Jeannette Catsoulis

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For 1,258 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 49% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 48% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jeannette Catsoulis' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 Pieta
Lowest review score: 0 I Will Follow You Into the Dark
Score distribution:
1258 movie reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Jeannette Catsoulis
    A strange, spiky movie that refuses to beg for our affection, Little Sister, the fifth feature from Zach Clark, molds the classic homecoming drama into a quirky reconciliation between faith and family.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Jeannette Catsoulis
    The story’s seemingly clear notions of guilt on one side and grievance on the other are gradually nudged in unexpected directions.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Consistently smart and delicate as a spider web, Bridge to Terabithia is the kind of children’s movie rarely seen nowadays. And at a time when many public schools are being forced to cut music and art from the curriculum, the story’s insistence on the healing power of a nurtured imagination is both welcome and essential.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Merging the sustainability worries of guitar enthusiasts and environmentalists with the hard-cash concerns of logging corporations and Native American land developers, Maxine Trump’s thoughtful documentary wrests clarity from complexity.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Jeannette Catsoulis
    The setup is commonplace, but the scenery is delicious, the dialogue refreshingly tart and the keen supporting cast frisky or affecting, as the occasion demands.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Raw and resolute, this unsettling fable feels driven by an anger that remains largely unexpressed.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    All This Panic can feel glancing, its more painful revelations sliding in unheralded and slipping away just as quietly. What’s left is a dreamy diary of a time that passes so quickly yet impacts so profoundly.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Its straggling, true-crime narrative, leaping hither and yon like a dog chasing butterflies, is not what holds the film together; the real glue is the emergence of a parallel between location and suspect, between literal dumping ground and figurative. This is so effective that there was no need for the directors to conduct a handheld, "Blair Witch"-y foray into the nighttime woods -- their film is creepy enough in broad daylight.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Jeannette Catsoulis
    The miracle, though, is that the movie isn’t a diatribe. Its voices...are gentle and persuasive, using the horrific details of the rape and its aftermath as ballast to stabilize a heart-wrenching history of systemic injustice.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Painfully stark yet utterly magnetic, You Don't Like the Truth: 4 Days Inside Guantánamo presents excerpts from the 2003 interrogation of the 16-year-old Omar Khadr, a Canadian citizen accused of killing an American soldier during a firefight in an Afghan village.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Jeannette Catsoulis
    A big, beautiful, rambling immersion in a passion whose heat is fueled primarily by its impossibility.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Educates without lecturing and engages without effort.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    As we join throngs of excited citizens at a public vote-counting, their uninhibited zeal for the process only highlights the jaded cynicism that threatens to overwhelm our own.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Part tribute, part musical mystery, ’Tis Autumn: The Search for Jackie Paris shines an overdue spotlight on a great who got away.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Though rife with implausibilities, Transpecos is fortified by strong acting and a location whose desolate beauty is a gift to Jeffrey Waldron’s serene camera.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Jeannette Catsoulis
    And by exploring the lighter side of communal action - the camaraderie and cruising that turned weekly meetings into what one member calls "a combination of serious politics and joyful living" - he uncouples the gravity of the cause from the perceived humorlessness of advocacy. Foot soldiers for the dying, the members of Act Up never forgot how to live.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Examining a more generalized discontent through the lens of one woman’s pain, the writer and director, Paul Harrill, concentrates instead on the ordinary details that constitute a life and the way small choices nudge us toward larger ones.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    A heartbreaking and meticulous documentary about life inside a blue-jeans factory in China.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    A warm, entertaining compendium of counterculture voices and literary landmarks.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Rising above a minuscule budget with ladles of charm and a tender poignancy, Little Feet is a quixotic poem to youthful resourcefulness.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Such an uncommon artist warrants a less conventional survey than this one.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Korean director Hong Sang-soo unleashes yet another emotionally stunted antihero in Night and Day, a rambling study of male arrested development.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Jeannette Catsoulis
    The result is a movie that evolves naturally from the filmmaker's compassion for her subject; as much as possible, she remains off camera, and her immense act of charity is never permitted to become the film's focus. Instead this remarkable documentary offers a brief but satisfying look at a defiantly self-sufficient life.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Stretched to 80 minutes, the story (by the director Leah Meyerhoff) almost breaks; that it holds together without compromising its simplicity or emotional authenticity only proves that, contrary to the maxim, you don’t need a gun if you’ve got the right girl.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Depending on your age, sex and mechanical inclinations, Tales of the Rat Fink will convince you that Mr. Roth should either have been canonized or smothered at birth.

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