For 844 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 44% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jeannette Catsoulis' Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 Out of the Clear Blue Sky
Lowest review score: 0 Prince of Swine
Score distribution:
844 movie reviews
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Jeannette Catsoulis
    What makes the journey compelling is the relaxed chemistry between the young actors and an insistently apprehensive tone that pervades even the most prosaic exchanges.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 50 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Tame and inoffensive, The Haunting of Molly Hartley is no more than a big-screen lasso for the "Gossip Girl" and "Supernatural" demographic.
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    • 50 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Relies less on the novelty of its premise than on the positioning of solid actors in minor roles (including Melissa Leo and Martin Donovan as the tortured parents of a murdered child) and the intelligence of its star.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Embracing outraged victimhood the way Angelina Jolie embraces a close-up, Ms. Basinger, doing double duty here as an executive producer, appears oblivious to the script's idiocies.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Documents courage, but steers clear of character.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Jeannette Catsoulis
    A charmingly sentimental but ultimately pointless hommage to the sci-fi classics of yesteryear, Alien Trespass proves only that while styles and technology have moved on, the affection for corn is everlasting.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Despite excellent stunt work and a too-brief appearance by Orlando Jones as an unflappable cop, the movie -- unlike Mr. Douglas’s hairdo -- never rises above mediocrity.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Soon becomes tiresome, but it’s emblematic of a film that is dancing as fast as it can to entertain.
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    • 50 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Though not without its charms -- the scenes in Mumbai are comically chaotic -- Offshore might have raised more chuckles when it was made, in 2006, than in the economic chill of 2009. And not only in Michigan.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Ms. Bledel works her “Gilmore Girls” charm to the hilt, but no amount of cerulean-eyed sparkle can transcend this level of thudding mediocrity.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Your enjoyment of Paper Heart will hinge almost entirely on your receptiveness to Ms. Yi and the extreme iteration of social awkwardness she represents.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Jeannette Catsoulis
    A sedate chronicle of the highs and lows of the environmental movement, Earth Days is less a rousing call to action than a bittersweet stroll down memory lane.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Jeannette Catsoulis
    As the film picks up speed it also accrues a socially progressive agenda. If only this were half as well developed as the female leads.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Jeannette Catsoulis
    This saga, set in Berlin, is more committed to its bloodletting than to any of its characters.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Jeannette Catsoulis
    What’s really missing here is a story of artistic regeneration: by the time we encounter a dazzling excerpt from the studio’s post-trip film, “Aquarela do Brasil,” we are only reminded of what might have been.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Jeannette Catsoulis
    If you can resist the urge to run for the exit, you may leave the theater feeling a lot more hopeful than when you went in.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Despite the film’s sketchy aesthetic and barely animate lead, its tone is carefully contrived: I’ll wager no one in your circle is as dryly funny or spontaneously surreal as Harmony’s nonsupport group.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Jeannette Catsoulis
    More a designer frame for actors than nourishing entertainment. Like the Chinese food the leads are always arguing over, the story leaves you hungry for more.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Korean director Hong Sang-soo unleashes yet another emotionally stunted antihero in Night and Day, a rambling study of male arrested development.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Fix
    Propelled by an eccentric cast of characters and increasingly seamy locations, Fix dashes headlong through Los Angeles with a little charm and a lot of verve.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Well-intentioned but philosophically timid, For My Father wants to meditate on the moral reshuffling that can accompany imminent death. But the director, Dror Zahavi, is ill served by a screenplay (by Ido Dror and Jonatan Dror) too attracted to coincidence and too repelled by the existential brink.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Offered only hints of life away from the barre or of Sy’s relationship with his coolly poised benefactress, viewers will see either a very fortunate young man or a beautiful protégé, dancing as fast as he can to please everyone but himself.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Purports to be a documentary about the American public school system. In reality, however, it’s a bludgeoning rant against a single state — New Jersey — which it presents as a closed loop of Mercedes-owning administrators, obstructive teachers’ unions and corrupt school boards.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Audiences will be either captivated or irritated, depending on their tolerance for high-concept whimsy and high-energy theatrics. By the end of the wake itself, they may be wishing Binew’s illness were running ahead of schedule.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Technically innovative but narratively moribund, Metropia is all stasis and shadows. Perhaps Mr. Saleh could have listened to a lighter voice.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 50 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Clogged with court transcripts, medical records and repetitive (if moving) patient testimony, Burzynski tickles the mind only at the cost of trampling the eyes.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Jeannette Catsoulis
    As an interrogator Ms. Ismailos is no Torquemada; she lobs softballs that her subjects genially accept.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Jeannette Catsoulis
    The Milk of Sorrow is constrained by a rarefied screenplay and a near-mute central performance.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Jeannette Catsoulis
    This stylistic restraint may help deflect accusations of exploitation (though the film's two pivotal sex scenes both feel uncomfortably extended, the initial crime lasting a squirm-inducing six minutes), but it also impedes our connection with the victims.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Spurred by the medical and emotional problems of her own three children, Ms. Abeles embarked on a deeply personal inquiry into the insanely hectic lives of too many of our offspring.