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 Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters
Lowest review score: 0 Prince of Swine
Score distribution:
949 movie reviews
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Splinterheads gains traction from an eclectic cast that knows how to work a line.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    One part hagiography and two parts psychotherapy. Together they showcase a talent both formidable and erratic, its bright and shining peaks sliding inexplicably into valleys of disaster.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Unfolding like a medieval horror movie, Delta is sometimes laughable but often admirable.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Horizons are expanded and exoticism explored in Wah Do Dem, a shaggy road movie about relinquishing your comforts to find your bliss.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Female-empowerment fantasy or just plain prurience, "Grave" is extremely efficient grindhouse. If there is any message here at all, it's don't mess with a novelist: being creative is her job.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Buffed to an expensive-looking gloss and dressed in period-perfect finery, Max Manus has an old-fashioned sincerity that entertains without engaging.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Filming over four years and tracking several cases, the Brazilian director Jorge W. Atalla favors a fevered shooting style that's repetitious and disorienting but also effortlessly dramatic.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Letters transforms a picture-postcard location and odd-couple narrative into a pretty, and pretty predictable, snooze. Yet the acting is flawless, the tone gentle and observational, and Leila's transformation, when it occurs, is unforced and unaccompanied by pious lecturing.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Willets Point may not be the slickest of movies, but what it lacks in polish it more than makes up for in heart.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Evincing more visible intelligence than any of his human co-stars aside from Lithgow, Caesar is disquietingly lifelike.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Though leaning too heavily on period tunes and the templates of Mr. Linklater and John Hughes (to whom the film is dedicated), Mr. Burns has a distinctly spacious style that gives female characters room to breathe.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    An oddly sterile documentary inspired by a particularly fecund imagination, American: The Bill Hicks Story recounts a bright-burning life while leaving us mostly in the dark.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Though the enjoyable prickliness of the film's early scenes soon dissolves into cozy solutions, a sturdy supporting cast - even Ron Leibman's scenery-chewing turn as Laura's blowhard father is more amusing than annoying - balances the scales.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    A laudable if lightweight argument for broader minds and thicker skins.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    This weirdly engaging tale of banking and bad behavior makes 19th-century China look uncomfortably like 21st-century America.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Making sadomasochism appear less erotic than stamp collecting, Leap Year is a slow flare of emotional agony.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Hysteria, a disappointingly limp ode to the invention of the vibrator, plays like a Merchant Ivory Production of "Portnoy's Complaint."
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    That it eventually - if barely - succeeds is due more to the resilience of its actors than to the discipline of its makers.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Though at times too determined to avoid dramatic highs and lows, Little Girl strikes gold in the casting of the 2-year-old Asia Crippa.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    The film leans almost exclusively on the focused performances of its two leads, who create a credibly barbed chemistry that goes a long way toward distracting us from the film's low-budget deficiencies.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Somehow the happy screams of children whirling above a neutered reactor sound a lot less comforting than they should.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Lads & Jockeys conveys first-race terrors and last-place humiliation with indulgent thoroughness.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Little more than a showcase for Mr. Quint - whose acting is almost as toneless as his playing is sublime - this trite, sunny drama pins lengthy musical interludes onto the flimsiest of narratives and hopes for the best.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Moments of insight flare like fireflies and disappear, whether from underfinancing or overambition is unclear. Either way, this maddening mind game is likely to be more enthusiastically received in philosophy classrooms than in the multiplex.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Though leaving us with many more questions than answers, this well-intentioned blur of accusations, advertising clips and pink-washed events nevertheless deserves to be seen.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Documenting the vigorous strategies employed by the Dole Food Company to block the release of his 2009 film "Bananas!" - about a lawsuit brought by Nicaraguan workers who suspected the company's use of dangerous pesticides - the Swedish filmmaker Fredrik Gertten gains traction by taking the high road.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Augmented by a trove of archival footage reaching back to the 1930s, Jesse Feldman's buoyant cinematography merges political history and sports mania into a triumphant timeline.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    That stink, like iffy contracts and child labor laws, remains unexplored. Filled with blind eyes and unspoken agreements, Girl Model opens a can of worms, then disdains to follow their slimy trails.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Despite on-point performances (especially from the hilarious Mr. Wodianka), the story (by Tomasz Thomson, who also directs) is too pitted with holes and loose ends to permit the film a bump from meh to marvelous.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    In My Mother's Arms takes a distressing snapshot of an ongoing struggle.

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