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 Out of the Clear Blue Sky
Lowest review score: 0 The Best and the Brightest
Score distribution:
949 movie reviews
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    This brisk reimagining of the 1984 slasher "Silent Night, Deadly Night" delivers the seasonal goods with admirable efficiency and not a little wit.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Poking the bear of repression has consequences beyond Mr. Zahedi's immediate artistic goals, as this layered, intermittently fascinating documentary makes abundantly clear.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    A granola ode to natural childbirth that makes you want to hop into a tub of warm water and start pushing.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    A documentary that yearns to be an adventure movie, Stolen Seas can't resist drowning its invaluable insights in thundering, drum-heavy music and flashing visuals. Magnificent in its thoroughness and nuance, this dense, multifaceted study of Somali piracy really needs to settle down.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Vividly depicting the indignities of the flesh, Porfirio offers a harshly sensual portrait of a man imprisoned by paralysis and the callousness of the state.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Simon Dennis’s photography is glossy and crisp, and a lengthy foot chase — making excellent use of the National Gallery — is inventively choreographed. And if the villains are little more than fireplugs in balaclavas, the violence they provoke is satisfyingly vicious.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Cheerless and voyeuristic, Clip (which was banned in Russia) seems a sincere attempt to portray a lost and disaffected generation. But the film’s brutally honest parade of callous behavior and casual, almost cruel sex has a depressing prurience that wears you down.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Kim Chapiron, proves an excellent choreographer of brutality...But without a strong political point (unlike its source material), Dog Pound feels hollow and hopeless.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    This witty first feature is a flawed but diverting meditation on finding inspiration while losing your soul.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Unearthing a decent sample of these former members, as well as a wealth of archival film and photographs, the directors elicit testimony that’s diversely sharp, spacey, nostalgic and heartbreaking.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    The violence is quick and occasionally inventive, with little of the attenuated nastiness that characterizes so many genre pictures, and the photography ranges from brightly sun-kissed to down-and-dirty.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    This fairly rote tale of rural ghouls and their passing-through prey has its own hick charm, mostly because of performers who never overplay their hands.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    A little wan but a lot likable, Gustavo Ron’s Ways to Live Forever is a forthright and surprisingly buoyant drama about facing death before you have really lived.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    The approach is cheerfully candid and the humor often sly... Yet this midlife confessional could have reached beyond the maternal cravings of highly educated, urban-dwelling singletons had it plumbed people’s heads as thoroughly as Ms. Davenport’s birth canal.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    The actors are so relaxed and personable that the film’s occasional glibness — and its over-reliance on coincidence to further the cross-pollinating narrative — is easy to let slide.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    To the informed consumer hoping for greater elucidation, Mr. Seifert’s partisan, oversimplified survey falls short.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    A noncommittal, occasionally surreal portrait of hardscrabble lives and omnipresent risk.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    It’s all a little silly, but Mr. Mickle’s restrained gravity stifles the impulse to laugh.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    What could have been a very funny short film about self-control and befriending your id instead becomes a rambling commentary on father-son dysfunction and the limits of proctology.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Encouraging sensitive performances that mitigate the film’s sluggish pace and fuzzy narrative, Ms. Szumowska juxtaposes two-person scenes of wordless intimacy with group expressions of casual violence.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    As sun-dappled infatuation abruptly crashes into post-apocalyptic survival, Mr. Macdonald struggles to balance a nebulous narrative on tentpole moments of rich emotional resonance.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Mr. Kaufman’s talent can be debated, but his love for his job is stamped on every garish, oozy frame.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Before our eyes, Laura’s lengthening limbs and deepening introspection become the point of a movie that begins with a child and ends with a young woman.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    This setup is simple, but what follows is less so: an impressionistic battle between imagination and brute force that too often veers from enlightening to exasperating.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    The shocks are short and sharp, the acting is strongest where it counts, and the director of photography, Adam Marsden, washes everything in a swampy green that makes spooks pop.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Sharp yet overdetermined, Blumenthal doesn’t breathe naturally — it’s a comedy in a box. Just not a box that everyone will want to open.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Matty Beckerman’s Alien Abduction repackages ancient legend for modern audiences in a found-footage story of streamlined efficiency.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Employing scaled-down sets and low-budget audacity, Mr. Parker, an intelligent and boundary-testing filmmaker, proves less concerned with logic than with how far he can push his characters.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Mr. Goldthwait exercises so much caution that you want to get behind his characters and push.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    The film’s loose naturalism and strong acting — Chris Browning, as a liaison between the F.B.I. and the reservation, is especially enjoyable — are slyly seductive.

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