Jeannette Catsoulis

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For 1,196 reviews, this critic has graded:
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On average, this critic grades 4.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jeannette Catsoulis' Scores

  • Movies
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Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 The Girls in the Band
Lowest review score: 0 Oconomowoc
Score distribution:
1196 movie reviews
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    A slick and absorbing drama.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Silent Souls is part folk tale, part lesson in letting go. In its quiet acceptance of the passing of time, this unusual film reminds us that to die is not always the same as to disappear.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    An enigmatic and utterly compelling story of incinerated art, unbridled egos and exotic plants.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    An effervescent comedy coasting on the charisma of its stars.
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    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Respectful and thorough, this unembellished true-crime story might have only regional appeal, but its depressing reminder of our failure to prevent similar calamities will resonate nationwide.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Its arguments range wide without going deep, but its factoids about the medical benefits of hanging out in a forest — and the cognitive costs of a noisy school or hospital — are fascinating and persuasive.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Spackling over any copycat cracks with strong acting and fleet editing, Lights Out delivers minimalist frights in old-school ways.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    More psychodrama than postapocalyptic adventure, the movie parcels out its scares in small, effective jolts, delivering just enough menace to remind us of the stakes.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    What’s troubling is the film’s slow and steady exposure of a music business machine that gobbles up individuality and spits out a sellable package.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Vividly impressionistic and delightfully curious.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    CJ7
    A devilishly entertaining curveball thrown at unsuspecting family audiences.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Stylistically stunning and completely nuts, Ping Pong is nevertheless perceptive about male social hierarchies and the benefits of knowing your place.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Adam Hootnick’s Unsettled makes the political personal, drawing a scattershot yet intimate picture of a nation divided.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    As cavalier with structure as ever, Mr. Jaglom surrounds himself with familiars who embrace his cheery, disorderly style.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Highlighting the wacky while playing down the distasteful, Marie Losier's playful profile of the English musician and artist Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and his second wife, Lady Jaye, takes a lighthearted look at the things they did for love.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    As with last year’s “Lights Out,” [Sandberg] proves a master of the flash-scare, a nifty choreographer of precipitous timing and striptease visuals. But he’s also adroit with more leisurely horrors.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    A movie of stark contrasts and zigzagging motives, Beauty in Trouble moves from the golden serenity of a Tuscan villa to the powdery chaos of a Czech garage without sacrificing thematic confidence or nuanced performances.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Pim's withdrawn demeanor and inability to verbalize his emotions - the character is basically one big ache - make it more challenging than it should be to immerse ourselves in his journey.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Ms. Richen elucidates an entire spectrum of views, from actively egalitarian to reactively homophobic.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Tom Shepard's quietly observant documentary tracks its stressed-out subjects through an array of personal and scholarly challenges.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Irena Salina's astonishingly wide-ranging film is less depressing than galvanizing, an informed and heartfelt examination of the tug of war between public health and private interests.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    The Almost Man may be slight, but how many films can pack equal amounts of emotional nuance and inappropriately sprayed urine into just 75 minutes?
