Jeannette Catsoulis
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For 994 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 51% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 46% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jeannette Catsoulis' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 Virunga
Lowest review score: 0 The Tiger and the Snow
Score distribution:
994 movie reviews
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Equal parts enlightening and alarming.
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    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Against all reason, Byron's televangelist-led quest for clarity compels us to follow, the film's melting, naturalistic images softening the occasional scream of dialogue repeated beyond all necessity.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    This spare but potent melodrama revels in the desiccated landscapes provided by South Africa and photographed with dusty purity by Giles Nuttgens. Through his lens, the spectrum of sunbaked skin and parched dunes is as rich as any rainbow.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    The irritations and tedium of high school life are staged with refreshing simplicity, while the performers interact with an age-appropriate naturalness the American teenage movie rarely achieves.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    What begins as an amusing fluff piece ("Daddy's messed up," mumbles one woozy subject after dropping his gurgling infant) slowly emerges as a compelling and often touching peek at punk paternity.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    The film’s unvarying lack of drama or direction can be wearing, but the schlubby originality of its subject fully repays the longueurs.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    The movie is sharp, charismatic and so light on its feet we never know which way it will turn.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    At heart an unlovely love story illuminated by sudden flares of violence, the film reeks of hopelessness and moral destitution, offering its lovers few means of escape.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    At heart a repulsive slash-and-bash with philosophical pretensions, Killers is classed up considerably by strong acting, a multi-strand plot and a tone that’s both nihilistic and mournful.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Explores the link between female sexuality and corporate profits with a style that's as entertaining as it is revelatory.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Packed with illuminating interviews and lyrical movement, Breath Made Visible portrays a woman with angels in her feet and innovation in her blood. Long may she rock.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    The director, Craig Saavedra, generates surprising warmth from the familiar tropes of the odd-couple road movie. Shooting mostly in the verdant sweep of California's wine country -- and with a superb supporting cast -- he allows Mr. Le Gros room to engage.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Unfailingly modest and profoundly humane, The Way We Get By profiles three people over 70 whose lives have been changed by a simple act of service.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Enjoy it; according to the spectacularly nauseating final moments, a cure for this virus seems unlikely, but “[REC] 3” (a k a “[REC] Apocalypse”) is a virtual certainty.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Julian P. Hobbs directs by getting out of the way of his star's soulful eyes and considerable talent, allowing Mr. Mays to feed on the tension between the rationality of his character's courtroom argument and the utter lunacy of his beliefs.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Patiently directed by Hans Petter Moland, Ulrik's journey back to life slowly draws you in.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    The film embraces humor — would you want a one-legged man guiding you through a minefield? — without surrendering sensitivity. The screenplay may echo with atrocities, but it’s not consumed by them.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    In Kit’s world the absent father (a familiar theme from girls' novels including "Little Women" and "A Little Princess") is an epidemic, and the picture makes this the impetus for children's resourcefulness and emotional development.
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    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Interweaving Inuit life today with re-enactments of the culture 100 years ago, People of a Feather warmly portrays a cold, uncertain present and a worrying future.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Though powerfully acted and dazzlingly shot (by Walter Carvalho) in heavenly black and white, Heleno is a feverish opera that, like its doomed antihero, loses vitality much too soon.
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    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    An unusually perceptive scrutiny of absence and emptiness.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Patiently and delicately, Ms. Trachtman teases out the tricky dynamics of a family dealing with a disabled child.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 63 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Mr. Goldthwait exercises so much caution that you want to get behind his characters and push.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    It may leave many bases uncovered (a section on groundbreaking European legislation is inadequately explained), but it will also leave you looking a lot more closely at what you put on your skin, in your mouth and underneath your sink.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Mixes method and madness to chart the evolution of a counterculture phenomenon.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    It’s all a little silly, but Mr. Mickle’s restrained gravity stifles the impulse to laugh.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Much like its subject: affable, quotable and emotionally guarded in the extreme.
