fecund imagination, American: The Bill Hicks Story recounts a bright-burning life while leaving us mostly in the dark.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Little more than a showcase for Mr. Quint - whose acting is almost as toneless as his playing is sublime - this trite, sunny drama pins lengthy musical interludes onto the flimsiest of narratives and hopes for the best.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    The Little Bedroom is a gentle, melancholy drama so pale and tentative that its very colors appear washed away by grief.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    This brisk reimagining of the 1984 slasher "Silent Night, Deadly Night" delivers the seasonal goods with admirable efficiency and not a little wit.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    The film leans almost exclusively on the focused performances of its two leads, who create a credibly barbed chemistry that goes a long way toward distracting us from the film's low-budget deficiencies.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Maintaining a sunny, scrubbed-clean tone, Ms. Hencken allows no possibility of dazed groupies or drunken meltdowns — and only the briefest whiff of cocaine — to darken her portrait.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Though clearly aimed at teenagers, this unashamedly heartstruck movie is neither obsessed with sex nor driven to humiliate its characters. Compared to those of the average American teen movie, its ambitions are so innocent they’re almost childlike.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Augmented by a trove of archival footage reaching back to the 1930s, Jesse Feldman's buoyant cinematography merges political history and sports mania into a triumphant timeline.
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    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    If the twisty finale underwhelms, Mr. Carreté’s enigmatic style and textured images offer their own doomy rewards.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    The violence is quick and occasionally inventive, with little of the attenuated nastiness that characterizes so many genre pictures, and the photography ranges from brightly sun-kissed to down-and-dirty.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    This crude, rowdy movie is also unexpectedly touching in its embrace of surfing as an escape from the stigma of poverty and broken homes. Escape from Russell Crowe’s droning narration, however, is impossible.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    That it eventually - if barely - succeeds is due more to the resilience of its actors than to the discipline of its makers.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Roger Spottiswoode directs with old-fashioned style, avoiding the saccharine with realistic depictions of a war-ravaged China (where he filmed) and a cast well versed in stiff-upper-lip.

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