Jesse Cataldo
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For 94 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 4.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jesse Cataldo's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 The Wind Rises
Lowest review score: 12 The Ledge
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 62 out of 94
  2. Negative: 13 out of 94
94 movie reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Jesse Cataldo
    The songs performed here function as the creative end point of emotional trauma, revealing pain gradually transfigured into art.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Jesse Cataldo
    While it verges on exploitation of the gentle giant at its core, it's also an effective bit of human drama, competently, and sometimes movingly, telling a story that deserves to be told.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Jesse Cataldo
    What results is chaotic but ultimately focused, bound by an intense devotion to disassembling genre and narrative standards.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Jesse Cataldo
    It gives us a series of images that, free from definitive context, form a new reality of their own, a small composite portrait of previously untold stories.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Jesse Cataldo
    It defines Manoel de Oliveira's late period, during which his movies have continued to shrink in size and scope while remaining thematically expansive.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Jesse Cataldo
    Wagging a limp dick at a host of up-to-the-minute issues, Wanderlust, manages to feel current, and relatively funny, without ever becoming particularly pointed, resulting in a floppy but satisfactory middlebrow comedy.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Jesse Cataldo
    The hanging specter of a phantom planet puts a lot of pressure on Another Earth, a resolutely small parable of grief that often feels menaced by its big-idea concept.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Jesse Cataldo
    A unique restaurant like El Bulli probably deserves a more creative documentary than El Bulli: Cooking in Progress, a static portrait that comes off as less than inspired by its unusual subject.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 63 Jesse Cataldo
    Habermann may not be a pragmatic classic of the "Army of Shadows" mold, but it falls within the upper-mid bracket of WWII movies because it doesn't attempt to understand or define the tragedy it 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Jesse Cataldo
    There's so much baggage involved in the kind of dilettantish games Jamie and Crystal are playing that it's a shame that the film never fully engages with these enticing issues.
    • 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.
    • 60 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Jesse Cataldo
    Pascale Ferran's film isn't daring enough to fully embrace the narrative fragmentation that it sporadically assumes.
    • 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.
    • 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.