Jesse Cataldo

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For 110 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 37% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 62% 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 Museum Hours
Lowest review score: 12 The Ledge
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 73 out of 110
  2. Negative: 15 out of 110
110 movie reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Jesse Cataldo
    Less precise and cohesive than much of Joe Swanberg's recent work, as its small, improvisational skeleton struggles to meet the demands of the more ambitious story it's trying to tell.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Jesse Cataldo
    Too often Jimmy P. seems to struggle in making its interesting ideas apparent, leaving them stranded beneath the dry surface of an otherwise ordinary procedural.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 63 Jesse Cataldo
    Conventional but never sanctimonious, it balances out its familiar recovery angle with a healthy measure of sardonic wit.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Jesse Cataldo
    Jake Gyllenhaal embodies the two roles with real presence, establishing Adam's sniveling wimp and Anthony's striding jerk as two believably discrete sides of the same coin.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Jesse Cataldo
    It's all showy viscera, no ballet, and wan attempts at the gravity of something like Drug War, with implicit statements made about the deadening nature of violence or the moral equivalency of state-sanctioned and criminal force, don't come close to cohering.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 Jesse Cataldo
    The film puts too many elements into play, which means it ends up darting hopelessly between a series of underdeveloped storylines.
    • 82 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Jesse Cataldo
    Pascale Ferran's film isn't daring enough to fully embrace the narrative fragmentation that it sporadically assumes.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 63 Jesse Cataldo
    With its optimistic ending, the film muddies its previous statements regarding the danger of unthinkingly hanging on to totems of the past.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Jesse Cataldo
    The lack of real analysis or consideration leaves this perilously close to a Goldilocks-style depiction of privileged female indecision.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 63 Jesse Cataldo
    It does well in using dialogue to shape its escalating tête-à-tête, but the filmmaking is too fuzzy to expand on those ideas.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Jesse Cataldo
    You can tell a lot about the film from its rough handling of the materials supplied by its predecessor, using these commonalities both to identify the bond between the two and signal how much further it's willing to push things.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Jesse Cataldo
    A movie like this lives and dies by its finer details, and London Boulevard screws up by applying the same broad brush to its entire cast, meaning every character gets the same amount of shading.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Jesse Cataldo
    Where Spielberg has made WWII a venue for his sanctimonious side, a platform to convince viewers that war is indeed hell, Lucas is still in a state of pre-adolescent fascination with the conflict.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Jesse Cataldo
    The film refuses to focus on its core story, hedging its bets with forays into family drama, environmental thriller, and corporate intrigue.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Jesse Cataldo
    The film is ultimately draining because of the way it handles Anne, stranding a potentially dynamic character in two dueling scenarios, both of which are drab and unsurprising.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Jesse Cataldo
    While the documentary offers us a story that needs to be told, it does so in very non-Joffrey ways.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Jesse Cataldo
    While Nobody Else But You aspires to a kind of French Fargo, it forgets the primary qualities that made that film work.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Jesse Cataldo
    Ultimately crammed at a frustrating juncture between period-piece froth and seriously conceived drama, never tipping its hand toward either.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Jesse Cataldo
    Seems to be looking for answers, but the ones it finds are too close to the surface to be satisfying.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Jesse Cataldo
    While Steve James's documentary is persuasive on an informational level, it doesn't do enough to explore the human side of its subject matter.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Jesse Cataldo
    The whole thing comes out feeling kind of featureless, beaten flat by its own sense of fairness.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Jesse Cataldo
    Like its sad-sack main character, whose closed-off personality makes him hard to fully understand or sympathize with, The Happy Poet is too reservedly rough around the edges.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Jesse Cataldo
    It's disheartening that, despite some half-hearted overtures toward shifting the comedy paradigm, the filmmakers make little attempt to expand their comedic palette.
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Jesse Cataldo
    The film is eventually revealed as less interested in subverting or playing off its influences than rigorously retracing them.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Jesse Cataldo
    If Takeshi Kitano does go forward with the rumored third volume, hopefully he'll conceive of some fresh angle on this increasingly dry material.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Jesse Cataldo
    George Clooney's film boils a big, messy maelstrom of theft and uncertainty down to a digestible, faintly appetizing mush.

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