Jesse Cataldo
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For 95 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 34% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 65% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jesse Cataldo's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Almayer's Folly
Lowest review score: 12 The Ledge
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 62 out of 95
  2. Negative: 13 out of 95
95 movie reviews
    • 94 Metascore
    • 88 Jesse Cataldo
    These films have always been about the power of words, their ability to bridge gulfs of time and space, the thrill of ideas and opinions taking definitive shape.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Jesse Cataldo
    Fervently passionate and formally meticulous, the latest stunning coup for a director who's made a career of repurposing archetypal storylines.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 75 Jesse Cataldo
    Formally ostentatious and unrepentantly messy, the film manages to implicitly convey the overdriven, coked-up confusion that many '70s period pieces make painfully overt.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Jesse Cataldo
    As always, Wes Anderson places his trademark precision in direct confrontation with the chaos and confusion menacing his beloved characters.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Jesse Cataldo
    Jem Cohen's film finds its most salient tension in the fraught relationship between known and unknown objects.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 63 Jesse Cataldo
    Conventional but never sanctimonious, it balances out its familiar recovery angle with a healthy measure of sardonic wit.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 63 Jesse Cataldo
    There's great potential for the kind of issues that are taken on, but nothing is resolved, and the biggest questions, of guilt and shame, the gulf of understanding between the first world and the third, remain unengaged.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Jesse Cataldo
    Even if Hayao Miyazaki's career is complete, a work like this serves to remind us of the shining beacons he's left behind him, the testaments to pursuing beauty in the face of so much ugliness, themselves lasting reminders of the quiet rewards of determination.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 63 Jesse Cataldo
    Ira Sachs's push for heartrending poetry makes it clear that the film is putting too fine a gloss on the acute pains of one small tragedy.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Jesse Cataldo
    Assembled from short, naturalistic shots of people at work, the documentary becomes a bittersweet testament to labor and a damning representation of a vicious cycle, its images speaking entirely for themselves.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Jesse Cataldo
    Ursula Meier's film is sustained by a sturdy emotional engine and some intrepidly thoughtful characterization.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Jesse Cataldo
    The next step in Jafar Panahi's personal cinema of captivity, a fully fictionalized, wildly bewildering work which imagines a man at war with his own creative impulse.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Jesse Cataldo
    It's a bit reductive in terms of a personal portrait, but this is a film that's not concerned with telling the story of a man, instead making him a representative symbol of a mostly bygone way of life, a reminder of both the fleeting nature of individual experience and the steady patterns of a broader human existence.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 63 Jesse Cataldo
    Forcefully traditional and sentimental, Thunder Soul benefits most from the cinematic turn of the actual events it documents, which allowed the beloved teacher's life to end on a perfectly bittersweet note.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Jesse Cataldo
    Offers exactly what its title promises, unveiling this secret milieu through thoroughly meticulous animation.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Jesse Cataldo
    This is a fanboy movie, one more engaged with the excitement of possibility than that of reality, and whatever the noxious connotations of that form of film appreciation, this particular project does a pretty fantastic job of stirring up enthusiasm.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 63 Jesse Cataldo
    The film thrives on ambiguity, keeping all things blurry outside its main character's focused perspective, its myopia sustained by Luminița Gheorghiu's tough, quietly intense performance.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 63 Jesse Cataldo
    By reducing its principals to stock figures in an extended chess game, it ends up providing steady, neatly staged thrills, but little else of substance.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Jesse Cataldo
    A lot of evil is laid on the table in El Sicario, and the film makes a big, if exquisitely subtle show, of theorizing that there's no way to explain how it got there.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Jesse Cataldo
    A human-interest story that claims spite for human-interest stories, the film has some pretty divisive issues at its core that leave it torn between contrasting approaches.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 63 Jesse Cataldo
    As a document of a live show it looks like nothing else, but Vincent Morisset's greater aspirations, attempts to define or sum up the band through the inclusion of external material, come off as muddled and oblique.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 63 Jesse Cataldo
    Matteo Garrone has a sure eye for outlandish set pieces that exhibit the expansive outlines of his ideas, but these spectacles are sporadic, and the spaces between them tend to lag.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Jesse Cataldo
    It cheats a little, using a mix of amateurish extreme close-ups and striking Welsh industrial vistas to substitute for real technical proficiency, but also applies more formal consideration than most films, namely teen-centered comedies, ever do.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Jesse Cataldo
    Like Michael Cera's two recent films with Sebastian Silva, Night Moves reveals the dark core contained within an actor's nice-guy neuroticism.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 63 Jesse Cataldo
    Polisse has been compared to "The Wire," but beyond a shared interest in the Sisyphean nature of police work, the two are mostly comparable as inverses of each other.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Jesse Cataldo
    A movie which sits at the nexus between spoken and written language, the latter mostly of the programming variety.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Jesse Cataldo
    It runs a complicated bait and switch on its audience, passing ostensible exploitation fodder through a high-toned prestige filter.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Jesse Cataldo
    Anton Corbijn constructs a stifling world of shadowy surveillance and intersecting national interests, building on John Le Carré's sense of moral and emotional exhaustion.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Jesse Cataldo
    While Michael Glawogger does make overtures in the wrong directions, he usually seems to know where to steer his material.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Jesse Cataldo
    More focused on emotion than adventure, it teases out the possibilities and perils of time travel without embroiling itself in the confusion inherent to the subject.