Jesse Cataldo
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For 104 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 38% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 62% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.9 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: 69 out of 104
  2. Negative: 14 out of 104
104 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Jesse Cataldo
    Refusing to mourn anything, displaying a Futurist-style disdain for the past, Sion Sono imagines a world in which static adherence to old ideas leads directly to doom.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Jesse Cataldo
    Offers exactly what its title promises, unveiling this secret milieu through thoroughly meticulous animation.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Jesse Cataldo
    What results is chaotic but ultimately focused, bound by an intense devotion to disassembling genre and narrative standards.
    • 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.
    • 69 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.
    • 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.
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    • 75 Jesse Cataldo
    Like many of Agnès Varda's similarly themed explorations, the results are more than they initially seem, casual anthropology with a strongly humanist bent, resulting in a film that's fueled more by compassion than curiosity.
    • 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.
    • 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.
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    • 75 Jesse Cataldo
    The film is a patient exploration of the enlaced connections between professional and emotional sectors.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
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    • 63 Jesse Cataldo
    The film mostly works because it doesn't overplay the consequence of its subject.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Jesse Cataldo
    Pascale Ferran's film isn't daring enough to fully embrace the narrative fragmentation that it sporadically assumes.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 82 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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