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Garbage Dreams records the tremblings of a culture at a crossroads.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Swerving from bland to brutal, endearingly coy to shockingly explicit, the Canadian import Good Neighbors finds pitch-black comedy among white-bread lives.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    A warm, entertaining compendium of counterculture voices and literary landmarks.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Where Soldiers Come From is, more than anything, a commentary on class. In its compassionate, modest gaze, the real cost of distant political decisions is softly illuminated, as well as the shame of a country with little to offer its less fortunate young people than a ticket to a battlefield.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    A heartbreaking and meticulous documentary about life inside a blue-jeans factory in China.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    My Brooklyn, Kelly Anderson's sensitive study of gentrification in her home borough, is as much personal essay as urban-policy survey.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Yael Reuveny’s Farewell Herr Schwarz traces a Holocaust mystery with stumbling curiosity and endearing sincerity.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Slowly uncovering the prejudices that calamity can unleash, Michael Richter’s screenplay lays bare the damage wrought by Sept. 11 while deftly dodging hysteria, wondering how we differentiate between innocent teenage behaviors and dangerous red flags.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Ambulant corpses may be tramping all over our movie and television screens these days, but Wyrmwood has enough novelty — and more than enough energy — to best its minuscule budget.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    When [Ms. Jones] bounds onstage with a holler and a howl — and diction that nails every last word to the melody — it’s clear she deserves that exclamation point in the title. Even if the movie around her sometimes struggles to do the same.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Like most films of this type, Room 314 demands a great deal from its performers, not all of whom withstand the intense scrutiny. Fortunately, the action is bookended by four of the best.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Rough-hewed but naturally inspirational, True Son gains heft from its portrait of a city sharply segregated by race and income.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Like Douglas Sirk without the throw pillows, Sunflower is a shamelessly old-fashioned melodrama performed with such sincerity that resistance is futile.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Fueled by neither anger nor religious extremism - the director, Thierry Binisti, remains rigidly nonpartisan - "Bottle" is a gentle pairing of youthful idealism and tenacious hope.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    When I Saw You is a soft-centered child’s-eye view of alienation, toughened by fine acting (Saleh Bakri shines as a fighter drawn to Ghaydaa) and Hélène Louvart’s full-bodied photography.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    An affectionate, rollicking guide to the drive-in classics of Australian filmmaking from the 1970s and ’80s.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    The movie’s cinematographers may hog the limelight, but it’s the sweat of the sound engineers that brings their work to life.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Collated for momentum, the film’s many interviews, wide-ranging archival footage and montage of modern ecological disasters form a blunt but carefully positioned instrument. And despite a bit of Michael Moore-style nonsense at the end the tightly edited narrative displays a reach (nine countries) and clarity of composition that hold the attention.
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    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Guided by the work of a handful of burr-like journalists, this dense and disturbing documentary dives into the regulatory quagmire of California water rights with more courage than hope.
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    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Teasing and shrewd, Rabbit à la Berlin is a floppy-eared fable about the uneasy trade-offs between liberty and security.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Sensible and unnerving, Stink! is likely to incite, at the least, a purging of Axe body spray from adolescent boys’ bedrooms.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Respectfully and without dramatization (the ideas are electric enough), the directors observe a cross section of articulate evangelicals and accompany a Christian group on a revealing trip to Israel.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    These confrontational comedians — however serious the message, it’s always imparted with liberal dollops of humor — are experts at merging shock and showmanship.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Sensitive without being unrealistically utopian (this isn't a fairy tale), Me, Too movingly represents the frustration of the high-functioning yet falling-short individual.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    An adamantly linear, myth-busting stride through a prodigiously talented life.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    A kooky, affectionate tribute that’s happily superficial.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Shapes a standard prison-break drama into a metaphysical study of freedom and reparation.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Mr. Wood has created a poignant portrait of an artist unable to escape the stamp of her class or the burdens of aging.
