For 90 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 35% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 64% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jesse Cataldo's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Museum Hours
Lowest review score: 12 The Ledge
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 58 out of 90
  2. Negative: 13 out of 90
90 movie reviews
    • 42 Metascore
    • 38 Jesse Cataldo
    Despite gestures toward modernity and clumsy humanism, the film feels regressive, presenting a version of modern China that's as much of an anesthetized fairy tale as its costume-drama past.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Jesse Cataldo
    Although it fancies itself as rigidly complex as a well-played chess match, Nick Tomnay's The Perfect Host is really a game without any rules, one where characters and situations exist in total thrall of the next shocking twist.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 38 Jesse Cataldo
    While his classic hyperbolic visual style is back in force, Stone can't bother to muster any of his usual righteous anger, instead mischanneling his discontent into a kind of zen acceptance of these perpetually tiresome main characters.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 38 Jesse Cataldo
    It certainly suffers from the staleness of its off-the-cuff, improv-inspired mode of comedy, which prizes free-form riffing over organically constructed comedic scenarios.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Jesse Cataldo
    Glomming conceits and situations from a vast range of similarly themed films, it ambles along in a lethargic, good-natured manner, fitfully amusing but never approaching substantial.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 38 Jesse Cataldo
    Covered in tattoos and clinging to wisps of their outsider status, the men profiled here seem assured of the novelty of their dilemma, as if they were the first generation to settle into a middle-class existence after a youth spent on the fringes.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 Jesse Cataldo
    Rather than organically develop its characters, it charts their evolution via silly outfit changes, treating the early '80s as a costume bin for flavor-of-the-week aping gags, with the band going from Gary Numan style shirts and skinny ties to lavish glam-rock costumes.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 Jesse Cataldo
    Unfortunately, there's little sympathy granted to these people, and the revelation of their hidden vices comes across like an increasingly mean series of punchlines.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 38 Jesse Cataldo
    Spike Lee's version loses the one thing that really worked in the original, the sense of moral complication emerging out of the intertwined action of two men hell-bent on retribution.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Jesse Cataldo
    The film takes on high-concept ideas that it can't sustain, and which only make its other problems more obvious.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 38 Jesse Cataldo
    While Atiq Rahimi's film may peel away the many layers of its female lead like an onion, the end result is still just an onion.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 Jesse Cataldo
    A film whose only distinguishing characteristic is how big a mess it makes of its already meager ambitions.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 12 Jesse Cataldo
    There's nothing wrong with establishing a field of unlikable characters, but The Ledge not only relies on paper-thin stereotypes, it keeps its allegiances clear from the beginning.