Jeannette Catsoulis

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For 1,133 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 47% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jeannette Catsoulis' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 Elza (Le bonheur d'Elza)
Lowest review score: 0 America the Beautiful
Score distribution:
1133 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Cramming fantasy and mysticism, faith and history into a single riverboat journey, this dirgelike meditation on China’s painful economic rebirth dispenses with narrative in favor of semiotics.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Probes class consciousness with rather more sensitivity than originality.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Though speckled here and there with uneasy comedy, Toll Booth is a psychological pressure cooker that could blow its lid at any moment.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    A laudable if lightweight argument for broader minds and thicker skins.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Fetishizing the tired tokens of the American gangster movie, The Connection is a slickly styled, overlong pastiche. Yet its denizens have a retro glamour and the soundtrack a shameless literalness that’s rather endearing.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    These drifting, unresolved stories may lack dramatic punch, but Mr. Nikolic, who teaches film at the New School, draws lovely performances from his cosmopolitan cast and oodles of atmosphere from a spare piano-and-strings soundtrack.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    In images veering from literal to cryptic to surreal, the movie presents a society where the weak are exploited and the vulnerable unprotected.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Lads & Jockeys conveys first-race terrors and last-place humiliation with indulgent thoroughness.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Somehow the happy screams of children whirling above a neutered reactor sound a lot less comforting than they should.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Matty Beckerman’s Alien Abduction repackages ancient legend for modern audiences in a found-footage story of streamlined efficiency.
    • 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.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Bathed in a funk of testosterone, and heaving with homophobia and misogyny, My Father Die is a trashy jewel.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Splinterheads gains traction from an eclectic cast that knows how to work a line.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Reveling in the vivid Bangkok locations, Geoff Boyle’s photography is crisp and bright, and Dion Lam’s action choreography unusually witty.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Nick might usurp most of the screen time, but it’s Mr. Del Toro, face flickering from benevolent to vicious and body heaving with literal and symbolic weight, who seizes the film.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Marveling without questioning, the movie is content to package the phenomenon and coast on its feel-good wave. Yet, somewhere around the midpoint, I began to wonder who was most thrilled by all this fuss.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Ma
    Alternately sexy and silly, galvanic and gentle, MA is best enjoyed as a slide show of visual blessings and, sometimes, bafflements.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    In stark contrast to their furry, blundering star, the makers of Paddington have colored so carefully inside the lines that any possibility of surprise or subversion is effectively throttled.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Jeannette Catsoulis
    It’s a sometimes rocky road cinematically, slipping from enchanting to trite, magical to indulgent with some regularity.

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