For 88 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: 64
Highest review score: 100 Museum Hours
Lowest review score: 12 The Ledge
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 57 out of 88
  2. Negative: 13 out of 88
88 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Jesse Cataldo
    A movie which sits at the nexus between spoken and written language, the latter mostly of the programming variety.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Jesse Cataldo
    Jem Cohen's film finds its most salient tension in the fraught relationship between known and unknown objects.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Jesse Cataldo
    It's a brilliant reversal that, while seemingly far less inspired than most of the director's efforts, leaves us with a film that's just as iconoclastic.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Jesse Cataldo
    Winding up the tension to an almost stubborn degree, Ti West forestalls the inevitable disappointment of its release, a blow that's further softened by how immaculately the whole movie is shot.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Jesse Cataldo
    Control is the operative element in BenoƮt Jacquot's work, with the main caveat being that when someone has it, someone else does not.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Jesse Cataldo
    A delirious representation of incipient personalities in bloom, its form as amorphous and reckless as the vibrant youths it portrays.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Jesse Cataldo
    This sardonic depiction of Britain, as a land where a thin veneer of strained politesse and fussy specificity of tastes masks a throbbing heart of darkness, makes for Ben Wheatley's best film yet.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Jesse Cataldo
    Conditioning the audience to find dread in every seemingly innocent gesture, the film turns even the simplest touch between family members into something tinged with menace.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Jesse Cataldo
    Offers exactly what its title promises, unveiling this secret milieu through thoroughly meticulous animation.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Jesse Cataldo
    Watching Svetlana Geierat work, parsing the wild complexities of language as she converts Russian into German, the doc becomes a meditation on enforcing order in a world that refuses to accept it.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Jesse Cataldo
    There's little in Joe Carnahan's previous films, marked by their frenetic, fanboy-friendly overindulgences, to predict the cold blast of The Grey, an old-fashioned, neatly arrayed survival story that almost reads like a reaction to the excesses of his past work.
    • 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.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 75 Jesse Cataldo
    The staging of this dissociative roundelay is still presented in a forcefully lo-fi format, prizing roughly framed shots, improvisation, and flat characters, but there are ever clearer indications that Swanberg is producing something more than empty-headed slacker cinema.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Jesse Cataldo
    Lawless may be full of half-hearted overtures toward depth and emotional complexity, but the film's prestige sheen is mostly a sham; the real focus here is the irrepressible lure of bad behavior.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Jesse Cataldo
    The film is ultimately winning because of its devilish anarchic streak, aiming its arrows at the stuffiness of the traditional musical establishment.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Jesse Cataldo
    Ursula Meier's film is sustained by a sturdy emotional engine and some intrepidly thoughtful characterization.
    • 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.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 75 Jesse Cataldo
    It takes the basic form of the revenge flick and dips it in tar, making for a movie that comes out sticky, nasty, and black.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Jesse Cataldo
    After years of respectable filmmaking, it's refreshing to witness a reinvigorated Roman Polanski willing to once again delve deep into seedy psychodrama.
    • 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.