Jeannette Catsoulis
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For 1,008 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 3.3 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 The Tiger and the Snow
Score distribution:
1,008 movie reviews
    • 71 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Turkish-German filmmaker Fatih Akin isn't exactly known for slapstick, so Soul Kitchen has the feel of a palate cleanser. After the hard-edged drama of "Head-On" and "The Edge of Heaven," this boisterous comedy milling with scruffy misfits goes down more easily than an oyster on the half shell.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    A creaky, sometimes forced drama that burrows under your skin if you let it, Welcome to the Rileys lurches along like Lois' car as she tries to exit her garage for the first time in years.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Though cinematographer Flavio Labiano turns the city into an alien maze of steel and glass, his chilling work is undercut by a script with more logical craters than Martin's.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    A highly respectable piece of genre entertainment, one with a little more class than most.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Everybody loves a do-over, but this could become tedious were it not for the undeniable chemistry of the two leads, whose dialogue crackles like cellophane.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    With its whispery conversations, sepulchral atmosphere and soothing play of light and shadow, Cave of Forgotten Dreams is probably best enjoyed in a chemically enhanced state of mind.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    West's throwback style and disdain for excess allows his characters to shine.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Part rockumentary, part howl of outrage, Screamers would have benefited from less concert film and more historical background.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Automatons is driven less by its hints of suicide bombers than by its rigorous adherence to a time when robots were played by inverted dustbins and battles were represented by dots converging on a crackling screen. This lack of sophistication is enormously endearing, leaving us with the comforting notion that the end of the world will look a lot like the beginning of television.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Harnessing the twin virtues of drollness and economy, Mr. Tully keeps scenes brief and melodrama on the margins.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Knowing but never jaded, Hollywood Dreams is driven by Ms. Frederick's no-boundaries commitment to her broken character, a performance that's as startling as it is touching. In Mr. Jaglom's maverick hands, the appeal of illusion over reality is both fatal and irresistible.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    By ignoring Israeli voices and focusing only on the immigrants, Mr. Haar has produced a documentary filled with immediacy but free of analysis, a fascinating but ultimately unenlightening record of their plight.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    A familiar underdog story told with unusual sensitivity.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Mixes method and madness to chart the evolution of a counterculture phenomenon.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    The movie’s stunning underwater photography (fearlessly captured by Mr. Ravetch) effectively dilutes the saccharine tone.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    A pensive valentine to literacy programs and childhood idealism left in the ashes of broken families and an economically bifurcated society.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Driven less by civic duty than by the need to escape his dreary life, Zebraman is a tragic, touching figure too often obscured by Kankurou Kudo’s hyperactive screenplay and a special-effects team drunk on alien slime.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    An eagerly prurient dip into the sex-trafficking trough, Trade teeters between earnest exposé and salacious melodrama. Minus the film’s near-visible weight of conscience, success in the second category would have been virtually guaranteed.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    P2
    Swift and stealthy P2 is a canny exploitation of one of the urban woman’s greatest fears: the after-hours parking garage. Throw in a car that won’t start, a creepy security guard and a filmmaking team with perfect synchronicity, and the result is a minimalist nightmare.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    This crude, rowdy movie is also unexpectedly touching in its embrace of surfing as an escape from the stigma of poverty and broken homes. Escape from Russell Crowe’s droning narration, however, is impossible.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Much like its subject: affable, quotable and emotionally guarded in the extreme.

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