Jesse Cataldo

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For 124 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 34% higher than the average critic
  • 2% 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
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Almayer's Folly
Lowest review score: 12 The Ledge
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 85 out of 124
  2. Negative: 15 out of 124
124 movie reviews
    • 84 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Jesse Cataldo
    A movie which sits at the nexus between spoken and written language, the latter mostly of the programming variety.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Jesse Cataldo
    True to its title, the film approaches death as both narrative endpoint and formal focus, its initial vivacious mischief giving way to a Manichean fable about the waning of the light.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Jesse Cataldo
    Control is the operative element in Benoît Jacquot's work, with the main caveat being that when someone has it, someone else does not.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Jesse Cataldo
    The film carves out a rich emotional sphere concomitant to its stunning production design, finding delicate poetry in the dispassionate pursuit of revenge.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 88 Jesse Cataldo
    Michael Mann's camera elegantly collapses the spaces between bodies and objects without sacrificing spatial coherence.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 88 Jesse Cataldo
    By eschewing even basic B-roll footage, it ends up feeling even more stripped down than Frederick Wiseman's patient inquisitions, yet nearly as complex overall.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Jesse Cataldo
    Staring deep into the darkness of an apparently static character, Nuri Bilge Ceylan again exhibits his gift for making interesting stories out of predetermined plots, locating small eddies of change in the midst of eternally fixed dynamics.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Jesse Cataldo
    Guzmán creates an interesting dialectic between the different searchers profiles, uniting them under an umbrella of humanism and cautious hopefulness.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Jesse Cataldo
    It confronts the hard realities of a world in which few make it to maturity without their share of scars, and no one makes it out of adulthood alive.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Jesse Cataldo
    The songs performed here function as the creative end point of emotional trauma, revealing pain gradually transfigured into art.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Jesse Cataldo
    The reworking of a tired horror trope into a transformed feminist symbol stands out as an impressive act of genre revisionism.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Jesse Cataldo
    Ursula Meier's film is sustained by a sturdy emotional engine and some intrepidly thoughtful characterization.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Jesse Cataldo
    Thom Andersen attempts to establish unity by effectively bridging vast swaths of film history into one cohesive body of work.
    • 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.

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