Jeannette Catsoulis
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For 961 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 51% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 46% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jeannette Catsoulis' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 Virunga
Lowest review score: 0 Vice
Score distribution:
961 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Jeannette Catsoulis
    None of Mr. del Toro's classy fiddling, however, can improve on the original's marvelously economical scares. But if you've always wondered what the tooth fairies want with all those teeth - or if you just need proof that a terrified Katie Holmes looks not that different from the everyday version - this is the movie for you.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Tasteful to a fault, Berlin 36 turns real-life controversy into disappointingly tepid drama.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Ms. Nichols is consistently appealing in the kind of role Zooey Deschanel has pretty much cornered, and Philippe Rousselot's nighttime shots of highway tragedy are dreamily atmospheric. If only Roger Towne's screenplay had focused less on the metaphysical import of Lyman's savior impulses and more on the physical rewards of his salvaged life.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Jeannette Catsoulis
    What we need is for the writer and director, David Pomes, to wallow less in aimless dialogue and lowlife sordidness. What we need is a point.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Glinting white vistas and endless light blanket On the Ice, a frigid drama that's tough to warm up to.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Jeannette Catsoulis
    At least 30 minutes and several scams too long, the plot passes from amusing to confounding long before the final double-cross.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Jeannette Catsoulis
    The result is a frustratingly superficial look at a smart, driven and sometimes frightened young man who always felt as though he were "racing against time."
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Jeannette Catsoulis
    The result is a talky, predictable, less-audacious-than-it-thinks romantic comedy.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Jeannette Catsoulis
    A brief appearance by Joey Lauren Adams adds a welcome warmth to the standard therapist role, but otherwise all is bewilderment and repetition.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Jeannette Catsoulis
    If making a decent movie required only good intentions, then Pray for Japan would be off and running. As it is, though, this muddled collage of random impressions and personal histories, emerging from last year's destruction of the Tohoku coastline by the earthquake and tsunami, doesn't document a tragedy so much as repeat a mantra.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Jeannette Catsoulis
    In place of emotional stakes, we get gleaming, stylized, occasionally slow-motion violence, filmed in such extreme close-ups and cramped spaces that it's impossible to differentiate gunman and victim.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Roiling with jealousy, suicide and latent lesbian urges, The Moth Diaries dances on the border between hallucination and reality without fully committing to either. Yet the film's narrative frailties are offset by impeccable performances and a consistently eerie tone, helped along by a location as forbidding as the "Overlook."
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Jeannette Catsoulis
    A good-looking but passionless affair that remains stubbornly aloof from its audience.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Pleasantly charming but instantly forgettable.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Alternately tedious and illuminating, this deeply honest and scattered movie revels in its lack of purpose.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Hectic and harebrained, this galloping French thriller tosses a potpourri of plot points - crooked cops, sleazy gangsters, stolen drugs and an underage hostage - into a packed-to-the-gills nightclub, and stirs. Repeatedly.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Unless you're among those who still drop acid as a midnight-movie apéritif, your enjoyment of this retro oddity remains far from guaranteed.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Jeannette Catsoulis
    A beautifully filmed and patiently explained assessment of a proposal to build five hydroelectric dams in the Patagonia region of Chile.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Jeannette Catsoulis
    This one is for Hank Williams fanatics only, and Mr. Thomas puts a dark and subtle sheen on a disappointingly watery script. Cover versions of Williams's songs - several sung by his daughter, Jett - remind us why he mattered, even as the movie fails to do the same.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Relaxed performances and pillow-soft photography compensate somewhat for the story's narrow ambitions, but they're not enough to invigorate a movie that clearly would rather charm than challenge.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Before Silver hijacks the plot, Rodrigo Cortés's smart, talky screenplay and tense direction hold our attention, as much for the unpredictability of the story as the ease with which Sigourney Weaver and Cillian Murphy slide into their roles.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Jeannette Catsoulis
    The film's sweetness is endearing but too featherweight to engage.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Jeannette Catsoulis
    It's tough to care about characters who spend most of their lives obsessing over the violent deaths of others.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Having devoted much of their lives to combating lupine myths by introducing Koani to wonder-struck schoolchildren, Mr. Weide and Ms. Tucker are ill served by a director who reduces the anti-wolf lobby to caricature and the debates over reintroducing wolves to the Northern Rockies to grossly biased clips.

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