Jeannette Catsoulis
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For 949 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 45% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jeannette Catsoulis' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 Elza (Le bonheur d'Elza)
Lowest review score: 0 Oconomowoc
Score distribution:
949 movie reviews
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Poised unwaveringly between gentle comedy and delicate drama, Maya Kenig's Off White Lies keeps a lot to itself. But this narrative withholding, while infuriating at times, presents no real barrier to our engagement with the film's unconventional look at the growing connection between a shy teenage girl and her shiftless father.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    If we must talk trash, Mr. Irons - assisted by a scientist or two and Vangelis's doomy score - is an inspired choice of guide. Soothing and sensitive, his liquid gaze alighting on oozing landfills and belching incinerators, he moves through the film with a tragic dignity that belies his whimsical neckwear and jaunty hats.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    More than anything, FrackNation underscores the sheer complexity of a process that offers a financial lifeline to struggling farmers.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    New World is both less bloody and more thoughtful than most of its genre, the shifting-alliances plot becoming more engrossing as it progresses.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Stripped down and edited for disequilibrium rather than clarity, “Play” is less interested in pandering to gorehounds than in highlighting our reluctance to view children as anything other than innocent.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    As subtle as its title, Cockneys vs. Zombies is mildly funny and easily likable.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Raw and resolute, this unsettling fable feels driven by an anger that remains largely unexpressed.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Using mostly amateur performers and improvised dialogue, Mr. Silver has created a profoundly awkward riff on dysfunction that’s uneventful but not unrewarding.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    The film produces moments that catch in the throat.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Mr. Buschel, armed with an ear for diverting dialogue and actors who know how to sell it, somehow makes it all work.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    That space between reality and mirage is where Ms. de Van’s strength, and this movie’s true horror, lies.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Mr. Porterfield might sometimes be too subtle for his own good, but by taking us on a low-key ramble through the ever-shifting feelings of a fractured family, he has woven a dreamy, detached chronicle of dissolution and renewal.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Ms. Richen elucidates an entire spectrum of views, from actively egalitarian to reactively homophobic.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    A mournful Midwestern ballad devoid of grace notes.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    The film’s questionable continuity, bargain-basement effects and overload of gay clichés may not be to everyone’s taste, but its queer-eye-for-the-undead-guy exuberance and warmth of spirit are irresistible.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    It’s a vintage flashbulb moment of two men at the peak of their talents, one on his way to securing his second world championship, and the other between the twin triumphs of “Rosemary’s Baby” and “Chinatown.”
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Mr. Clark finds unexpected heart amid cliché and frigidity.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    A documentary that presents the sexual exploitation of young women as a systemic cancer that feeds on public misconception as much as male appetites.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Stingy with details and dialogue, but more than generous with atmosphere, this seductively photographed thriller (written and directed by Jeremy Saulnier, who also wielded the camera) sells its empty calories with great skill.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Adopting an appealingly low-key approach to a high-stakes subject, this gently observant drama from Geoff Marslett takes its sweet time introducing the girl to the gun, but when it does, we’re all but guaranteed to care.

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