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    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Ms. Howe is frequently riveting: a scene in which she repeatedly, and with waxing abuse, drunk-calls her former husband (an excellent Keith Allen) may make more than a few viewers squirm in recognition.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Mr. Kaufman’s talent can be debated, but his love for his job is stamped on every garish, oozy frame.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    The film’s loose naturalism and strong acting — Chris Browning, as a liaison between the F.B.I. and the reservation, is especially enjoyable — are slyly seductive.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    To the informed consumer hoping for greater elucidation, Mr. Seifert’s partisan, oversimplified survey falls short.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Employing scaled-down sets and low-budget audacity, Mr. Parker, an intelligent and boundary-testing filmmaker, proves less concerned with logic than with how far he can push his characters.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    The movie’s stunning underwater photography (fearlessly captured by Mr. Ravetch) effectively dilutes the saccharine tone.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Imaginatively filmed by Peter Sova, Push has a dizzying, chaotic energy that pulls you along. Paul McGuigan directs with maximum efficiency and minimum use of computers, creating effects that feel satisfyingly tangible.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Evincing more visible intelligence than any of his human co-stars aside from Lithgow, Caesar is disquietingly lifelike.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    A familiar underdog story told with unusual sensitivity.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    An eagerly prurient dip into the sex-trafficking trough, Trade teeters between earnest exposé and salacious melodrama. Minus the film’s near-visible weight of conscience, success in the second category would have been virtually guaranteed.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Though leaning too heavily on period tunes and the templates of Mr. Linklater and John Hughes (to whom the film is dedicated), Mr. Burns has a distinctly spacious style that gives female characters room to breathe.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Probes class consciousness with rather more sensitivity than originality.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Horizons are expanded and exoticism explored in Wah Do Dem, a shaggy road movie about relinquishing your comforts to find your bliss.
    • 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."
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Despite on-point performances (especially from the hilarious Mr. Wodianka), the story (by Tomasz Thomson, who also directs) is too pitted with holes and loose ends to permit the film a bump from meh to marvelous.
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    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Though speckled here and there with uneasy comedy, Toll Booth is a psychological pressure cooker that could blow its lid at any moment.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Documenting the vigorous strategies employed by the Dole Food Company to block the release of his 2009 film "Bananas!" - about a lawsuit brought by Nicaraguan workers who suspected the company's use of dangerous pesticides - the Swedish filmmaker Fredrik Gertten gains traction by taking the high road.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    A laudable if lightweight argument for broader minds and thicker skins.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Cheerless and voyeuristic, Clip (which was banned in Russia) seems a sincere attempt to portray a lost and disaffected generation. But the film’s brutally honest parade of callous behavior and casual, almost cruel sex has a depressing prurience that wears you down.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Fetishizing the tired tokens of the American gangster movie, The Connection is a slickly styled, overlong pastiche. Yet its denizens have a retro glamour and the soundtrack a shameless literalness that’s rather endearing.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Vividly depicting the indignities of the flesh, Porfirio offers a harshly sensual portrait of a man imprisoned by paralysis and the callousness of the state.
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    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    These drifting, unresolved stories may lack dramatic punch, but Mr. Nikolic, who teaches film at the New School, draws lovely performances from his cosmopolitan cast and oodles of atmosphere from a spare piano-and-strings soundtrack.
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    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    In images veering from literal to cryptic to surreal, the movie presents a society where the weak are exploited and the vulnerable unprotected.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    A pensive valentine to literacy programs and childhood idealism left in the ashes of broken families and an economically bifurcated society.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Lads & Jockeys conveys first-race terrors and last-place humiliation with indulgent thoroughness.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Somehow the happy screams of children whirling above a neutered reactor sound a lot less comforting than they should.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Before our eyes, Laura’s lengthening limbs and deepening introspection become the point of a movie that begins with a child and ends with a young woman.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    This fairly rote tale of rural ghouls and their passing-through prey has its own hick charm, mostly because of performers who never overplay their hands.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Matty Beckerman’s Alien Abduction repackages ancient legend for modern audiences in a found-footage story of streamlined efficiency.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    The approach is cheerfully candid and the humor often sly... Yet this midlife confessional could have reached beyond the maternal cravings of highly educated, urban-dwelling singletons had it plumbed people’s heads as thoroughly as Ms. Davenport’s birth canal.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Splinterheads gains traction from an eclectic cast that knows how to work a line.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Reveling in the vivid Bangkok locations, Geoff Boyle’s photography is crisp and bright, and Dion Lam’s action choreography unusually witty.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    In stark contrast to their furry, blundering star, the makers of Paddington have colored so carefully inside the lines that any possibility of surprise or subversion is effectively throttled.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Though leaving us with many more questions than answers, this well-intentioned blur of accusations, advertising clips and pink-washed events nevertheless deserves to be seen.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Harnessing the twin virtues of drollness and economy, Mr. Tully keeps scenes brief and melodrama on the margins.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    P2
    Swift and stealthy P2 is a canny exploitation of one of the urban woman’s greatest fears: the after-hours parking garage. Throw in a car that won’t start, a creepy security guard and a filmmaking team with perfect synchronicity, and the result is a minimalist nightmare.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    The movie's lack of subtlety is countered by an unswerving commitment to impartiality.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Harks back to the drive-in classics of yesteryear with unapologetic nostalgia and undisguised affection.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    That stink, like iffy contracts and child labor laws, remains unexplored. Filled with blind eyes and unspoken agreements, Girl Model opens a can of worms, then disdains to follow their slimy trails.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Filming over four years and tracking several cases, the Brazilian director Jorge W. Atalla favors a fevered shooting style that's repetitious and disorienting but also effortlessly dramatic.

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