Jesse Cataldo

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For 117 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 35% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 63% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.8 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: 80 out of 117
  2. Negative: 15 out of 117
117 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Jesse Cataldo
    Ursula Meier's film is sustained by a sturdy emotional engine and some intrepidly thoughtful characterization.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Jesse Cataldo
    A chronicle the act of labor as both a universal function of life and a spectacle in itself.
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    • 75 Jesse Cataldo
    The film is a patient exploration of the enlaced connections between professional and emotional sectors.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Jesse Cataldo
    It settles firmly into the perspective of a lost soul who finds solace in the swaddling security of fantasy.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Jesse Cataldo
    It confirms the Roy Andersson universe as one of near-fossilized similitude, in which any effort or movement is disruptive, revealing new cracks in the set illusion of order.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Jesse Cataldo
    A definitive reflection on the work of two great directors and the specific slices of cinema they so fruitfully cultivated.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Jesse Cataldo
    Despite the defeated tone of Patricio Guzmán's tales, a spotlight is placed on the power of persistence.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Jesse Cataldo
    The film's black humor is inextricably tied to serious questions about moral relativism and personal responsibility.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Jesse Cataldo
    Benjamin Crotty's film is content to drift free-associatively through the intricacies of group mechanics via an expressive free-form structure.
    • 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.
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    • 63 Jesse Cataldo
    The film mostly works because it doesn't overplay the consequence of its subject.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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