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    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Filmed in high-definition black and white, Ms. Menkes's often exquisite compositions - a single, attenuated shot of the aftermath of a car crash is a miracle of choreography - drive a narrative mired in poverty and spiritual desperation.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    A seductively fluid and tactile drama from the writer and director Karin Albou, explores love and identity through the prism of the female body and the rights of its owner.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Raising significant questions about the psychological effects of poverty on young children, this unsettlingly direct stab at atonement feels genuine.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    A weird, wordy but oddly compelling thriller.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    This ghastly scenario of poor preying on poor is, like the film's gray-green palette, profoundly depressing and entirely pitiless.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    An unusually restrained and genuinely eerie little movie perched at the intersection of faith, folklore and female puberty.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Mr. Clark finds unexpected heart amid cliché and frigidity.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Pitting good against evil with striking intelligence and a near-operatic commitment to extreme suffering, Ms. Gebbe neither mocks nor celebrates Tore’s love for his God. Neither does she give any hint that it’s reciprocated.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Smart, wordy and sweetly sympathetic to lives lived online, Sidewalls coasts on Martín and Mariana's twin voice-overs, alternate musings on themselves and their city.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    At times the groan and scream of collapsing metal sounds so authentic you might mistake Jackson’s heavy breathing for your own.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Offering few solutions beyond a single fair-trade fashion company, The True Cost — whose serene interludes compete with sickening recordings of Black Friday shopping riots and so-called clothing haul videos — stirs and saddens. Not least because it’s unlikely to reach the young consumers most in need of its revelations.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    This quirky, obsessive documentary is about so much more than broken keys and busted type wheels. It’s really about how we create art.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Generating suspense without blowing the special-effects budget, Mr. Sanchez paints an intimate portrait of a tormented personality. Though horrors are eventually unveiled, the film is more chilling in its slower, quieter moments.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Swiveling from past to present and back again, the writer and director, Lee Su-jin, drops ominous clues — a bruised boy; a mysterious infection — that only slowly coalesce into a larger tragedy.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Defiantly amateurish yet never less than engaging, “Sweaty Betty” is a true oddity.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Dark Horse is a canny package that uses the classic structure of the sports-underdog story to deliver a glowing ode to community pride and the merits of collective action over individual gain.
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    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    A tantalizing glimpse of a determinedly outsider talent.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    A mournful Midwestern ballad devoid of grace notes.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Swift and amusingly brainless, Hatchet II more than delivers on splatter expectations.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    This emphatic and empathetic documentary (directed by Sanjay Rawal and narrated by Forest Whitaker) presents the plight of our farm laborers as modern-day slavery.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    The mantle of social relevance can be a heavy one, but Trust, a smooth drama about a girl's seduction and rape by a middle-aged Internet predator, is neither preachy nor hysterically overreaching.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    The filmmakers stage an amazing race that almost absolves an overstuffed plot and an over-reliance on coincidence.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    The movie is most effective in its early scenes of prickly menace, and while the Dolphin is no Overlook (the haunted hotel in "The Shining"), its old-world creepiness is exactly right.
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    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Filled with clear, bright images and moments of skewed genius, this delicate debut effortlessly evokes those languid summer doldrums, when even a rotting girlfriend is better than no girlfriend at all.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    A fascinating glimpse of a dreamer and a music culture that has always depended on dreams.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Coming out has rarely looked so pretty.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    The film produces moments that catch in the throat.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    If the film’s spare re-enactments are a little awkward, they also smartly repurpose Dahmer’s studied reserve into a meditation on perversion as hypnotic as it is repulsive.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Nevertheless the fierce loyalty of Mr. Liebling's nearest and dearest is extremely touching, and Last Days Here - despite its stinginess with back story and early performance footage - works hard to reveal the man beneath the four-decade heroin habit.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    This scrappy-slick confessional is a fascinating study in dualities.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    A clear-eyed and utterly ruthless dissection of the battle for Ohio in the months leading up to the 2004 presidential election.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Wisely deciding to refrain from rapping our knuckles with greenhouse gas statistics and Al Gore-style pie charts, the filmmakers fashion a portrait of a conscience spurred to action by an unexpected opportunity.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Delivers a brave, head-spinning commentary on the potency of advertising and the seduction of the soul.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    My Scientology Movie relies on a shaggy, meandering charm. At times it plays like an extended skit on “The Daily Show”; yet its disorder also makes its insights — like how strongly the church’s training sessions resemble acting classes — feel refreshingly organic.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Light on plot yet heavy on chemistry, Paris 05:59 is at times a little precious. But the two leads are so believably besotted that their occasional immaturity doesn’t rankle.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    [An] elegantly unsettling documentary.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Proudly crass and amiably dumb, Nicholas Stoller’s gag-crammed sequel essentially takes the bones of the 2014 original and gives them a gender flip.
    • 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.

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