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 Gamer
Score distribution:
949 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Jeannette Catsoulis
    A serviceable burst of high-end hokum, Devil classes up a flimsy, religion-themed plot (by M. Night Shyamalan) with the kind of limber cinematography only someone like Tak Fujimoto can deliver.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 50 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Radiating a distinctly retro vibe, this throwaway thriller from the German director Christian Alvart tosses a bone to Renée Zellweger, who chews it to a nub as Emily Jenkins, a harried social worker.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Frozen camera setups and blurry night-vision images raise goose bumps without the assistance of eerie music or showy effects, though the strain of stretching the gimmick to a second movie is palpable.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Jeannette Catsoulis
    There is something cozy and a little claustrophobic about Henry Jaglom's indulgent Hollywood satires.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Jeannette Catsoulis
    For all its many irritations, You Wont Miss Me has undeniable punch, a frayed energy that feels janglingly unstable. Is Shelly crazy or just a pain in the neck? We're not really sure, and neither is she.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Helena From the Wedding has a little more to offer than many films of its type.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Jeannette Catsoulis
    A sugary, aggressively anthropomorphized story of one avian interloper and a whole bunch of human obsessives.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Does little but raise an alarm, then leave it jangling.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Jeannette Catsoulis
    A disappointingly shallow story in which only the dead are named, and the living are reduced to stereotypes.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Information leaks into the film via the radio and a few flashbacks, but Wrecked is mostly free of dialogue - and, unfortunately, suspense.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Fat, Sick may be no great shakes as a movie, but as an ad for Mr. Cross's wellness program its now-healthy heart is in the right place.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Why, then, do we care not one bit when Pulitzers are won and bullets unsuccessfully dodged? The answer lies partly in Mr. Silver's refusal to elucidate the racial politics or engage with the world outside the film's incoherently chaotic bubble.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Jeannette Catsoulis
    The writer and director, Mark Goffman, sticks to a no-frills style that makes the film feel longer than its 1 hour 24 minutes.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Jeannette Catsoulis
    While at times fascinating, this trudge through statistics, graphs and grainy film of cholesterol bubbles and arterial plaque may challenge even the most determined viewer.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Jig
    Jig begins light on its feet but soon becomes leaden. Legs pinwheel, and fake ringlets fly, but competitive tension is sacrificed to repetition and an unnecessary focus on complicated numerical scoring.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Quaintly old-fashioned in style, plot and special effects, this familiar tale of female derangement and institutional abuse is too tame to scare and too shallow to engage.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Pitching uncertainly between cute and creepy, engaging and weird, this farcical story draws energy from a wickedly eccentric Ann-Margret, having a high old time as Ben's doting mother.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Jeannette Catsoulis
    A gay tragedy in three acts and more than a dozen excellent songs, House of Boys conveys an emotional honesty that overrides its dated style.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Jeannette Catsoulis
    A strangely bifurcated film, Gun Hill Road comes to life only when focused on Michael, and Ms. Santana (who was just beginning her own gender transition when she won the role) holds the screen like a pro.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Dipping in and out of luminous black and white, Protektor has a distancing glamour that prevents the story from digging in. Burdened by a central relationship so lacking in passion that its fate becomes negligible, the film's narrative feels trivialized by jaunty musical fragments and repetitive cycling and rowing motifs that belabor Emil's metaphorical treadmill of appeasement.

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