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 The Girls in the Band
Lowest review score: 0 The Best and the Brightest
Score distribution:
949 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Dinosaur 13 may not be the best documentary, but as a scientific soap opera, it’s a doozy.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    The whole enterprise rests on Ms. Gilsig, who plays Anna with a subtlety rarely required of her crazypants girlfriend on “Nip/Tuck” or her clingy spouse on “Glee.”
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    The filmmakers stage an amazing race that almost absolves an overstuffed plot and an over-reliance on coincidence.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Mr. Nooshin stirs a mystery that’s light on special effects and bravely uncomplicated. He may not have much money, but his feel for age and class dynamics is sure, and his actors respond.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    As cavalier with structure as ever, Mr. Jaglom surrounds himself with familiars who embrace his cheery, disorderly style.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Shot with a camera as excited as a squirrel-chasing dog, Cheerleaders has a girls-gone-wild energy and a twisted sense of humor.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Empathetic and nosy, Ms. Ben-Ari is no unequivocal cheerleader for breast over bottle: If anything, her subjects’ time-consuming struggles and evident exhaustion could put a damper on the natural-feeding plans of the most sanguine new parent. Yet the film isn’t a downer.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    A lean, low-budget debut that taps into newlywed anxiety with subtle wit and no small amount of style.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Mr. Khan displays a strong visual sense that makes pivotal scenes pop. The unlikely ending strains credulity, but what this confident debut lacks in subtlety, it more than makes up in execution.
    • 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.
    • 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?
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    For all its enthusiastic vulgarity and truly terrible punk rock, We Are Mari Pepa is a gently endearing portrait of four amiable Mexican teenagers feeling their way toward adulthood.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    If the movie’s hilariously cruel treatment of the halt and the lame upsets you, you can enjoy the crisp cinematography, operatically repulsive effects and frequently witty dialogue.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Temperate in tone but screaming with subtext, Jamie Marks Is Dead climbs above the current glut of supernaturally inclined entertainment by dint of a hushed unease that permeates almost every frame.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Fishing Without Nets turns the hijacking drama into a morally murky contemplation of deprivation and desperation.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Soft in tone and muted in color, Waiting for August is a child’s-eye view of one family — among many in today’s Romanian economy — rising to the challenge of living without parents.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    A kooky, affectionate tribute that’s happily superficial.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Song of the Sea moves delicately but purposefully from pain to contentment and from anger to love. On land and underwater, the siblings’ adventures unfold in hand-drawn, painterly frames of misty pastels, sometimes encircled by cobwebby borders that give them the look of pictures in a locket.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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