Jeannette Catsoulis

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For 1,084 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 3.7 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 Once Upon a Time in Brooklyn
Score distribution:
1084 movie reviews
    • 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.
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    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Charmingly slight and casually confessional.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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?
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Dinosaur 13 may not be the best documentary, but as a scientific soap opera, it’s a doozy.
    • 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.
    • 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
    A lean, low-budget debut that taps into newlywed anxiety with subtle wit and no small amount of style.
    • 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.
    • 59 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    A kooky, affectionate tribute that’s happily superficial.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Yael Reuveny’s Farewell Herr Schwarz traces a Holocaust mystery with stumbling curiosity and endearing sincerity.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    None of this is particularly cinematic (he relies much too heavily on title cards to fill in historical blanks), but it is engaging, mainly because the stakes were so high and the statesmanship so delicate.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    The light is menacing, the mood watchful and the action scenes have a crude, desperate energy that gets the job done. Here, violence is neither weightless nor glorified, but just another obstacle on the way to a better future.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    The conclusion is rushed and poorly staged, yet the damp caul of loneliness that envelops the film’s early scenes feels moving and true.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Wrapping an existential question in the random rhythms of the road movie, Doomsdays comes at you sideways, its melancholy catching you off guard.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Assassination has sprinkles of wit and a nicely restrained anchor in Lee Jung-jae.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Drifting and sweet, 7 Chinese Brothers (like Mr. Byington’s gentle 2009 love story, “Harmony and Me”) leaves a melancholy but hopeful aftertaste.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Funny and feisty, gritty and sometimes grim, this first feature from the photographer Elaine Constantine delivers a sweaty snapshot of a very specific time and place.

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