Jeannette Catsoulis

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For 1,154 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 Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters
Lowest review score: 0 The Tiger and the Snow
Score distribution:
1154 movie reviews
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    A lean, low-budget debut that taps into newlywed anxiety with subtle wit and no small amount of style.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Turkish-German filmmaker Fatih Akin isn't exactly known for slapstick, so Soul Kitchen has the feel of a palate cleanser. After the hard-edged drama of "Head-On" and "The Edge of Heaven," this boisterous comedy milling with scruffy misfits goes down more easily than an oyster on the half shell.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Mr. Porterfield might sometimes be too subtle for his own good, but by taking us on a low-key ramble through the ever-shifting feelings of a fractured family, he has woven a dreamy, detached chronicle of dissolution and renewal.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Harnessing a range of appropriately spooky-oddball narrators and striking visual styles — including graphic novels, early photography and Expressionist painting — the Spanish director and animator Raul Garcia simultaneously honors and reimagines.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Though playing at times like an extended sitcom, Ira & Abby radiates a breathless charm, due in no small part to Ms. Westfeldt’s sharp dialogue and engagingly unmannered performance.
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    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Dependably genuine, and suffused with Mr. Jaglom’s increasingly mellow intelligence, this lighthearted backstage drama will feel to his fans like a gathering of familiars.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    New World is both less bloody and more thoughtful than most of its genre, the shifting-alliances plot becoming more engrossing as it progresses.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Stripped down and edited for disequilibrium rather than clarity, “Play” is less interested in pandering to gorehounds than in highlighting our reluctance to view children as anything other than innocent.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Packs more sadness than the familiar fairy tale but offers its own fantastical delights. Ye Xian's party dress, made of teardrops, suits her -- and her story -- perfectly.
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    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Amid a cacophony of accusations and justifications, it’s the children’s broken limbs, ladderlike scars and disfigured, emaciated bodies that paradoxically hold the film together.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    The conclusion is rushed and poorly staged, yet the damp caul of loneliness that envelops the film’s early scenes feels moving and true.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    The film’s questionable continuity, bargain-basement effects and overload of gay clichés may not be to everyone’s taste, but its queer-eye-for-the-undead-guy exuberance and warmth of spirit are irresistible.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Starter for Ten offsets its rite-of-passage clichés with relaxed performances and an extremely likable lead.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    A lively romp through terrain less traveled than you might think.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Mr. Buschel, armed with an ear for diverting dialogue and actors who know how to sell it, somehow makes it all work.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Drifting and sweet, 7 Chinese Brothers (like Mr. Byington’s gentle 2009 love story, “Harmony and Me”) leaves a melancholy but hopeful aftertaste.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Though occasionally inflammatory -- one interviewee talks about being "slingshotted into slavery" -- American Blackout isn’t a conspiracy rant. It's a methodical compilation of questions and irregularities that deserves a wider audience.
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    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Charmingly slight and casually confessional.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    If we must talk trash, Mr. Irons - assisted by a scientist or two and Vangelis's doomy score - is an inspired choice of guide. Soothing and sensitive, his liquid gaze alighting on oozing landfills and belching incinerators, he moves through the film with a tragic dignity that belies his whimsical neckwear and jaunty hats.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Memories of Tomorrow finally understands that the real victim of this terrible affliction is the partner left behind.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Never forgetting the rush of the game, the directors regularly serve up fleet footage of the team’s highs and lows, allowing the rhythms of the field to set the film’s volatile beat.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    This is Ms. Cattrall's movie all the way. Photographed more cruelly than a tabloid victim, she gives Monica a grubby dignity that her "Sex and the City" alter ego, Samantha Jones, would wholeheartedly applaud.
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    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Border Post is notable for representing all of Yugoslavia's former member republics among its producers and for a tone that juggles humor and harshness without sacrificing either.
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    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    More grounded in simple observation than in fanciful theories, this effortlessly engaging story of sudden tragedy and halting recovery wisely focuses on the facts and leaves the wonder to the audience.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Thought-provoking rather than deeply philosophical, Ever Since the World Ended features many engaging performances and several outstanding ones.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Bug
    The escalating hysteria and grisly set pieces of Bug may strain credulity, but Ms. Judd has never been more believable as a woman condemned to attract the wrong kind of man.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    The light is menacing, the mood watchful and the action scenes have a crude, desperate energy that gets the job done. Here, violence is neither weightless nor glorified, but just another obstacle on the way to a better future.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    A middling zombie movie elevated by clever writing and gooeylicious special effects, Kerry Prior's Revenant toys with big themes but settles for uneasy laughs.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Barbaric, elegant, primitive, erotic, revolting, thrilling: the movie, like bullfighting itself, is all of these.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Jeannette Catsoulis
    Paying to see Countdown to Zero is like tipping a fortuneteller to predict the manner of your death.

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